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Montgomery Wards 1955 2HP Special, Scooter Restoration


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In a month or so it will be 52 years ago since dad bought this Scooter.

I could probably draw a fairly accurate pic of what house looked like and easily be able to pick it out on a street map.

To start off I thought I would post the only pic of me with it, This photo was taken that spring we purchased it.



We went to pick it up in a 1959 Jeep Panel delivery.

This was in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Yooper Country.

In 1986 I moved from Michigan to Arizona, did not have room to take it with me so left it there. A year or so later I made a trip up there, took the scooter apart and UPS'd it to myself in Arizona.

So its been 30yrs now since I dreamed of restoring it.

Well, Today was the day I started on its restoration. I have been gathering parts for it for last several years.

A few years ago it looked like this.



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Last few years its been stored up in the rafters of shop waiting for its turn.



About a year or so ago the front fender was stolen.

Last fall I sent the rear fender off to a friend in Maryland where he would use it to copy to build another.

This is when it arrived at his shop.



Some of the tools used in making a new one



He started out with a piece of metal then using hammer blows on a old stump.

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Then off to the English wheel for more shaping.



Using the original to get basic shape and tracing the original.



Using the shears for initial trimming



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A bit of shaping with a trailer ball.



Getting there!



More marking outline.


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Tipping dies in use.



A bit of hammer n dolly work.



Checking final shape.

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And the final product.



Here is where I started off today.



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Need help on locating a engine for this scooter.

This scooter is the FHC-14010- 2HP version.

When I left it in Michigan it was complete and running. Upon my return to pick it up the engine, primary clutch etc was missing.

If I have to will use a much more current engine but would prefer the original Continental version.

Yesterday a big portion of the main parts were sandblasted.

Frame, wheels, forks. It got dark so did not get pics.

Just into this a day or so but will post more as it progresses.

That's if enough interest in project.

I had no idea it would be this hard to find parts for this scooter.

A HUGE thank you to Dick Debuse for supplying me with manual and parts list.
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Some of the main pieces now sandblasted.




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Goodday The fender repro job is amazing! I would appreciate seeing the rest of the restoration! Larry
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