Friday, May 31, 2013

The disassembly continues...

In order to refurbish our Muscat Corporation Muscateer, dubbed "Britney", we decided to strip the hull/shell completely.  We fabricated a cart to roll it around on during the restoration.

The Black Box in-situ

This allowed the Black Box transmission to be hoisted out (it is heavy) and the shell rolled out from under the transmission.

The Muscateer on its trolley

Hoisting the "Black Box"

Once the transmission was hoisted, we rolled the shell out of the way, and lowered the Black Box onto two pieces of 1" pipe.  This allowed us to easily roll the box out of the way, and move the shell back into the small work shed we are using.

Now all that is left in the shell are the axle sprockets, two rear tensioners, the limited wiring, and the control cables for the propeller engage and rudder control.

Left rear drive sprocket and chain tensioner
Left front drive sprocket
Right rear drive sprocket and tensioner
The "bathtub"
Next step, finally stripping of wiring and other miscellaneous items to get down to the bare hull. 

Then its determining the plans for providing a new engine and tires....

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A bit of historical data

In researching the Muscateer not much information could be found on the web. 

It appers these wer made in 1969 or 1970, no form prodcution numbers, options ro deatails could be found.

In the prior post the brochure from the 6x6 World website was noted.  The complete scanned brochure can be found here.

If anyone has original service manuals or any other documentation on the Muscateer 6x6 ATV, or information on the Muscat Corporation of Forest Lake, MN copies or originals of these documents would be of interest.

As #2146 has the keyed ignition, it appears the unit was originally powered by the optional 10Hp Tecumseh HH100 engine.  It is, as noted, missing.  Mount area shown below.

As with the Muscateer, if anyone has information on the Tecumseh HH100 engine, it would be of interest.

As previously noted, #2146 also was provided the propeller option.  A lever drive cams a belt to power the massive 5 1/2" diameter prop!   Hope we don't lose too many hats!

Massive power!

Cam pulley for belt drive to propeller.

Rudder and cam control cables.

Upon initial inspection of the existing drive system...

All the Muscateer's drive chains and sprockets are in place and in reasonable condition.  Some light rust but most were still flexible.


We are hoping some Evaporust will clean up the drive chains well enough to reuse the existing ones.

A quick look inside the Muscat Corporation "Black Box" transmission left a good feeling, as it all appeared to be pretty clean, and hand turning the driveshafts led to rotary motion.  While not conclusive, a good sign the box may be in running condition.

All the lever inputs move smoothly, and the internal clutch plates seem to move side-to-side to provide friction for drive.  Unsure of the specifics to do an true testing/adjustment, that will come late, but for now it looks to be in pretty good shape for a 40+ year old abandoned item!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Initial clean up...

A bit of pressure washing to remove dirt, leaves, spiders, and other associated items collected in who knows how long while it sat in the woods.

And then a first look at the overall condition.  The wiring, transmission (affectionately named "the Black Box" by Muscat Corporation for obvious reasons), controls and axles all seemed in decent shape.

Note keyed start, "top-of-the-line" electronic ignition option!  Not bad for 1969/70!

(OK, the tires ain't so good....)

And a big bonus, the optional propeller drive for amphibious assaults!  As Ned noted, "The playing card sized rudder will allow serious maneuverability"! ;-)

More research to follow.....


Muscateer #2146 Restoration

In May of 2013 we came across an abandoned 6x6 ATV.  

A "Muscateer", made by the Muscat Corporation of Forest Lake, Minnesota.  Model Number R100A1000A, Serial Number 2146.

While missing a few key components like engine, wheels and seats... the rest looked "pretty good".

Axles in place...


Deluxe interior....

We dragged it home, christened it "Britney", and began an experiment in restoration/modification to see if we can get it back in fighting form.... so we can troll for Walleye in a custom craft (we may even buy a pipe)!

Original brochure (courtesy 6x6

Original brochure (courtesy 6x6

Let the journey begin.....