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Old 10-04-2019, 09:39 PM
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Thanks for all the details. It seems the closer we look, the worse it gets...which isn't a good thing!

Your encyclopedic knowledge is very, very impressive to me. If you said you knew the whereabouts of every 543 Tucker ever made... I wouldn't doubt it!

While buying a machine that's been fully restored has some appeal, you're taking a great deal on faith. And a low quality restoration is, in my opinion, worse than none at all.

Tucker should have the blueprints/drawings for the side shields. I can certainly understand them missing from the machine when they acquired it, but having all the necessary specifications to make new ones, and not doing it (despite a $75K price) calls into question what else they didn't do...

I do not have a "warm fuzzy" about this machine...
my greatest concern when buying a "restored" machine, tucker used square tubing through the frame ( very low grade steel, cost saving measure as the selling price continued to climb, year after year) and it is a well know fact, that, the tubing, rusts from the inside out, I want to know if the restorer treated/abated the rust issues, such as using Lind seed oil in the frame, just little they do with with older airplane frames

I much prefer a unrestored machine, hard to hide what is not done.

and this is why I continue to strongly believe for the money, a snow trac is a great value for the snow cat dollar, grouser for grouser, I love my snow trac

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Cocaine vs Snowcat.



After a heavy night of partying you still have a snowcat. Cocaine is all gone...
unless, you sold the snowcat for cheap quick money to buy more cocaine to keep on partying
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:04 PM
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I much prefer a unrestored machine.


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and this is why I continue to strongly believe for the money, a snow trac is a great value for the snow cat dollar, grouser for grouser, I love my snow trac[/QUOTE]

And this from a person that has a good share of vintage Tuckers!
She's right of course. A Snow Trac is nearly ideal for the part time/recreational snow catter.
They are compact, light, easily transported or stored, and most parts are common (vw drivetrain) or reasonably available.
A Tucker like this certainly has appeal to a certain (narrow) segment of the snow cat enthusiasts, just not many of us.
I hope they find a buyer.
I would love to see it out in the snow at a get together!
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:51 AM
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Thanks for the "rest of the story", as Paul Harvey used to say.

I honestly don't know how much I have spent on Thundercat, and you called it exactly with the phrase "best never to know". I can say the machine was bought "right", which then gives one a lot of room for putting money into it, and still at least breaking even. But that doesn't include labor and Scott and I have put a whole bunch of that into Thundercat. It's a pretty unique machine and we're kicking around some additional mods... (Why not...you can't take it with you?)

We enjoy working together and the snowcat projects are an opportunity to do that. Thundercat was/is a somewhat unique project as more of an exercise in what we could do, without (too much) regard for cost.

Your phrase "if everything was done correctly" is, in my opinion, totally on point. I'm in the (hopefully latter) stages of having a sixties muscle car professionally restored. The fellow doing the work routinely wins top trophies at national shows and his attention to detail is simply incredible. Nothing gets overlooked...nothing.

I've seen some truly lousy workmanship from the Tucker factory. If they couldn't be bothered to do it right the first time, why should I assume they would now? Trust is earned... Tucker has yet to earn mine.
.. considering where youre located.... would ..''KINDIGIT '' be the correct guess ...of your muscle car project....
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.. considering where youre located.... would ..''KINDIGIT '' be the correct guess ...of your muscle car project....
That's a very good guess, but the answer is no. The fellow who is doing my car is best known for Pontiacs, though that's not what he's doing for me. He's not local to SLC, or even Utah... I found him through a very good friend who had a 1965 GTO convertible restored by him. Incredibly beautiful car!

He's been restoring cars for a long time and I'm amazed how he is able to maintain his incredible attention to detail through project after project.
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soooooo, what are you having restored?????

and really, you let get away with saying, snow trac is the best value for the snow cat dollar, you are slipping...
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soooooo, what are you having restored?????

and really, you let get away with saying, snow trac is the best value for the snow cat dollar, you are slipping...
Restoration project is a secret until it's done...

Rest assured, I noticed the Snow Trac comment. I didn't want to take anything away from this thread, so I let it pass.

I also noticed the Snow Trac invitation on the Serenade thread, and it took great personal restraint not to throw out a jab of some kind.
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Restoration project is a secret until it's done...

Rest assured, I noticed the Snow Trac comment. I didn't want to take anything away from this thread, so I let it pass.

I also noticed the Snow Trac invitation on the Serenade thread, and it took great personal restraint not to throw out a jab of some kind.

pretty sure it is a chevy...

oh, you will get your chance, when the snow tracs get stuck up to their turn signals, and the tuckers will stay orange and continue the climb into the high country.....
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