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  1. Start by getting the Doodle Bug "Bible" from Steve Elliott. He was selling them for $50 at the Doodle Bug Reunion. It contains all of the manuals and parts lists and also contains the owners manual for the engines and for the accessories. Yesterday's Rides manufactures reproduction parts or can restore your original parts. Their website has lots of good information. Don is the only direct source for parts. Jim Kilau in Minnesota sells Don's parts, if that makes more sense for you. Buying used parts (like on Ebay) is a real crapshoot. There is really no telling if the parts are usable or not u
  2. A Doodle Bug in Brazil...how very interesting. I wonder how it got there. Did Brazil have Gamble or Western Auto Stores in the 1940s? Both of those companies were based in the midwestern United States and both grew rapidly, but I didn't know either to have a truly international presence. Otherwise, an individual or company imported it...and I wonder when that was. Could it have been in Brazil since new or do you think it came there much more recently? Speaking of Doodle Bugs outside of the USA, I did recently confirm that Doodle Bug Scooters were sold new in Canada through a hardware store ch
  3. The Doodle Bug Reunion is this weekend! September 13-15, 2012 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Webster City, IA. It's the place to be if you're a Doodle Bugger. Hope to see you there!
  4. The 26th Doodle Bug Reunion is coming up in Webster City, Iowa. September 13-15, 2012 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. See link for more information:Doodle Bug Reunion
  5. There is a restored Sears Motorcycle at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. I saw it just last week. I didn't note all of the details, but as I recall it had a DeLuxe engine on it. I took some photos, so I'll have to circle back and post a couple of those.
  6. That was a nice engine, though I think the numbers are actually 710 ASLB. I know it's sold, but I'm curious how you found it in the first place. I'm abolutely sure hat particular engine really did come off a Doodle Bug, so just wondering.
  7. Anything new? The last post on the topic was September, shortly after the 25th annual Doodle Bug Reunion in Webster City, Iowa. For those interested, the Doodle Bug Club of America is working on a website at wcdoodlebug.com The dates for the 2012 Doodle Bug Reunion are September 13-15, 2012 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Webster City.
  8. Good to know "for sure." If anyone knows, it would be Don. I did find a couple of non-factory photos in my collection with the mono body carb and, as I mentioned earlier, my model A came to me with that carb on it, so it must have been fairly common to swap these out. I'm not sure if it was performance or what.
  9. There were two types of mechanical governor setups. The one you described with the long screw and the knurled knob on the top is not the right one. You need the one that has a little lever with several holes in it that is attached to the carb. It attaches by wire to another similar rod thatnis, in turn, hooked by spring to the actual governor assembly. The mechanical governor is built into the crankcase and is driven by a small gear off of the cam. This is difficult to explain, but would probably make sense if you had the diagram from the Briggs manual.
  10. I'm really starting to think I'm wrong about the carb. I went over all of my photos and literature tonight and everything shows Supers with the elbowed carb. I even have some copies of photos of the Supers going down the assembly line that clearly show them. However, I have seen Doodle Bugs running those carbs. In fact, my early production model A came my way with the same carb you have, so go figure. It's possible they worked fine or were later (mid 1950s?) replacements since I know for sure it was the wrong carb for my A. The N series Briggs engines were built from 1940-1954, so its very rea
  11. Your carb is right, but I'm with you on your concerns: I don't understand the nylon choke lever (have seen those) and I've experience the same issue with the air cleaner bolt. I don't have a Super of my own at the moment, or I'd go check it to compare notes with you. I'll check out some of the photos I have and see if I can find anything interesting. The exhaust you have on it is correct, you just need to add that extension piece. However, 14" seems too long. I'll have to check mine tonight and see what it is. Yes, it is basically Romex type electrical conduit, but is the smoother version, no
  12. One other thing I thought of... If you're re-doing the engine ID tag, your model type is 306715 (for the Super).
  13. The price tag on the Briggs engine (restored) was $1500, I think. The Clinton was higher, I believe $2,000. They were not sold as far as I know. In part, I think, because of this: There were two distinct groups of people there...the riders and the restoration/preservation crowd. The restoration& preservation guys tended not to ride their machines, while the riders (obviously) were riding. Thing is, just about everyone there had what they wanted and needed so there didn't seem to be many bikes or parts trading hands. The riders were almost all on modified machines with modern engines and cl
  14. I understand the distance issue. My home is a good 950 something miles from Webster City, but to be completely candid, my reason for attending this year was two fold. First, I was picking up a scooter that Don Jackson had been working on for me. This was a much better arrangement for me than driving from TX to Oregon or having the scooter crated and shipped. Second, I had a wedding in the area (within 30 miles of Webster City) that I needed to attend with my wife. Air travel to the area is expensive because there is no good way to get there without changing planes and taking a puddle jumper.
  15. The Doodle Bug Reunion was last weekend (Sept. 15-17) in Webster City, Iowa. Did anyone here attend? I was there on Thursday and Friday.
  16. The piece circled in the photo should not be there. I'm not sure if you left it and painted over it or not, but it isn't original though it probably isn't hurting anything. You wouldn't believe some of the crazy things I've seen welded all over these scooters!
  17. I saw that one... It was in Maryland, right? I'm not sure that the engine is correct on that. It looks like a later replacement modified to work with the kick start base. Can you confirm engine model # ??? Nonetheless, it's not too bad. Lots of original stuff there.
  18. This one is definitely a Super. It just has the wrong kill switch on it, which is not uncommon. If you really get to looking closely, 99% of the "restored" Doodle Bugs have something wrong with them or not factory correct. Engine shroud should be black, as has been mentioned. Still a nice machine and those details are easily fixed.
  19. Sorry folks...didn't realize there was so much posting going on in this thread without me. I thought I had it setup to email me when there was new activity...maybe not. Anyway about the tires... There were two different General Jumbo Jr. Tires used on the original Doodle Bugs. The "fat" tire is supposed to be on the front and the narrow one goes on the back. So, your Coker tires aren't wrong, they're just a copy of the rear tire. Good luck with the rest of the project!
  20. Yes, Cessna Flag Red is the right color...checked with the painter. Because the paint world is has changed so much, most guys have been forced to go from lacquer to acrylic enamel used with hardener to urethane paint. We'll probably end up being forced into water based! Nonetheless, Cessna Flag Red has long been the color of choice. Where did you discover that it was a Cessna color? Very, very few people ever go to the trouble to find out, instead opting for some shade of "red." Let me look through my things and the photos I've got to see what sort of assistance I can offer regarding the req
  21. Belt and chain factory specs: Belt is 33" long v-type B section belt. Chain is 1/2" pitch, 3/16" wide, and factory length was 52 links. These specs are good for both the earlier fluid drive Doodle Bug scooters (A, B, and early C) and the later scooters with v-plex/flex-i-matic/centrifugal clutches since the later clutches were a direct bolt on replacement for the problematic fluid drive units. I'm doing what I can (little by little) to get good, accurate information online. So far this thread has been the best place to do it...this pops up on Google and has, all things considered, received st
  22. From your tag on the frame, it left the factory configured as a model A, the first of the Doodle Bugs. Probably made in 1946 or early 1947. It sounds like the only non model A part you've got on your hands is the belt guard, which should have 5 slots on the big side. For reference, it would have left the factory with a Briggs & Stratton NP cast iron kick start engine, 1.5hp, a fluid drive clutch with a 5 slot belt guard, pointed white grips, side covers that are flared out at the bottom (not rounded off), a single control lever, fuel shut off valve in the gas tank, and the fuel filter (gla
  23. September 15-15, 2011 is the Doodle Bug Reunion at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Webster City, IA, the home of the Doodle Bug. The is the largest gathering of Doodle Bug scooters anywhere. The weekend structure is rather informal, but usually includes buy/sell area (and Don Jackson and Jim Kilau come with repro parts) and organized rides. In recent years the organized ride was the original test ride route through Webster City. I assume that will be offered again this year. Surving former Beam Manufacturing company employees usually attend and answer questions as well.
  24. Caddy 55, Great story! Please post photos, if possible. I'd love to have a look. Going on the the tag information that you posted, your scooter was indeed purchased from Western Auto. It was a model A, according to the tag. A scooter purchased from Western Auto would have been a "Western Flyer" badged scooter, and not a "Hiawatha," so perhaps the sidecovers are not original to the machine? Does it have a Western Auto headbadge or a Hiawatha headbadge with the Indian head on it? Do you have the fluid drive clutch? Original 5-slot belt guard? Flared out side cover? Any accessories (lights?) Orig
  25. I wanted to update this particular post with more detailed and more accurate information based on two more years of research since I originally posted a reply. The information posted below is accurate to the best of my knowledge as of August of 2013 Many of the patents that were filed for the design of the Doodle Bug are attributed to Harry Mertz of Webster City, Iowa, which is where Beam Manufacturing was located. However, in all of Harry Mertz's patents, he assigned the patent to the Solar Corporation, Milwaukee, Wis, a corporation of Delaware. Per Beam Manufacturing company brochures, Beam
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