SNOWMOBILE REVIVAL! Will This Barn Find Phazer Ever See Snow Again?!
Phazed and confused...
I got word of an old snowmobile that has just been sitting for years inside a New England barn and the original owners did not want it anymore. They couldn't keep it running or it wasn't starting and they did not want to put the time and effort of getting a 1980's snowmobile running again so they just got newer ones and this old girl sat in the barn... Waiting.. For the day I showed up.
Now when I was informed of this snowmobile, the original owners just wanted it gone. It was taking up space in the barn and they were sick of looking at it so they just gave it to me since they knew I was mechanically inclined, it was definitely a sled that was going to stay local, and I wasn't planning on getting rid of it to make a quick buck.
I show up in my old Ford and along with me, I had some starting fluid, basic hand tools, and some fresh high-octane gas. I was determined to get this thing running before I brought it back to my shop. How hard could it be? It's just your average two-stroke two cylinder engine.
I get inside the barn and there she is. Years worth of dust on it and sitting on an old pallet. Kind of a sad sight to be honest. This snowmobile was in pretty mint condition, which was odd for me because i'm not used to things in such nice shape. I wipe the dust off the odometer, I was curious on how many miles were on this old sled. It read just over 1,600 miles. I was shocked. I couldn't believe I just scored basically a "Holy Grail" of barn find snowmobiles. When people put stuff like that away in barns. It means it was rode hard and all beaten up. All this thing had was a couple of scratches that I could easily buff out if I wanted to.
I pop open the gas tank lid and I take a whiff. Yep. Bad gas. And about a little under a quarter tank of it too. For laughs, I decided I wanted to pull it over and see if it would start up. I gave it a few pulls. Nothing. I thought for sure the carburetors were going to be too plugged up to get it going again but I wasn't giving up. I pulled the spark plugs and they were dirty but they were wet meaning it was getting fuel but wasn't firing.
I took my starting fluid can and i sprayed the spark plugs down a bit and I gave each cylinder a just a light spray. You don't want to spray too much in there, it's a two stroke, you don't want to wash off the oil on the cylinder walls and have it score up the insides with the pistons. This snowmobile is oil injected meaning, instead of mixing the oil in the gas tank, you have a reservoir where it feeds the motor directly.
After that, I put the spark plugs back in attached the wires, went over, pulled it once, and she fired up a bit then shut off. I pulled it again, nothing. Did it a couple times and nothing so a sprayed it again and it fired up this time she stayed running a bit longer and I feathered the throttle.
I eventually got it to stay running and it was bogging out on me. I needed to give it a few good high revs to hopefully help clean out everything. I found and old truck tire in the barn and put it underneath, then I gave it a few good wide open revs. The track was spinning and I was getting nervous that it was going to fall off the tire and go straight into the back of the barn. Lucky for me it stayed on. As I was doing that, she seemed to be a big boggy when I would fully jab the throttle. So I went over to the carbs and I adjusted them little by little til the bogs where gone and it was running a little bit better.
I shut it off and I wanted to see if it would fire back up. I pulled it over and fired up first pull. I repeated this process a couple times and then I realized I had myself a running, low mileage sled for the winter! She still needs some work. The carbs definitely need to come off and be cleaned out and fine tuned. I basically did a temporary fix on the snowmobiles bog by just dumping more fuel into it which can be a bad thing. But there is still a lot more I have to do to this snowmobile like find out why I don't have any brakes, replace some bushings, replace the carbides on the ski's since they're gone, but that's for another day.
If you're curious, I made a revival video about it on my YouTube channel if anyone wants to give it a watch. I post the link below. Hopefully, it encourages some people to go get their projects running again. All it takes is just a little bit of time and dedication. But here's the video below I hope you made it this far into reading and will give it a watch.