Friday, January 12, 2007

Original Crank

To replace or not to replace -- that is the question. Because the price to replace the original crank with a MeCur repro was a bit cheaper than fully restoring our original crank we opted to replace. Furthermore, there was the potential that the original crank would not be a good mechanical investment in the long-haul. The top photo is the outside and the bottom photo is the inside. The photos are AFTER the crank was cleaned up. It was a rust rock.

We gave Christopher the crank and he is restoring, balancing, and trueing it. If you are in need of an original crank you can contact him (his contact info can be found in the navigation bar under Moto-Rapido).

It was a major pain in the butt to find a replacement crank. It was a timing issue. Repro cranks were not being produced. I called over a dozen shops and I waited for four months before Danell, from Scooter Parts Direct, tipped me off to Garner Classic Scooters. I called Garner and lucked out. It cost me $165 and had been on his shelf for years. Christopher informed me that there was some minimal surface rust which he removed with some extremely fine steel wool and oil.


Anonymous said...

what happened to the blog? made any progress lately?

Jeremy & Lisa Sutton said...

Have a 16-week-old son, things are slowing down. Expect a big post of the full engine restore soon. Engine is complete. Just need to pick up from Christopher Markley. Body should be back from paint within the next month and another post will follow. The front fork is being restored currently and the front shock is being rebuilt. Things are moving, but a bit slower.