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1974 Sno*Jet SS Ice dragging monster!

Check out this one-of-a-kind custom 1974 Sno*Jet SS!
RELATED TOPICS: VINTAGE | SNOWMOBILE RACING
1974 SnoJet
Gaston Blais lives in Gatineau, Quebec. He reached out to AmSnow to show off his custom-built ice-dragger that began life as an unassuming 1974 Astro Jet with a 440cc Yamaha engine, bogie suspension and 28-inch stance. The beast he created from that sled since purchasing it from his brother in 1986 would make anyone on the track drool!

■ The back story
This Astro Jet – in its original form – was powered by a Yamaha motor. Later on, Sno*Jets were assembled by Arctic Cat using a Cat clutch and sold through Kawasaki-affiliated dealers. A true mix of old and new, as our own Joe Rainville put it when referring to the sleds for a piece he did last year on a sweet Kawasaki Interceptor. Kawasaki ended up purchasing Sno*Jet in 1976. Before that, they were owned by a Texas company called Conroy, who also owned Glastron boats. Sno*Jet originated in Quebec where they made snowmobiles until the Conroy purchase in 1968.

This sled was by no means made for real performance when it first came out. It was geared towards families who were looking for something closer to the value-side of the snowmobile market at the time. Gaston rode his completely stock from 1986 to about 1997. That’s when he really started turning this cool cruiser into a frozen lake monster!
1974 SnoJet
■ Upgrades galore
Take a look at some of the improvements he’s made to this truly custom Sno*Jet. Would you believe that he used a bumper from a 1996 Chevy Cavalier for one upgrade?

Gaston got the sled from his brother in 1986 for $100. It was pretty rusty, but he still rode it in its original form until 1997. He started the modifications at the body shop where he was working. The sled still has the original Astro Jet tunnel, which is why the engine is mounted mid-chassis. The rear section of the tunnel was cut-off, and the aluminum tunnel from a 1990 Arctic Cat Prowler was attached, along with an aluminum custom bumper.

The sled was originally a 1974 Astro Jet with a 440 Yamaha F/C, bogie suspension and the original ski stance was 28 inches.

The sled is now set up for drag racing. It’s using a ZR8000 Artic Cat engine. The original driveline was removed and there is now a modified jack-shaft setup with the secondary clutch off the ZR8000. It’s got a right-hand chain case from a Summit 800. The front suspension has a 43-inch ski stance.
1974 SnoJet
This year, he extended the tunnel. Also, the track that used to be 121 inches has been upgraded to 136 with a Wahl suspension.

The sled also uses the Wild Cat belly pan that was cut in the middle and modified with the corner pieces of a bumper from a ‘96 Chevy Cavalier and a custom made aluminum one for the center. The bumper’s off a Kawasaki Drifter and the gas tank is aluminum.

The hood has been modified extensively. The air vent is off a Mach 1, the side pieces are from a ‘75 Sno*Jet, Wild Cat air vents and the front of the hood is off a Kawasaki Drifter. All those pieces were put together around the original Sno*Jet hood with fiberglass. It took a long time to get everything to fit properly into the bumper!

It’s pretty safe to say there isn’t another Sno*Jet modified like this anywhere.

Gaston renamed the sled: Sno*Jet SS.
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