1981 Honda PA50II (Camino/Hobbit) - Worth fixing?

Got an 81 Honda PA50II. Missing a battery and some trim from what I can tell.

Worth putting any effort into this to get it running?

Re: 1981 Honda PA50II (Camino/Hobbit) - Worth fixing?

That all depends on your feelings , not ours . ;)

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I'm not married to it ;) I just didn't want to elect to have a meltdown trying to source parts and getting it running or if I should just sell the fucker.

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pics?

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There's a lot that have been 'fixed' , with nice results .

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I'll dig it out and snap some pictures.

I bought a new petcock and some fuel lines and filters for it already. I noticed the battery was cracked in half yesterday when I moved it out of the way in my shed.

It's red :D

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I mean, even a perfectly maintained battery lasts like 3-4 years TOPS, that 40 year old battery is bound to be trash and should come as no surprise

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oh yeah, I figured as much. I don't think it's the original.

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That's in pretty good condition actually! I know someone in LA that has the red floorboards he'd sell too, and Treats sells them repro'd. That shouldn't be too hard to fix up

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Nah . That thing ain't worth fixin' . Heck , it's already got 33 miles on it .

You must be kidding .

Of course , fix it .

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Yeah. Trying to budget a build. It seems pretty complete. The electrical side panel is gone for sure.

Anything else that would be expensive? Figure a battery, some fuel, a spark plug... See if it cranks over. I know the carburetor on this is a pain to get to.

Would it be worth it to get that MLM subframe?

I saw the Treatland 70cc kit with the VM20 carb was like just shy of $300 without the exhaust.

I figure it would probably need bigger rear shocks for my 280+ butt.

I'm mostly worried about transmission/variator problems

Re: 1981 Honda PA50II (Camino/Hobbit) - Worth fixing?

If you just use elbow grease and get running stock again it won't cost much at all. Then you can decide how much you like it and whether you should make an expensive ass project out of it or just sell it

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Yeah. I'll take it slow. Got nothing better to do.

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If you're a big dude a hobbit is perfect for you. Get a Proma and a DR kit, don't bother replacing the carb just upjet it. Notch the variator. ~$240 gets you 50 mph. Hobbits are the shit

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Is it worth doing an intake to get the carburetter out where it can be serviced easier?

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Fallen Amish ~Yoder~ /

I just got one tonight. I tried to start it but the flywheel doesn’t turn. It will turn by hand though, so it’s not locked up

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Downhill Harvey (OFMC) /

> Chapel C Wrote:

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> Is it worth doing an intake to get the carburetter out where it can be

> serviced easier?

If the tank is clean, completely rust free, and have an inline fuel filter, the carb won't need any maintenance.

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And even if it did need attention , once you have it straightened out , you're done with it . Not like you'll have to dig it out once a week ... ;)

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oh, I thought getting the jets set up properly and cleaned out required scissoring out the subframe every time. I figured if I had the intake I'd only need to do that once.

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So, aside from the battery, what spare parts should I order to try and get this running in the smallest amount of shipments possible?

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Emil Kniemel /

I dunno if I'm just lucky but I've had hobbits in way worse condition and all they ever needed was a carb clean and new fuel/oil from an auxillary tank. They both went close to 30mph right away.

Isn't the battery just for the lights/signals and act as a rectifier anyway? If you wanna do the bare minimum to get it running you might not even need that.

Whats the tank condition like? Clean inside? If so, I would just clean the carb and put some gas oil and see if it runs.

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Emil Kniemel /

> Fallen Amish ~Yoder~ Wrote:

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> I just got one tonight. I tried to start it but the flywheel doesn’t

> turn. It will turn by hand though, so it’s not locked up

Probably your starter shoes then. They are housed within the clutch bell. You can try drill starting the flywheel side.

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> Emil Kniemel Wrote:

> Whats the tank condition like? Clean inside? If so, I would just clean

> the carb and put some gas oil and see if it runs.

I had run a camera inside and it seemed clean. It was missing the petcock when I got it and not sure how long it's been gone. My guess is that actually helped it drain any condensation and not get rusty.

I was hoping to at least get a battery, some spare spark plugs and maybe some carburetter parts (or a new carburetter)

The problem is I don't know if anything else is missing. (edited)

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Emil Kniemel /

> Chapel C Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> > Emil Kniemel Wrote:

>

> > Whats the tank condition like? Clean inside? If so, I would just

> clean

>

> > the carb and put some gas oil and see if it runs.

>

> I had run a camera inside and it seemed clean. It was missing the

> petcock when I got it and not sure how long it's been gone. My guess is

> that actually helped it drain any condensation and not get rusty.

>

> I was hoping to at least get a battery, some spare spark plugs and maybe

> some carburetter parts (or a new carburetter)

>

> The problem is I don't know if anything else is missing.

So why not just test it and find out? If there's < 100 miles on it i can't imagine its missing a whole lot. From the pics it looks like its barely missing anything let alone anything that will keep it from running.

Re: 1981 Honda PA50II (Camino/Hobbit) - Worth fixing?

Just based on this thread you seem very very reluctant to start this project lol

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Waiting for the weekend. But it's apparently going to snow on Saturday...

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