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Old 10-12-2013, 11:55 AM
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This is why we need a lot of defrost power in eastern Washington. We get a lot of ice fog in the Kittitas valley and Table mountain area. It will create a layer of ice on whatever it touches. It is a real problem when snowmobiling as it will coat your helmet visor very quickly. The snow in the picture of our cabin is not snow. It is fog that has frozen onto everything and created a natural flocking on the trees. Notice there is very little snow on the roof.

I threw in a couple more winter pictures just to help get in the mood.
The mountain view scene is from Lion Rock on Table mountain looking west to the Stewart range. This area is all burned up now from the Table mountain fire of 2012.

I plan to post a lot of winter pictures of the cat in use later. I just got a new camera. My old one crapped out.
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The pictures worked! Puts me in the mood for lots of snow!

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Old 10-13-2013, 11:15 PM
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Now I'll have to definitely visit you with my DSLR, get some killer shots, as well as do some aerial with my quadcopter & GoPro...
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Took the cat to the cabin a couple of weeks ago and test drove it up and down the mountain on 6 November. Everything works as designed. No leaks. The temperature was in the 30's and the cab was comfy inside. The engine cowling is working as planned at keeping the cab from getting too hot. Engine temps stayed normal. There is plenty of heat available for defrost and cab heat on the colder days. We rarely have temps below 10F so we should be ok.

We only got about a half inch of snow so I only got to drive it on gravel. We'll be back on Thanksgiving so I'm hoping there will be some snow then. I am keeping it in a friend's shipping container at the bottom of the mountain at the end of the plowed road.

Hope to get some snow pictures soon.
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This is our miserable excuse for snow. These pictures were taken on 29 December. Last year at this time we had 2 feet! I would like to drive this thing a little bit before we go the Snowcat jamboree!
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ALRIGHT, you got a vintage license!!
Just build or buy a newer machine and this light snow happens.
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looking at those pics I saw one of those old fwd gmc motor homes in the corner of the frame. are you planning to make an urban assult vehicle like the one in stripes?
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:28 PM
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That is a 1976 GMC motorhome that I completely restored a couple years ago. It has a remanufactured 455 olds engine upgraded to GM tbi fuel injection and about every moving part replaced, rebuilt or modernized. We use it all the time and have a lot of fun with it.
Our GMC club has a rally about every 2 months. It is one of my favorite vehicles to drive and I have to be careful to not get a speeding ticket. I have never had the throttle on the floor. It is like a 12,000 lb. hot rod with plumbing.
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That is a 1976 GMC motorhome that I completely restored a couple years ago. It has a remanufactured 455 olds engine upgraded to GM tbi fuel injection and about every moving part replaced, rebuilt or modernized. We use it all the time and have a lot of fun with it..
I think that you forget to complete this edition. THE SNOW Motorhome GMC, to use it ALL the time in the winter + the 1402 1MP.

Sorry about the sketch, I make the lines and the colors in few minutes.
You know what i mean ok.

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If I did that, I would have some 'splainin' to do to my wife!!
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We just got back from the Snowcat Jamboree in Leavenworth Wa. yesterday. There was no snow but everyone still had a great time. We hung out in the parking area with good friends, good food and plenty of adult beverages. The hotel even let us have a campfire in the parking lot. 12 cats made it this year.
Check out more pictures at http://www.forumsforums.com/3_9/showthread.php?t=61614
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FINALLY!!! We got about 2 feet of snow at the cabin in the last 2 weeks and 6 inches while we were there. We actually have more snow now than normal. We made it the 2 1/2 miles up the mountain ok, but the 1402 with 30 hp is a little slow. Some of our hills are pretty steep, and combined with deep snow requires low gear. Still, we got all of our gear up in one trip, as opposed to 3 or 4 with snowmobiles. We were warm and comfy on the trip down in heavy fog. The defrost and wipers work great. There were some clutch issues, something went wrong with the locking dogs and I had to hold the clutch lever continuously by hand. I'll fix that when I bring it home this spring. I may also try a set of springs with a higher arch to give the cat more ground clearance. All in all, it did the job I needed it to do.
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it is good to see snow on it. Thinking back many years I remember a spring tied to our handle.
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I did put in a new clutch disc, and had it pop out at the beginning few times, but kept adjusting it to the point where it stopped popping out.

Higher arches on the springs? Why do you want more clearance, these seem to float over snow fairly easy...
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Looks awesome. I rode my snomobile by that area on Friday to see if I could spot you and say hi. But I didn't see the cat anywhere.
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Can't think of a better cabin access machine! Thanks for the pictures.
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I did put in a new clutch disc, and had it pop out at the beginning few times, but kept adjusting it to the point where it stopped popping out.

Higher arches on the springs? Why do you want more clearance, these seem to float over snow fairly easy...
I adjusted the clutch about three times but it kept popping out of gear when under load, or uphill. The last time I adjusted it, the adjustment hit the limit, and something popped inside and wouldn't lock at all. It was still drivable by holding the clutch handle back. I am guessing that the locking cams were worn out and finally broke. I'll pull the engine when I get it home this spring and fix it.

We get a lot of heavy wet snow in our area, especially after a warm spell. The rear end is so low that it has to push a lot of heavy snow under the tub, which uses a lot of power, and this rig doesn't have much to spare. There are springs with the same width and center distance available from SD Truck Springs for 20 bucks http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....roducts_id=331 with a 2" higher arch which would really help matters. They are 1/4 inch thick as opposed to 3/16 but I think I would remove the short helper and just use the two layers. I bought a couple already and will try them when I get it home. I would have to machine new bushings with a 1/2" hole but that is no big deal. This would also increase the approach angles on both ends and tighten the track. New spring above, old one (without top two layers) below.
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Looks awesome. I rode my snomobile by that area on Friday to see if I could spot you and say hi. But I didn't see the cat anywhere.
Our cabin is on the west side of currier canyon in the Sun East area. We're kind of off the beaten path south of the Wilson road. We were there from the 20th to 25th.

I didn't try to go up in the National Forest due to clutch issues. Hopefully we can get together another time.
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Default Re: The continuing saga of Niksons 1402 IMP sn 129

turbinator have you thought about about lining the bottom of your imp with hdpe to slicken the bottom up. it is some thing I have looked at with the snow trac, but our wet snow season is so short I just cant seem to justify the expence
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The problem is the rear end hangs down about 2" below the belly pan and creates a dam. It adds to the overall drag unnecessarily. It is also a problem when backing up in untraveled snow. Most other cats I have looked at have considerably more ground clearance than this one. The sink in fresh snow is more than the clearance by several inches so any increase will help.
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