1956 Zundapp Combinette (pics)

Ok first of all, its not mine so i cant take credit for owning such a beautiful machine. I do moped repair as a little hobby/side business that makes me some extra cash. The owner of this Zundapp saw my ad and called me up.. now im getting this old girl back on the road!

She's in pretty rough aesthetic condition... obviously spent some time next to a tablesaw in her lifetime cause shes covered in sawdust. Theres a nice layer of rust and dust all over pretty much everything, and the paint is faded but i think overall it looks awesome. Makes it look like something out of Indiana Jones.

Its all original, except maybe the seat has been replaced. Here's the kicker... it starts, and runs! All thats wrong with it is it needs a new condenser... i can run it for 5 minutes then it just cuts out, no spark. That, and the wiring is all worn to hell. The insulation practically disintigrates when it touch it, so ill have to replace the wires one by one w/o a schematic.

It starts up super easy... it has a clutch like a motorcycle so you do the opposite of most peds.. you hold the lever _in_, pedal, and then let it out to start. Haha then when you come to stop signs, you have to pull the clutch in to idle. And to get off a stop, you need to slowly let out the clutch while giving it gas. Just like a one speed motorcycle.

Im in love with it... i dont wanna let her go!

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messed up that last one

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Cool bike!

Yep, my Allstate has a clutch like that too, but it has a Neutral and a second gear that you twist the whole clutch grip with, and pop it into each gear, as the clutch is pulled in.

What kinda brakes does it have?

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So cool! Buy it from the owner!

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Beautiful! So jealous.

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Great looking bike with a nice patina.

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it has a front hand brake that is essentially useless because of age, and it _had_ a rear pedal brake that worked fairly well. I dont know what happened to it though.. the guy started it for me and i rode around while he was here and the brake worked fine.. pedal backwards and you stopped. Something gave way though, and now pedaling backwards does nothing. I figured itd be a simple fix, but i cant even see what the brake mechanism is supposed to be.

if you look its just a basic wheel setup. theres a pedal and drive chain, a pedal side tensioner, the freewheel, the drive sprocket... and thats it. no brake drum or anything, no brake linkages that would come from the pedal shaft, no visible mechanisms that would actually make the thing stop. haha so i dont know what im supposed to be fixing quite yet. any ideas deezy? the only rear footbrake im familiar with is Sachs, and that is apparently nothing like this.

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oh yea figured id mention too it has both side covers and flywheel cover that match the rest of the bike in terms of its patina as saab put it. i didnt put em on for the pic cause im lazy and i was working on it, but man it looks great with em on.

i just got done riding.. it does like 20mph and its 4 stroking, so i'd call that pretty damn good!

anyone got any info on these? manuals, schematics? Thatd be nice.

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I bet it's a coaster brake just like an old kid's bike from the 60's and 70's.

My allstates brake by pedalling backwards too, but that pulls a cable for regular drum brakes.

That one is probably inside the axle area and is activated by the chain. There should be some sorta stopper thing that sticks out and bolts up to the frame like those old coaster brakes did. Just a guess though.

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wow, what a relic

"i wonder if this guy could help ya":http://www.sunpoint.net/~puoskaripekka/zundapp.htm

good luck, man

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Are they sachs hubs on those wheels?

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yep I think I see the holder for the brake is in that first pic, on the left side, strapped to the frame.

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wow! that link will really help, thanks dude!

yea.. saabs maybe the front hub would match up with a sachs, but the rear wheel doesnt even have a hub. its just an axle. haha thats why im so confused. i mentioned sachs just because thats the only "pedal backwards" brake im familiar with.

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hmm maybe ill snap some better pics of the wheel and pedal assy so i can give you guys a better idea.

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No I mean Sachs actually made bicycle and moped parts like as drum brakes and such. These were used on all sorts of different brand machines.

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im going to have to come up and steal that

nice bike

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OMG that thing is freaking awesome!!!!!!Hope the guy takes good care of it,Im sure getting parts for it would be a bitch.

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wow....that thing is so beautiful.

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oooooh no shit saabs... my bad. i didnt know sachs made brake hubs. ill check, it could be sachs. thatd be nice, probably make changing the brake pads easier.

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Steve, back-pedal (coaster) brakes are just deceptively tiny drum brakes actuated with a threaded barrel mechanism instead of a cam; to me, the actuating mechanism looks and feels a lot like the guts of an impact wrench.

Sheldon Brown is probably the best resource on coaster-brake hubs for both identification and repair:

"link":http://www.sheldonbrown.com/coaster-brakes.html

I am now off to be further distracted by that awesome Zundapp site.

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