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PMSept58MerrymakerSnowmobile

PMSept58MerrymakerSnowmobile

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Changing the versatile Merrymaker from a snow-mobile to a "self contained" trailer that can be hauledat highway speeds behind a car takes only minutes
By Wayne M. Judy 
OUR WINTERS of hard use aroundInternational Falls, Minn., and also inneighboring Canada have proved theMerrymaker snowmobile to be a practical,rugged vehicle ideal for cold climates. Thethrust of a propeller driven by a Continen-tal aircraft engine drives the vehicle oversnow and ice and, when it is necessary totransport the snowmobile over dry high-ways, it becomes a "self contained" trailer.In about 15 minutes two men can removethe three runners, install two wheels andthe unit hooks to a trailer hitch on a carfor quick change of locations at highwayspeeds. The easy transition from snow-mobile to trailer was made possible on theoriginal because it is built on a modifiedboat-trailer frame. Although it is possibleto build the snowmobile from the groundup by using the dimensions and drawingsin this article, the modified trailer, whichincludes the steering mechanism and ad- justable clamps for holding the mount of the aircraft motor is available from theOtto P. Miller Trailer Co., Almena, Wis.Use of the modified trailer will consider-ably simplify construction and save time.
F
65-HP.
CONTINENTAL ENGINEMOTOR MOUNT ¾" STEEL TUBING12-GAL. TANKTEMPERED HARDBOARDOVER TUBING FRAME
5"
CLEAR PLASTIC
12"
3 1 "
31"
29"30".
STEEL TUBING
6"
11' - 2"
14"
5'
13"
14FT.-
38"
BOTTOM 14" OF CAB½" MARINE PLYWOOD
22"
-20"
30"
WELDED
8"
16"30"
34"
½" TUBING
15"-
 
For this reason it is suggested that the joints at the rear of the cab be sealed withstrips of glass-fiber cloth saturated withepoxy-resin. The complete snowmobilewith full gasoline tank weighs 840 lb., the"boat hull" portion of the cab will supportabout 1700 lb. The brake on the steeringor "tiller" runner is operated by a heavynylon cord from the cab. It is slack enoughto allow a full swing of the runner. Controlof the front runner is by means of cablesand a steering-wheel-and-drum assemblydesigned for a boat. The throttle controlStandard Ford automobile wheels will fitthe trailer hubs, and the runners are madeto fit on the same hubs. The cab of thesnowmobile is made by screwing sheets of hardboard to a frame welded from thin-wall conduit. The lower portion of the cab,as indicated, is made like a boat, of ½-in.marine plywood, so the snowmobile willfloat if it should break through ice anddrop into water. Because the greatestamount of weight—the engine, runnersand cab—are located to the rear of thevehicle, it will sink down toward the rear.
161SEPTEMBER 1958
3 FT.
20"STUD WELDED
7 FT. - 10"
13"1"x 12" COMPRESSION SPRING
12"
3"
BRAKE CABLEx 3" x 5-FT. STEEL FLAT10"
5"
25"27"
¼" x 1"
STOVEBOLTS
5"
STEEL PIPE1" x 3", 200-LB COMPRESSION SPRINGBEARING"SLEEVE"
½" x
5"
1" STEEL SHAFTEXTENDSSTEEL PLATETHROUGH FLANGES OF RUNNER
DIA. EYE
STEEL ROD15"
6"
4"
5"1" DIA. x 3", 200 LB.
FLAT GROUND 1½" DOWN1" SHAFTTUBE WELDED TO
¼"
x
1¼
"  
x 3"
U-THROAT
"
1" I.D. COMP. SPRING,12" LONG1" I.D. x ½" COLLARSTEEL PLATEWELDED TOSHAFT ANDBEARING
2" x 4"
STEEL PLATECOMP. SPRINGSTEEL SHEAR PIN
¼"
x 3"
MACH. BOLT
x 2"
½" DIA. STEEL RIVETx 7" STEEL ROD
 
from them with a hammer. Wooden run-ners would require a lot of scraping.The bends in the runners are made byfirst cutting a series of slots 1.687 in. deep,1¾ in. apart. Steel cables and turn-bucklesare used to pull the curves into the runnersand hold them. When the forming is com-plete, a 1/8 x 1¼-in. flat-steel strip is boltedto the outside of each flange to strengthenthe bent metal. If cold-forming equipmentis available, the notching is not necessary.The turnbuckles and cables are needed onthe side runners to counteract the strain of the "tie rods" that run from the tips of therunners to the cross member ahead of thecab. The forward end of the cab that tiltsto permit entrance is fitted with a piano-type hinge across its full width. Neithergenerator nor starter is used, in the interestof saving weight. The engine starts at 40below zero by hand-spinning the propeller,the twin-impulse magnetos of the enginefurnishing excellent ignition even underthe extreme temperature conditions on theCanadian border. No heater is used on theoriginal, both to save weight and becauseit would produce a misting and frostingalso is the type used in a boat, and isspring-loaded to close automatically whenreleased. All three runners are shapedfrom No. 6061-T6 aluminum-alloy channels.The channels are 7 in. wide with 2 1/8-in.flanges, and have a web thickness of .230in. Aluminum is used for the runnersrather than wood, as the metal polishessmooth with use, and ice can be knocked
POPULAR MECHANICS162
5½"
34"
6 FT. - 1"14 FT. - 2"
4"
24" STEP
6 FT. - 8"
5 FT. - 5"
FT.5 FT. - 1"
CABLE DRUM
INSTRUMENT PANELSTEERING WHEEL
"

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