Diablo Rouge Ski Seater
 

 

 

The Ski Seater (sled) is a simple piece of equipment. It just hooks onto the post on the tractor and gets pulled behind the power unit.

The seat is on hinges and flips open to store items of need (food, parts, a cold beer for the occassional stop). 

The two different sled chassis are shown above. On the left is the 502/3 chassis with the handle bar around the back of the ski seater. This chassis also has a loop on the side for the spring steel latch on the seat. On the right is the 500 chassis. It has no handle bar or loop on the side.

 

 

One of the items in high demand for these are skis. They wear out and most find them difficult to reproduce. I considered trying to make myself a pair, but the original skis are made from maple and are steamed then glued. A process that takes several months and can only be accomplished with the proper jigging equipment. I bought these pair from Barrie G in Quebec. They are well worth the investment. (note, they do not come with holes). If you are interested in how they are made, see the link below.

 Building Skis

 

The skis were primed then painted with enamel paint. After complete, I questioned whether this was the proper technique and NOS skis are stained with black stain. Thinking about it now, a stained ski will look better over time as they would not show a scratch as easy.

Once assembled, adjust the skis so they are straight (not toed in or out).

 

The OEM runners are 1" wide and 1/4" deep, flat on the side that mounts to the ski and slightly rounded on the outer side. In addition to the bolt hole that goes through the seat spring, the runner is attached by an additional 5 rivets (three between the spring bolt to the curved tip and two between the spring bolt and the back). The rivets go up through the ski with a small washer on top and peened over or tack welded to keep the runner secure.  

 

 

 

 

 

 Toe Clip Dimensions

Reproduced Toe Clips are available. See the Re-Production tab for more details.



In regards to the seat, I've seen two designs. 

One is the above pattern that has the embossed simulated seam (going right and left above) with an actual inward sewn seam around the sides (again, seen above). The embossed seams have a sew-like pattern in them.


The other has a embossed simulated seam that is more flat in the grooves. The corner seams are an outward rounded seam. The OEM seats have 26 pleats.    See below.

I suspect the upper pattern is original to the 500 and the lower patter is original to the 502 & 503. If somebody believes otherwise, please let me know.

Seat Covers are now available. We have worked hard to find someone who will reproduce the heat pleat design of the original seat cover. Prices yet to be determined. If you would like to order a cover, please contact Bruce. 


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