What Was That!?

The Fudge (yes, Fudge) Snow Sedan was introduced in 1932 as one answerto the problem of winter travel in Canada. Built in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, the Snow Sedan was not intended to be a recreational vehicle, but as a means for doctors, police, rural mail carriers and utility companies to travel safely and quickly. When driven in soft, wet snow conditions, or used for trail breaking, these sleds would travel around 12 to 25 mph, but on hard pack, they could reach up to 40 to 50 mph.

Quality of construction was a priority for Fudge. The ribs, outside covering and roof bows were made of steel. The floor was three-ply fir, while the addition of steel gave the cab a full toboggan bottom from tip to tail.The teard rop body design offered minimal wind resistance, and the window placement provided full-range vision. Two doors made entry and exit easy for up to three passengers and one driver.

Most models were propeller-powered by a Lycoming aircraft engine rated at 108 hp. The engine featured a push-button starter inside the cab. A tubular steel propeller guard was another exclusive feature on the Snow Sedan. Red and green lights were mounted on the guard as an additional safety measure.

The propellers, manufactured by Fudge, were made of select, laminated white birch, glued with waterproof glue, and finished with one coat each of filler and shellac before receiving three coats of hard-wearing "Dulux" varnish. The blades were tipped with tough "body steel" to protect them from flying chunks of ice, gravel or twigs found on most roadways.

The steering on the Snow Sedan was entirely enclosed, with no tie rods or cables to impede the progress of the machine through heavy snow or rough country. The Snow Sedan featured automotive-type steering wheel and springs on all four skis, held rigidly by steel saddles to assure perfect alignment at all times. The skis were constructed of specially selected hickory, riveted to prevent checking. A steel shoe runner, separated from the ski by a one-inch hardwood riser, permitted travel over hard surfaces with minimal friction, which prolonged the life of the ski.
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