New Virtual ATV Museum

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    New Virtual ATV Museum



    It’s no secret we have a soft spot for vintage ATV’s. We have the most diverse collection of amphibious ATV’s in the world, with hundreds of literature documents, memorabilia, toys, and everything amphibious related. This collection started over 30 years ago with just a couple vehicles in the backyard, significantly predating Mudd-Ox itself.




    Background

    Once the amphibious ATV wave hit in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, over 100 companies tried their hand at producing for the new market. There were vehicles with large company backing such as Sears, and smaller startups with a dedicated inventor in their garage like Jiger. Newspapers and magazines were filled with sales literature on these new forms of transportation.

    Unfortunately, many of these companies only produced a handful of vehicles. It was a time without computers or digital communication. Thus, an overwhelming majority of ATV literature was lost to time whether it be deteriorated, hidden inside an old bookshelf, or simply thrown away. Enthusiasts have been collecting and sharing their findings online to bring back as much of that information as possible. If you own a vintage ATV, you can almost certainly find some information on it now.




    Navigating the Museum

    One of our dreams has always been to preserve and share our collection through this website. We wanted easily accessible information, high quality digital scans without watermarks, and of course the ability to download directly to your device. To do this, the information is separated into sections as follows:

    ATV History: In this section of the website you’ll find a general overview of amphibious ATV’s from inception to modern day. If you’ve never dived into the vintage ATV world before, we highly recommend checking this out first.

    Our ATV Collection: A sneak peek of our personal toy box. We have vehicles stacked from floor to ceiling.

    Our Memorbilia Collection: Oil cans, shirts, trophies, and everything amphib is here.

    Wanted Vintage ATV’s: If you have any ATV’s, information, history or even related stories, please contact us here.




    Virtual Museum Portal

    This specific section is the heart of the museum. All files are linked to this page. With ATV’s companies trading hands and re-branding, it’s difficult to keep track of them. There are two ways of finding the information you’re looking for:

    Interactive map: Arguably one of the coolest sections of the website is this map with markers for all known production locations of amphibious ATV’s (along with a few tracked vehicles) from around the world. Click on a marker to view more information. For ATV’s we have digital literature of, there is a link in the description that will bring you to a dedicated page on our website. Continue through the Google redirect notice.

    ATV List: Following is the map is a list of known ATV’s. Names in red are ATV’s that we have digital literature of. Simply click on the name to view a dedicated page on our website. For all other ATV’s we either have not yet digitized the literature, or do not have at all. Some of these vehicles can be found in “Vintage Magazines.”




    A Special Thanks

    We want to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped make this possible. From those who held onto that funky sales brochure all these years, those who researched and posted their historic findings online, and those who donated files for the museum. This is appreciated more than we could ever put into words.


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    Very cool! This takes me back to the 70's and early 80's when i was a young boy and camped in various places in PA with my dad Gil. He was and still is an Argo dealer, now with my brother Jim. Always being around Argo's, i would see an Attex and be like man that machine is cool and look at it go! Also my uncle had a scrambler and a max and the people that we camped with had different machines as well. ATVs have been a thing in my family since 1970 i think and i am very proud to be a part of it and the whole ATV family itself.
    Thank you to the Oxenders for preserving a huge part of ATV history, i applaud them for what they have done. Thank you for sharing with everybody this unique, interesting and one of a kind collection. Also, thank you to those who have contributed various items.

    By the way, thanks to my brother Jim and some of the 6 wheel family members, i now have 5 Attex's to go with my 1 Argo

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickga View Post
    Very cool! This takes me back to the 70's and early 80's when i was a young boy and camped in various places in PA with my dad Gil. He was and still is an Argo dealer, now with my brother Jim. Always being around Argo's, i would see an Attex and be like man that machine is cool and look at it go! Also my uncle had a scrambler and a max and the people that we camped with had different machines as well. ATVs have been a thing in my family since 1970 i think and i am very proud to be a part of it and the whole ATV family itself.
    Thank you to the Oxenders for preserving a huge part of ATV history, i applaud them for what they have done. Thank you for sharing with everybody this unique, interesting and one of a kind collection. Also, thank you to those who have contributed various items.

    By the way, thanks to my brother Jim and some of the 6 wheel family members, i now have 5 Attex's to go with my 1 Argo
    5 Attex's. plenty of room for growth!! LOLOL
    See ya at Ash.

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    Beautifully done! So good to see the history of these machines archived and preserved in a museum.

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    Very interesting. I like the video of the Pizzaz purchase. I’m very familiar with the marshy end of lake Alice as mentioned. In fact I bought one of my Max’s from a guy that lived on that very marsh. I wish I could have seen the Pizzaz out there.
    What it lacks in ground clearance it makes up for with traction.

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    Updates updates updates.
    Thank you for the kind comments. ATV blood runs deep around here! Uploading the vintage files is one of the most fun jobs around here. There are definitely some neat machines, and the literature is just as cool. It's amazing the correlation between different companies and models.

    At the moment we're trying to update the museum section on a weekly basis. It's easy to miss the latest uploads, so we're listing them on top of the portal page itself.

    Today there are new pages for the Bazoo, Coot and Coot2, Cargocat and Polecat, and Rollsport / Bush Machine / Bush Swamper.

    https://www.muddox.net/virtual-museum-portal/
    Last edited by Mudd-Ox Inc.; 08-06-2020 at 05:29 PM.

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    10 months later, we are still digitalizing and uploading literature! The online museum is simply a dent in the pile of physical documents in our collection, not counting over 1,200+ files we downloaded from newspaper archive websites.

    Thanks to a rapidly growing archive, our museum pages are becoming very popular among those searching unique amphibious vehicles. One of the greatest benefits are the contacts we've received. Individuals searching family history have come across our pages and shared information that can't be found elsewhere, such as the Moto Brousse and Terra Gator.

    The reason we're posting today is to inform Terra Tiger enthusiasts of some "new" photographs. Last week we met with Dan Kolbach and his father whom had the opportunity to visit with Marvin Feldmann, the inventor of the Terra Tiger. During their visit, Feldmann provided a few dozen factory photographs to be digitalized and provided a bit of unknown history - such as the 8x8's built for the Canadian military. The original photos, manual and brochure has been scanned.

    We also received a few prototype cog-style Terra Tiger tires that will be documented and uploaded on the website in months to come.

    https://www.muddox.net/terra-tiger/




    This week we received a stack of original Sur-Trek parts blueprints. They're a bit too big for our current scanners. Overall, we're finding more documents than ever believed to exist. Unboxing literature is one of the most exciting parts of our week - and we look forward to sharing all this information in high quality, downloadable formats for current and future amphib-enthusiasts to enjoy.

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    i was'nt in on the 70 's aatv craze ... saw my first one in ' 82 and that was that . i'm really enjoying seeing and hearing about names and machines i've never heard of. thanks for your presentation , love it . johnboy va.

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    Great virtual museum. It brings back many memories. Growing up in Eastern Arkansas there was not many things to enjoy regarding the swamp lands and flooded lands along the Mississippi River, that is until I came across a guy that had an early model Jiger. He was kind enough to take me for my first ride and I was hooked from there. My first machine was a Terra Tiger, followed by a Max2, Hustler 950, Sears Sportster, etc. With the exception of my college years and time in the Army, I have always had amphibious atvs.
    I've been lucky to own the above as well as Attex, Coot, Argo 6x6s and 8x8, Swamp Fox, Mudd Ox, Pug, Max4, Hustler 980, as well as some other brands that produced 8-20 machines then went out of business. I've also constructed three custom machines.
    It's a great hobby and I've made many friends over the years and met some great folks.

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