1928 Sno-Go Snowblower

| May/June 1999

  • Sno-Go

  • Sno-Go

President Hudson Valley Old Time Power Assn. 434 Millbrook Road, Hudson, New York 12534

The 1928 Snow-Go Snowblower was built by the Klauer Manufacturing Company of Dubuque, Iowa.

In the fall of 1996-1997 the club received this Sno-Go. The chassis had been sitting outside for at least 15-18 years and the cab was pretty well rotted and most paint gone from all the metal parts. All wood pieces were removed from the chassis and saved for later measurements. The local sandblast man came in and sandblasted the complete chassis, fuel tank, metal parts, motor, transmission, and differential. Tom Birch of Birch's Sandstorm did the job. Tom then cleaned the complete chassis of all dirt and sanded and primed everything.

The cab fortunately was built on its own frame, thus we were able to remove that cab frame and put it into a heated garage and the rest of the chassis was pushed into an unheated garage. Fortunately that fall was pretty mild, so we were able to do some work on the chassis.

The engine is a 1200 cubic inch Climax R6U, 6 cylinder, 6 inch x 7 inch stroke, a magneto and a distributor, dual ignition. We put in two new batteries and some gas and we decided to start it. It turned over several times, made one explosion and then backfired. We pulled some of the spark plugs and noticed that some of the valves were sticking open. We removed the valve lifter covers from the side of the block and sprayed the valve guides with penetrating oil from the side and through the spark plug holes.

With the help of a hammer and a real small stick we tapped the valves down, turned the motor over, tapped the valves down again until finally we had them all freed up. We then put the spark plugs back in and turned the motor over with the starter, and lo and behold, it started and was running. It had good oil pressure. An unbelievable amount of old oil, penetrating oil, birds' nests and soot came out of the exhaust pipe and went all over us. We decided that the valves had to be pulled out, the seats refaced, and the engine generally cleaned up inside. This was done; now the engine runs real good.

David DeVries_2
1/1/2010 4:23:58 PM

A friend and neighbor had a 1931 Sno-Go. It was acquired for very little from the Town of Charlton Hwy Dept. just to get it out of the field behind the town garage. Bill sold all his tractors and toys like this about 4 years ago. The blower ran and was functional. Very cool machine.