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  1. UPDATE: As of Nov. 22, 2010 my original Wikipedia entry on the Doodle Bug scooter is all but gone. Most of the information in the currently available entry is incorrect. I will no longer claim any responsibility for the content and will not continue to battle with anonymous "editors" of my content that think they know better. Instead, I will monitor this thread and respond to posts and questions posted here as I am able to. This thread currently contains the most authoratative information available online for the Doodle Bug Motor Scooter. If there's something you want to know that hasn't bee
  2. Brandon, Thanks for posting. It appears, from looking at the photos, that the scooter is an early model C sold by Western Auto as a Western Flyer. I came to that conclusion because of the following: 1. "Horse's hoof" side panels 2. No pulley cut out on side panels (would indicate later model) 3. Handlebars that appear to be for the single control lever 4. Briggs NP engine with fluid drive clutch I can't tell what the finish really looks like since your photos are pretty small. In some of the photos the sanding that was done looks pretty serious, while in other areas the paint appears to be un
  3. Marc, To respond directly to a couple of things you mentioned: There are multiple versions of the belt guard, so make sure you get one for a late production Super Doodle Bug (Briggs engine). The mounting points are different for the very earliest scooters and for the Clinton Engine scooters. Also, yours should have the three slot guard. It is interesting to hear your experience with the Coker tires. They are regarded as the only "correct" available tire. I have not seen them marked that they are made in Vietnam. For what it's worth, I always save the tires (if at all possible) but it's not r
  4. Hi Marc, Neat story on how you came by your Doodle Bug. It is indeed a Super Doodle Bug as the tag indicates it is an "E," and it has the dual control levers with parking brake. Your machine actually looks pretty good in terms of what you're starting with. It has a correct Briggs NP, correct type of clutch, correct (late) carb, both control levers, jackshaft pulley, frame ID tag, and all of the sheet metal. It's amazing that you ended up with the original side skirts (they are supposed to be aluminum and rounded). A lot of folks incorrectly use sheet steel to make reproductions. Aluminum is t
  5. The real cast aluminum jackshafts are difficult to locate. My most recently purchased Doodle Bug is a Model B (the one with the Clinton engine) that the seller decided he was going to part out. Thank goodness I came across it when I did...he only sold one part, but guess what it was? The jackshaft. Don Jackson (Yesterday's Rides) is the parts source. I'm actually not sure if he has the jackshafts...you'd need to call and ask about that. I know that, like most people in this kind of business, he has much, much more than is listed on the website. Otherwise, coming up with parts could be a long
  6. Thanks for taking the time to post pictures. It does appear to be a Super Doodle Bug, from the last production run. As the Doodle Bug was being phased out, Beam Manufacturing shipped all of the Super Doodle Bug parts to Des Moines for the New Monarch Machine and Stamping Co for final assembly. I've been told that at the very end, Monarch shipped all of the parts back to Beam Manufacturing in Webster City, Iowa and the very last of the scooters were assembled in Webster City. I'm told that NOS Doodle Bug parts were kept on hand at Beam Manufacturing Company in Webster City until they were all
  7. http://forums.aaca.org/f216/how-attach-photos-instructions-276637.html Check that link out for information on posting photos.
  8. For the coker tires, go to cokertire.com and click on "catalog." The jumbo jr. reproduction tires are on page 44 under a Cushman logo.
  9. Does yours still have the serial number tag on the frame? Look for it on the fork tube between the cross bar and the floor board. It should say something like: Hiawatha or Doodle Bug Model: Serial: Type: At the bottom it will either say Minneapolis, Minnesota and Los Angeles, California or it will say Beam Manufacturing Company, Webster City, Iowa. From the tag I can determine about when it was made, where it was sold, and exactly what model it is. The letters and numbers in the actual "model" line are really of little help, but if you have the tag, let me know what it says anyway. The most
  10. I'd love to see a photo of your Super Doodle Bug. Where did you find it? What condition is it in? Does it have the original engine? Have you verified that it is a Super Doodle Bug? If you posted a few decent photos, I could probably tell you quite a bit about what you have and what you would need to restore it, if that's your intent. PLEASE...whatever you do, don't modify it irreversibly! There are not many of these left, so please don't cut up an original frame! If what you'd rather have is a modern mini-bike for the grandkids to ride, send me a note. I'll buy the Super Doodle Bug off you a
  11. Ruffcut, It's been a few months since this thread was started, so I hope you're still looking at it. You should have a look at the Doodle Bug Scooter wikipedia article (which I wrote) and at the other posts that I did here on Doodle Bug Scooters. The first thing to do is to determine if you need to find a Briggs & Stratton NP or the Clinton 710 ASLB. Only about 2% of the total number of Doodle Bug Scooters ever built, an estimated 750 machines, had a Clinton engine from the factory. The Clinton is just about impossible to find, as you indicated. Many of them were poorly built and suffered
  12. 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
  13. 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 there...as 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 becom
  14. 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
  15. <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.
  16. <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 furrow
  17. <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
  18. 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, IA...it is THE place to be if you're into Doodle Bugs. There is another gentlemen in A
  19. 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
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