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    Fixing up a Tote Gote VS

    I found this a few days ago, mostly complete, mostly original.

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    I'm still deciding exactly what I want to do with it. My first inclination is to restore it as best I can, and ride it around. From what I've seen on the internets, there are several other examples around in rusty condition, so it probably would be nice to get one of them looking shiny and new.

    I need to get the engine running and see if everything works. The throttle linkage looks like it may have been tinkered with a little, and the cable is a bit rusty and stiff, so I need to get it smooth so I can see if the rest of the linkage, springs, and governor are working properly. And of course I need to start it. The blower housing is missing...I am waiting for a replacement to show up in the mail. Since the cover was removed, it's likely that it is not getting spark, right? that's what folks do, they take stuff half way apart, decide they can't fix it, then lose the parts. The engine does feel like it has compression, and it doesn't clatter when I turn it over by hand.

    The chains are a bit rusty, I removed them so I could roll the scooter around, and also to measure how long their replacements need to be. The bearings on the jackshafts are nice and smooth.

    The rusty brake levers....I guess they're hard to find replacements for, that are the same ones. Might just use some of the later design that has a single clamp bolt, instead of the double bolt clamp. These might be English? they look like those found on some old Raleigh bicycles?
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    I applaud your decision to restore this machine. OMB Warehouse sells the foot peg rubbers. Their link is at the top of the page and they are our benefactors who run the forum here.

    Here is a link to the Briggs L Head engine manuals on line. Click Here

    Here is a link to @Dr. Shop Teacher write up on rebuilding 3HP Briggs with some excellent details. Click Here

    Your flow jet carburetor most likely needs some attention. You can find new one's on ebay right now for less than $25. Not even worth rebuilding at that price, since someone has probably already tried to split it apart without removing the main metering needle.

    There are some things I'd check before putting on that recoil/shroud. I'll let the experts chime in, but pawls, flywheel off, points, mag, (magnetron conversion?)

    Also, and I am not sure of your model, but many of the Tote Gotes did not utilize the engine governor. If it is removed, it might be because it came that way originally, to make a simpler linkage- and the load was generally sufficient enough to where you had to try very hard to blow them up.

    Those levers look like mini bike standard Cherry. Inexpensive to replace. Excited to see you move ahead on this.
    Just a garage hack sitting on a plastic bucket armed with an angle grinder.

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    Thanks for the tips.

    I'll have to investigate the governor...it would well be that the linkage bypasses it. I'd like to keep points in it, if I can get a good condenser--that seems to be a common problem today, with older cars.

    the brake levers on mine are not Cherry levers, they have an extra link in them, the cable does not have the round large end that the Cherry requires. But I could use Cherrys to replace them, and I doubt anyone but me (and anyone who reads this thread) would ever notice.

    Too bad the repro peg rubbers are black, not red.... but again, it really doesn't matter.

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    Upon closer inspection....the "MADE IN...." stamp was hidden pretty well, and it's tiny. But there it is...JAPAN!

    I did find one picture of these same levers, on google, from a site that copies stuff from ebay auctions. no idea when they were offered for sale, and they were rusty, too.

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    The Brake levers are old school bicycle brake levers I'm sure. I'll look and post a link when I find them.

    I looked in Vintage Bicycle brake levers, nothing exact so far. # 172505088984


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    yeah, they are old bicycle brake levers. But kind of hard to find the exact style today...if you have a link for something that's close, I'd sure appreciate it.

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    I looked into 20 pages on e-bay nothing exact, I know I've seen them in the past.

    I'll have a look in my stash when I get out to the shop.

    The pointed lever reminds me of a muscle bike brake lever.
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    Sorry to say the auction is over but, now you know where to look.

    VINTAGE BSA BICYCLE CHROME BRAKE LEVERS 1950



    Vintage BSA Bicycle Chrome Brake Levers 1950 | eBay

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    Cool, thanks!

    On the Deepco clutch...to get it off the engine...do I use a normal 3 jaw puller? I don't want to distort the aluminum? or potmetal? housing. I put a puller on it, but don't want to crank down on the force bolt too hard.

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    I'd have to see a photo of what your looking at.

    Link on the levers, no luck but, dang some nice levers from BSA and the UK

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=image...LEVERS&imgrc=_

 

 
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