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Title: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on May 24, 2011, 05:09:38 am

     Well we have an old member with a new toy. Here's a quote from him.

oldsledz, Jr. Member, Posts: 99

     Re: Varnished Machine--
« Reply #140 on: December 24, 2010, 11:33:12 AM » Quote 

Marc,  Would like to find a B7 that needs restoration.  -- any leads??

 
 Well.....he finally has one & here she is.

(http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m366/theoldtrucker/b72011014.jpg)

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   Here is the email he sent to me.   

 Another project is underway. This one is a 1940 Bombardier B-7. It's in nice original condition with a re-paint about 20 years ago. It still has the original Ford flathead V-8 in it. Current plans are to pull out the engine and change all the gaskets, new wiring harness, check all the bearings and give it a try. Oldsledz

Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on May 24, 2011, 05:21:01 am

    I must say she looks pretty fine looking to me. I couldn't decide where to post this machine, so after talking to Oldsledz I thought to put it here. Here is part of his email I got this morning.

  Well,  not sure where to place it.    It is wooden framed and plywood interior with an aluminum skin over it.  I don’t think it demands another classification on N.T. but it does have as much wood as a B-12.   I don’t yet know how far I will go with it.  It is in pretty  nice shape.  I’ll take the motor out and change all the gaskets, rebuild the carb,  new water pumps (2) new fuel pump, tune up ,  new wiring harness   etc  and just make sure all is reliable.  The odometer says 14,000 +- miles on it.  I  have the original registration and it was bought by a Taxi company in Rigaud, Quebec in 1940.  I have allot to learn about the machine and I have never owned a flat head V-8 so---again,  allot to learn before I tear into it. 
 
   I currently have 3 snowmobiles apart for restorartion—1961 ski-doo,  1963 ski-doo, and a 1962 Polaris so this may set for some time.  I just may wait until winter to run it in the snow to see exactly what it may need. I do have a few other pics that I will send over.
 
    Frank

     I will post the other pics when I get them. She looks great ...
   
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on May 24, 2011, 05:45:14 am
  Well he wasn't long sending these pics. They look great.

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(http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m366/theoldtrucker/b-72.jpg)

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(http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m366/theoldtrucker/b76.jpg)

    Here is a note that goes with the last pic.

  The early machines had the raised patent stamp riveted onto the motor door.

 Oldsledz is that a B12 parked behind the B7 when you look through the back window ?? I know it's not yours by looking at the mirror.  
 
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: dpaulson on May 24, 2011, 08:24:17 pm
They really are a neat machine, a nice size for cruising, and this one looks like it really good shape.  Good find.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on May 25, 2011, 03:40:21 am

   We'll have to keep Oldsledz & Dan Shaver separated or they will be drag racing....Ford versus  Chevy....They look about the same size. I know what I'm betting on.

                                                                    OT.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: oldsledz on May 25, 2011, 04:36:58 am
Actually I was thinking about taking the engine to the So. Cal. hot rod speed shop,  building it up, put 3 2 barrel Stromberg carbs on it and try it at the Bonneville Salt Flats!! 

  But seriously,  I was at St. Raymond last winter for their annual meet and there was a B7 there that I could not keep up with it the 90 Km ride with my B-12.  It seemed to move right along.  I don't know which is better,  a 3400 lb B-12 with 115 hp or a 2500 lb B-7 with 85 hp.  Any engineers here in the group?

 
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on February 03, 2012, 04:24:48 pm

  Here is an update from Oldsledz on his B7.

Claude. Thought I would send a few pics of the B-7. The website has been a little slow lately. Hope to take the rig all apart this spring and summer and then I should have allot of pics for you. Regards. Frank

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on February 03, 2012, 04:29:18 pm

   Oldsledz by the looks of it you had her on the snow for a run. How do she handle ?  OT.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: oldsledz on February 06, 2012, 07:14:03 am
It seems as quick as the B-12,  but does not ride as nice.   
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on February 06, 2012, 07:52:34 am

   How is the suspension set up, same as the B12 ?? From what I can see it looks a bit different.
                                                                                                OT.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: oldsledz on February 08, 2012, 12:57:14 pm
There is really nothing the same about the B-7 to the B-12.  The suspension sets on a set of leaf springs and the 3 wheels pivot together like a set of locked tandem wheels. The center wheel is the pivot point so the ride is more of a jerk to the left and to the right.  The front suspension is a vertical mounted coil spring that goes directly down to the ski.  It is a firm ride.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on February 08, 2012, 09:18:44 pm


   Marc don't you have a B-7 ?? Do you have any rebuild pics of it ??
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on March 26, 2012, 09:19:35 am

Claude,
Started into the B7 project yesterday. Removed the rear track and suspension and dropped the motor and transmission down to the floor instead of out the back door like a B12. Going to send the motor out for a re-fresh and now I need to take the wiring out, steering column out, and the front suspension.--There is a lot of sand blasting and detailing.
  Oldsledz
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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on June 22, 2012, 12:13:44 pm

 Well Frank, my friend I see your getting flat out at restoring that B7. And here is what everyone wants to see. Here is another stage of the project.

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  Off with the old & on with the new.

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on June 23, 2012, 03:55:31 am
   Looking good buddy, really good. I see you have her in a different garage than the B-12. It looks like a well laid out & functional place. I like it. It looks like your gathering up a few spare parts as I see 5 sprockets poked away. Is that one of the heads & the crank from the flat head engine? That rack on the wall for the rims gave me an idea. Lastly what size tires are you using ?? Keep us updated.
                                                                   Hopefully OT can get back in the groove.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: oldsledz on June 25, 2012, 01:51:33 pm
The Machine is at Alain Benoit's in Valcourt Quebec. He is doing the body work prep and I am doing the tracks, motor and driveline.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on June 26, 2012, 05:20:32 am
   Started assembly of the tracks last night.

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on July 09, 2012, 09:43:06 am
    ANOTHER UPDATE FROM OLDSLEDZ..

  Just got these from Oldsledz. Glad to post on his behalf..

   Sheet metal almost done. Alain is working next on the doors.

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on July 09, 2012, 10:08:35 am
 


          Oldsledz are the doors same as the B12...
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: oldsledz on July 09, 2012, 12:00:27 pm
They are except they are clipped at the bottom corner to follow the curve of the body just above the drive sprocket.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on September 18, 2012, 07:43:36 am

   Still picking away at it.

   The machine is coming along very well. Engine should be done in the next few days. More pics to come.   OLDSLEDZ..

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on September 18, 2012, 07:47:11 am
  BOY 'O' BOY 'O' BOY... That's one one fine bit of workmanship being done there. Can't wait to see more.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on September 18, 2012, 07:07:45 pm

  Oldsledz in the last pic with the seats in it, do the back piece tip ahead flat to the seat & then the whole thing tip ahead ???
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: oldsledz on September 19, 2012, 10:46:43 am
It does.  It works similar to the B12.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on September 20, 2012, 08:48:15 am

   Oldsledz I really like that color paint. Would I be right in saying that it is the proper maroon color that Bombardier used way back when ??

                                                                                                                   
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on September 24, 2012, 04:57:23 pm
   And here is another update from OLDSLEDZ. Here is a note he sent with the pics.

      Getting close. Should be done by the time snow flies.   


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   Motor prepped and running on the stand

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on September 26, 2012, 01:44:38 pm

    That's one mean looking motor.  It looks fairly easy to install that way.

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on October 05, 2012, 09:22:58 am

  B-7 is almost finished. Just have to do the wiring and gauges and then the punch list. Hope for snow too will help.   Oldsledz..

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on November 10, 2012, 12:19:59 pm

   Oldsledz can you tell me where you got those tires at & what size they are ?       OT.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: oldsledz on November 12, 2012, 05:48:43 am
I think they were 4.75 x 16.   The old size is 4.5 and is not available anymore only if you want the Bombardier ones,  but they do not have any tread,  so I got these from Coker Tire.   They have a good website.
  The 4.75 will fit your B 12 with no problem.   I had to space out the bars on the B 7 so they would fit.  They are just 1/4" wider but fit the cleats fine.
Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on December 18, 2012, 06:52:43 am

  WHAT A CHRISTMAS PRESENT !!

  Oldsledz must have been a real good boy all year to get a present from the BIG fellow this early... Here's what he said..

  We got enough snow yesterday so I took the B7 out for its first run after a total rebuild. Goes very nice.

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Title: Re: OLDSLEDZ B-7... HERE ON NT.
Post by: the old trucker on December 18, 2012, 07:01:29 am


  It is just beautiful...  And the scenery puts it over the top...
 
                                                                         One very proud Old Trucker