I wanted to make it my own. Also wanted to make it a head turner but to not be afraid to use it as intended.
I love functional vintage with a twist. This sled was the first sled i ever bought. I bought it for $350 and it was in great shape. I used it for a couple years just here n there and for ice fishing. I then bought a new sled so i did not use this sled much anymore and it just kinda kept getting in the way so a buddy of mine asked me if he could buy it so i gave him the friend discount and sold it to him for $200. Four years later i was with some friends at a tavern and we were talking about toys we use to own and memories and this sled was one of the ones that got away. One of those things as a guy you look back and say “damn i never should have sold that”. Right then i called my buddy i sold it to and asked if he still had it. He said yes and so i asked if i could buy it back. He said come n get it…..so i did. Literally got up n left the tavern right then and went to pick it up. He then said he has good news and bad news which scared me because i then figured it was trashed or somethin. He said the good news is the sled is in the same exact shape as when i left it but the bad news is thats because he only road it once or twice so it had been sitting in his shop for quite a while so no guarantees if it still ran. Choked it and 2 pulls and she fired right up like a champ. The beauty of the old stuff. He asked me what i wanted to pay for it so i paid him $225. He only wanted $200 but i told him he deserves to make a profit for not destroyin it. I then went right to work on “jazzin it up”. I took the old seat off to recover it which revealed some issues. Long story short its impossible to find the trunk compartment so i had to fabricate some parts to make the one on there work. But got the seat recovered and put the camo wrap on it and some decals and the orange grips. Cleaned the skis up and put on some new wear bars and cleaned the motor up. Couple very minor repairs and carb cleaning and she runs like a champ. Surprising how the orange grips really changed the look of the whole sled. Something so small n simple. This sled will never be sold again. Lol
Simply the looks. The camo wrap and orange decals dressed it up. Surprisingly the orange grips really brought the whole sled together. Who woulda thought somethin as simple as the grips would really bring the whole sled together.
The entire thing really and the story behind it. Its not often a guy gets his first one back. Usually its the one that got away story. I guess im proud that it looks cool and turns heads yet im not afraid to beat the hell out of it. Dont get me wrong i mean i think fully restored sleds are cool but what good is something if its too “pretty” to really use. Those are called paperweights. I have a blast on mine.
I get a great general response due to the uniqueness of it. My favorite reponse was when a buddy called it a gem which is how it got its name.