no, lets get the bad news out of the way first.
- the cyclemotor has no spark plug, which is odd as it has a blanking plug in the plug hole. Oh and it has no plug lead either; it’s just been cut off where it exists the magneto..
- some other bits are missing, like the drive chain from the engine to the wheel and the eccentric spacer used to adjust the drive chain
and it gets worse, as I’ve attached a short lead to the HT lead stub and there’s no spark, nothing, not even the slightest pulse, dead as a parrot
‘This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life,…
Also rigor mortis has set in as the clutch is stuck closed. No surprising though, as it’s not been operated for around 50 years.
But there is good news. Looking through the plug hole, the piston is clean aluminium, no black carbon as you would expect, particularly on a 2 stroke that burns oil in the petrol. So maybe the engine was refurbed and the owner never got round to using it again – we’ll see.
And even better news is that the seller has found 2 old number plates (but not the log book). However, the really good news is that one of the number plates is recognised on the DVLA website.
CYCLEMASTER, 32cc, first registered 13 September 1952
All I need to do is send form V62 to the DVLA and (with luck) they’ll send a new logbook, so the cyclemaster can ride again (some day) on it’s original number.. maybe.