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Whizzer Pacemaker II: My Latest Time Killer, Part I

As some of you might know, I bought a Midnight Blue Whizzer Pacemaker II "moped" for the rock bottom price of $300. It's a lovely little bike, 148cc single cylinder 4 stroke that'll get me to 50 MPH, so only town cruising for this baby. At several people's request, I'll post a series of slideshows documenting the refurbishment. Apparently it languished in a garage for several years, fuel lines, carb, etc... are all gunked up, turn signals are broken/missing, there are some paint scratches, rust on the chrome, and I gotta get it titled down at the DMV (may Patty and Selma be kind!).

So 'nyways hope you enjoy, and since I am fairly lacking in knowledge about mopeds/motorcycles/scooters and the like, feel free to burden me with your wisdom on the subject :)

RocketScientist2015
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I need one
ElvenChild1 year ago
Can you legally ride this in the bike lanes even though its over 50cc?
mrlunna132 years ago
Lovely Whizzer! The best that has ever been! I almost bought one here in Seattle for $2500.00 but unfortunately my truck had a flat, when I went to buy it it was sold!
I wish there was a Whizzer club here in Seattle. at least so I can find one.
Thanks for sharing,
Lunna
pheenix422 years ago
I have a nice coaster brake bike I'd love to do this to; where does one get that size of motor?
KentsOkay (author)  pheenix422 years ago
I bought mine that way, but here's a company that sells the parts: http://www.pistonbikes.com/?Click=2&gclid=CNvngLGKkrECFYFo4AoddUvjgA
sczahra5 years ago
i bought a black 99 whizzer when i was 14 for 700 plus parts to restore it and i rode to and from school (i parked down the street so nobody would steal it) and age was no issue. i was pulled over once and i told him (truthfully) its a bicycle with a motor. and since it says nowhere that its 125cc you can forget to mention that part.
KentsOkay (author)  sczahra5 years ago
Sweet, the black ones look tight.
fortneja5 years ago
So is this technically classified as a motorcycle since it has more than 49cc? In my state, at least, you need a motorcycle endorsement to drive anything over that limit, otherwise, a regular license is fine. Nice looking bike though.
KentsOkay (author)  fortneja5 years ago
Here in the Lone Star, 250cc is a motorcycle. It's classified as a moped (at148cc), which just needs motorcycle safety course completion.
Which you need to be 16 to ride, right?
KentsOkay (author)  mg0930mg5 years ago
Nah you can be 15, though that isn't a problem.
Oh I couldn't remember if it was 15 or 16.
Hey RS, try steel wool or a pot scourer on the chrome, should bring it up nicely, with the pot scourer you only need to go gently, then a quick polish... Also have a look at nemomatic's scooter project, you might like some fo the ideas, say for the turn signals, if it's 12 or 6V it'll be dead easy to find replacement electricals, though digging up the covers may need to be a DIY job, look at the side of the road near junctions for large chunks of the cover plastic and dremel to fit...
KentsOkay (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Spiffing, I've got some steel wool in the shed. I'm not to worried about the lights either, but the paint is going to be a problem...
Shouldn't be too much trouble, make absolutely sure you've eliminated the rust then paint... There's not a huge amount of surface area on the bike so hit a store and get your preferred colour and get clearcoat, for that sexy sheen and a bit of extra protection... You can practice on whatever's kicking about think light coats...
hahahaha....extra protection... Am I thee only one that thouht of that? o_0
KentsOkay (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
The problem is finding a matching colour, this bike was only made for a year...
Hmm, you might have to find a very close match and do a full respray...

However we did have a Mitsubishi challenger that looked exactly the same colour, there's metallic and non metallic in that shade, may be a lead but it mightn't be good enough a match up close... I think it was called midnight blue...
KentsOkay (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
ZOMG!! That's the style of this bike!! There may be hope yet, get Midnight blue paint...
Go to a Mitsubishi dealership and try matching up... If it's a good match then a can of touch up shouldn't be too costly...
KentsOkay (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Thanks, now to add amphibious capabilities to drive it to The Isle of Pretty Maidens and a Killer Jackalope...
Hahaha
Why not go steampunk, large balloon and add a propeller and a right angle in the shaft, just fly...
KentsOkay (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
That is a thought, I've got a lightweight air cooled engine.... Hmm...
Try NEVRDULL for polishing metal. Stuff works like a charm About $6 at Home Depot, and it'll last you a LONG time.
KentsOkay (author)  Labot20016 years ago
Sweet! Lemme buzz over on me moped and get some... oh damn that's right it isn't working...
strangebike5 years ago
lovely little bike fella looks the bits. I must admit to being quiet jealous.
KentsOkay (author)  strangebike5 years ago
Thanks!
k3y3l3e35 years ago
beautiful i just wish my bike looked so good when i pulled it out of the junk yard
KentsOkay (author)  k3y3l3e35 years ago
Thanks! Good luck with yours!
omnibot5 years ago
Lovely bike.
KentsOkay (author)  omnibot5 years ago
Thanks!
scafool5 years ago
What year is this one? It looks very good.
KentsOkay (author)  scafool5 years ago
2002
It is much newer than I expected, but it still looks very much like the 1950s version of it did. Great little project.
KentsOkay (author)  scafool5 years ago
Thanks!
skunkbait5 years ago
That bike looks a lot more sturdy than I expected. I was afraid the late ones were little more than $100 pocketbikes on a bicycle frame. It looks like if you maintain it properly it'll really last.
KentsOkay (author)  skunkbait5 years ago
Aye, I'm very please with it so far. Could have a tad bit more acceleration...
That's the nature of those. When you've only got one gear, you have to choose between top end and acceleration. There's some stuff you could do... but it looks like it's in good shape. Don't mess with stuff till you start having problems.
KentsOkay (author)  skunkbait5 years ago
Shall do sir! On the paint - Should I take the tank to a body shop, or spray it meself?
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