The Toledo Blade published this story November 27, 1953. I wish the photos were better. Interestingly, the article doesn’t mention the Zamboni name at all.
UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1795.
Glenn found this rare item. I don’t know much about the V4s that power these rigs.Might be an interesting motor to check out. I can’t tell if this is a variant of the Model F or a Model G. You can learn more about the Zamboni/jeep relationship here.
“1964 Zamboni ice-resurfacer, needs TLC, runs, goes, manuals included. These machines were made on a Jeep running gear. Dana front and rears, 3 speed manual with spicer transfer case, drive shafts etc. Will consider parting out if sale of whole machine doesn’t take place. Has V-4 air cooled motor that runs great and has propane setup. Would make a great lumber mill power plant.”
UPDATE: Sold. Was on eBay.
This has a few jeeps parts and many more non jeep parts.
“It was used up to the point of having one cylider run rough; then the unit was replaced with another used Zamboni of newer vintage. This unit fits into the 1964 to 1969 HD and HDA catagory of Zambonis . most of us remember these at the ice rinks when we were alot younger.
This is the familiar looking unit that most NHL ICE rinks had back in the 60’s and 70’s. This would be a fantastic unit for promotion / parade / or for your local ice rink once motor repaired.
This unit has the air-cooled 4 cylinder Wisconsin VH4D engine. The motor is tired on one cylinder , it does run,it was last run in december 2011. It does have the 5 bolt wheel jeep cj5 diffs, but is the 1964 up non jeep framed type Zamboni . It has the 3 speed manual transmission (Jeep FC 150) , It has 4 studded tires. it rolls and steers properly.
It has been used up to recently at the Keremeos BC ice rink, with former use at the Osoyoos BC rink.”
This Zambonia Ice Resurfacer is old enough to be built on a jeep frame.
“We have a used Zamboni that needs a new home. In good used condition, 4wd jeep frame with 1600 VW engine. Located in Livermore CA…. may trade for WWII Stuff.”
UPDATE: This is back on eBay. Initial bid is $6.99.
I purchased a copy of this book. There are some good pictures and stories of the jeeps used to make the first few Zamboni Ice Resurfacers. If you haven’t seen it, here’s my post about the Zamboni Ice Resurfacer.
UPDATE: The Zamboni® company’s website was reorganized, which meant I had to fix a variety of links. So, I thought I’d post this for people who missed it or went there and saw broken links.
Eureka, Utah is a very small town. I imagine it was even smaller when Frank Zamboni was born in 1901. From those humble beginnings, Frank grew up to create one of the most iconic service vehicles ever: The Zamboni® Ice Resurfacer. I’m not sure why they have entered the public’s imagination in the way they have, but if you say Zamboni®, people know what the vehicle does.
In fact, the Frank J. Zamboni company is legitimately concerned about the name Zamboni® passing from being a description of an Ice Surfacer into a noun, which can spell death for a Trademark. You’ll note on the website that Zamboni® is quickly followed by Ice Surfacer for that specific reason. In addition, there’s an extensive discussion of the Zamboni® trademark here.
By now, you are probably asking yourself what all this has to do with Flatties?
Well, until a couple days ago, I thought it had nothing to do with them. But then, I received an email from Bill with a link to an image about the Model B Zamboni®. After a little digging, I discovered a very direct connection between early ice resurfacing and flat fender jeeps. Below is a summary of the Zamboni® history from the company’s website coupled with pics I’ve found all over the web. The CJ-3B Page also has some information.
For about 7 years, from 1942 through 1949, Frank Zamboni attempted a variety of experiments to create a good ice resurfacer.
Model A was Frank’s prototype ice re-surfacer. In 1949, he built the model below (which has been restored and still exists at Paramount Iceland in California):
Model B introduced the jeep to ice surfacing. In 1950, apparently Frank decided he needed something more portable, so he came up with Model B, which used a War Surplus Jeep (I’m assuming MB?). If you look closely below, you can see Frank connected a U joint to the steering column and then added another steering rod so that you could steer from behind the jeep. According to the Frank J. Zamboni Corp:
In 1950, Olympic skating star Sonja Henie’s traveling ice show was practicing at Paramount Iceland, and she saw the Model A in action. She had to have one and asked Frank if he could build one in time for an upcoming Chicago performance. The deadline was tough, but Frank worked day and night, then loaded all of the resurfacer parts into a U-Haul® trailer. He towed the trailer to Chicago behind the Jeep he would install the parts on and assembled the Model B there.
Here’s one that’s in rough shape. It’s a good shot from behind.
The Model below is incorrectly labeled on the company’s website as a Model C, though it is correctly labeled in the name of the file as a Model B. Frank is sitting in the driver’s seat.
Model C introduced a high seat behind the jeep and utilized the CJ-3A:
Model D brought about the use of the CJ-3B. Of course, the CJ-3B Page covers this model pretty extensively. Here’s one image of the Model D from eh company’s website. Visit the CJ-3B Page or visit this company page to see more pics and information.
Model E used both the CJ-3B and the CJ-5. Here’s a CJ-3B Model E, according to the company, from the Company’s website:
The CJ-5 Model E shown below has been restored and can be viewed at the Paramount Iceland and sets next to the original Model A Zamboni®.
Model F eliminated the use of the body, but kept the Jeep running gear. Also, Model F was the last to use any drive train as Model G was designed with a different running platform altogether. You can see Model F below.
Here’s an interesting pic of a line of jeeps awaiting conversion into ice surfacers. The image tag suggests these are war surplus jeeps, but those frames look more like mid ’50s CJ-5 frames or later and might have been used in the Model Fs.
The jeep platform has been used for a variety of different projects, including multiple versions of the Zamboni Ice Re-surfacer. But, I didn’t know that in 1958 the famous Oscar Meyer vehicle was built from a 1958 FC-150. I guess that didn’t work so well, as they didn’t do it again based on the info I’ve found.