Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

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Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby tadi » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:01 pm

Just purchased as winter project.What do you think about?
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby Tman » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:36 am

Did it come free with the scaffold plank.... monkey
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby Welsh Wizard » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:56 am

interesting project, :153
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby tadi » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:55 pm

Tman wrote:Did it come free with the scaffold plank.... monkey


Nope plank was not included :wink:
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby tadi » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:57 pm

What you recommend to free engine? If any one done this before.
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby Paul in NZ » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:47 pm

I think its awesome.... Too easy to think everyone rode around on big twins and stuff but there was a ton of lightweights made. Usually with some really interesting engineering..
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby tadi » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:14 pm

I really like it.This fuel tank in frame is awesome.
Will inform what is going on with restoration.
First i need to free blocked engine.Next sand blasting ,re chroming,painting.And between all of this will get more grey hairs.
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby Tman » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:05 am

Paul in NZ wrote:I think its awesome.... Too easy to think everyone rode around on big twins and stuff but there was a ton of lightweights made. Usually with some really interesting engineering..



I suppose it depends on where you're likely to ride and how you intend to use it. It seems that the price/value of low capacity pre-war bikes, belt drivers,old mopeds, etc is falling as they can only be used for a gentle meander around the back lanes or on an organised run, and that doesn't suit everyone.
Two years ago I did a mild resto on a 1936 250 Froggie bike called a Monet-Goyon, and it was painful in anything like normal traffic and hills would have it down to 15 MPH. Not a problem, apart from the queue of cars waiting to get past, so now I make it a personal rule that it's nothing under 350 from now on.

Then again if the OP carries out the work he intends to, he'll have spent 10 X what the end result will be worth, so he may as well put that investment into something which (hopefully!) he'll enjoy riding when finished. Ever notice how many Bantams are offered for sale described as "total restoration just finished, but it's too small for me now"?

Personally I'd give that little Follis as little financial input as I could, just get it running, and see if it was fun to ride and then decide from there.

Is it still in France? Seems they were rare there, let alone in the UK. Still £145 ain't too much.... u k fl ag
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby tadi » Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:52 pm

Yes Follis is stil in France.Will be delivered with my second bike 1938 Prester Jonghi on end of this week.
Everything i can do myself even electroplating of some small parts and sandblasting,painting.So not to much money to spend
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Re: Follis 100cc 1951 restoration project

Postby Paul in NZ » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:02 pm

Yeah but I live in a little seaside place popular with failed musicians, retired circus freaks, assorted starving artists, alternative educators and Llama botherers... I have recently sold my hotted up AC50 Maverick which was a hell of a weapon for tearing around our quiet streets and filling the local cafe with exhaust fumes.. Something like the Follis appeals to my mentally deranged personality and I think it would be ideal to replace the AC50 albeit a slightly more elderly and gentle version... Tock tock tocking down to the local shops on such a device rather appeals...
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