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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 08-07-2017 02:32 PM 1049 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OleGrump

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08-07-2017 02:32 PM

I picked up a vintage “Yankee Clipper No 13” snow sled at a yard sale last Saturday. Cost me a princely three dollars. Hell, I figured the hardware ALONE would be worth that ! While overall it’s not bad for a sled that’s seen some action, unlucky #13 seems to have lived up to it’s reputation in this case. There is evidence of a wreck in a slightly bent runner on one side, and a broken rear cross brace.
I plan to repair or restore this piece, if nothing else to display it around Christmas time. It’s VERY similar to one I got when I was 5 or 6. The runner can be persuaded back into shape with a help from a torch. My question is how does one remove the bolts (or are they rivets) running through the wood and metal pieces? Once I can get those darned things out, the rest of the job will be pretty easy. Oddly enough, this is ONE “how-to” project for which there aren’t any online videos. Most projects have several hundred…..
Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide with this question.

-- OleGrump


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#1 posted 08-07-2017 04:32 PM

UPDATE: I have been advised by someone off site that these are indeed rivets, which are easily drilled out and replaced with carriage bolts.
Now I just have to decide if I only want to do a repair, which will involve removing two rivets and replacing the broken oak crosspiece, and addressing the runner. I think a little 0000 steel wool to the rest of the wood and some clear finish may be all that’s needed.
BTW, I have also learned that “Yankee Clipper” was the bottom-of-the-line Flexible Flyer sled during the 1960s. Just in case someone else wanted to know.

-- OleGrump

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 04:57 AM

2 or 3 years ago, I was delivering trash to the dump, and saw what looked like a Flexible Flyer in the dumpster. A couple of young guys volunteered to dumpster dive for me, and brought up what turned out to be a Flying Arrow. They had never seen such a sled, so I told them about “Citizen Kane” and the tycoon’s “Rosebud,” which he had to give up when he was a kid (going into foster care, I think). When Kane (based on William Randolph Hearst) died, he muttered “Rosebud,” which set all the pundits wondering what the cryptic word meant. Was it a long lost girlfriend? A secret crush? Meanwhile, workers cleaning out the junk in his mansion tossed the old sled into the furnace. A sad ending.

If you haven’t seen “Citizen Kane,” it’s worth the time just for the Rosebud connection.

When we had snow last winter (an uncommon occurrence here), we took the 4 year old grandson sledding. An iconic experience for me, as I had always wanted a Flexible Flyer, but had to make do with homemade sleds.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 12:15 PM

AH, “Citizen Kane”.....It’s been some years since I last saw it, but have enjoyed it several times. Living in central Maryland, we normally don’t see snow until January, (But it does occur sometimes) so I could probably use the new vintage sled in Holiday d├ęcor before hard Winter sets in.
My wife, all five feet of her, was born and raised in New Delhi, India, and her first marriage (although in the U.S.) was in a traditional Indian family. The poor girl has missed out on a LOT of the fun we Americans have enjoyed for years. (it was only about two years ago she got to toast marshmallows on our fire pit….) Since she actually LIKES Winter and snow, I think wifey will really enjoy sledding. She hasn’t seen it yet, as it went into the garage pending the afore mentioned repairs. It’ll be a great surprise for her !

-- OleGrump

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