By John Capotosto


F YOUR youngster is getting too fast for his foot-powered scooter, motorize it—and then just try to keep him away from it. We attached a small, twocycle engine to a $5 scooter and, in a single afternoon, our son became the most popular kid in the neighborhood. Popular with other kids, that is. Adults don't care that much for the roar. Just a few tools and a minimum of time are required to transform the scooter. For simplicity, we used a righthand friction drive consisting of a threein. rubber-faced driving wheel rubbing against the outer edge of the front tire. This design may raise a few eyebrows in engineering circles, but who cares? It works fine and eliminates the chains, sprockets, belts and pulleys which could prove dangerous where small fry are involved. Controls are simple: a throttle to vary the speed and a switch to cut the ignition. Brakes and kick stand are standard equipment on most scooters, so no additional work is involved here. Almost any small multi-purpose gasoline engine can be used to power the scooter. The mounting shown is for an Ohlsson & Rice 1-hp Compact engine (Model




J-III; price $55.86) with clutch. The Ushape bracket attaches to the body of the engine and the Z-shape bracket mounts on the scooter steering column. A 5/16 " bolt serves as pivot, allowing the engine assembly to swing vertically, with the tension spring assuring contact between driving and driven wheels. Install the brackets and use lock washers with all bolts. A one-pint gasoline tank is mounted on the rear of the steering column and is held in place with two 1/4 " bolts. If the plastic gas line supplied with the tank doesn't reach the carburetor a

longer line may be purchased at any hobby shop. The tank should be in approximate line with the carburetor. The Z-shape bracket holds the engine at an angle which would allow an imaginary line to pass through the engine shaft and the wheel axis. Leads from the toggle switch mounted on the handlebar are connected directly to the low-tension switch on the engine housing. This eliminates the need for stooping over to shut off the engine. If your engine has a high-tension cutout, the task won't be quite this easy. You will have to locate a low-tension wire,

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Z-SHAPE bracket is attached to steering column of the scooter; use lock washers.

WASHER and double nuts are to prevent engine-bracket pivot from working loose.

COMPLETED installation shows position of drive wheel in respect to driven wheel.

CUTOUT switch is installed on handle bar; throttle control is attached to the column.

cut it and attach the leads to the toggle switch. The driving wheel is fashioned from a three-in. pulley ringed with rubber cut from an old V-belt. Cut the belting so it fits with a neat joint, then secure it in the groove of the pulley with contact cement. Save the remainder of the belt for making replacements—before the metal edges of the pully are exposed. Top speed of MI's two-wheel Tornado is a safe 10 mph but this could be in-

creased for older children by using a larger driving wheel. Ohlsson & Rice's Model J-III engine is 5-3/4". high, weighs 3-3/4 lbs. without the tank and will run approximately an hour on a pint of gasoline. The address is Ohlsson & Rice, Inc., 3340 Emery St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90023. One word of caution: this is a backyard, private-property scooter. If you run it on a public street, you'll require registration and a license plate. •


Mechanix Illustrated


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