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Many of you have seen my earlier post regarding the search for my original '93 MXZ. Thanks to the efforts of a very helpful representative with the Minnesota DNR - who really went above and beyond for my benefit - I was able to make contact with the current owner of my original sled. This was a long-term search, and after months of effort, I was thrilled with the prospect of being able to acquire my original sled and bring it back home after 30 years. My hope is that I'd find it in decent condition, well maintained and garage kept. That was the hope anyway . . .

If I was able to find the sled, the plan was always to make this a restoration project, assuming that after 30 years the sled would likely need some level of work to return it to its former glory. When I first talked to the current owner - who lives in west central Minnesota - and started asking questions, I learned that the sled has been sitting out in the "back 40" for nearly two years. That generate lots of bad visions!

Apparently, the owner's kids were the main riders of the sled during the 20 years that he has owned it. As the story goes, one day two winters ago they were out riding it and ran out of gas. They walked back to their house, and the sled sat right where it stopped. They did prop up the track to get it off the ground, and it was under a small tree. That's where it has been since. Summer and winter - uncovered.

I showed up at the owner's place on July 1st, and we proceeded to take the walk through a couple hundred yards of woods and then another hundred yards of 4-foot-tall grass to get to where the sled was sitting. Finally - I saw it. I knew it would be rough, and it was! Significant front-end damage, sun-baked hood, trashed seat - it was a sad picture. To think that my prized old sled had been treated so poorly was a bummer for sure. I checked the VIN and a couple other details that only I would know about to confirm that this was in fact my original sled. It was.

I told the owner that this sled was really bordering on a salvage deal, but since it was my original sled, and because I worked so hard to find it, I'd still be interested in buying it and bringing it home for further evaluation. I made an offer, he took it, and we spent three hours getting it out of the woods. Quite an operation.

With the sled now in my shop, I'm going to blow it apart (what's left of it!) and really evaluate just what I've got and whether or not it would be advisable to even start a resto project. I've already restored three of these previously, but the starting points on those projects were far beyond what this one is. It would be a challenge for sure - it will take some serious metal fab along with significant resto work on every component. Also, lots of $$$$. So, the bottom-line question is this: how bad do I want my original sled to live on? I can't answer that question just yet. Stay tuned . . . .

Ken
 

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View attachment 2001204 Many of you have seen my earlier post regarding the search for my original '93 MXZ. Thanks to the efforts of a very helpful representative with the Minnesota DNR - who really went above and beyond for my benefit - I was able to make contact with the current owner of my original sled. This was a long-term search, and after months of effort, I was thrilled with the prospect of being able to acquire my original sled and bring it back home after 30 years. My hope is that I'd find it in decent condition, well maintained and garage kept. That was the hope anyway . . .

If I was able to find the sled, the plan was always to make this a restoration project, assuming that after 30 years the sled would likely need some level of work to return it to its former glory. When I first talked to the current owner - who lives in west central Minnesota - and started asking questions, I learned that the sled has been sitting out in the "back 40" for nearly two years. That generate lots of bad visions!

Apparently, the owner's kids were the main riders of the sled during the 20 years that he has owned it. As the story goes, one day two winters ago they were out riding it and ran out of gas. They walked back to their house, and the sled sat right where it stopped. They did prop up the track to get it off the ground, and it was under a small tree. That's where it has been since. Summer and winter - uncovered.

I showed up at the owner's place on July 1st, and we proceeded to take the walk through a couple hundred yards of woods and then another hundred yards of 4-foot-tall grass to get to where the sled was sitting. Finally - I saw it. I knew it would be rough, and it was! Significant front-end damage, sun-baked hood, trashed seat - it was a sad picture. To think that my prized old sled had been treated so poorly was a bummer for sure. I checked the VIN and a couple other details that only I would know about to confirm that this was in fact my original sled. It was.

I told the owner that this sled was really bordering on a salvage deal, but since it was my original sled, and because I worked so hard to find it, I'd still be interested in buying it and bringing it home for further evaluation. I made an offer, he took it, and we spent three hours getting it out of the woods. Quite an operation.

With the sled now in my shop, I'm going to blow it apart (what's left of it!) and really evaluate just what I've got and whether or not it would be advisable to even start a resto project. I've already restored three of these previously, but the starting points on those projects were far beyond what this one is. It would be a challenge for sure - it will take some serious metal fab along with significant resto work on every component. Also, lots of $$$$. So, the bottom-line question is this: how bad do I want my original sled to live on? I can't answer that question just yet. Stay tuned . . . .

Ken
Congrats Ken on at least finding your sled. Keep us posted !

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Glad you found her. Sorry she's beat.

I'd love to have my 93 Mach 1 back but I sold it to a guy from far away just so I'd never have to see the state it was allowed to fall into. A couple of my buddies wanted it but I knew how they'd treat it so I didn't accept their low ball offers.

Still harbor that dream of seeing it listed on some site, just pulled out of a shed, covered in dust, in "just needs the carbs cleaned" condition.
 

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That’s interesting I didn’t realize they made an mxz in 93. I bought a new 93 formula plus. But what I found really interesting is that a representative from the DNR would go over and above for your benefit.
 

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I had almost the same experience around 20 years ago while strolling thru the swap area @ haydays...Holy Shytt...Starring me in the face was our old 540 Open Mod drag sled for sale...After a quick stupid thought of 'Maybe I should buy it for old times sake"....Naaaa...Move along and just cherish the memories...Good luck with the resto...
 

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Very cool that you in fact were able to find your sled after 30 years!
It is also cool that it is now home and you now have the ability to return it to the machine you once loved....... if you choose to follow through with what will be a long process.
 

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That will buff right out! LOL.

Congrats on finding it. Hoping for more updates to come. 6 months until sledding season. Give or take. Get 'er done.
 

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Thanks for the feedback! Started the process today by working through the front end. Not bad progress for less than 24 hours after getting this thing home. The sled had taken several hits to the front bumper, and much of the internal framework at the front of the belly pan area - including the pan - are junk.

No real news there - I knew those parts were bad. I've got a nice pile of trashed parts building in the driveway. Next will be pulling the driven pulley and brake disc, which are both nicely seized onto the countershaft. Surprised those items are seized as the sled was sitting in such a nice spot out in that field . . .

The good news is that I've previously restored three '93 MXZ's in the past couple years. Makes this project that much easier. Pretty much an F2000 chassis "expert" at this point. This one is going to be far more challenging than the first three, however, as there will be more true restoration - damage repair requiring metal fab, etc., but that's fine. All in my "wheelhouse".

I'm looking at this project as a challenge and a rescue mission. I could have just walked away from my old sled, but I just couldn't live with the fact it would continue to die a slow death out in the middle of field. After everything that I went through to find it, my old sled deserved a second chance . . . .

I'll keep the updates coming!

Ken
 

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Congratulations on finding YOUR particular sled…!

With that history and after all the time you invested searching for it, it would not feel right parting it out…Even though the starting point is bad, you need to get it up and running. Judging by your last post, it looks like you already accepted the challenge…!

Looking forward to see more pictures…!
 

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RV RUNNER, that is totally awesome. I was following your search story, this is the cherry on top :)
I am with several of the other fellows, you just gotta get er runnin and take it for a few runs, even if its not perfect. You might get a tear on the first ride !! Best of luck with it.
 

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Great that you found it! I have started with much less on some of my RV collection. Of course, some RV parts are hard to find, but that is the fun part of this hobby. I have a very nice 94 Formula Z 583 that I don't ride much anymore, I should sell it to someone that would appreciate it. It would be very similar to you MXZ. Have fun with the restoration.
 
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