50cc Pocket Quad Restoration




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    Default 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    I got a little 50cc Pocket Quad from a friend of mine. He actually gave it to my 2 year old son.

    The little quad has been standing for 2 years, after which my brother fixed the carb for him and then it stood under a tree for another 3 years.

    I got the Quad last Thursday (now Monday) and immediately pulled off the carb and cleaned it. A HEAP of rust and sand came out of it:


    So I did that, reinstalled the carb and then I hit this little bike with ALL the wraith of my pressure washer's dirt blaster... ummmm... ALOT of dirt came off it. Now I was finally able to see what the condition of the frame and everything else was.

    To start off with, there's no pull starter, so I will have to source one. LUCKILY parts are available for this little thing!

    I replaced all the badly rusted fairing bolts with Stainless bolts. The carb had it's drain screw missing so I installed a new one. By this time the bike started. I had to remove the chain. it was BAD. The chain was rusted SOLID. So in order to just get it to work again I left it in a bowl of oil until Sunday morning. It is far from perfect, but at least it is working again - I will have to replace it though.

    Sunday morning I put everything together, started the bike with the drill again. Adjusted the carb a bit and got it to idle nicely, turned the limiter screw on the throttle ALLLLLL the way in, and put laaitie on it. He rode it up the lawn and back and I have to say, his face spoke a million words. Shame, HE LOVED IT!

    Then, I took the bike to the back, and did a complete tear-down. Now, is time for painting!

    I got as far as to paint the frame. The footrest platform, front sub frame and rear sub frame, handle bars, steering, mounting plates, wheels and everything remain to be painted.

    I decided to go for light blue on the frame, steering rod will be ice white, the plastics will be metallic blue and the seat I'll cover in black vinyl.

    Here's the work so far:














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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Now this is fun work with a very eager recipient waiting no doubt. The best of times.Enjoy!
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    More work and painting went into the bike Yesterday. This Disaster we had in Krugersdorp got me putting this project on the back burner.

    Anyway, Last night I got to do more painting and started to reassemble the little noise maker... I could not get the same paint that I used for the frame so I had to use another shade of blue. This is not what I wanted but I think it looks OK. I decided to paint the steering shaft white...

    Unfortunately I cannot at this stage afford to replace every single bolt and nut. All the fairing bolts was replaced before I started the painting process. The others that are badly rusted I will replace but as for the rest I will have to resort to painting them silver with a little brush after installation.

    Thoughts?

    Just put the motor on its mounting plate to see what it looks like


    As it sits now. Frame, Foot plate, front and rear swing arms, steering rod and shocks back in. I could not separate the shocks so I just polished the coils again
    Last edited by Clouder; 2017/10/12 at 12:41 PM.
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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Lekker man!
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    Alright!

    I've been busy with this little oak.

    I painted a host of other stuffs and reassembled. There are still a few things I need to do e.g. clean the overspray of the plastidip off the tyres, source a new pullstarter and a new chain and also at some point I will have to seriously consider getting new tyres and tubes fitted. The little motor runs as sweet as a peach!

    Here's a few pics for now:




    BEFORE:


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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Very nice!
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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Well done! That looks like new.
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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Clouder View Post
    Alright!<br><br>I've been busy with this
    The pure joy of finishing a restoration. Well done!!

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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Well done, looking great. You also did it it in a record time. When I restored my DKW Hummel it took me about 6 months to restore.
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    Billiant job, bet your son cannot stop smiling, looks awesome
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    Thanx guys,

    Yes he cannot stop smiling about it. In fact it's a mission to get him off it. I don't let him ride it all time, but he does sit on it and push it around all day long
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouder View Post
    Thanx guys,

    Yes he cannot stop smiling about it. In fact it's a mission to get him off it. I don't let him ride it all time, but he does sit on it and push it around all day long
    There is no bigger reward!
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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Got the new pull starter Yesterday. This one is cast iron! So I immediately painted it blue and slapped it on!! YEAH!




    Last edited by Clouder; 2017/10/27 at 11:35 AM.
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    Default Re: 50cc Pocket Quad Restoration

    Step back, open a cold one and TOAST yourself for a great job!!
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