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Old 09-17-2013, 03:41 PM
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Default 1980s Cushman Trackster

so lets try a different route, I thought...



Not sure of the year, the owner said it was 1980s... LOL...

Former Deschutes County Search & Rescue machine, was used/maintained/redone/worked on - by actual user/owner of the machine. Apparently they had a fleet of 5 in the whole group, until they got "old" and got replaced by ATVs on tracks.

Machine runs well, might need a bit of adjustments here and there, but nothing major. I've inquired about the replacement tracks, since these seems like wont do too well in the deep snow (McLaren tracks at $700/ea plus S&H).

Factory engine was replaced with a KOHLER V-Twin (if I'm getting it right) 25HP motor, and single exhaust setup. Fan was also added for hydro-fluid radiator with a dedicated switch for the long /idle operations.

Lets get some snow already here...

p.s. once I bring it into the garage, i'll snap some more pictures for anyone interested.
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Tracks by McLaren...

Seems like they got good knobs for better traction

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Default Re: 1980s Cushman Trackster

I restored one a few years ago. I used the 24 hp honda. I liked the machine. the only complaint I had was it was soooo slow, only about 10mph tops. I had the fiberglass hardtop. As far as I know they only used the omc 2 stroke. unless the owner did a engine swapp. You can get about any thing you want for then. There was a guy in northern california that has stuff. Find him on line. Clair
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I restored one a few years ago. I used the 24 hp honda. I liked the machine. the only complaint I had was it was soooo slow, only about 10mph tops. I had the fiberglass hardtop. As far as I know they only used the omc 2 stroke. unless the owner did a engine swapp. You can get about any thing you want for then. There was a guy in northern california that has stuff. Find him on line. Clair
Yep,

The engine was replaced by the previous owner, and seems to run fine at this point.

My only concern at this point are the tracks...
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Nothing wrong with a Kohler. you can get stock tracks or complast. but if that is the pics of your tracks they have been replaced and should be in good shape. Calir
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the original equipment tracks sucked they also made longer tracks I think it was mcclarin. the draw back most people complained about was poor performance on the 4 stroke conversion you can get a higher ratio ring and pinion to make your pumps more efficient I here it works well that way. the Cushman puts down about the same footprint as a snow trac at about .60 psi I have a manual for the trackster still think.
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I had the new stock tracks I had no complaint. I think the aftermarket track is better(more grip) you can have the stock 9 tooth sprocket of the stock 7 tooth sprocket. mine had the 9. you can get the gear change but it is quite expensive. It was not recomended to me because you can only do so much with 24 ponys. Clair
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Nothing wrong with a Kohler. you can get stock tracks or complast. but if that is the pics of your tracks they have been replaced and should be in good shape. Calir
Thats a picture of the new McLaren tracks
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Default Re: 1980s Cushman Trackster

the one nice thing about the trickster is it's all terrain mud snow and rocks. they are slow and there are a lot of cautions one has to heed when operating on steep slopes. the steep slopes part that caused me to abandon the project and get something larger like the snow trac.
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the one nice thing about the trickster is it's all terrain mud snow and rocks. they are slow and there are a lot of cautions one has to heed when operating on steep slopes. the steep slopes part that caused me to abandon the project and get something larger like the snow trac.
I would treat the Trackster more like a snowmobile... than a snowcat...
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Here is one I redid a couple of years ago put a 27 hp kohler twin in it a the
McClaren tracks.

Also put a utv blade on it
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You must be down in the southern hemisphere?
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I would treat the Trackster more like a snowmobile... than a snowcat...
i wanted an easily transportable atv type rig that could handle the mud better than a quad, and be able to put the family in. hills are a concern and the prospect of an endo didn't sit well with me especially the ones i go up and down in the winter so it was back to beating my self up on a quad. than i got the snow trac it' small light and efficient. i have taken it hunting tundra bogging and it excels as a vehicle for the family to get out of town in the winter with
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always back down steep hills caus they will endow
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Nixon,

When you get it in the garage, you should start a thread on it, as I for one and I am sure others know little if any of the "innards" of this little beast. Pull it a part and take some pics if you would...I'd love to see some detail of the design. Cushman equiptment has in general very good reputation for quality products. They seem to know how to build things for long lasting use. I gotta feeling you will have a cab fabbed up pretty soon too!! Maybe an overhead tent too........

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Here is one I redid a couple of years ago put a 27 hp kohler twin in it a the
McClaren tracks.

Also put a utv blade on it
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Blade on the front.

Ski bars on the back!!!! (built like wheelie bars)

Have the ski bars on a hydraulic ram so the extend in and out in tight sections.

No endoing !!!!!
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The wilderness 300 replaced the Cushman after Cushman went out of business. You can get most all parts for both machines. The Wilderness has a price tag of $24,000. and have a 32 hp generac engine, with hydraulic motors to control the tracks.
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