I have decided that I am going to build one of these!
I saw this many years ago and have been looking for a donor bike for years. In the process I have acquired two that were a) too nice to chop and b) too expensive to chop. So the stable is growing but the donor has not shown up.
I was looking for a real project but all of those had crazy prices (more than $1K for a junker).
I recently found a donor, and despite the fact that it is too nice to chop, and too expensive to chop, I am going to chop it because I am running out of patience.
I want the back to have the roundness of the early scoots. So this 1965 Allstate Cruisaire is the deal. I have two Allstate forks (been collecting) and will have the one swapped to be left handed for the 'other' front wheel.
This is the plan:
1. I am going to strip the scoot down completely.
2. I am going to cut the frame as far forward as I can, just before it turns up. In the above fabrication they cut it closer to the back from what I can gather.
3. I am going to fabricate a floor extension and tie it back into the floor spine and floor boards.
4. I am going to fabricate a tube front end.
5. All controls remain wire. Not sure how I am going to set up the brakes, but I want all three to be functional. I also want a hand brake of sorts.
6. So, pedals for clutch, brakes and throttle using cables. Will need to make custom brackets.
7. Gear selector will be a custom box on the right hand side that will be just like a sequential shifter.
8. Going to build a custom dash board.
9. Will put in a go-cart seat and cut the area by the helmet holder back to be straight up. My seat will go higher than the one in the original picture.
10. Will build the entire scoot without the front body work.
11. For the front body work I was planning on using a sidecar shell or maybe an open wheel race car nose cone (formula V or formula Ford)
12. I will rebuild the engine with a Pinasco 177 head.
13. Instead of a steering wheel I will try to use the headset.
14. Lots and lots, and lots and lots of details to work out, but should be fun.
Right now I am 900 miles from home, and could be here for a while. So may be some time before there is an update.