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  1. I've been watching the show as I grew up in the area where they operate and do most of their "picking." What is shown on the show only scratches the surface of what's out there in that part of the world. They seem to go to great lengths to not show too much of the surrounding area so that people can't figure out where all of these places are, but every now and then there are clues. One of the two pickers, Mike, like vintage motorcycles and scooters. He has a small collection of them and considers himself a Vespa "collector" and can be seen riding a Vespa GS every now and then. It was kinda funny to watch them stroll past some very rare motorcycle/scooter parts that they either didn't notice or couldn't get the folks to part with (I don't know how much editing is on the show...maybe they asked and got turned down). Among the items they ignored was a Doodle Bug scooter (my personal favorite). Regarding that particular Vespa Ape... It has been for sale for some time. Those in "scooter circles" have known this one was around for a while. It is not the only one is north America like they mentioned on the show, nor is it a handlebar Vespa (it is a Faro Basso or "fender light" model). It is a neat item (and rare) but not the "rarest of the Vespas" like they said. Several collectors have turned it down at about half the price of what it sold for to the American Pickers. To the casual observer, it is pretty complete but to the scooter nut, it was missing some of the rarest parts. The rust was way worse than one could tell from the show, and the motor was completely seized up. They sold it almost immediately to a collector in California for $6,000 plus shipping. The owner intends to keep it as is and does not plan to restore it at this time, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't need a ton of work. By my estimation, it would take a lot of networking with the Italian scooter crowd and many thousands of dollars to restore it properly if he ever decided to do that. I think the seller got out of it what it was worth in its current condition. I will continue to watch and see what they come up with.
  2. Does your Cushman look like this? If so, it is a Trailster, made in two versions. The first is '60-'61 and the second is '62-'65. Dennis Carpenter Reproductions can supply any of the parts that you might need to get up and running. If you have an actual Tote Gote (which are not made by Cushman), your bike would look something like this (several models existed): Hope this helps a little!
  3. Please post a picture of the machine in question. Once I positively know the application I might be able to help.
  4. Thanks for sharing! Great photos! The piano, however, is a Bosendorfer, a legendary piano built in Vienna, Austria.
  5. I would start by talking to Randy Ibey and seeing what he can do to help you: Antique Toy Repair - Randy's Toy Shop - Quality First Antique Toy Restoration Inc. I've seen his work first hand and it is fantastic. He also offers an entire catalog of replacement and restoration parts. Definately worth a look.
  6. Hi Charles- A lot of information is contained in the small metal tag riveted to the forktube of Doodle Bug scooter frames. The first line indicates what model the scooter left the factory as and what engine was mounted. The second line is the serial number. The third line reveals where the scooter was sold and again states what model it is. The letter before the number 1046 will either be a "G," a "W," or "WG." The letters are abbreviations for Gambles, Western Auto, and Wheel Goods, respectively. Knowing what model Doodle Bug you have will help you get it back together correctly. The Doodle Bug was produced by Beam Manufacturing Company from 1946-1948 in five official models, simply designated A, B, C, D, and E. A: Standard Briggs & Stratton powered scooter. Single control lever, "horse hoof" side covers, five slot belt guard, fluid drive, fuel shut off in tank, fuel filter on carb, push/pull kill switch, white grips B: Same but with Clinton engine. C: Side covers rounded at bottom, Briggs & Stratton powered, single control, black grips, toggle kill switch, fuel filter on tank with shutoff, three slot belt guard, change to centrifugal clutch D: Same, but with cut out on left side for belt pulley. E: Super Doodle Bug. Rounded side covers, Cut out on left side, Briggs and Stratton powered, throttle (left) and brake (right) plus parking brake Regarding the parts that you need: The sheet metal side skirts will almost positively need to be reproductions. Originals do exist, but they are usually too beat up to straighten out. Also, note that most side skirts were steel, but in very rare cases were aluminum. The correct motor will be difficult to source. It could have been a Briggs & Stratton NP Type 306705 that is correct for Standard Model A Doodle Bugs (24-5501 A), C and D Doodle Bugs (24-5501 C and D); Type 306715 that is correct for Super Doodle Bug ("E") (24-5501 E) It is also possible that Briggs and Stratton NP type 306707 and 306709 engines are correct for Model C and Model D Doodle Bugs. Model B Doodle Bugs were equipped with the Clinton Engine. The use of Clinton Engines in the Doodle Bug Scooter (known as the "Model B") was short lived (only an estimated 750-1,000 machines), as Beam and their clients Western Auto and Gambles, preferred to use the Briggs and Stratton NP. Many Clinton engines had to be overhauled. The problem with the Clinton engines was so bad that Clinton Engine Corporation President Don Thomas wrote a personal check for $25,000 to reimburse dealers. Briggs and Stratton NP engines were also rumored to be cheaper than the Clinton Engines, costing Beam Manufacturing Company only $33 each when purchased in lots of 2,500. Either engine is hard to find. They were used on a number of scooters, so it's not just the Doodle Bug guys that are hunting for them. Add to that the small engine collectors, and you're got some elusive little engines. Most that do pop up advertised as being for Doodle Bugs are actually not correct. When a correct one does come up, expect to pay upwards of $1,000 to get it. The handlebars, fender, front wheel (two pieces) might be located as originals, but really good reproductions exist at Yesterdays Rides Metalworks mentioned above. An original front fender that isn't rusted to death will cost big bucks! Yesterday's Rides also has floorboards, if you need that. The seat will probably need to be a reproduction as most originals are missing, torn, or chewed up by rodents. Tires and tubes are available in the correct size and pattern from Coker tire. As you put the front end together, be sure to make sure you don't put the forks in backwards and that they are not bent. If they are bent, the front fender will likely hit the inside of the frame when turning or the turning will be very stiff. It should be tight, but not stiff. The drive train, rear hub, acceleration/braking assembly are all unique to the Doodle Bug and are extremely difficult to locate as originals. You'll have to probably get lucky and locate a second Doodle Bug with those parts still present in order to get them. Of course, reproductions of these items do exist. Beam also used quote a few of their own in-house fasteners on the Doodle Bug, so the standard fare from your local hardware store is not always correct. This stuff is pretty much impossible to find, but reproductions are available from Yesterday's Rides. I seen and have done a lot of study on Doodle Bugs...most are NOT restored correctly because they lack the items unique to that particular model, have wrong fasteners, incorrect engine and/or clutch, wrong style side skirts, wrong grips, wrong tires, and are painted/finished/decaled incorrectly.
  7. Sorry to have gotten your hopes up...I didn't mean to have you take my comments as "confirmation" that the car was there. Unfortunately the car is not verified by a visit to the Schield Museum last Thursday. The museum is small and you can see the entire collection from the windows in the front of the building. The Schield-Bantam dragline is still on display as in a 1912 Ford Model T, and a small tractor, but no other vehicles are on site. In fact, the building is for sale (it is owned by Wartburg College, unfortunately). I am checking around as we speak to find out what will become of the Schield Museum and the significant collection of local history contained within it (and also where Self Help International will move to). Nonetheless, I have seen this has just been so long that I can't recall if the car was ever in the museum of if one of the Schields drove the car over to my grandparents' house. I'll let you know if I ever find out more about this car.
  8. The Honda CT-70 remained largely unchanged from year to year with the exception of the number of gears (as well as a shift from manual shifting to "automatic clutch")and some "cosmetic" items. I believe that all of the '81 CT-70s were 3 speeds. These machines are reasonably common, so locating parts shouldn't be a bit deal. You can check out the websites below as a starting point. I would also check ebay for parts. '81 is also recent enough that a Honda dealer may still be able to obtain new parts for you or just might have some NOS parts sitting around. You should note that there made some of their more "serious" changes to the CT-70 around 1980, 1981, or 1982...verify part matches intended application before you just order something marked "CT-70," as it may not fit. EDIT: Ok, it was 1984 when the transmission was changed to automatic. I found another nice site while checking up on my facts: Honda Mini Trail 70 Z50 SL70 ST90 Shop Manual Largest On The Internet Tech Tips CT70 Mini Trail Honda The second of the two links above goes to Beatrice Cycle. They have the head parts as well as the kick starter assembly, among other things. Good parts source for these machines, I believe. Good luck!
  9. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Max. M.</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> There was another Pobeda 3 Series, imported in 1957 by Vern L. Schield of Iowa, there is a detailed review of it in Aug 1957 issue of Science and Mechanics, in the attached scan it said that the US Department of Commerce had no objection to Importing a Russian car, </div></div> Small world! My grandparents live in Waverly, Iowa and were good friends with the Schields. My mother is from Waverly and I went to college there. I know Vern's kids. I have seen this car at one time (my grandfather mentioned it a few times as well) and believe that it is in the Schield Museum on Bremer Avenue across the street from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, but I can't remember for sure if that is where I saw it. The Schield Museum is also the headquarters of Self Help International, a service organization that Schield founded. The Museum is worth a visit if you're ever in that neck of the woods. Small, but neat collection of things including a few cars, the first Schield Bantam dragline, and a couple of tractors, if I remember correctly. Schield is known for his amazing expeditions and, of course, for Schield-Bantam Draglines and construction equipment. The company has evolved into what is now Terex, but maintains a sizable operation in Waverly, Iowa to this day.
  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bill Stoneberg</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Is this in Iowa ?? I went to Iowa this weekend and saw a tractor with a disc attached stuck nose down on the ground and then later on I saw a 18 wheeler standing straight up. I didn't know it was "Art". </div></div> I'm not sure that is "art" as it is really advertising. I beleive both of the sights you mentioned are along I-80 in Iowa. I can't seem to locate photos online at the moment, but know that the tractor with the disc furrower is the "sign" for the manufacturing plant/company that builds it. I can't remember the name of the company off hand nor can I remember exactly where it is, but I think the 18 wheeler is actually a sign or "attention getter" for the business, too.
  11. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Scooter Guy</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> There is another gentlemen in Arizona that sells what he calls the "Doodle Bug Bible." It is a bound volume of all known Doodle Bug manuals and technical bulletins. I have his information at home and will dig it out later tonight and forward the information to you. </div></div> Well, it took me longer to come up with a name and number of the gentlemen behind the "Doodle Bug Bible," but here it is: Stephen Elliott c/o Silver Lady Antiques P.O. Box 730 Tombstone, AZ 85638 (520) 457-3933 day or night If you are ever in the area, stop in Silver Lady Antiques. If you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of Stephen's Dusenberg Boat Tail Speedster.
  12. Yes, Doodle Bug literature, reproduction parts, and expert advice can be obtained from Don Jackson at Yesterday's Rides Metalworks. Yesterday's Rides Metalworks His site also offers part sketches and a general description of what everything is, so you should be able to identify most of your parts that you've got on hand. There is also information on the site about how to get in touch with Bill Moore and the Doodle Bug Club of America. The Doodle Bug club holds an annual meet each September in Webster City, is THE place to be if you're into Doodle Bugs. There is another gentlemen in Arizona that sells what he calls the "Doodle Bug Bible." It is a bound volume of all known Doodle Bug manuals and technical bulletins. I have his information at home and will dig it out later tonight and forward the information to you. I hope that you get the Doodle Bug back in one piece. If you have questions, are looking for a particular part, or have some extra parts to sell, do not hesitate to contact me. As far as Cushman scooters and parts go, they have a very large following, and are definately worth saving in most cases. There is lot of information and links to clubs, etc. that can be found on the web. Disclosure: In case anyone on the forum is wondering about me...I am not Don Jackson, do not work for Yesterday's Rides Metalworks and do not have any stake whatsoever in his company, other than as a customer. I am simply a scooter enthusiast with a particular interst in Doodle Bug scooters.
  13. I'm curious to know if anyone on the forum is actively restoring or showing Doodle Bug scooters. I know that a few have been shown in various AACA events over the years, so there are at least a few of you. Or maybe you had one as a kid...I'd love to hear about that, too. Never heard of a Doodle Bug scooter? Here is a photo from Don Jackson's shop (Yesterday's Rides Metalworks) for reference. Doodle Bug scooters were manufactured by the Beam Manufacturing Company of Webster City, Iowa from 1946-1948 and were sold by Gambles (under the "Hiawatha" brand) and Western Auto (under the "Western Flyer" brand). The scooters were powered by either a kick start Briggs and Stratton NP or kick start Clinton 710 with fluid drive clutches (and later centrifugal clutches). All were painted red from the factory and about 40,000 were manufactured. About 10 years later another scooter, the Forall, was manufactured in Illinois based upon the Doodle Bug scooter.