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The Scott Watters' Collection: 16 Classic Arctic Cats


(10/21/2013)

Scott Watters Collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles

No doubt, the coolest aspect of producing ArcticInsider is meeting people who have a passion for Arctic Cat. I never anticipated it when I launched this place four years ago, but this website often works as an electronic introduction to great people that I probably would not have met otherwise.

And many of those electronic intros have evolved into in-person handshakes and greetings, which is even better.

 

Scott Watters at Hay Days 2013

Scott Watters is one such person I've met this past year, both via the site and in-person. He lives on the northeast side of the Twin Cities, where he restores, rides and takes great pride in a fleet of sweet Arctic Cats.

What initially started as an email exchange about set-up ideas for the ProCross chassis morphed into an open invitation to some rides, then into an, "Oh, you should see some of my other Arctic Cats," quip.

When I asked for some pix, he responded with what you see here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

 

The Scott Watters collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

In Scott's words: "I have 16 Arctic Cats. My family loves to snowmobile and I love to play and restore them. I wrenched at Tousley Motorsports [a former Arctic Cat dealer] from 1986 to 1994, when I started my lawn/landscape business.

The seasonality of my business allows me to work on snowmobiles in my shop everyday throughout the winter. I still help out my friends rebuilding shocks, as well as tinker on my own machines."

Above, from L-to-R: 2013 F800 Limited; 2012 F5; 2010 Sno Pro 500; 2008 F8 Sno Pro.

 

The Scott Watters collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

L-to-R: 2002 ZR800 Cross-Country; 1999 Z 440 Sno Pro; 1980 El Tigre 6000.

 

The Scott Watters collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

L-to-R: (one more time on the Tiger...yummy!); 1971 Panther 760; 1972 Cheetah 440; 1972 Puma 440; 1971 EXT 340 Special; and the 1971 Lynx 292.

 

The Scott Watters collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Doug's 8-year-old son has plenty to chose from.

 

The Scott Watters collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

If you look closely at Scott's newer sleds, you'll notice he's prone to customization. His 2002 ZR 800 Cross-Country (with "500" decals on the hood... nice ego buster!) gets black powder coated suspension arms, a ceramic coating on the rails and some serious polishing of the tunnel and spindle.

 

Scott Watters Arctic Cat ZR 800

Under the hood, this baby looks like it came off the showfloor. Clearly Scott takes care of his stuff (and has an enclosed trailer).

 

Scott Watters Arctic Cat F8 Sno Pro

Check out the custom rear tunnel section (as well as the skis, paint & graphics) on his 2008 F8 Sno Pro.

 

Scott Watters Arctic Cat F8 Sno Pro

The "extras" such as the polished steering arm and the absolutely, perfectly clean condition are truly nice to see.

 

Scott Watters 1999 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 Fan Cooled

This 1999 Z 440 Sno Pro is another example of detailed perfection...

 

Scott Watters 1999 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440 Fan Cooled

... as well as a custom creation. Check out the electric start that Scott added when he restored it a couple years ago. Cool!

Again, this is a sled you could eat off of.

 

Scott Watters 1999 Arctic Cat 440 Sno Pro

I accused Scott of never riding these machines, but he swears that all of them have been ridden a lot, and not gently. I asked for odometer evidence, but I have yet to see anything, so I'll have to take him at his word.

 

Scott Watters 2004 F7 Arctic Cat

His 2004 F7 enjoys similar flourishes to the spindles.

Now that I think about it, I wonder if Scott thinks that pushing these sleds around on ski/track dollies constitutes "riding?"

 

Scott Watters 2012 Arctic Cat F5

I appreciate that Scott doesn't confine all of his customization to the big-power sleds in his fleet. Like the e-start '99 Sno Pro, this 2012 F5 enjoys some extra work.

In Scott's words: "I powder-coated the tunnel, A-arms, and suspension rails gloss black, then wen Cat Pearl Green on the rear suspension arms, front spindles and rear bumper. The look I was going after was the 2011 F8 EXT, but with a little twist. So I replaced seat cover, front bumper/nose to white, added some decals and a 1.352" Cobra track and a pair of Hibbert replica white skis."

 

Scott Watters F8 Arctic Cat Limited

Scott's newest machine is this 2013 F800 Limited. But it no longer looks stock like the above photo...

 

The Scott Watters collection of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

...instead he's perfected the application of green powder paint and decals to create a custom sled that looks a lot like the new 2014 El Tigre.

Awesome sleds, Scott! Thanks a million for taking the time to share this with me and everyone else here.



Comments (10):

RL says:
10/21/2013 1:04:00 PM

That is one sweet fleet!!!
SteveCZ says:
10/21/2013 1:39:00 PM

OK, so I'm sure this has been answered before, but what in God's creation does anyone use to polish the twin spar chassis' hoods? Last I tried regular wax on the plastic storage compartment on the back of a 2009 and made swirl city. Scott must know a few tricks, care to share?

And if you are up for it, I'll fly you out to Central NY to clean my sleds like that! :-P
Tom Rowland says:
10/21/2013 6:18:00 PM

Like!!!
Tom Mahon says:
10/21/2013 7:22:00 PM

Scott, you have some high quality and uniquely detailed sleds - some of them look more like mechanical art than functional machines . The fact that they are high performance drivers has to be a special thrill!
The garage is not to shabby either,,,,
John Zanon says:
10/21/2013 9:34:00 PM

Looks great!
Scott Watters says:
10/21/2013 11:01:00 PM

SteveCZ, what I use to make my aluminum shine is start off with White Diamond aluminum polish and a wool buffing pad on an automotive style buffer.Than after you think you have it looking its best switch to a foam pad and go over it 1 or 2 more times with White Diamond to take out the haze and swirl marks and your done.

As for the plastic on the earlier Twin Spar's that where not clear coated I found that Pledge furniture polish works the best.
PIERRELACAT says:
10/24/2013 11:24:00 AM


AWESOME FLEET,LOTS OF COIN TIED UP! BUT WHATS WITH THE KIDS OFFBRAND! I HOPE YOU DONT BUY A YAMACAT NEXT!!!
Matt LaJoy says:
10/24/2013 12:36:00 PM

Scott, I recognize your style from some of your posts on HCS.com under your moniker "F7Rat". Your custom Twin Spar F8 always got my attention. You really have an impeccable eye for detail. Glad to see you were featured here on Arctic Insider. Keep up the good work!!
Matt
David Melton says:
4/9/2014 1:09:00 PM

Love the vintage sleds! I have a 1971 Arctic Cat panther 340 and a 1976 Arctic Cat panther 5000. Theres just no fealing like the one you get driveing something made in the golden yeard of arctic cat! Great work bringing those fantastic old sleds back to life!!!
David Melton says:
4/9/2014 1:11:00 PM

Love the vintage sleds! I have a 1971 Arctic Cat panther 340 and a 1976 Arctic Cat panther 5000. Theres just no fealing like the one you get driveing something made in the golden years of arctic cat! Great work bringing those fantastic old sleds back to life!!!

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