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Old 09-02-2018, 11:33 AM
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I went to visit a fellow "LINN" collector yesterday,and afterward in my meandering around came across these to machines,a Frandee model D and a 1972 1642 tucker. Neither were for sale !!



the tucker roller in the background used to be pulled by a 420 tucker torpedo!

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Old 09-03-2018, 12:36 AM
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Any idea what the serial number is for the Frandee? If by chance you have the contact information for the owner I would be happy to share the information I have collected while restoring mine.
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:03 AM
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Looks like the Frandee is one of the later Model D's based on the front differential. It looks like this is the heavier 1 ton GM axle, the early model D's had a Ford axle which they had problems with gear breakage. The engine appears to be original, it is the Ford 254 industrial flathead straight 6, probably a 1950 model, which is what mine is. You can see the gas tank, it is from a Chevrolet pickup from 47/48, two years that they made the under bed tank. At one time this unit had the ski, there is still the mount above the windshield and you can see remnants of the front pivot as well as the small shield on the cowling below the windshield an the driver side. This is kind of exciting for a Frandee guy, not many out there. Thanks for sharing the photo!
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GMoose, i had no idea where to look for a serial number!! I dont know if the track parts were still around or not,didnt see any , the machine had been moved from where it sat for years.I told the owners son a bit about them and about your restored one.I dont believe very many came east.The owner is actually restoring one of Vermonts lost ski areas,High Pond Ski are in Brandon Vt. They are doing a beautiful job and have the T-bar rebuilt along with outbuildings. Here are a few more photos.









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where was the linn
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Thanks for the history lesson loggah. Good job High Pond Ski, love it when passions take form. Did you get the BS mess kit?
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The serial number would have been on a brass plate mounted to the dash just under where the steering shaft went through (just in front of the left brake lever). Looks like the plate is missing, however I do not see any holes where it was riveted on either, maybe they put it in a different location.

My Frandee is S/N 37, S/N 36 is in Nevada, and S/N 35 is in Minnesota. I believe the first model E was either S/N 38 or 39 (it appears they did not start over at 1 with each model). So based on this my 37 is either the last or second to last model D. This Frandee you found looks identical to mine. S/N 36 looks identical to mine also, however S/N 35 has a different door arraignment on the rear and looks like it may have a slightly longer cab. It has also been repowered with a newer style engine. Possibly this one you found is S/N 38, which I believe would be the last model D.

Here is S/N 35:

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Here is S/N 36:
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Here is S/N 37:
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Here is what the brass S/N plate looks like (while standing on your head):

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Does anyone know anything about this Frandee, I found a photo on the internet a few years ago but this is all I have. Would love to know where it is and what S/N it is.
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GMoose ,you have really been busy in your frandee searching and accumulation of knowledge!!! Topwelder, there were 5 linn parts tractors ,and im working on getting a few of them,not readyto spill the beans yet !!! Scott not sure on the BS messkit, I keep finding plenty of B.S. !!!!!
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Here is the Frandee from Colorado that Aaron Tucker sent photos of. I do not know the serial number of this one either and am not sure if it is a model D or E.

Okay, I will shut up now, I am probably boring everyone with my Frandee love affair.
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Not boring me!i think Frandees are a pretty historical snow vehicle,and i did work on plenty of Thiokols back in the day ! i like the steam hoist in the background,also the chevy -GMC truck.
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Hay Don, that wood be BS as in Boy Scout.
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Go with the love affair, don't think you are alone here.
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Scott !! nope i didn't get the doublebitted axe head either !!!!!
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Don, too lazy to go thread hunting this morning, but did you ever make it back to dig those old tracks out of the ground?
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Wow, great Frandee thread. Maybe there should be a Frandee sticky thread for a place to keep all the historical info?? Anyone know how Bud Nikson is doing with his? I think he only hangs out on instagram now.
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I did go dig up the track section,it was only about 7' long ,but still had some good bearings and links. Some time you never know what you will dig up!
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GMoose; Here is what the brass S/N plate looks like (while standing on your head)

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Here is what not to do with your Frandee. Be careful with that side hilling.
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