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This is a 66 year old scooter--it has some age spots but the motor and trans are strong. Check out

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May 18, 2014
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US $3,400.00
Approximately C $4,137.80(including shipping)
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Peotone, Illinois, United States
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: This is a 66 year old scooter--it has some age spots but the motor and trans are strong. Check out the video on my I-phone and hear it run.
Make: Cushman Engine Size: 49cc?????
Model Year: 1948 Fuel Type: Gas

I bought this scooter this past winter and returned it from Florida where the owner lived.   He told me his story about this scooter and I will pass it on.

This gentleman lived in Iowa as a child and had this scooter at a young age (he didn't remember at what age he got it) but when he became old enough for a driver's license and got a car he stored this scooter in his basement until he retired and moved to Florida.   He shipped the scooter and all of his belongings.   During the move the handlebar on the left side got bent and he had it welded (whoever welded it didn't get it exactly straight).   He rode it in his subdivision in Florida occasionally.   When I bought it from him he was 78 years old and was selling it because of his failing health and his legs were giving out.   He took it for one last ride and I loaded it into my rented trailer and brought it back to Illinois.   I wanted a professional to look it over and I really had a hard time finding someone that knew their way around a scooter this old.  I found a guy that rode Cushmans as a kid and was now in his 70's and while he's looking to retire has made repairing Cushman's his career.   If you're interested I'd like for you to call him and ask his opinion about this scooter--I've already asked him if it would be okay and he has agreed---this is a gentleman that knows Cushmans inside out and is an uninterested third party.   His name is Ed Miller and owns "Ed's Cushman repair" in Dalton City, Ill 217-874-2771.   He's also a Dennis Carpenter representative and I bought from him a new handlebar and white grips--I havn't found a welder to weld them on yet but the new handlebar and grips go with the scooter along with a can of chain lubricant.

I'm looking to sell it for what I payed for it and pretty much for the same reason as the person I bought it from.  I'm 72 years old and while I enjoy riding it I'm starting to feel the risk if I was to fall or hit something.   I find that my reflexes aren't what they once were and don't feel as secure as I once did riding a two wheeler--I think maybe there's a golf cart in my future? 

I've had some videos taken of me riding the scooter and they are on my I-phone.   Since it's a video you can hear the motor run and see me take it for a short ride around my cul-de-sac.  If you text me on a smart phone I can send you a video of me riding the scooter.   My cell number is 708-560-3699.   If you have questions feel free to ask and I will try to answer them.

Shipping---no---I rented a closed Uhaul trailer to bring it up from Florida and when I found Ed to work on it I rented a motorcycle trailer from Uhaul for $15 a day.   If I were going to have to take it anywhere again I would go back to Uhaul.  This is just some free advise.  If you choose to ship by commercial shipper I will cooperate once I know the item is payed for.   You can deal with the shipping company--they will inspect and sign as receiving the scooter undamaged.  I'd expect a $500 deposit by Paypal and the rest by either cash or cashier's check or something that isn't going to bounce.   Peotone is around 30 or 40 miles south of Chicago along I-57.

I have a clear Illinois title so if you purchase scooter it will come with a clean title.

Happy Bidding.

Ebay decided that this scooter was listed in the wrong category (I listed it under a category they suggested which was Collectibles-Transportation-Scooters and they pulled the ad and told me not-so-nicely that I had picked the wrong category. They pulled my prior ad and made me relist it after there were a bunch of lookers---sorry if you had it locked in and lost it but here it is again.  I'm dropping the start price by $100 because the centrifical clutch has begun making a whistling sound and I have talked to Ed about it.  He says there are two brass cylindrical washers which are worn and while they don't affect the operation of the scooter the sound is annoying.  He said the fix is $100 and that includes the two brass washers and approx. two hours labor.  They look like 2 pieces of 1/2 inch copper pipe and are readily available through Dennis Carpenter.  If you're handy they are easily replaced and the parts are available.   Ed said that 90% of the Cushmans surviving have this problem so it's not unusual.

When I titled the scooter with the state they wanted to know how many cc the motor was.   Sixty six years ago nobody ever heard of cc's so I guessed that it was under 50cc.  It's rated as a 4 hp engine.

Ed tells me that some of these scooters were made as direct drive without a transmission---this is just to clarify this has a 2 speed transmission and you can start in low and shift to high or it has plenty of power to just leave it in high gear.   It's clutched by the centrifical clutch so if you want to think of it as an automatic transmission I guess that's the way I drive it---I put it in high and leave it alone or else I put it in low and top speed is around 20mph---high gear will get you to around 40mph although there's no speedometer to know for sure.         

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