Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Eliason Snowmobile

On the cover of Popular Mechanics (December, 1942)
Manufactured by the FWD in Clintonville, Wisconsin, this Motor Toboggan, designed by Carl Eliason, was equipped with the 25 HP Indian 45 CID engine. Steering was controlled by a lever on the left side. Fuel was carried in a square and later half round tank located behind the engine and ahead of the drive. The Indian 45 engine was built with a three-speed transmission that gave the snowmobiles a top speed of 35 miles per hour. However, steering ability was very limited. The total production at Clintonville was about 300 units built from 1941 to 1947.


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