early tucker photos

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1944 tucker, grass valley, calif. sold new to webb moffett, ski lifts inc. seattle wa. J J tucker at the wheel.
 

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AdkSnowcat

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Great photos!!!! This one is not as old but I thought it was a cool mid-fifties hood.
 

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AdkSnowcat

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It was on a '54 or '55. Maybe it was a replacement hood? It is rear hinge. I think it is molded fiberglass. It's on a 443 at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
 

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Pontoon Princess

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okay, the grill is mid 60;s on and the fiberglass hoods, I believe started to show up in late 60's and then there is owners replacing damaged parts with whatever is available. thanks for posting the photos.
 

AdkSnowcat

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Interesting! Thanks! The grill looks like the one that had been on my '66. I guess they must have had a mishap or two. The Tucker is a low hour machine donated by an electrical utility. It looks to be a really nice machine!
 

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found another couple tucker photos from the 40's, enjoy
 

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It's interesting that there are five different styles of the same idea shown in this thread. This last one is definitely unique though- visible drive sprocket and cogs(?) on each end of the pontoon, although it is a roller track.

Is that a screw drive unit in the middle?
 

Pontoon Princess

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It's interesting that there are five different styles of the same idea shown in this thread. This last one is definitely unique though- visible drive sprocket and cogs(?) on each end of the pontoon, although it is a roller track.

Is that a screw drive unit in the middle?

it is a track drive and you sat right over it, with skis on the sides, to keep the whole thing upright, the three are tuckers, all 1945's each one a different engine, chev 6, dodge 6 and a ford 60 hp V-8 and the one on the left, is my machine.
 
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Pontoon Princess

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and just too keep your interest, all these machines are 1946's and two of these machines still exists, one is at tucker inc, and the other is in Oregon, very private owner.
 

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Pontoon Princess

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the colorized photo was done by the photographer and was used in a ad for tucker, i have added a black and white that was taken at the same time.
 

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Pontoon Princess

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a mid 1940's tucker snow machine, great detailed photo, H-D twin.
 

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Pontoon Princess

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a single steering ski up front?

yes, a single ski up front and two along the side to keep it balanced with the track between them, a late thirties build. will post additional early tucker photo in the next few weeks. stay tune. and thanks for the interest
 

jask

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another awesome pic! please keep them coming. Just as a point of distraction... that engine is a late 30s - probably 39 UL big twin flathead.... a Harley powered snow machine sounds like fun!
 

Pontoon Princess

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you are correct about the HD engine, found another photo that dates the machine as a 1941, there is a story that Tucker tried to sell the design to HD. from all that is know about the machine, it worked fairly well, really looks like a modern snow mobile that we all know, it also could tilt for side hilling.
 

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the single track machine with Jasper James Tucker at the wheel, notice the spiral machine in the background, moving forward with a new design.
 

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Pontoon Princess

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something a little more modern, yet i think it might be interesting, better you will be able to see it at, CATS MEOW JAMBOREE next april, they family is very committed to attending, they tell scott and i that they will also bring a new "big" tucker!
 

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DAVENET

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Here's the ole' gal just a little bit stuck . . . I have to say- If that was to happen to me (the front end just dropping out from under me), I would have turned around and gone home.
 

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You can still see where the pontoon rotated enough to hit the box.

Curious that the lights were removed in the B&W photos . . .
 

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sno-drifter

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You can still see where the pontoon rotated enough to hit the box.

Curious that the lights were removed in the B&W photos . . .

The lights were added when She returned home. The crossing was during the '57 '58 winter. No lights required, 24 hours full sun. Low temps in the
-70's
 

Pontoon Princess

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fyi, the tucker folks are doing a nice job of preservation and bring the freighter back to operational condition. they are putting in a very serious effort to do it right, good for them.
 
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