1971 Ski Doo Elan

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

Besides repairing the sled, we wanted to make it ride, steer and go even better in deep snow than a stock Elan.  Since I was only 7 at the time I was too young to ride on the trails so we wanted to make a sled to go boon-docking through the woods.  Once we painted the hood, it came out so cool and so many people commented on it that we started to bring it to vintage sled rides and shows.  I started winning trophies and awards like you wouldn’t believe. I still ride it all the time.  I am now 11 and it is still my favorite sled to ride.

What motivated you to start your project?

This Elan was my first sled and after the track came off I didn’t want to scrap the old machine so we made the decision to repair it and make it even better.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the sled?

The coolest to me was how the suspension worked because I was just 7 years old and it was all custom.

What are you most proud of?

How good it works in the snow.  How I got to learn how to weld, bend and cut sheet metal and to paint.

What do other people say about your sled?

Some people say it is the coolest sled ever. But the best is when they ask if they can buy it.

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