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Phillips Gadabout restomod.

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So i've given up on cars (hard to do when over the last 33 years i've owned 207 lol) and decided to get back into doing up bikes.

 

Don't care what bikes, be it pushie, moped or full size.

 

Have been looking for a "project" for a couple of weeks with some interesting finds (which still may end up in my shed much to swmbo's disgust haha)

 

So, this morning i check FB and on one of the local free pages this thing popped up, and even better it was only ten k's away.

 

Haven't decided on final plans but it will be re-powered with something between 150cc & 200cc.

 

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Forgot this 110cc thing was at the back of one of the sheds.

 

So will be using this as motive power.

 

Has one of those 'clutchless' 4 speed gearboxes, think i'll convert it to hand shifted for something different.

 

 

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Did a bit of research on the 'Gadabout' and it turns out to be a semi rare 'NZ only' one.

 

Now these things were sold worldwide in large numbers BUT NZ was the only country to have front and rear shocks, everywhere else got a rigid frame.

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So today's mission was pull it apart.......................and what a mission it was, nut and bolts are neither imperial or metric or anything close so took awhile LOL.

 

But nothing was too hard to undo (thankfully).

 

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The bolts'll be whitworth or some such weird arse thread.

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The bolts'll be whitworth or some such weird arse thread.

 

Yeah, i'd say so.

 

Next thing is one of the shock top threads needs to be re-cut, so that should be fun.

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100% whitworth

Do you have access to whitworth dies?

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100% whitworth

Do you have access to whitworth dies?

 

I think i may, i know a couple of older engineers who 'should' have some.

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im an old barry, and probably have one if you get caught out

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im an old barry, and probably have one if you get caught out

Thanks man, appreciated.

 

A few others i'm talking too have said maybe it's 'British Standard Cycle (BSC)'

Which may (or may not) make sense considering Phillips' bike building history at the time.

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Ah yes. Owning some old BSAs I am aware of the maddening British motorcycle thread issues...

BSW fine, BSW coarse, Cycle thread. Good luck dealing with that.

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Time to revive this thread.

 

Plans changed.

 

So i was going to re-power this with the 110cc outa the mini dirt bike, but it's physically too big.

 

Next was put in a 49cc from a pocket bike, but to line everything up properly would've had the motor too far off centre.

 

 

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Then the plan was to make it a "proper" bicycle by welding a crank-case into it.

 

Finally i decided on a plan.

 

Awhile ago i bought a chopped up NSU Quickly from Manu (well it very briefly passed through his hands lol) that came with a motor that had a "gearbox issue" but had a load of "parts".

 

 

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I thought 'why not combine the two'.

So i bit the bullet and cut the Gadabout frame up to mount the NSU motor mount.

 

Trial fit.

 

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Yep, that'll do.

 

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Welded and checking alignment.

 

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Pulled motor apart, and..................Well there's ya problem. Unfortunately the wayward bits of ring & piston took out a large chunk of 3 out of 4 ports on there way past.

 

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BUT, i do happen to have a good barrel & piston that were in the parts that came with the NSU mini bike.

 

Monday mornings mission is to get new bearings and seals (readily available locally) then slap motor back together.

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Heh. Woops. Sorry dude that was my bad.

I was actually thinking about this a week ot two ago and realised I probably miss diagnosed. It was a few years ago now when it happened lol. Glad it came with the spares required. The old man I got that off who built it for his kids many years ago will probably be stoked and gutted at the same time.

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No drama mate.

Either way it was going to get a rebuild. Apart from the obvious damage it's all very clean and solid inside.

After bearings and seals are done I'll throw it together, work out how the clutch, gearshift and decompression mechanisms work and get some cables made.

Then it should be video time.

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It's a 2 speed gearbox so may take some working out to get it to shift nicely.

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rad! also, dayum yeah that piston looks super stoked haha. choice to see it all coming together/apart

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Yeah, no brakes, no clutch and a brake lever for throttle. Would've been a fun ride alright.

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