SPORT ONE PIECE AT A TIME.
ARCTIC CAT PUMA 634 SNOWMOBILE
find enclosed attachments of some of the old pics taken during the
of our 1971 Arctic Cat Puma 634 (1999-2001).
background / history below:
and I were on the lookout for a "Piped Cat" since 1989, after I first heard
after the conclusion of the Georgian Cup snowmobile races here in Owen
was in Grade 10 at the time, and was memorized by my father's explanation
of such a
while friends were visiting our home. I thought it would be neat
to see if such a
could be located. Dad knew of one machine, a 1970 760 Panther with
which had originally been for sale new here in Owen Sound back in the fall
was advertised as an Arctic Cat "King Kat".
no pictures for reference and having not been born at that time, I began
searching for the
machine - a King Kat! Eventually things began to get straightened
out, and I was on my way to
what became better known as a "Big Mouth Cat
with Montana Pipes".
efforts to locate such a machine took many years. I joined
the ACSCC, VSCA, as
as ASCA; but still no machine. It was when Roy Morrison and Bobby
Givens began the
Flats event locally in 1995, that our search to locate a machine began
We passed the word onto other local enthusiasts. One local collector
who was into
Davidson sleds at the time got a lead for us, while at a Harley meet in
the fall of 1999.
social time, he was asked if he would like to have some info about a Harley
in a field. He asked about some details about the machine, and was
informed it was:
old and has big chrome pipes along each side of the belly pan". He
knew then it
a Harley, but most likely a Big mouth Cat, with the infamous Montana pipes
and I had been passing word of to our club members. He called me
up immediately, and
machine as you can see in pictures 2 &
3 was in a very sad state left forgotten.
I went to go and see the machine, and I made a offer. Luckily
I remembered to
a camera that day, and got a few pics. I had no trailer, other than
wagon. I didn't even tell him I was borrowing it, or even getting
the sled. To make
machine complete looking, I borrowed a black Cat fuel tank, which the previously
even sell me to go with the Puma! Our buddy and I then proceeded
to partially take
Puma apart, so that it would fit partially into the station wagon; and
I drove the unit
to my parents that evening.
I was at work the next morning, my Dad made the discovery of what was in
the back of
station wagon, and was horrified. He knew it was an old Cat; but
thought it was actually a
Cat-wreck. He almost took the thing to the local scrap yard.
It was my Mom who came
the rescue and stopped him as he was about to go out the drive way.
avoided for now. When I returned home after work, we had a frank
discussion; and it
decided by both of us to see if the machine could be saved.
proceeded right away in the October of 1999. The machine was completely
in 1 weekend. Everything was labeled and bagged. There actually
could be saved in the end. Much of the machine was either destroyed,
missing. Only 11 original components of the machine could be saved.
Not the way one
like to do a restoration! Dad had worked on many a car in his day
and was afraid that
Puma would in the end either prove too expensive to restore, or wouldn't
be able to be
Using the internet at work, many a phone call, and connections through
clubs and fellow collectors; slowly parts were secured. Sadly the
not be restored as the bottom of the sweep sections were completely rotted
decided to go ahead anyway and restore the rest of the machine until something
worked out with the exhausts. It was during Christmas of 1999, that
Dad made a
with ACS who originally made the Montana Pipe exhaust units.
employees who had worked there back in the day, believed that parts or
portions of these
units still existed at ACS. They even believed that original draft
drawings were still
existence with the company. The plan was for them to look around
during the Christmas
of 1999, and they would get back to us, with what they found.
they soon discovered that what they believed was still in existence, was
at that time discarded and now lost forever. Back to the drawing
and I had most of the machine finished up by the spring of 2001; when I
got news of a
collector; a nurse who had a pair of OEM original condition Montana pipes
Cat, that hadn't been used since the early winter of 1970.
there is a difference b/w 634 and 760 Montana pipes).
traveled to Traverse City Michigan to meet the collector, and see if a
deal could be made.
not only was able to secure the pipes at a very fair price, but they also
had an all
1971 Puma seat for me as well, that needed no work!
final 2 pieces of the puzzle were now complete.
Puma was unveiled at the 2001 Morrison Flats Show and Shine.
was featured on "Classic Sleds 2" with Phil Molto, as well as
Television during the winter of 2001/2002.
and I have been very fortunate over the years to have the old Cat at many
an event and
enjoyed meeting new friends and sharing a little snowmobile history along
hard to believe I located that Puma 17 years ago this Thanksgiving.
time flies when your having fun!
& Jeff Carmichael / "Carmichael Sno Sports"
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SLED AT EXPO SNO 2016.
THANKS DOUG &
JEFF FOR THE GREAT PICTURES !