I decided that I needed a Scorpion. Because I didn't have one, or for that matter any machine built in my home state of Minnesota. And I love engines in my lap, and 70's funk like big metalflake.
I didn't want anything pre 1970, as Scorpion's cog drive tracks were known to disintigrate (had chain vulcanized in to them) used pre '70 and post '70 on the lower trim models (Mark I, mark II etc) and I did not want to deal with doing a track swap. I wanted one with the later internal drive poly track.
I did not want anything with a JLO twin. Now now don't get upset JLO fans, it's well known by JLO aficionados those twins were and are known to run hot and burn down UNLESS a very pains taking complete tear down with new seals, possibly adding base gaskets etc to "de tune" them is done to make them reliable on lower octane gas we have these days and trail riding.
My pal Swede up in Backus MN pointed this one out to me on a FB group- seeing as I was 1500 miles away living near the ocean in Georgia he also offered to look at it for me. Thus he did, and picked it up, stored it for me.
Finally my few days in MN came a rolling along! MN had had a LOT of snow this season especially north of St Cloud.
The above is a Buick Park Avenue to give perspective on how deep it is.
NOW what is this lump?
A little diggin'...
What do we have here?
She had a blown idler wheel, which was known. I had purchased a complete rear axle with wheels and one of the wheels had a bad bearing, I got another wheel with a good bearing as well, all bought over the net before I got to the machine. In the shed of Swede she went for that, but first, we gave her a shot of permix through a squirt bottle- the 293 Sachs popped right off! The fuel filter inline was full of crap, and found the tank had some crud in it. So a spin on filter, short line, and a Mystic oil jug provided by Swede were employed.. we never even took the spark plug out.
The chrome tips gleam nice on what appear to be '73 Polaris Colt skis.
With the nearly "standard" offset spreaders I see on most every wedge body Scorp around.
The track has some wear on the drive nubs but is otherwise in nice shape, the drivers are worn but once the track was adjusted right there is no ratcheting etc.
The GEM ram horn on the HR tilly is worth about 1/4 the purchase price of the whole thing.
The clutch stuck a few times- a rap with a hammer on the end bolt got it to back off, but it definitely needs to come apart for cleaning. Once wound out, you have to blip the throttle to get it to back shift. And it creeps at idle, I can't idle the engine down slow enough not to stall, I suspect a weak spring or such- I am told it is a Scorpion "L" arm clutch. I am impressed by how slow that Sachs will idle down though. The headlight works, tail light wire is broken under the hood- the belt is nice and there is a NEW spare in the trunk! Also, it takes a 1034 belt, oddly my '76 Deere, '73 and '71 Ski Doos all take the same belt... how nice is that? No need to have different spares!
Swede's NICE original '72 Stinger II, with the 340SS sachs came out to play.
Also included in the price was a nicer dash with the spark plug cover as the one on the machine is cracked and melted on the pipe.
A nice bowl where someone dug some gravel out provides a good launch.
Here's the vid if anyone hasn't seen it posted up in the virtual rides thread-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKERCnwOiNc
A shot of some of my fleet in MN, '71 Moto Ski not pictured. Wanted all the headlights on but due to the creepy clutch I couldn't have the Scorp stay running. Usually start up with a five gallon bucket propping the back up, then let 'er down and go. Park it slightly up hill or with the skis in to a snow bank if I need to walk away from 'er.
All good things must end- had to return south to the job and family- tucked away in the shed for now. Plans are to clean it up, re cover the seat and probably make it a few inches thicker, as my 53 year old knees don't bend like they used to. Clean out the tank, swap on my better console, maybe make a low wind shield, get the tail light working. Maybe a Yosemite Sam "BACK OFF" floor mat for a flap.
And ride it hard when ever I can!