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Sleds Of Family Ties Have Come Home!

#1 User is offline   SnoRunnerRacing Icon

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  • My Sled(s):1970 Panther 399
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    1998 ZR 500 (Early Build)
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Posted 30 August 2017 - 07:12 PM

Not only do I love looking around barns or fields looking for old Cats, but what I really enjoy trying to find (or in this case, retrieve) is snowmobiles that were sold by my (infamous) Uncle Doug.

I was always limited to what I was able to buy, due to my lack of space at the time. If I had to badly buy one, one from the heard had to be let go. This year things changed. With my parents residing at a new address with a combined 65 acres of land to "store snowmobiles", I'm obviously going to take advantage of this. I mean, why not? ;)

So far this week I've inquired about 3 sleds (whoops!) One was spotted from the road on one of my routes for work, the other two I have known about for a while. The one I spotted, a 1988 El Tigre, the owner is out of town for the week so I'm awaiting that phone call. But now the exciting part.

I was at my mechanics shop picking up tires for my girlfriends car tonight. During the time of BS'ing about life, his dad pulled up. He used to be a farmer for many years and is now enjoying retirement. It soon struck to me that he had two Cats beside the shop that have been sitting there for god knows how long. I mentioned the sleds to him and asked if he was willing to sell them. He says "they have been sitting in the same spot for about 20 years. You make them dissapear and you got yourself a deal!" All excited, we shook hands and I agreed to pick them up in a couple days. I went to the side to go have a look at them. There was a 79 Jag 3000 FA and a 79 Lynx 2000T. Then my mouth dropped...

Painted on the hood of the Jag is "Sno Runner, Arctic Cats Sales & Service", my Uncle Doug's old dealership! The old farmer told me he bought the pair for him & his wife brand new in 79 and only put a couple thousand miles on each of them. They have been sitting outside, untarpped, untouched for 20 years. The Jag has a seized motor but the Lynx turns free. I didn't even care about the condition, just knowing the fact that my hero, one day many years ago PDI'd these sleds for a satisfied customer & his wife so they could enjoy winter, made it all worth it!

I will get more pics when I pick them up, but heres a start! Note the old Keychain still on the Jag

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1970 Panther 399
1972 Lynx 292(#359)
1976 Pantera 5000
1979 Jag 3000 F/A
1979 Lynx 2000T
1981 El Tigre 6000
1995 Bearcat 550
1998 ZR 500 (Early Build)

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:11 AM

Very nice!!
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