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Old 31-05-06, 09:35 PM   #1
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In a fit of nostalgia I bought a 1974 Puch Maxi moped on ebay. 200, 3000 miles from new, wonderful condition.....I know it's pathetic but it was the first bike I ever owned (except in 1974 it cost me 125 brand new including insurance and a helmet!)

Anyway as it hasn't run on the road since 1988 what would be your collective opinion on using unleaded fuel.would it be safe enough to assume that it was converted? I seem to recall that it was a modification to timing that was necessary at the time?

Took it for a quick buzz tonight (literally!!).brilliant!! Clouds of blue smoke 'til it warmed up but a weird feeling perched upright in the breeze!!

14 a year fully comp, class 1 business use and 15 road tax and 170 mpg.......cheap fun or what!!
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Old 31-05-06, 09:45 PM   #2
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It's a two stroke is it not?

In which case it shouldn't matter whether the fuel has lead in it or not, I seem to remember that the Puch didn't require four star anyway, so the fact that modern unleaded is slightly lower octane than four star was won't matter.

Post some pics up, I remember a number of Maxis from years past.
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Old 31-05-06, 09:47 PM   #3
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14 fully comp? Cheap fun indeed. Enjoy!
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Old 31-05-06, 09:52 PM   #4
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Thought you just put a little two stroke oil in the fuel tank and shake the bike from left to right a bit... as there are no valves for the fuel to lub, just two stroke reads and ports...

As I seam to remember....
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Like Sid says.

When you said "vintage" I thought you meant really vintage

I did a similar thing once, nostalgia isn't what it used to be. When a sprog I was given a New Hudson Autocycle as a field bike. When I saw one advertised about 20yrs ago I decided to buy it, like yours it was totally original and complete, right down to 1954 tyres!

Sad thing about it was that it was a complete dog when it was new, and hadn't improved with age. Truly awful thing, not a single redeeming feature. Damn those rose tinted retro-spectacles.

Still, sold it at a good profit!
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Old 31-05-06, 09:53 PM   #6
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Hey, I used to have a Puch Maxi!


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Old 31-05-06, 10:16 PM   #7
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Strokers run better on unleaded then they do on proper fuel - I have no idea why, but I run my James on unleaded mix. I use 45:1 Sthil two stroke oil which is meant to be used at 50:1, but it's doing very well on it!
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OK I know it is not a Puch, but when I was having the SV MOTed 3 weeks ago I had a look round the workshop, whilst most of the stuff in there was old British there was a fizzy for sale in the corner. I put my glasses on to look at the price tag as I couldn't believe it, and it didn't change 3,500. Yes 3,500 for a bloody fizzy.

Talked with Brian who owns the garage and he agreed it was a stupid price. But also said some nutter will pay it. Whilst I wouldn't mind a bit of nostagia and get the first moped I rode I ain't paying that.
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Anyway as it hasn't run on the road since 1988 what would be your collective opinion on using unleaded fuel.would it be safe enough to assume that it was converted? I seem to recall that it was a modification to timing that was necessary at the time?
IIRC the one I had use of when I was a kid (just messing around on scrubland) used to run on Wood Preserver when I couldn't find any petrol in the garden shed !!

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. . . Yes 3,500 for a bloody fizzy
We have a dealer round these parts who has been after the Fizzy that he owned as a kid for the last 4 years (it's been totally rebuilt to original spec & looks as anything) - his last offer was 5000 - but the owner won't sell !!
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