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mikes99ss
04-27-2016, 07:42 PM
So I figured it might be fun to start a thread about the progress and give periodic updates as to what I'm doing with the sled and my progress.

So far I've just been collecting parts and doing research.
. I now have a nice 1" track, new break lever, new track bearings, plenty of spark plugs, new slides, new airbox foam, 2" riser block, plastic skis, new shorty winshield,and Fox shock that I just had rebuilt and revalved for my big butt.
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Latley I've been researching studs and trying to figure out what I want to do with the tunnel. Some have said to paint it as it is. Some have said to put some of that grip stuff that comes on skateboards. I would like to strip and powdercoad the whole thing but $$$ 53841

skiroule
04-29-2016, 12:51 AM
Powder coating is awesome but if it were my sled I would just paint it close to stock color (black). After all, the idea is to get it on the snow next winter. Touch-up is easy and cheap. I wouldn't mess with any traction paint treatment. I think it would look very non-stock and is not needed. For the most part, this is a sit-down and hang on sled.

For riding the old-timers I've figured out that my soft rubber sole boots (Lacrosse Ice Kings) are the best choice in footwear. They kind of go with the territory and are much easier on the running board paint. Three winters after restoration, the boards of my main vintage rider still don't need repainting.

I tried my hard rubber soled HMK boots on the TX once....bad idea. Not only are they harder on the paint but are major slippery without any grip features on the running board. Great for the mountain sled, not so much for a vintage machine.

mikes99ss
04-29-2016, 08:47 PM
Wire wheeled the shocks tonight and even polished the rear track shock. Going to paint the front shocks black. Ordered studs and colored ski loops for the plastic skis I have (just going to use those on long trips) a good night of classic country music and garage time. 53845

skiroule
04-29-2016, 11:29 PM
a good night of classic country music and garage time. 53845

There's nothing better.

mikes99ss
06-19-2016, 08:44 PM
Haven't forgotten about this thread. Just busy with kids and playing with the boat. Did get the shocks rebuilt, revalved and repainted. I guess that's some progress

skiroule
06-22-2016, 11:36 PM
Hey, at least you're doing something. I'm sure it will pick up in the fall.

Things are at a standstill for me but there's always hope for the future. I'm going out on a limb and proclaiming I will have a project sled thread next year.

mikes99ss
09-27-2016, 10:40 PM
54199 my first real step towards restoring the ol 650. Never studded a track before tonight.

grub
09-30-2016, 10:02 AM
You should probably plan on getting new springs for the front shocks. Check to see if they make stiffer ones than the old stockers. When we had these sleds bottoming out the front was common. If you bottom them out a lot sooner or later it will peel off the tunnel heat exchanger and shove it into your nicely studded track. We used to take John Deere cultivator springs and stick them up front. Problem solved.

mikes99ss
09-30-2016, 01:29 PM
You should probably plan on getting new springs for the front shocks. Check to see if they make stiffer ones than the old stockers. When we had these sleds bottoming out the front was common. If you bottom them out a lot sooner or later it will peel off the tunnel heat exchanger and shove it into your nicely studded track. We used to take John Deere cultivator springs and stick them up front. Problem solved.

I've got rebuilt and revalved shocks from a 1992 xcr 440. :-)

mikes99ss
10-16-2016, 10:14 PM
54316 Starting to get serious now....

mikes99ss
10-22-2016, 07:25 PM
Cleaned the belly pan today. 54355

mspease
10-23-2016, 09:03 AM
Looks like it cleaned up very well! Good old elbow grease no doubt. :)

mikes99ss
10-23-2016, 09:15 AM
Looks like it cleaned up very well! Good old elbow grease no doubt. :)

Lots. ;-)

skiroule
10-23-2016, 09:58 AM
Coming along nicely...going to be an awesome classic sled.

Turbo650
10-23-2016, 10:45 PM
Lookn Good.
Currently have a '90 650SKS and a '96 Ultra Touring.
I just Love those old triples. Had them since 1983.

ws6formula
11-04-2016, 01:31 AM
For the running boards, paint it and put some of that gritty non-slip tape on it. That's what I did to mine. Got them at Lowes. I used the original ones which were starting to become loose at one edge, made a pattern to cut the replacement ones. The replacements look better because they are black and not a dark grey like the originals.


https://www.lowes.com/pd/M-D-Building-Products-Stick-N-Step-Black-4-in-x-16-in/3015241

When you get done, take it out on the trails and you'll get people on brand new sleds staring at you. I get that with my restored looks-showroom-new '95 sled. The feeling's awesome! :cool:

mikes99ss
11-27-2016, 05:52 PM
Well, I finally finished stripping the chassis. Now, it's off to the powder coater. Lots of work. Hope this thing turns out...54587

kirk600
11-27-2016, 07:36 PM
Well your doing it right Mike, based on your quality of work you have already posted the end result will look amazing!!!!!'mm

grub
12-09-2016, 04:18 PM
Were you able to find new tunnel stickers?

mikes99ss
12-09-2016, 06:46 PM
Tunnel stickers? I'm blasting and completely repainting the tunnel.

grub
12-10-2016, 08:31 AM
Yes I realize that. On the very first pic you had before you started dismantling the entire sled there are red stripes on the tunnel right under the seat. Are you going to put them back on after you blast and paint the whole thing? You know - for the stock look? Or are they unavailable? I could believe that. It is getting old and if Pol is like AC there is stuff you just can't buy anymore.

mikes99ss
12-10-2016, 07:27 PM
I bought a complete graphics kit off eBay. I want this sled to look as close to stock as possible. Hopefully all is included.

mikes99ss
12-18-2016, 03:15 PM
Steam cleaned the motor today. Picking up chassis from the powder coater Monday. 5503355034

joks79
12-18-2016, 06:07 PM
Who did the powder coating? I need to get a truck bumper done.

mikes99ss
12-18-2016, 06:46 PM
Sub zero coating out of Ishpeming. Amazing work. I'll post the chassis pics when I pick it up in the next day or two

joks79
12-18-2016, 07:00 PM
Thanks. I never heard of them.

mikes99ss
12-18-2016, 08:05 PM
It's not really a business, per say, it's a guy who does it at his house for a living. Here's a few of the parts I've already picked up.
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grub
12-19-2016, 10:06 AM
You are doing a first rate job. Stuff looks great.

skiroule
12-19-2016, 08:32 PM
This project just keeps getting better!!!

mikes99ss
12-19-2016, 09:46 PM
This project just keeps getting better!!!

Thanks, it definitely keeps getting more expensive. Lol

mikes99ss
12-20-2016, 06:13 PM
Picked up the chassis today!! Kind of exciting!!

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skiroule
12-20-2016, 11:41 PM
See, this is why these projects are so cool. You're taking a classic sled and not only making it look like new, it will actually be better than new. The first ride will make all the time and money worthwhile.

mikes99ss
12-21-2016, 09:28 PM
Cleaned and re-assembled the primary tonight.55090

sweeperguy
12-21-2016, 10:07 PM
WOW. your really going to the Nth degree on this aren't you?
LOVE IT. Would really love to see it in person when its finished. Amy chance of you going to the vintage run up in Greenland, Superior Snowmobile Club? Early March

mikes99ss
12-22-2016, 06:48 AM
WOW. your really going to the Nth degree on this aren't you?
LOVE IT. Would really love to see it in person when its finished. Amy chance of you going to the vintage run up in Greenland, Superior Snowmobile Club? Early March

No clue, so busy chassing my son's hockey that I haven't planned any rides at all this year

samc
12-23-2016, 09:09 AM
Your project is really turning out nice! Makes we want to start digging into our project sled finally 1982 John Deere Trail Fire.

mikes99ss
12-29-2016, 09:50 PM
Exhaust all redone. 55195

skiroule
12-31-2016, 09:14 AM
Looks excellent! What did you use for a coating? Exhaust paint or something more exotic?

mikes99ss
12-31-2016, 12:01 PM
Looks excellent! What did you use for a coating? Exhaust paint or something more exotic?

Ceramic powder coated

mikes99ss
01-01-2017, 06:56 PM
Rear suspension done.55254

olsmann
01-05-2017, 01:24 PM
What are you doing/using to get all the aluminum so clean and un oxidized?

mikes99ss
01-05-2017, 04:20 PM
What are you doing/using to get all the aluminum so clean and un oxidized?

Sandpaper, 80 grit, then...180,220,400,600,800,1000. Then polish

kirk600
01-12-2017, 12:10 PM
Looks great Mike. Keep up the progress.

skiroule
01-12-2017, 11:34 PM
Rear suspension done.55254

Have you given any thought to showing this sled in a classic sled category when it is finished? This is show-quality work!

mikes99ss
01-13-2017, 11:21 AM
Have you given any thought to showing this sled in a classic sled category when it is finished? This is show-quality work!

Really just building it for myself. I would love to bring it to a show when it's done. Never really thought about categories or anything like that. I'd just be thrilled if someone else liked It or shared some stories

Turbo650
01-15-2017, 08:49 AM
Fantastic work so far . I can't wait to see the finished product.

mikes99ss
01-24-2017, 06:59 AM
Progress
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1990mach1
01-27-2017, 07:50 PM
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1990mach1
01-27-2017, 07:55 PM
55822. We should ride sometime. I finished this 1990 Mach 1 last January.

mikes99ss
01-27-2017, 11:12 PM
Sweet!!

mikes99ss
01-28-2017, 10:15 PM
Motor cleaning progress.... Before and after
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sweeperguy
01-28-2017, 11:59 PM
Motor cleaning progress.... Before and after
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mikes99ss
01-29-2017, 08:10 AM
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mikes99ss
02-05-2017, 06:50 PM
Put in another shift today?
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skiroule
02-09-2017, 08:40 PM
I saw a comment the other day on the one of the vintage pages from a guy stating that, in his opinion, the 90’s muscle sleds will eventually replace the 70’s free air sleds as the most sought-after sleds to restore. I tend to think that for a lot of reasons, he might be right.

Looks like you might be ahead of the curve with this one - really nice work!

mikes99ss
02-09-2017, 10:03 PM
Thanks!!!

mikes99ss
02-16-2017, 09:15 AM
It's alive!!!!!
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lak7
02-16-2017, 02:28 PM
I love the smell of a 2-Stroke!
Nice work!

mikes99ss
02-19-2017, 08:40 PM
Few problems to sort through but had her out and running today!!!!!!
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mikes99ss
03-05-2017, 08:26 AM
First real ride...
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Sonsaditches
03-05-2017, 09:31 AM
Looks awesome! Nothing like the sound of those triples!
Those 650s and 500s were the bomb back in the day. They were everywhere when you went up north!

mikes99ss
03-05-2017, 01:59 PM
Thanks

skiroule
03-07-2017, 12:15 PM
Wow! The sled looks incredible! Love the stock graphics with the black and the updated skis just work with the whole look.

Now you have a piece of your sledding history that you can keep (and ride) forever. Congratulations on sticking with it and not compromising on the quality you were after in the build.

mikes99ss
03-07-2017, 02:05 PM
Thanks, a TON of time and effort and I'm not done. Few kinks to iron out but man, that first ride was fun

mikes99ss
03-09-2017, 10:38 PM
Well, since people seem to enjoy following the progress. First ride wasn't 100% successful. Overheated the sled because of a waterpump failure that I think was caused by a pinched heat exchanger which was caused by stud damage from a track that was to loose/had to little clearance at the front. Plan of action....Ordered used waterpump, ordering new heat exchanger and switching from 9 to 8 tooth drivers to create an extra 3/8" clearance at the front of the track. Should be plenty of room now. Hopefully I can ride it one more time and then I will decide wether or not I need to re-gear to account for driver change.
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kirk600
03-10-2017, 08:50 AM
Mike,
Sorry to hear about your sled overheating, and the damage to the heat exchanger.
the sled looks stunning and I hope you can get back on the snow soon.

mikes99ss
03-10-2017, 11:35 AM
Mike,
Sorry to hear about your sled overheating, and the damage to the heat exchanger.
the sled looks stunning and I hope you can get back on the snow soon.

Thanks, I'm actually hoping for next weekend. Time will tell

mikes99ss
03-12-2017, 04:52 PM
Bit of a setback. :-(
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kirk600
03-12-2017, 05:43 PM
I have never personally replaced a front heat exchanger, but as you found out they are a real bear to do. I had a dealer quote me $1000.00 at least 10 years ago on my 1992 indy 500 and it ended up being a bad hose.........I said no way I will fix it myself.
cost me $100.00 for a pressure tester and $27.00 for the correct hose......that is the closest I have been. Good luck Mike

mikes99ss
03-12-2017, 06:33 PM
Yeah, I can now understand the $1000. I will probably have 15-20 hours into this repair.

mikes99ss
03-28-2017, 11:59 AM
Did get it fixed and rode Sunday. Still a few clutching issues to work out but, we're getting closer..
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longmxz670
03-28-2017, 05:38 PM
That looks like a lot of snow still. Is that in the Iron Mountain area?

mikes99ss
03-28-2017, 09:46 PM
That looks like a lot of snow still. Is that in the Iron Mountain area?

North of me about an hour. By Ishpeming