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10-19-2004 04:52 AM  13 years agoPost 1
coop

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Hi guys...I'm just curious if any of you share one of my other hobbies. I've recently gotten interested in restoring old mini-bikes. I messed around with them as a kid, now 35+ years later, I still enjoy building/riding them. My current project is this mini-bike /scooter, I picked it up off E-Bay, should be unique when done. I don't know what make this is, if any of you reconize it, give me a shout....Just thought I'd share, ( more pics in gallery).....

Coop

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10-19-2004 04:36 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Ted Toth

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Don't think I ever saw a mini-bike /scooter that old
most just looked like a bike
A friend of mine had one of the early miniature motorcycles
with a 3 speed transmission very cool in its time.
From what I recall mini bikes were pricey back then


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10-19-2004 05:38 PM  13 years agoPost 3
pilotError

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Cool

My buddy had one of those when we were little. I was only around 8 at the time. Don't remember what kind it was though.

Man, that sparks some memories. I remember his father chasing after us trying to get us to stop! You know kids, we laughed our asses off watching him try to catch us!

Mike...

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10-19-2004 06:10 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Jagboy69

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from the photo, It looks homemade... How is it up close??? Nice welding work?? Or does it look like something I hacked together??

What size is the engine on it?? 3hp?? That thing is gonna haul serious butt... Might wanna put some brakes on it.

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10-19-2004 06:13 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Rotor

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It looks like a "crotch-rocket" for Seneca!!

My motto is this..Fly...Rebuild...Fly

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10-19-2004 09:53 PM  13 years agoPost 6
ShempHoward

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Although I can't really tell what brand of Mini-Bike you have there I do recall 2 brand names from the early 60's when I was kind of into this type of fun. Bird and Wren both made Mini-Bikes as I recall and most were Briggs and Stratton powered. I had a Bug Go-Kart and sometimes would pull the engine off it to put on a friends Mini-Bike and zoom around a big field of grass. Lots of fun and no responsiblity to concern yourself with in those days unlike now.

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10-19-2004 10:10 PM  13 years agoPost 7
AzHyper

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And don't forget Bonanza, Rupp, Steen's, Franklin, Fox, Cushman, etc. Oh those were the days!

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10-19-2004 10:41 PM  13 years agoPost 8
DeGrey

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Looks like the mini bike I used to burn down our back field when I was a kid. Hot muffler and tall dead grass was not a good combination! Looks like a lot of fun! I might have to track one down for myself and find another field of dead grass

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10-19-2004 10:43 PM  13 years agoPost 9
coop

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It does not appear to be a homemade, welds are nice, and the bends are smooth. It has a drum brake, looks like it was handlebar operated, the throttle was foot operated. The engine on it is not the orginal, looks like something somebody just mounted on it. It looks kinda like a minature Cushman copy, I still do not have a good clue as to who made it. I have mounted a Tecumseh 5 HP engine on it, and the jackshaft was there, I just built a new shaft and better bearings. This might get addictive.....

Coop

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10-19-2004 10:57 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Ted Toth

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This might get addictive.....
there is something about things with motors that is very addictive

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10-19-2004 10:58 PM  13 years agoPost 11
ShempHoward

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Cog has certainy refreshed my memory a bit with some of those brand names. At one time I had a Tecumseh engine on my kart as well as a plethora of other motors mostly "borrowed" from friends lawnmowers and chainsaws. Their fathers were often pissed off when it came time to mow their lawns or cut some trees down. Let see - I recall having Briggs, Tecumseh, West Bend, Mac engines at one time or another. Sometimes we couldn't get a proper fit on the centrifugal clutch and had to run them direct drive
which required a good push to start them going. Got caught a few times on the street by the Police who threatened every time to just take the kart away from me. I wonder now would they or could they actually do that legally?

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10-20-2004 03:54 AM  13 years agoPost 12
AzHyper

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The year was 1966. I had worked all summer mowing lawns and all winter shoveling snow. In the spring I bought a Bonanza bottom of the line mini-bike kit. My dad had to drive me 70 miles to the nearest dealer to get one. We had to assemble it, paint it, etc. It had a 2-1/2 hp Tecumseh engine with centrifugal clutch (and a chrome chain guard!). The brake was a steel plate with a rod attached that rubbed against the rear tire.
It cost $100.00 and I was upset because the state had just instituted their first sales tax. I still remember that lesson in economics - What, $3.00 tax??? I had only saved the $100.
Well, I started a neighborhood riot with that thing. The parents hated me. Every kid around for many blocks just had to have one. It really was the most carefree wonderful time of my youth. What memories!
Have fun Coop - and get some old Popular Mechanics mags to read while the naval jelly dissolves that rust.......

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10-21-2004 12:34 PM  13 years agoPost 13
coop

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Did it again, gotta stop going to E-Bay At least I know what this one is, a Speedway Shrike Stage 2....

Coop

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10-21-2004 11:37 PM  13 years agoPost 14
cmartin

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Other Hobbies

My soon to be other hobby

Chad

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11-15-2004 11:07 PM  13 years agoPost 15
coop

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It is getting worse....

Coop

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11-15-2004 11:44 PM  13 years agoPost 16
Ted Toth

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Looks like you have a full building season ahead of you
looks like fun


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11-16-2004 02:42 AM  13 years agoPost 17
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well here's one of my other hobbies.....I gotta take pictures of my other...I may start another thread on that one tho, A bagged out 49 chevy chop top slammer truck....this photo was taken in the gulf (yep THE gulf) that truly was a fun day... all those little circles in the water are bullet splashes....

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11-16-2004 03:33 AM  13 years agoPost 18
daggit

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cmartin...

nice knowin' ya

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11-16-2004 06:21 AM  13 years agoPost 19
flipped2left

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indianapolis,in.

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COOP> i remember popular mechanics mag had a minibike project using an O&R engine and the complete bike was held together with jesus pins,it could be dissassembled and store in the school locker at least that was their emphasis of it. and boy do i remember those west bend eng's. had a couple 820l's and an older one but can't remember the model # of it.
i also used to have this motorbike made in czechloslovakia,2 -speed hand clutch it needed alot of engine rework done but i couldn't find a source,i finally gave it to a friend who has it on display in his window at an old hardware store, can't beat the old rupp minibikes! i am more of a go-kart type though. ken

Smile! people will wonder what you're up to!!

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11-16-2004 03:25 PM  13 years agoPost 20
JitsuGuy

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighting.

http://www.bjj.org
http://www.subfighter.com
http://www.ufc.tv
http://www.pridefc.com
http://www.mma.tv

Those are websites I frequent on the subject. =)
J

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