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post #1 of 13 Old 02-18-2015, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Snowbird Army - CHAIN UP !!

ok men, chain up...we're goin' in...





just say NO to Chinese made ANYTHING !
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factory clamp on chains from a nice helpful guy here in Pa.
they fit like a glove and go on very easily.
and they clear the frame and handlebar base
Snowbird obviously had top notch engineers in the 1950-60's era.
the quality of these chains totally outclasses anything available new today.
I'm a happy camper, and very fortunate to find these for sale.












just say NO to Chinese made ANYTHING !
1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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I drove that little machine through the rocky hilly empty lot next to my house, to my shed, and back, without the chains. I can only imagine what it's going to be like WITH the chains.
Vegas odds bet it breaks the reverse drive belt. the belt is frayed but the lack of traction before, enabled the tires to just spin without stressing the belt. it's not going to spin that much now...




just say NO to Chinese made ANYTHING !
1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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Those are some really cool chains. Never saw anything like them

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Pretty beefy looking chains there. Clever design to fit over the side walls.

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those chains also come apart, the design enables individual sections to slide out to make the chain shorter for a smaller tire. I found another set that is similar on another Snowbird that has solid tires, and am trying to get those for my Ariens 10ML35. the Ariens has worn smooth solid tires with only slight knobs left on edges, it can't get out of its own way. it just sits there and spins. if this other guy is willing to sell we'll chain up the Ariens too.




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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Nice those chains are too COOL !

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For those with bald solid tires who can't find proper chains, here's a quick-and-dirty alternative.

Go to your local hardware store and grab a box of beefy sheet metal screws:

...and drive some into the outside surface of the tires. I'd suggest #14 by 1", with hex heads as shown above.

They're not quite as good as chains and don't last forever, but are way better than nothing.
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stainless screws would last longer than regular steel, no ?




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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stainless screws would last longer than regular steel, no ?
I Believe the stainless is actually softer than steel sheet metal screws. The only advantage is the rust resistance at a larger price piece.

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