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I've been want to build something unique for some time, something I could take to the "show us ya wheels" car show and know that no one has see one of these before. Only problem not to much space in the garage and old and unique= $. I did quite a bit of research before I started this project, and  decided I wanted to build vintage Motorcycle something that looks like it came out of the 1920s or older, problem is rare+old =$$$.
 A 1912 Harley sold at auction in 2011 for $115000  There is no way I would be spending that amount.
I then came across a bike called a whizzer, made in the US, between 1939 to 1965 but they look much older,  I spoke to every motorbike nut I know none them have ever heard of a whizzer. (very rare in Australia) and when I showed my 90+ year old neighbour a photograph of one he said, he thought his dad had one when he was a kid and it was old then! Perfect!  if I can fool him I should be able to fool some more people at the car show!
After a bit more research I found that a company in Taiwan has started making  replica engines, and the frame is almost Identical to a schwinn beach cruiser bike.
Looks like everything got a whole lot easier, and less expensive.
If you have a look at the photos on this step you can see whizzer engines fitted to different frames.
as requested here is a video of the finished bike,

whizzer video
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Retromoto1 month ago
I can not find the fenders, could you please help me with the eBay seller who has them, please
Tater Zoid1 year ago
You deserve to win this contest. Great Instructable.
liquidhandwash (author)  Tater Zoid1 year ago
Thanks Tater

Good job on your first place win. I knew it was a winner.

Giu5liano1 year ago
I'm curious on whether or not you unlaced the rims before you sanded it down, as well as where you got your headlight or it's product name.
liquidhandwash (author)  Giu5liano1 year ago
No I just sanded them with the spokes still on, I found the head light on a in old bike in a pile of rubbish.
wizkid3561 year ago
I've been building mine ever since I came across this amazing instructable about a month ago :)
liquidhandwash (author)  wizkid3561 year ago
Thanks , you know you can post photos here if you like, looks like you've found the hardest piece the frame it looks good so far.
Giu5liano1 year ago
This has to be my favorite instructables, you should consider entering it to the bicycle and wheels and or the motorcycle and cars contest!
liquidhandwash (author)  Giu5liano1 year ago
Thanks, instructables are only able to be entered into comps for a short time, and it won some prizes in the Up contest and the bike contest early in the year. The bike is on loan to a car museum at the moment.
Malhecho1 year ago
great work!!
gooze05201 year ago
That's a real cool bike. I'm going to start building one. If I get stuck with something I hope I can count on you liquidhandwash! Awesome bike!
liquidhandwash (author)  gooze05201 year ago
thanks gooze
husamwadi1 year ago
Wow, very awesomely documented and great overall instructable. I built a motorized bicycle before, and I'm pretty impressed with your mounts lol (i used a hockey puck and a U bolt).

Awesome Job
liquidhandwash (author)  husamwadi1 year ago
thanks husamwadi
derker1 year ago
I got a similar motor kit from and the kit was about 150and $10 for shipping to Canada.
liquidhandwash (author)  derker1 year ago
Those are the Chinese 2 stroke kits and are quite different, you can pick them up on ebay even cheaper $99.
The engine I used is a copy of a whizzer, 4 stroke 150cc belt drive, first made in the mid 1930s.
robbadooz1 year ago
Wow! A most fine job done with care, precision and knowhow. I'm awstruck! Thanks for that, liquidhandwash!
liquidhandwash (author)  robbadooz1 year ago
Cuitlahuac1 year ago
Beautiful!, Congratulations!
sunderman1 year ago
Just curious. How fast does this bike go?
I'm so jaleous... Too bad everything is so expensive :(
blkhawk1 year ago
When I visited the Smithsonian in Washington DC, I found this antique with a large engine.

Antique motorcycle
liquidhandwash (author)  blkhawk1 year ago
thats crazy, its it a V8
I know! Can you imagine trying to drive this thing? It's crazy!
Bugtastic1 year ago
I loved following this through the stages- fantastic 'ible & great looking bike!
liquidhandwash (author)  Bugtastic1 year ago
Random231 year ago
Great build and attention to detail. It looks great.
espdp21 year ago
Wow! You have made a serious work of art! Keep it forever. :-)
owenbrau1 year ago
Great looking bike, and great Instructable! I've been toying with this kind of idea, and this is inspiring!
liquidhandwash (author)  owenbrau1 year ago
Thanks. I took it to a car show today, It got a lot of interest
jaguiar11 year ago will come off in time? =P
liquidhandwash (author)  jaguiar11 year ago
All paint will come off eventually, I would think that it should last 20 or 30 years, or even longer as the bike is stored under cover
daytona6751 year ago
Excellent project! Can you give me a link for the engine?
liquidhandwash (author)  daytona6751 year ago
dougbyte1 year ago
Awesome build, you've got me thinking now !!
dougbyte1 year ago
Awesome build, you've got me thinking now !!
gen814651 year ago
Cool instructible, although I do have one question about the first photo: Is that a modern photo made to look older, or was it from another (much earlier) era? The reason I ask is that the rider is wearing flip flops; not exactly the safest footwear for motorcycle or bicycle riding.
liquidhandwash (author)  gen814651 year ago
Its a black and white photo of the finished project, and hes not riding the bike hes posing for a photo.
Beergnome1 year ago
whizzer is an old, OLD name. and usually sold just as the engine kit. Spookytooth cycles is a good name here in the US for the engine. kits..

but there are all types of ways to turn a Bicycle into a Moped. Whizzers in the US usually refers to a friction drive motor that mounts to the front of the bike and drives the front wheel directly via a shaft contacting the front tire directly. But I can get the engine kits directly from several online retailers for as little as $250
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