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In October 2002 my wife and I bought some acreage in Northern Minnesota. The only way to get to the land is via some old logging roads which are dangerous at best during the Winter. I've also wanted to learn about engines since I knew very little, and the best way to learn is to do. 1 + 1 = buy an old snowmobile to fix up
I saw these two sleds sitting in the yard at a rental place in Superior, WI. I asked the owner about them and he said one ran and one was for parts. He said he wanted $200 for them. Not knowing what they were worth, I told him I'd think about it. I came back the next day and offered $150. He said he'd take $175. Sold. I had planned on taking one back that day in my mini-van and then coming back the day after for the second one. There was no way it was going to fit, so I asked if I could rent a trailer. He said trailers were normally $50/day, but if I paid $200 for the sleds, he'd let me use the trailer for free. Sold again.
I bought a third! Or it may be a second, depending on how you look at it. My cousin Shawn and I were driving around and spotted an engine shop/junkyard thats only about a mile from where I grew up but Id never really noticed before. We poked around for a while and right before we left I saw a great looking Trailfire and decided Id see if it had any parts I needed. The hood looked almost new, but it was missing the windshield, seat, and brake lever. I opened the hood and we saw that it was liquid cooled! A liquid cooled Trailfire? Obviously a Liquifire engine. The carbs and drive clutch were gone, but more or less everything else was there, including the CDI, very good looking track, like-new carbides, and a perfect recoil. Immediately I started thinking about how between this sled and my parts sled, I could build a pretty nice working one, and then began adding things up in my head to see how much I should offer.
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