Cushman Scooter Winter Project

Mini Bike & Go-Kart Parts

#1
Last spring I purchased a 1947 Cushman "Step Thru" Scooter Model #54. I posted some pictures of it but am unable to retrieve old threads ever since the OldMiniBikes website was updated. I am posting these pictures again as I have now started on this project. Although I have owned it since April 2014 I have resisted all temptations to work on it because I needed to save it for the winter months when my outdoor activities are severely curtailed due to the weather. This should be a fun project.

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#3
The bike is a complete running unit that has serious cosmetic issues which I will rectify. Here are some initial tear-down shots. FYI, this is a titled vehicle that will be licensed and driven on the streets.


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#5
C:thumbsup::thumbsup:L ride, you will definately get some sheet metal experience with it. they must have built tons of those and the allstate scooters but where are they at ?
 
#7
If you need any references or pics from the manual..PM me. I have a bunch of info and manual for the 1950 60 series. They look like they didn't change much from 1947.
 
#8
These scooters were produced in Lincoln Nebraska. In my search for one I found that many of the surviving pieces are located in states with close proximity to Nebraska. I searched for some time before I found a scooter in close proximity to my home of New Jersey.

Here is a shot of the frame after stripping most of the parts off of it.

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#9
Progress on the Cushman Project

The louvers on this body were beyond repair. I got patch panels, fitted them and tacked them in place. I just need to to continue small beads to control warpage. Once the bead is solid I can work the metal to straighten the rest of the body out.

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#15
I have a frame like that and I ought it to turn it into a step through trike. I do have the front end and bought all the front wheel parts and the hub and axle from Carpenter. Did you ever find the serial number for your unit ?
I need to sell all the parts I have but the frame seem to be the stumbling block in shipping such a bulky item.
Your project is coming along just fine
Steve
 
#19
Nice work, glad you got'er done, I love these old Cushmans. there's a company that started making them again under license from Cushman, they call them the Cushman II. I was going to buy one but my wife said it would look like I was riding a snail, I told her I would get a custom plate that read "GARY" as that was the snails name on SpongeBob Squarepants, Hahahahaha.
 

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