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    I got hit with a bit of nostalgia earlier today and googled puddlejumper. When I was a lad a puddlejumper was a homemade tractor/skidder/boom truck made from a old car, truck or combo of both. Google brought me a bunch of flotation devices. I had to laugh, woudthunkit.


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    They were pretty popular in central and northern Wisconsin as well.
    Friend of mine's father had one that was built on a truck frame, Hudson motor and trans, driving the 4 wheel drive truck tranismission.....used tractor tires all 4 wheels.

    Wish I had pic's....
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    Google probably keyed on the term "puddle" equated it with water and listed out the flotation devices. Google is good but it's not perfect like those of us on here.

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    A puddle jumper here is a small float plane.
    I had a compass, but without a map, it's just a cool toy to show you where oceans and ice are.

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    Check these out, I added tractor to puddlejumper.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3268712...7626692069451/
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    Those are neat photos of the puddle jumper I was talking about. You are the master at googlefu Hunter LOL.

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    I guess it's "How can I ask the question"....
    We had a lot of them around in mid Wisconsin....snow plows, tractors, and just swamp buggies.
    Pic from the site I posted......
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/32687125@N05/3184623616/
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    Down south we call those "swamp buggies"
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    Those do look like early swamp buggies. We have mainly two kinds of buggies down here now. Everglades buggies which are basically like a jeep with a highrise seat in the back and then Palm Beach Buggies. Which are jacked up rigs that cost 10's of thousands to a hundred thousand dollars.

    Something more typically like this.

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