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Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 05, 2015, 00:15:29
Got this from a friend.  Pretty much original; missing the tail light, lots of dirt and rust, and "something broke" in the engine.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20150904_130340_zps3zjfmhvw.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20150904_130340_zps3zjfmhvw.jpg.html)

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20150904_130410_zps3wmysozm.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20150904_130410_zps3wmysozm.jpg.html)

Pulled that 4hp powerhouse apart and found this.  Yup. something broke.  Guess I'd better pack this up and send it to that specialist at Ichiban Moto to fix for me.  Hope he hasn't run out of JB Weld!

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20150904_162422_zpsijps0bqh.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20150904_162422_zpsijps0bqh.jpg.html)

The first task was to make sure the original engine is more than just a boat anchor.  Looks like all I need to get is a connecting rod and a gasket set, both have already been ordered.  I don't want to spend the cash it would take to do a full restoration, but will stay as original as possible and make it pretty. 

The white you can see around the exhaust pipe in the pix above is sheet asbestos somebody set up as a heat shield.   ???

Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Hurco550 on Sep 05, 2015, 11:50:32
This will be a sweet little bike man!  Glad you scored it!
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: WhyNot on Sep 06, 2015, 22:46:49
That little thing is cool......good luck with it.....
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 06, 2015, 23:26:23
That little thing is cool......good luck with it..... 

Thanx, Jack.  It's coming along.  Spent much of today cleaning.  Mrs Ridesolo is making this a joint project w/ me and is working wonders on the chrome.  Our mixture of aluminum foil and glass cooktop cleaner is doing the trick.  There is still some pitting, but from about 3' away it's looking good.  She's making decisions on colors, etc, too.  We went over yesterday afternoon and bought a set of wheels like the ones Hurco550 got for his Rupp.  This bike is a '70 and came w/ 10" spoked wheels when new so these new ones, being 10", fit right in w/ the existing fenders, etc.  There is a fair amount of rust on the original rims that may or may not have cleaned up, but the front is missing some spokes so by the time I got spokes and new tires & tubes I would have had more invested than just getting the new wheels/tires. 

Projects like this drive me crazy because as I think them through I start to get too elaborate and have to pull on the reins.  Disk brake set-up wouldn't be difficult, especially on the front...

While pressure washing the frame and some parts I slipped and went down hard on my lover back and elbows.  The little ramp on the north side of the shop never gets any sun and can be slick when wet.  I got up pretty quick and seemed ok, but in a couple minutes I got dizzy and faint and passed put momentarily.  Mrs was about to call the squad and I was at about 9 on a 10 scale in agreement w/ her but started to clear up.  OK now, but it'll probably take a crane to get me out of bed in the morning.  Oh well, at least I didn't break anything. 


     
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: WhyNot on Sep 07, 2015, 09:19:24
Thanx, Jack.  It's coming along.  Spent much of today cleaning.  Mrs Ridesolo is making this a joint project w/ me and is working wonders on the chrome.  Our mixture of aluminum foil and glass cooktop cleaner is doing the trick.  There is still some pitting, but from about 3' away it's looking good.  She's making decisions on colors, etc, too.  We went over yesterday afternoon and bought a set of wheels like the ones Hurco550 got for his Rupp.  This bike is a '70 and came w/ 10" spoked wheels when new so these new ones, being 10", fit right in w/ the existing fenders, etc.  There is a fair amount of rust on the original rims that may or may not have cleaned up, but the front is missing some spokes so by the time I got spokes and new tires & tubes I would have had more invested than just getting the new wheels/tires. 

Projects like this drive me crazy because as I think them through I start to get too elaborate and have to pull on the reins.  Disk brake set-up wouldn't be difficult, especially on the front...

While pressure washing the frame and some parts I slipped and went down hard on my lover back and elbows.  The little ramp on the north side of the shop never gets any sun and can be slick when wet.  I got up pretty quick and seemed ok, but in a couple minutes I got dizzy and faint and passed put momentarily.  Mrs was about to call the squad and I was at about 9 on a 10 scale in agreement w/ her but started to clear up.  OK now, but it'll probably take a crane to get me out of bed in the morning.  Oh well, at least I didn't break anything. 


   

Geeesh Cory.................glad to hear you cleared up. Gotta be careful..!

Can't wait to see some pics of this little thing.
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Tune-A-Fishİ on Sep 16, 2015, 15:34:36
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-1973-Rupp-Roadster-2-Mini-Bike-Gas-Tank-Decal-Set-/351436578250?hash=item51d3409dca&vxp=mtr
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 16, 2015, 19:51:01
Thanx, Tuna.  Mine, being a '70 is kind of a rare bird; they only made it for one year w/ 10" wheels and the engine and tank painted silver.  That makes it a Roadster.  The Roadster 2 was the later model w/ the larger wheels and other improvements.  The "Roadster" tank stickers for a '70 and MUCH harder to find!
 
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Tune-A-Fishİ on Sep 16, 2015, 20:15:39
Oh Dang :-\
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 16, 2015, 23:18:48
Oh Dang :-\ 

Yup, I agree.  Since I'm going away from the spoked wheels anyway, it's not going to be an accurate restoration anyway.  I am going to try and keep my eyes open for correct stickers n stuff for it, though. 
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 25, 2015, 21:46:23
Have been tinkering away, taking a few pix, and somehow forgetting to post 'em.  So here's a bit of an update:

I've gotten the engine cleaned up, got the new rod in and put it back together w/o gaskets to paint it.  It'll get stainless socket head bolts all around. (Not sure why I'm bothering w/ that, but what the heck.)  As of now it has been painted but since it's hi temp flat black it doesn't photograph well, so I'll post a pix of the thing nekkid instead:

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0050_zpsuyjhwgmc.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0050_zpsuyjhwgmc.jpg.html)

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0030_zpsjgzk8zyn.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0030_zpsjgzk8zyn.jpg.html)

The carb has been cleaned.  These things don't have an fuel shut off so there was this great aromatic brown goop in there that had to be removed.  Nasty stuff.  I was going to just replace it for what the things cost, but everything available had a float bowl and the original was a diaphragm type so i thought it best to stay w/ that.  A rebuild kit and a replacement for the trashed choke butterfly and shaft were found and the nasty little beast is now resurrected.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0033_zpsxmkyfvkf.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0033_zpsxmkyfvkf.jpg.html)

The frame has been power washed and is ready to be disassembled and cleaned up for paint. 

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0034_zpsmosjbvj4.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0034_zpsmosjbvj4.jpg.html)

The tank is unpretty but it's also undented and will clean up well.  I got the worst of the nastiness off w/ the soda blaster, now it'll be stripped, primed, and painted.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0029_zpsb2uqx6jt.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0029_zpsb2uqx6jt.jpg.html)

The brake drums are going to fit right onto the new wheels once I drill mounting holes to match the wheels.  I haven't measured for new spacers yet, but I don't think there'll be any problems.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0035_zpsl6djvhdv.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0035_zpsl6djvhdv.jpg.html)

Lots of the parts are cleaned or in the process of being cleaned and some have even been painted. There's pretty much no hope for the undersides of the fenders so they are just going to be blasted and painted.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0032_zps9r4clzhb.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0032_zps9r4clzhb.jpg.html)

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0049_zpsgdvt2vlb.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0049_zpsgdvt2vlb.jpg.html)

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0031_zpssdcdlijz.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0031_zpssdcdlijz.jpg.html)

Now an interesting thing.  Mrs Ridesolo rarely watches (I'm VERY happy to say) QVC and the other home shopping networks, but did happen to see one of their segments where they were selling an interesting item.  She got me to watch some of it and we decided that what they were selling wasn't worth what they were asking but then we later found it available for less then half the "great deal" on TV.  It's a plastic resin that cures in UV light, I believe dentists have been using something similar for years.  Anyway, we thought it might be just the thing, IF it works as advertised, for the crack in the torque converter cover.  Once it came in I studied the instructions then did a very careful cleaning of the part and gave it a try... much to my surprise it worked.  The stuff is called Bondic and it DOES have its limitations, but for what I used if for it did the trick,  I believe the stuff my be just the ticket for cracked side covers and other such things...

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0048_zpsp0yqkxyd.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0048_zpsp0yqkxyd.jpg.html)

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0047_zpsvqpsiaue.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0047_zpsvqpsiaue.jpg.html)

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0046_zps5aupoact.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0046_zps5aupoact.jpg.html)

So, it's progressing.  I may even have the engine back together tomorrow and then on to the frame.

Does anybody know how those fork tubes come out?
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Hurco550 on Sep 26, 2015, 08:52:16
Wow cory! It's coming along nicely man. The neighbors are going to have to start keeping up with you lol
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 26, 2015, 21:57:58
Wow cory! It's coming along nicely man. The neighbors are going to have to start keeping up with you lol 

Thanx, Levi!  It's coming along ok.  Got more done this evening and hope to have the engine buttoned up soon.  Tomorrow is pretty well booked up, but it'll come soon. 

Was nice to run into you today, wish there had been more time to talk.  We went to get some pavers to park the trailer on and ended up going home w/ 400 lbs of pavers, a new dining room table, some material for pillows for the trailer, and a few other pieces of junk.   
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 28, 2015, 22:45:01
We're spending lots of time cleaning, sanding, priming and painting. Hopefully we'll soon have a bunch of sub-assemblies ready to go so I can start on my favorite part, assembly!  Anyway, the little engine is coming:

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20150927_161630_zps0ohi0ejt.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20150927_161630_zps0ohi0ejt.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Sep 29, 2015, 22:31:15
This thing is going to drive me batty (more batty?).  It's going to end up that virtually everything on this little beast is going to have to be rebuilt in one way or another.  Everything that isn't being replaced is at least being cleaned and painted, but it seems that as things progress more and more items need to be replaced!  Many of the parts/assemblies that seemed ok and working are failing at reassembly time.  Oh well...  I guess it just goes to show that even though there's only one little cylinder, an extremely basic electrical system, and smaller wheels and tires, when it's all said and done a build is a build.  We are enjoying it, though.  We've got other projects going on around the house that we keep plugging away at, including getting ready to hitch up the trailer and get out of here for the winter, but it seems like no matter what's going on, sooner or later we're both back out in the shop working away on the Rupp. 
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Oct 16, 2015, 22:22:58
We've been making steady progress but I have been terrible about keeping up w/ pix and posts. 

The engine is done and ready to chug back to life.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20151003_153330_zpsz4tduerx.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20151003_153330_zpsz4tduerx.jpg.html)

I got the shocks back together today.  Shocks in name only, to be sure, there are only springs and no dampening, but it's a mini bike, so...

They started out pretty rough, 45 years of little or no attention.  That plastic bushing was really stubborn and finally came out after being melted w/ a torch.  Of course, once I got the first one out the hard way the second one came out like it was suppose to.  I was going to turn new ones out of bronze, but found new nylon replacements at Black Widow Motorsports.  The rest was just a matter of cleaning, sanding, painting, & polishing.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20151003_093356_zps0tjsogaw.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20151003_093356_zps0tjsogaw.jpg.html)

Parts cleaned up and new bushings ready to go:

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20151016_134500_zpsyr9hichj.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20151016_134500_zpsyr9hichj.jpg.html)

And into the box waiting for reassembly.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/IMG_20151016_145109_zpsa809j4bb.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/IMG_20151016_145109_zpsa809j4bb.jpg.html)

The frame is about ready for primer and paint, now if the weather will just cooperate...
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Hurco550 on Oct 17, 2015, 08:33:43
Beautiful work on those socks Cory!
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Oct 21, 2015, 13:56:40
Beautiful work on those socks Cory! 

Ummm, well, thanx... Mrs Ridesolo does the laundry, I know how and can do it, but she won't let me near her new machines.  I'll tell her you think she does a nice job on socks!   ::)   ;D  (gotta love auto spell check)

Things are moving along.  Got the frame back from the sand blaster.  We would have stripped it ourselves but when we started there were way too many coats of paint, all different colors, to work down through.  In the last 45 years the thing was metallic gold, metallic purple, teal, and a couple of other colors.  Of course with bare metal we discovered some things we didn't expect so there was more filing, filling, and general clean up than we expected.  Anyway, here are the main frame parts cleaned up and primed. 

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/DSC01122_zpsd0trremf.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/DSC01122_zpsd0trremf.jpg.html)

The original brake drums are mounted on the wheels and ready to go.

(http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv22/ridesolo1/SAM_0221_zpskdqywh0n.jpg) (http://s666.photobucket.com/user/ridesolo1/media/SAM_0221_zpskdqywh0n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Hurco550 on Oct 23, 2015, 21:10:43

Ummm, well, thanx... Mrs Ridesolo does the laundry, I know how and can do it, but she won't let me near her new machines.  I'll tell her you think she does a nice job on socks!   ::)   ;D  (gotta love auto spell check)

Haha, tell her your shirts look "well pressed" as well (for extra brownie points).

This thing will be so nice when its done, you prolly wont wanna sell it ;)
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: ridesolo on Oct 25, 2015, 18:33:02
Haha, tell her your shirts look "well pressed" as well (for extra brownie points).

This thing will be so nice when its done, you prolly wont wanna sell it ;) 

Nah, if I can't put it on the street I'm not going to keep it and I don't go to enough events to need a pit bike so on "the block" it goes.  The parents of our grandkids would probably not be real happy to see it around here but half of them have more experience on a 4-wheeler than I do so they probably know just enough to get themselves into trouble.  We have no idea what to try and get out of it, but as long as we make a few bux it'll be ok. 
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Hurco550 on Aug 17, 2016, 14:55:25
dun yit?
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Take This Off My Hands
Post by: ridesolo on Apr 18, 2017, 17:22:09
dun yit? 

Well I was officially informed this morning that Mrs Ridesolo has lost interest in this little project and she wants me to sell it.  So, I'm going to group things together and get some pix and put it on CL but if anybody here has interest hit me up and I'll fire off pictures.  It's all there, the engine and carb are freshly rebuilt.  The frame is sand blasted and primed.  The tank is fairly well cleaned and since the '70 had an uncommon silver-colored tank, I'll prime and spray it the same color as the engine shroud.  The '70 model of Roadster had silver tank and engine shrouds, chrome fenders, and colored frame.  I'll leave the frame color up to the buyer. 
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Take This Off My Hands
Post by: 3DogNate on Apr 18, 2017, 19:55:38
Well I was officially informed this morning that Mrs Ridesolo has lost interest in this little project and she wants me to sell it.  So, I'm going to group things together and get some pix and put it on CL but if anybody here has interest hit me up and I'll fire off pictures.  It's all there, the engine and carb are freshly rebuilt.  The frame is sand blasted and primed.  The tank is fairly well cleaned and since the '70 had an uncommon silver-colored tank, I'll prime and spray it the same color as the engine shroud.  The '70 model of Roadster had silver tank and engine shrouds, chrome fenders, and colored frame.  I'll leave the frame color up to the buyer. 

Booo... finish it... you are so close...
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Keeping Up w/ The Neighbors
Post by: Brodie on Apr 18, 2017, 20:00:46
^
+1
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on May 09, 2019, 19:28:15
Well, how about that!  I actually started working on the thing today and made some progress.  Levi has been nagging me to get it back together so it can be sold at Mid-O and he's 100% right, time for it to go!  I need the room and undivided attention to get the CL378 w/ Ninja 500 forks and swinger back together and on the road.  Got the trailer to our satisfaction (See:  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71319.0) and now that we're back from Mississippi it's in storage instead of sitting in the driveway and I'll be able to focus on OTHER things that need to get done! 

Today the first order of business was to get the dust, wood shavings, and cobwebs cleaned off and squirt on a quick rattle can paint job.  The '70 Rupp Roadster was an odd ball because it was the only one w/ 10" spoke wheels instead of 12", the frames were the main paint color, and the gas tanks were silver.  Also on the '70 both fenders were chrome and on the later models the front only was chrome and the rear fender was painted.  I don't really care about the color so I picked out bright red to make it eye-catching to sell it. 

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Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on May 10, 2019, 20:10:24
More progress today.  Added new bearings, the front fender, and front wheel to the forks and then installed all of that on the frame.  !/2 roller!!!  Got the center stand and the foot pegs on.  I had been looking at some new foot peg rubbers on eBay but when I looked through the boxes of parts I discovered I had bought a new set a couple years ago; really glad I didn't buy a second set!  I disassembled the torque converter and cleaned all the parts and then reinstalled them and the jack shaft with new bearings.   Installed the swing arm and shocks as well as the rear fender.  Tomorrow I'll get the rear wheel and chain on so it's a true roller then I'll throw in the rebuilt engine, the handlebars, and the seat. 

(http://www.dotheton.com/gallery/1232-100519173614.jpeg)
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: trek97 on May 10, 2019, 21:12:12
Almost as good lookin' as you are, my man!!! 
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: Hurco550 on May 10, 2019, 21:33:36
So glad this is coming back together

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Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on May 10, 2019, 21:33:57
Almost as good lookin' as you are, my man!!!

Thanx, I think... looking almost as good as me isn't saying much!  It's not a resto but w/ new wheels, tires, & wheel bearings, new steering bearings, new jack shaft bearings, new connecting rod, new gaskets/seals, rebuilt shocks, and rebuilt carb it should be pretty good.  I still need to get new brake and throttle cables and a new gas cap is on the way.  Couldn't find the correct rear fender and the original ain't pretty but it'll have to do.  I can get really nice copies of original stickers for it, but I don't think I want to put the money into that since it'll be sold.  The new owner can spend that $$ if they want to.  I'm hoping it'll sell as a pit/swap meet bike, it'll be great for that.  It might be too bad to see an old, classic Rupp being beat up by kids out in the woods, but the new owner is welcome to do what ever they want with it.
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on May 11, 2019, 22:55:06
A bit more today.  Full roller!  What a deal; the wheels I got didn't need new spacers made to fit correctly.  I did have to replace the bearings to fit the axles but otherwise things couldn't have been better.  Tomorrow I'll be able to add fuel lines, gas, and oil and maybe the thing will pop off with a couple of pulls!

Cute little devil, huh?

(http://www.dotheton.com/gallery/1232-110519204404.jpeg) 
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: trek97 on May 12, 2019, 07:00:33
WOW!  Dude that is awesome.   8)
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on May 12, 2019, 08:39:29
WOW!  Dude that is awesome.   8)

Thanx, man.  It's a "five footer" for sure, but not too bad for a 49 year old that's led a rough life.  I hope somebody at Mid-O decides to give it a good home.
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on May 12, 2019, 19:47:10
Another afternoon of work.  Wish I could say it's done but it's at least close.  I've still got the throttle and hand grips, clean up the wiring, and buy and install throttle and brake cables.  Does it run?  Alas, no.   :(  I got everything buttoned up and pulled several times then discovered that the gas was just running out of the air cleaner.  Of course there's no shut-off valve...  I probably put the diaphragm in upside down or something along that line when I reassembled the carb.  I never claimed o be much of a small engine mechanic.  Oh well, it'll come.

(http://www.dotheton.com/gallery/1232-120519170028.jpeg)

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Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - Calling it DONE.
Post by: ridesolo on May 14, 2019, 20:21:08
Ha, I was right for once!  The diaphragm was upside down.  The carb is no longer puking (bleeding?) gas all over.  Still won't start, but that'll come.

As of now it's done.  The original throttle and brake cables work ok and the new gas cap is in to it'll be running in time for Mid-O and ready to go into service as somebody's pit bike.  It took way too long, but there it is.


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Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: Sam_I_Am on Jun 09, 2019, 02:43:33
Nice work! Very clean and simple, a classic.
Title: Re: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: Brent on Jun 09, 2019, 08:04:13
My first motorized bike love. I sold one a couple years ago and regret it now, they're fun if you are 12 or 60. Great job.
You can buy the Roadster decal kit from Black Widow Motorsports.
http://blackwidowmotorsports.net/_45006_70_roadster_decal_set.html
Title: Re: 1970 Rupp Roadster - How long has this been going on?
Post by: ridesolo on Jun 09, 2019, 08:46:15
Nice work! Very clean and simple, a classic.

My first motorized bike love. I sold one a couple years ago and regret it now, they're fun if you are 12 or 60. Great job.
You can buy the Roadster decal kit from Black Widow Motorsports.
http://blackwidowmotorsports.net/_45006_70_roadster_decal_set.html

Thank you, guys.  It's a fun little bike.  When I was a teen these were the mini bikes that we all envied.  Here in north central Ohio they are very popular because they were made right down the road in Mansfield and there are lots of people around who worked there or knew someone who did.  I've been considering the re pop sticker sets  It I were going to keep it it'd get them for sure.