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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: the legacy of the hydraulic wheel skis Reply with quote

as some here know, i found a "deal" on a set of unairworthy fluidyne C3000 hydraulic wheel skis about a year and a half ago. they had been exposed to unknown elements that caused massive corrosion. the corrosion had actually eaten all the way through some of the aluminum, rendering both skis unserviceable, and in need of major overhaul to get back in the air. their build date was 12-1960 and they were not aging gracefully. they had seen severe service throughout alaska in their day. and it was time to scrap them, or invest major time and finances into their rebuild. of course my mechanic is very optimistic AND enthusiastic, so the parts were ordered and the rebuild began!

here, one ski is drilled apart already, the other awaiting its turn, and the new decks and tunnels have just arrived. (all blanks with no rivet holes at all. )



one new tunnel has been fitted, drilled, and corrosion proofed. internal tunnel doubler and other internal parts corrosion proofed and ready to be riveted back together. the old tunnel in the background for reference.



the tunnel shot together as an assembly, with hydraulics and bungees installed for test fit. the new deck is drilled and countersunk and ready to be mated to the new tunnel.



one ski done and setting the angles/ cable lengths, and building hydraulic hoses.




final installation. pumping the skis down to check the skis down angles and checking for hydraulic leaks of the new system.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so with the skis finally completed and rigged and double and triple checked, she was rolled out the door for her first mission: hunt, find, and bring home a christmas tree for the holidays. after all, the maule makes a better pickup truck than most new pickup trucks, right?

leaving home base





and a successful first outing for the new skis. with many, many more to come...

ps- it did fit in the back!



Merry Christmas everyone!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Charley Brown tree! Did you sell your old skis? I don't see them listed on Craigslist anymore.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fancy that, Miss Heidi looks as comfortable with a chainsaw and dead tree as with a rifle and dead 'Bou. You Go Girl!
Nice job on the skis, hope to be out soon and join you!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be nice to have a lot more snow and a lot less wind
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey there I am getting ready to go to the long gear and would like to weld the brackets on before powder coating takes place. Do you have the drawings for the brackets? Any info would be awesome.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:00 am    Post subject: skis Reply with quote

Lift rings are da bomb!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: skis Reply with quote

TomD wrote:
Lift rings are da bomb!


Yep, I have a set for mine when she goes back together! I might need some fairings......
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What snow? You mean that white stuff that covered the groudn a few days ago?
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