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Title: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on July 19, 2019, 05:34:49 am
 Ok guys , I am now onto another sled. This is a 1979 Ski Doo SS 440 . It was bought and raced locally but over the years this sled has been stripped of all its good parts. I have been  gradually collecting parts for this sled for over 5 years . As I do my inventory it looks like that I am short the throttle assembly. I have already stripped what was left and all the other gathered parts will be headed to the powder coaters on Monday. It is going to require some steel and aluminum repairs as well as metal finishing, which I am ready for that . Enclosed is what I am starting with.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: spark1013 on July 19, 2019, 10:42:05 am
Vic , Dick Margo has the repop throttle handle along with probably most chassis parts.
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: sledder1 on July 19, 2019, 11:37:39 am
Let the fun begin!
Look forward to following along.
    Skip








Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on July 19, 2019, 02:40:38 pm
 Hey spark 1013 Yes I have been in contact with Dick. Do have some small parts coming from him. Will see how this sled turns out. Should be a way faster build than the previous sled.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on July 19, 2019, 02:41:44 pm
Also looking for some correct clutches. Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: spark1013 on July 24, 2019, 11:03:04 am
Vic, I had a fellow give me an 82 9500 with 800 miles. If these clutches would work let me know. Mark
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on July 25, 2019, 05:02:36 pm
 Hey Mark.
 The drive clutch is the Comet 102C  and do not know what the secondary clutch is on a "82" 9500.
 Will get a picture posted off the parts manual.
  I have the bulkhead separated from the tunnel and all brackets removed from the tunnel for repairs.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on July 31, 2019, 03:48:42 pm
 Found the clutches and steel parts are at the powder coaters getting paint.  Welding up the tunnel and metal finishing the repairs.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on August 21, 2019, 04:27:07 am
 The restoration site looks a bit slow this time of year. Well I have media blasted all the paint off the bird cadge. The front radiator braces from the shock towers  forward were severly damaged. So I had another donor part from another sled and cut off the original mess and cleaned up the new piece , jigged the parts to spec and tig welded the two back together. On the original sled it appeared that this sled had fell out of a truck or off a trailer while going down the highway on pavement and the hoop above the dash was also trashed from asphalt rash. I laid many tig beads across the damaged area , I ground down the welds and metal finished back to like new. I just dropped off the bird cadge at the powder coaters to get painted. Finished all the aluminum tunnel repairs and now just cleaning it up and getting ready for the two to be reassembled back together . Hope to have all these parts bucked riveted  together by next week end .
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Reimond on September 16, 2019, 07:08:25 pm
Looking good!
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on September 19, 2019, 04:37:49 pm
thank you Reimond. Just got back the powder coated bulkhead and just received the front and rear close off panels. Hope to be putting this back together soon.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on September 23, 2019, 04:09:53 am
 Well I have the bird cage , front and rear close off panels all bucked riveted back together to the repaired tunnel.
 next week I will be installing the steering and belly pan maybe the front suspension.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on October 19, 2019, 03:57:03 am
 Here are some additional pics on my progress. Hope to have the rear skid apart and out to the powder coaters next week.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: chris r on October 19, 2019, 12:57:57 pm
That's really sweet Vic.  8)
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Brokenleg on October 19, 2019, 02:41:10 pm
Looking Great Vic. Nice work!

Brokenleg
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on October 19, 2019, 05:26:19 pm
Thank you Chris R and Brokenleg , Trying to do a good job but not over restored.
 This week I am taking the skid parts over to get powdered coated and install the track.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on November 25, 2019, 07:01:14 am
 The NOS track is installed. Have picked up my skid parts from the powder coaters and started skid re assembly  . I am off to Nevada with boxes of smalls to have replated. As soon as I return I will be able to reassemble the skid , engine and install in the sled .
 Hope to have this build done by end of the year. Will have pics posted when I return.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: emrickmn on November 29, 2019, 02:54:05 pm
Vic,
Could you let me know who you use in NV to do the plating.  I can't find anyone around MN who is willing to do 20 pound lots.  And if they do, the lot charge tripled and they screw them up anyway.
[email protected]

A.J.
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on January 01, 2020, 08:34:30 am
Skid is done and installed.
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on January 28, 2020, 01:19:29 am
 I dropped off my throttle assembly at the powder coaters. Will media blast the carbs and install these parts. Will get some updated pics when I get a chance. Currently out of town on business. Then it is back to the hood which I have found out that the repop I had bought is going to need some glass work to fit correctly.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Drift Buster on January 28, 2020, 01:13:59 pm
Can't wait to see pics of it going back together.  8)
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on February 14, 2020, 06:20:57 am
 Will get some pics posted this weekend.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on February 25, 2020, 06:07:50 am
 Well here is the latest pic of my current project. I am in needs of a driven / secondary clutch for this sled. I thought that I had one but the wrong year.
 I am currently restoring the clutch guard. Trying to have this sled wrapped up by March 8th where it will be reuniting with the original owner.
 I am also working on the hood , radiator shroud and skis . Everything else is done  waiting to be installed even the decals.
 This is coming along real well.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on May 13, 2020, 02:12:42 am
 Well , this 79 is done except the drive clutch weights/ ramps , I am still looking for the correct ones.
Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Kingsville Doo Nut on May 14, 2020, 01:26:25 am
👍😎😁 Nice nice nice!
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on May 14, 2020, 04:02:45 am
Thank you Kingsville Doo Nut .   Plan on firing it up this next winter. Still need correct ramps  for the drive clutch.
 On to my next sled.
 Vic      :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: ski-doood on May 14, 2020, 04:27:21 am
Beautiful!!!  You should be very proud.
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: GHenry on May 14, 2020, 03:11:35 pm
Who's pipes?  Definitely not '79 superstock pipes .............
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on May 14, 2020, 04:22:43 pm
ski-doood   Thank you . yes I am pleased how this turned out as expected of all my restorations. GHenery  you are correct , these pipes are Decker pipes. This sled was bought new by a friend of mine and that season he had replaced the stock pipes with Deckers.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: elanss on May 15, 2020, 12:19:09 pm
Holy moly, that's beautiful!  Is that the stock left handlebar bend for that sled?
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on May 16, 2020, 05:16:09 am
elanss   yes this all stock except for the pipes and the Bosh ignition system .
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: elanss on May 18, 2020, 01:40:06 pm
Was that common at that time?  Pardon my ignorance, I remember the loops, but not this style.  Seems like that right angle jabbing you in the ribs wouldn't have been too comfortable?
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on May 18, 2020, 04:00:54 pm
elanss   Actually when a guy is setting up to turn left  on these year sleds , he is way over on the left side of the sled. The hook would about shoulder or head height that is why the lower end extends so far down on the left side, to still be able to hold on to the handlebar.
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: elanss on May 18, 2020, 07:07:53 pm
OK, that makes sense, appreciate the explanation!  I actually shifted over in my chair to try to visualize that, but those guys were REALLY hangin' it out there!
Thanks and once again, beautiful sled!
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: GHenry on May 19, 2020, 01:21:47 am

C:\Users\ghenry\Pictures\IMG_8133.jpg

Yep ... better have your a$$ hangin off the side ............
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: GHenry on May 19, 2020, 01:35:45 am
Here Mr. Bender is really gettin' it done ...........

C:\Users\ghenry\Pictures\10439394_818635601559591_3204241014118411302
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: elanss on May 19, 2020, 03:04:10 pm
GH, taking nothing away from your pic, but that one of Bender is epic!  Thanks for providing the clarity!
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: ilikesleds on May 21, 2020, 11:50:51 am
All that hanging off the left side, Right boot on the dash and the left ski is still in the air.   Anyone ever measure the lateral Gs these guys pull?
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: elanss on May 21, 2020, 02:14:44 pm
All that hanging off the left side, Right boot on the dash and the left ski is still in the air.   Anyone ever measure the lateral Gs these guys pull?

Good point and interesting question - probably a good topic for another post...  I didn't mean to take away from or derail Vic's original post on the beautiful Ski-Doo he restored...
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on May 22, 2020, 10:50:28 pm
 With this pretty well wrapped up I am back on my 80 Arctic Cat Sno Pro  posted on another forum
Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on July 13, 2020, 05:09:03 am
 Well this sled is done. Had a show this weekend and was able to reunite the original owner with his old sled. He could not believe that his old sled was brought back to life. He kept starring at it and saying I can not believe it. When the last time he saw it , he had cut it up and made a hill climber out of it. He thought he would never see it again. Quite emotional time .
 Vic
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: chris r on July 13, 2020, 09:44:37 am
 :)
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: SRX SnoPro on July 13, 2020, 09:54:40 pm
That's great Vic!   Things are calm enough up there that shows are taking place?   
Title: Re: Vic's 79 Ski Doo SS
Post by: Vics stuff on July 15, 2020, 03:48:45 pm
SRX SnoPro  Things here are hit and miss depending on mayors of each town.
 Vic