1979 Arctic Cat Jag 3000

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I really wanted to bring life back into something that brought me so many memories.  I wanted to re-build it to its former glory as if it was coming from the dealer floor.

What motivated you to start your project?

This project began with a touch of nostalgia.  The first sled I can remember riding and driving was a Jag that my father owned.  I have always had a sweet spot for it as it is where my interest in the sport likely began.  I wanted to resurrect one that was like the one I had rode as a child as my wife and I were expecting our first child.  To be corny….it boiled down a legacy.

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

Nothing to creative, other than I wanted to make it look like factory showroom.  It was a challenge to find reproduction items like decals and what not that were just as good as the originals, but in the end the ones that were sourced were excellent.

What are you most proud of?

I think the thing I am most proud of is that I am merely an amateur mechanic.  While there were some bugs to still work out after re-assembly, I could step back and say “I did that”.  The reactions from people who knew the sled prior to the restoration were priceless.  Additionally, I know have a piece of history that I can use to share with my two boys and hopefully foster their love of the sport.

What do other people say about your sled?

Realistically its just an old Jag.  They are a dime a dozen, but this one has my sweat equity in it.  It is satisfying to hear others say how great it looks.  Since completion I have had other approach me saying “you know I have another one for you in my barn when you want it”.


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