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Snowyriver

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Hello guys, I’m Craig Walls and I live in the Willow area. Typical story: my mom gave me a Matchbox Snow Trac when I was 5 and have been in love with them since! Still have it! Four months ago I didn’t have one and now I have two!

The first one is #1981, a white ambulance model Snow Master, purchased in Big Lake. It has a seized eng and also something broken on the transaxle. It pretty much needs to be gone through.

Number 2 is an orange ST4 I found in McCarthy. It’s older but I can’t remember the ser #. 17__ __. It does run but puts lots of exhaust smoke into the cab. Haven’t looked at that yet. It also needs to be gone through. When I first got it I drove it around a little and after a long sweeping left turn, it was trying to come out of the track. Maybe adjusted a little loosely? Anyway, they’re mine now and I’m excited!
 

300 H and H

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You have many hours of work ahead of you, but it will be very much worth it.
I love my "trac" !! :thumb:

Regards, Kirk
 

JimVT

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the tailpipe location is usually the exhaust problem. it comes in the rear door.
good to have ya.
 

300 H and H

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You need and owner operator manual to find out how to adjust the drive chain tension, and the track tension. Lubrication of the variator, is also a must.

There used to be a printable version here on this site some were from Gold Cord Mines. Any one have a link? :smile:

Regards, Kirk
 

NE-Iowa

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Welcome and congrats on your machines! I feel like Matchbox was the start of this 12 Step Program to a lot of us. WOuld love to see some pics. Best of luck.

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Hello guys, I’m Craig Walls and I live in the Willow area. Typical story: my mom gave me a Matchbox Snow Trac when I was 5 and have been in love with them since! Still have it! Four months ago I didn’t have one and now I have two!

The first one is #1981, a white ambulance model Snow Master, purchased in Big Lake. It has a seized eng and also something broken on the transaxle. It pretty much needs to be gone through.

Number 2 is an orange ST4 I found in McCarthy. It’s older but I can’t remember the ser #. 17__ __. It does run but puts lots of exhaust smoke into the cab. Haven’t looked at that yet. It also needs to be gone through. When I first got it I drove it around a little and after a long sweeping left turn, it was trying to come out of the track. Maybe adjusted a little loosely? Anyway, they’re mine now and I’m excited!
 

Snowyriver

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I have pictures but apparently they’re too large of files for uploading. I’ll have to downsize them and then upload. The seller of the #1991 ambulance version told me the eng in it is the Porsche one but I’ll have to verify that tomorrow now that I’m armed with info from this great site.

I hope to meet up with locals here in Alaska who are into and use these vehicles.
Thanks for the kind words! Craig
 

nikos

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SnowyRiver Welcome to the Forum. Another one SnowTrac Onwer.:laugh3::laugh3::laugh3::laugh3::laugh3: You don't have to worry about how large are the Photos. Just send them. ok

Nikos
 

Snowyriver

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Snowyriver

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The orange one runs. I was driving it and making shallow short turns to go the other way and it kind of felt like it was binding up, I heard a loud bang, and it did bind up and stopped moving. Now left front tire is riding up on the metal pieces the sprocket engages. Now the left front tire is lined up with the center hub, not the outer sprocket like the other side.
 

nikos

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The orange one runs. I was driving it and making shallow short turns to go the other way and it kind of felt like it was binding up, I heard a loud bang, and it did bind up and stopped moving. Now left front tire is riding up on the metal pieces the sprocket engages. Now the left front tire is lined up with the center hub, not the outer sprocket like the other side.


Snowyriver Thanks For the Pics.
My opinion is that the Sprocket came to close to the left front tire.
You have to check the Left Track Adjustment for the drive chain, if it is broken.

Any other fotos for the side of engine. We need extra informations

Nikos
 

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From Inside of the cabin. White Snow Master

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Catavenger

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Welcome and PLEASE send some snow to Phoenix Arizona! Not that I'm complaining we have had a cool down to only the low 100s!
 

Snowyriver

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So I got under there yesterday and did some looking. On the driver side there’s a piece that’s welder onto the axle (looks factory to me, not some add on), it’s kind of shaped like a long triangle with the base arrached to the sprocket axle. Anyhow, it normally has a hole at the pointed end and it points downward and goes over a bolt. Well, the pointed end broke off. Looks like it would keep the sprocket axle in a certain place if it were in place. I think that’s what let the hub move back onto the tire. I’ll find some drawings here on the forum and ID the part. Thanks for the interest and welcomes! Craig
 
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