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Default 1987 snow trac! (oops I done it again...)

I have added another snow trac to my existing collection of a '63 snow trac and a '68 trac master...

Found this one on ebay again: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=150113412752

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Item Specifics - Cars & Other Vehicles
Manufacturer: Aktiv Snow Trac Condition: Used
Model: -- Number of Previous Owners: --
Type: Four Wheel Drive Number of Seats: 7
Number of Doors: 1 Engine Size: --
Mileage: -- Independent Vehicle Inspection: --
Model Year: -- MOT Expiry Date (MM/YYYY): --
Date of 1st Registration: -- Right-hand drive/Left-hand drive: --
Colour: Grey V5 Registration Document: --
Metallic Paint: -- Previously Registered Overseas: --
Transmission: Manual In-Car Entertainment Options: --
Safety Features: -- Interior/Comfort Options: --
Fuel: Petrol Exterior Options: --
Particulate Filter: -- Road Tax (MM/YYYY): --
Service History Available: -- Manufacturer's Warranty Expiry Date: --
Seller's Warranty Expiry Date: -- Power: --

You are bidding on a very rare Aktiv Snow Trac built in Sweden between 1957and 1981, although registered 1987 I do not know its exact year of manufacture.In storage many years and I think an ex goverment vehicle. On close inspection it looks like its done very little work, in good running order although in need of cosmetic attention.Go to google and stamp in Aktiv Snow Trac and do your own search.Information can also be found at www.klovsjo.com/snowtrac

The machine is very simple in its design and is based on a steel box section chassis with aluminium panels and body work and a timber floor for the cabin.Power is by a flat-four air cooled Volkswagon petrol engine powering the tracks through a conventional four speed gearbox with reverse.Entry and exit is via a single door at the rear of the vehicle.

Whilst conceived as a civilian vehicle the Snow - Trac was adopted by the British Royal Marine Commandos for operations in Norway on NATO's Northern Flank and an example can be found at the REME Museum at Arborfield, Berkshire, England.

If you are mad enough to bid (And Iam sure there's more than one of us!) then good luck.


Obviously I was mad enough to bid.

I would like to ask the snow trac experts (bob, lyndon, snow trac ops etc) what do you know about a snow trac produced in 1987?

I can tell you that the vehicle was assembled in Scotland, not Sweden, by Alex McLarty's company. He was the original importer of the snow trac into the UK.

The vehicle has 3 previous owners, but was first registered by British Telecom (who are the nation telecoms provider in the UK). Their 1980's livery was canary yellow, hence the interior colour, and their 1990's livery was grey, hence the exterior colour!

The vehicle is very original, with the VHF radio and antenna still fitted, wing mirrors, orange beacon and hand operated spot light.

It is all in excellent order, being relatively new and rarely used.

It still has the original exhaust pipe, that cannot be said for many...

I thought this one to be a wise investment because it is quite rare in it's relatively youthful age and also the fact it is produced in Scotland.

A big plus is that it road registered, something I have been trying to do with my existing snow trac's but finding very difficult!

I have the insurance sorted and expect some crazy photos next winter, of it around the ski resort in the French Alps in the where I live! Hopefully I will not be clamped...

Any input on this one would be appreciated, it has disc brakes on the front axles for instance. It also has a different front end which looks to be factory spec.

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At least its going to a good home! Good job. How many do you have now, three?
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At first I didnt think the hood was factory but I belive that may have been made like that at the factory. Please take lots of pictures.
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:22 AM
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I will take photos, especially of any anomalies.

I have three now, a long way to go to catch up with Lyndon I believe!
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Congratulations, it looks good, but you have the 'Alex McClarty' steering wheel I see! It seems to have the same British Leyland boss in the middle and looks identical to my present one. Hopefully I will be getting the correct one for mine tomorrow (all being well). Will post piccy when it is here. Re the seats, I would argue that they are not really seven seaters, as there is space for seating another six people, granted, but there is really only one 'proper' seat - the driver's seat.
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Old 04-28-2007, 07:28 AM
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Hi Ice Queen,

What do you mean when you say the correct one?

Is the one fitted not direct from the factory?

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Ps the landrover 110's always had similar bench seats and they counted those as 12 seaters!
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Default Re: 1987 snow trac! (oops I done it again...)

That is a very interesting Snow Trac! I'm curious about the front end. I'm double curious because that is one of the Scottish made Snow Tracs, so there probably are several subtle differences. How does the manual compare to the Swedish manuals?
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Hi Scurka,

I will scan the manual and submit it at my first opportunity.

I will also take photos of any differences, ie the disc brakes and front end.

I aim to share as much info as I can about the Scottish beastie!

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I have been looking at a Disc brake set-up. I will hold off until I have my shop completed before I start modifying anymore. I currently have my hands full. Please take as many pictures as you can of the disc brake set-up please! That is probably the best modification available!!! I would agree its probably the last of the Scotish Snow Tracs made. GREAT find. Congradulations!!!
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:43 AM
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Hi there, thankyou! I was chuffed to win the auction. Don't worry, I will post loads of photos, I am thinking that McLarty will have gone for VW components again, but I will let you know.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:46 AM
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Default Re: 1987 snow trac! (oops I done it again...)

I have scoured the photos on the forum and cannot find a thread with a snow trac with the same front end as mine. Can we compile chronological photos of a snow trac from every year, is there any way we can do that?
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They are all the same with the exception of the last ones produced in Scottland. At least I was told that by the guy I bought my Snow Masters from. I have never seen one until now I believe.
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LYNDON would know for sure. We need to ask him. I will PM him.
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just added some more of the photos from the ebay sale
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You have the first rims I have seen that are like mine. There is a solid round stock welded inside the outer edge of the rim.
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This IS the "TRANSITIONAL YEAR" model that I spoke about in the Brake Thread.
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The brake thread that Lyndon refers to is: http://www.forumsforums.com/3_9/showthread.php?t=9181

I forgot to mention that the Scottish machine has a brake servo, it might actually brake...
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Just found out that my Scottish snow trac is an '88 not an '87:

Hi, at a guess I would say that this is an ex British Telecom vehicle. I say this because as an apprentice mechanic at BT a long time ago we used to have one of these on standby for callouts in hard to access areas. In all the time I worked there, the one we had never left the depot but was always serviced and inspected on a regular basis. If you look on the rear, the numbers on BT vehicles at the time would be : 88 - the year registered, 384, the code for the vehicle type and 0001 the vehicle number in the fleet and of course the yellow paint was the colour used for their fleet at the time. I'm not postive but pretty sure that this would have been one of their vehicles at some time, in which case it would have been very well looked after and rarely used. I always wanted to own one of these great machines but have a garage full of projects just now. Most spares are still avaiable along with manuals and a owners club. Try a google search. Hope this helps,Ken

You can see from the attached photo that the first two numbers of the removed decal (just above the number plate) are 88.
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