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    New toy!

    Bought this last year as a complete basket case minus engine. Spent the cold Wisconsin winter restoring her to better then new. This was a one year only bike from Rupp and is considered "The holy grail" of the Rupp bikes.

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    Brigs & Stratton with a cv clutch, correct? Very nice! And with that carb & pipe must go good.

    I used to have a minibike as a kid with a B&S engine. Took the governor off & then it would throw the rod... I did not understand the relationship of rpm's and exploding engines as a youngster, but after doing that a few times it was finally explained to me... m.
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    Nice restoration job! Are you going to keep it or sell it?
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    It's a Tecumseh, not briggs. Rupp only used the Tecumseh engines. And I'll never sell it. It is in my family room at the moment, just waiting for spring!!
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    My first new 2 wheeled motor bike was a Montgomery Ward mini bike, loan financed by Mom and Dad. $154.99. Took forever to pay it off. Lots of fond memories exploring the fields and the Town water works across the road from the house. All that on 3hp. Bad brakes and under powered. Sound familiar?
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    I had a similar minibike. My dad clocked it at 30mph on his motorcycle. It was fun. Great brake on the back (ha ha). I think it rubbed the tire to slow you down if I recall correctly.

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    Wow....Great job! Hard to believe that bike was ever a basket case! Looks like it just rolled off the factory production line!!
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    I started out 46 years ago on a minibike. My Dad bought me a used and well beaten 1969 Rupp Roadster. I learned many a valuable skill wrenching on that thing as a kid. Skills I still use today. My older Cousin bought one of these brand new in the spring of 1971. He was the coolest kid around on that thing. I never forgot that bike in all my years. At the age of 55 I happened across what was left of one on Craigslist and I had to have it. Spent way to much restoring it.
    But you know what... it was all worth it, every penny. Every time I sit on it, I'm that 9 year old kid back in 1971 all over again.
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    What a beautiful labor or of love. Congrats.
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    Started on a Honda 50 at age 4. At 5 dad modified and lowered the seat so I could touch the ground and I got my own. That was almost 50 years ago.
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