Well, I splashed out on Speedys Cuzzie Bro... yip, as far as I can tell they are both from the same factory & production run at "Eyro & Co (Airco) in N.Z.... Now i have a year or so to think things over... But currently my main thought is to build an 'original' VBC 150 Super.
As with most of us, I've kept ALL the original parts from Speedy & have gathered numerous other matching parts over the years... So its time to do drag out the box labelled 'I kept these parts just in case I decided to take it back to original ' & actually use it! Now that I have 2 boxes of these parts, I am sure there will be enough to make 1 'original' scoot.
Yeah, this would also mean an original carb, piston kit, gears, motor etc... Which is kinda daunting given that bunging on a kit & making a racer/sleeper is far more my style. Plus doing so is far simpler.
Which has brought me to a dilemma:
Do I port the cases, or leave them original?
Do I fit a gear-up kit (or new box) & make it go faster?
Do I bung a whole lot of go-fast parts into the motor?
Where do I stop with mods?
Do I try to make an entirely original scoot with the LEAST replacement parts possible ie bearings/seals/gaskets/perished components only to be replaced?
As I already have Speedy & AnaKey (now a track/dirt racer!) I already have something to satisfy the speed aspect.
So, this scoot can be basically standard, & used for cruising around on.
Then I got wondering:
What happened BEFORE there were performance/aftermarket parts/kits parts available, BEFORE a 24/24 carb or 200cc motor existed?
What did they do when they wanted to race?
Does anyone here know what they did or were they involved in this early scene?
My guess is that:
They may have hand-built components (which I lack the skills/tools to do)
They simply modified the original parts
They used components off other vehicles
So, my compromise may be to modify the original parts...
With this in mind... how about this idea:
Leave the cases with original porting, however, taper the barrel ports to force more into them
- EXCEPT that I would prefer to leave the cases original (which I will not know what has happened to them till I pull the motor apart), & I see/hear it a lot that people kinda regret getting out the Dremel & attacking the ports.
- IF I did decide to port the cases, then it would remain a 2-port this time (as welding on an extra port would not suit)
Use original Piston/barrel/head & modify them internally to open them up
Use the original 20/17 Carb & hone it to make it bigger
Use the original crank & hand cut/flow it
Leave the original gears & clutch
The Exhaust has me stumped, as it would 'ruin' the resto to put on an aftermarket, & I still have the original one off Speedy
- Does anyone have an idea on what to do with an exhaust?
This would mean it will become an 'original' but kitted scoot, seeing how much can be extracted from it without the use of aftermarket parts.
Has anyone here done this type of 'modification'? If so please share.
Not sure on the paint... it will wither match Speedy ie. Purple/Yellow (or Orange) or possibly the ORIGINAL "Appliance White" (Airco were wholesalers or refrigerators & other white goods, so it was actually a TRUE Appliance White) body with Orange seat that Speedy came in initially (ref: Ode to Speedy - damn these expensive shopping trolleys! But there is plenty of time for this decision (I guess 18mth to 2yrs)