What was your intended objective when you started the build?
I wanted to see if I could do it and make something fun that I could ride. Istarted with a 1977 John Deere (JD) 210 lawn mower and a 1980 JD Liquifire snomobile.
What motivated you to start your project?
I grew up riding a John Deere 400 sled, so I was collecting some Deere sleds of my own. I was visiting my college roommate’s family farm after picking up a “new” vintage John Deere sled near them. While there we were laughing about a photoshopped image of a John Deere Lawn Mower with a track a skis from a snowmobile. I said, I could build that with the Liquifire I just picked up, if only I had a lawn mower too. My friend’s dad said, I have two in the barn that you can have. And that is how it all started.
What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the sled?
The most unique is likely the custom suspension. I combined ideas from three different manufacturers and made a design the could be used on snow or on other surfaces year round when show is not available for lubrication.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the aluminum side covers. They took a lot of time to mock up with templates and at the time I did not have much for fabricating equipment but they still turned out pretty nice. They all remove easily for maintenance with just a few quick fasteners and they make the machine look like it should.
What do other people say about your sled?
I have had many comments over the years. Many people comment on the time I must have spent on it. Others are just surprised that it not only looks good but it runs and drives well too. I have had it going 50mph on hard pack.