Posted 3 years ago
Completed in November 2012, this is a custom-built Nylint SNOGO truck-mounted three-auger, two-stage snowblower. These type snowblowers were used extensively during the 40s, 50s and 60s by road crews and cities to open up difficult snow-packed passages, and to load snow from city streets into trucks to be hauled away from downtown areas. They continue to be used to clear runways at airports.
The truck portion is a combination of a Nylint Ford Pickup cab and frame mated to the rear motor housing of a Nylint Adams Traveloader. (another machine used to load snow as well as sand and dirt) The rear fenders and upper yoke used to hold the emergency light are from a Tonka Airport Tractor. The tires are Nylint roadgrader tires drilled out with a spade bit to receive vintage Marx wheel centers. The spotlights are from a Nylint Naval Missile Launcher and the interior seats are from a Nylint Econoline. The truck portion was a relatively-easy build requiring only a few evenings of fabrication.
However, the SNOGO snowblower was entirely custom-built and took many hours to fabricate. The main frame and the 2nd-stage impeller housing started out as the base from a Nylint Power Shovel. The side gear cover is from the same Nylint Adams Traveloader as the truck's rear motor housing, and the snowblower's transmission cover (rounded portion on the driver's side of the snowblower) was fashioned from the roof of a Nylint Horse Trailer, as were the snowblower's sideboards. The impeller is actually a plastic dishwasher pump impeller! The chute was fashioned from parts from a ERTL hay elevator.
The only parts on this entire build I didn't either scavenge or build myself are the actual augers. I do not own the fabricating machines to twist augers, let-alone in two different directions on one axle! So, I farmed these out to a specialty auger company. (that wasn't cheap...) However, they turned out GREAT. I laid out the custom SNOGO logos and had a decal producer make them for me. IMO they really make the truck "pop!"
I love the machine. It looks big and burly and there's plenty of power in the back motor to throw snow 150 feet in any direction. Pictures from GOOGLE show this machine to be very similar to the 1950s-1960s trucks built by SNOGO. I hope you enjoy, and I look forward to your comments.