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Milaca
09-24-2009, 01:02 AM
Another photo from the MN Historical Society website. This pic is dated 1922. Does anyone have anymore information about this?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2575/3939474197_4cb0c9f3d8.jpg

bison
09-24-2009, 01:40 AM
MAN ,I don't know but it looks like fun [:p]

Michidan
09-24-2009, 09:42 AM
That thing is way bigger than it looks at first. And would appear to have serious center of gravity issues... I'd call it a flip-devil.

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Chris Pile
09-24-2009, 09:51 AM
quote:That thing is way bigger than it looks at first. And would appear to have serious center of gravity issues... I'd call it a flip-devil.

The width of the front skis were probably meant to keep it stable in turns.

I see boat and airplane touches in the design - wonder who engineered the thing?

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special
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Scott
09-24-2009, 10:15 AM
I beat you to it. I brought this up about 3 years ago. Still, it's interesting.

DEEPNHOCK
09-24-2009, 10:25 AM
"Go Devil" is a generic term for early ice and snow machines.
(And the early Jeep engine)
There were quite a few homeade efforts...
(and you thought we were strange now[:0])
Jeff[8D]

http://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/uploads/34/icegodevil.jpg

Milaca
09-24-2009, 11:30 AM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

I beat you to it. I brought this up about 3 years ago. Still, it's interesting.

Hi Scott, so I guess you're saying that there is nothing new under the sun? :D By the way, did you find a pic of this from the MNHS website or did you get it from a different source?

toyman
09-24-2009, 11:32 AM
RTQ....we need your input on this one.

toyman

JBOYLE
09-24-2009, 11:41 AM
Looks like a Fokker tail...:D


63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

dean pearson
09-24-2009, 12:21 PM
I think the Elbridge model was really a early hair dryer, Would bring a whole new meaning to gettin a bug stuck in your teeth.
They do look like a heck of a lot of fun though.
Dean Pearson.

BobGlasscock
09-24-2009, 01:04 PM
quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

Looks like a Fokker tail...:D


63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State


You can't say that on tv!! Oh, nevermind, we're not on tv.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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Roscomacaw
09-24-2009, 01:28 PM
The Dual Cowl arrangement is cool - so would a ride in this thing be! How long could you go before you got frostbite in your jowels??? [:I]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

JBOYLE
09-24-2009, 01:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by BobGlasscock


quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

Looks like a Fokker tail...:D

Washington State


You can't say that on tv!! Oh, nevermind, we're not on tv.


It's a good thing I didn't tell the joke who's punchline is...
"That Fokker was in a Messerschmitt."
I'm told by my English friends the joke is halarious told with a Scottish accent...:D:D:D

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

HookedonStudies
09-24-2009, 02:03 PM
I don't think it would be too good as a snowmobile with only the propeller driving it. It may however work pretty well on an icy road or frozen lake.

Pat Casey
55 Commander
58 Transtar
62 GT Hawk
66 Cruiser
SDC Member since 1983

Roscomacaw
09-24-2009, 03:11 PM
Stopping it would be as much an adventure as making it go.[:0]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Dick Steinkamp
09-24-2009, 03:13 PM
quote:Originally posted by Michidan
I'd call it a flip-devil.




I'd call it "Death Wish"

[:0]



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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Scott
09-24-2009, 10:09 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca


quote:Originally posted by Scott

I beat you to it. I brought this up about 3 years ago. Still, it's interesting.

Hi Scott, so I guess you're saying that there is nothing new under the sun? :D By the way, did you find a pic of this from the MNHS website or did you get it from a different source?


I got it from the same source you did!

comatus
09-25-2009, 07:11 AM
We had a family friend, now departed, who was a teenager during WWI, and lived on a dairy farm in the Upper Peninsula. He built one of these with a pusher prop, and an Ace inline motorcycle engine. He'd use it every day to take the cans of milk into town. Unfortunately, once he was in town, a pack of dogs would follow him, and if he throttled down suddenly a dog's head would go right into the prop. Afer a couple of those encounters, the sheriff told him to leave the sled at the town line.

"Go-Devil" is a term from the oil fields. When wells were shot with TNT, a very fast guy, usually a kid, had the job of dropping the trigger charge down the hole and getting the h**l our of there. Drop it, see, and go like the devil. I have a cousin (my mother's cousin, you know) who did this in the Ohio fields in the early 1920's, and has lived to tell about it.

Milaca
09-25-2009, 11:16 AM
Here's a similar looking snowmobile, er, Go-Devil...as designed by Brooks Stevens for OMC. :D
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2669/3952768629_5a7feefc3c_o.jpg

DEEPNHOCK
09-27-2009, 08:43 AM
Oh my!
Here's another one 'different by design'...
Jeff[8D]
http://twotogo.homestead.com/files/Photos-In-Line-1/1-Ice.jpg
(Now I am going to have to look for some Chuck Suba rocket snowmobile pic's[:0])



quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Here's a similar looking snowmobile, er, Go-Devil...as designed by Brooks Stevens for OMC. :D

DEEPNHOCK
09-27-2009, 08:58 AM
Here you go!
(Ky Michaelson converted Chuck Suba's X-1 to run on snow)
Is it cold out? Your buttons are showing[:0]
Jeff[8D]
http://www.the-rocketman.com/archive_photos/sexysnow.jpg



quote:Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK

Oh my!
Here's another one 'different by design'...
Jeff[8D]
(Now I am going to have to look for some Chuck Suba rocket snowmobile pic's[:0])

dean pearson
09-27-2009, 01:12 PM
The driver of the ice kutter looks angry,
Is it because there is no ice or does she have chaffing issues due to her knees rubbing together?
Dean.

Aspalen
09-27-2009, 05:08 PM
I love these.
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s282/aspalen/snowmobile.jpg
http://blog.cardomain.com/2008/02/28/hot-rod-snowmob/

Lennart...
-63 Avanti R1
-61 Champ 6E5 122"
-57 Transtar 3E5/7 112"
-58 Golden Hawk
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