Zap! trike restore

Mini Bike & Go-Kart Parts

#1
thank you for the add to the forum, i have been looking for a place like this. i recently purchased a basket case 70's trike called a ZAP! simple solid axle . friction clutch setup. there were so many mfg's of these trikes back then, but info is very hard to find now. anyone heard of them? i am halfway through restoring, just got body back
from paint. i love these things!
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CaptNugget

Active Member
#3
Agreed, goin to look great!
I also have a basket case Zap
I think yours is the only other Zap I’ve seen, don’t see them too often, and if you find any info or ads and such I love to see it
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#4
Agreed, goin to look great!
I also have a basket case Zap
I think yours is the only other Zap I’ve seen, don’t see them too often, and if you find any info or ads and such I love to see it
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Another one! Glad to hear from you. Is that all you have to your machine? I love seeing the original decal, I plan on reproducing that somehow. I only found one This 3B6E05A3-B134-46D5-BA55-E6619793AE5F.jpeg other pic of a project on the internet
 

CaptNugget

Active Member
#5
Yeah unfortunately that’s all I have of it haha. Still couldn’t pass it up, didn’t have that model hahaha. I can get good pics and measurements of the decal when I get back from work this weekend if that’d help you.
And yeah other than yours the yellow one is only other I’ve seen.
 
#6
I just found this forum, it is the only place I've ever found a picture of a Zap. My dad and grandpa bought one new in the early 70's sometime. We enjoyed it for many years until, according to dad, something went wrong with the rear axle bearings and has never been repaired. It has been sitting in our barn for probably 30-35 years. I would love to get it back in working order but I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Does anyone know if this actually a model of Alsport trike or something else? Any suggestions on finding parts? I've been looking at http://rt21trading.com/ but I'm not sure which parts may work and which wouldn't. As far as I know it's a complete unit, it even has a front ski that can be put on in place of the wheel. Everything has just been sitting so long it's wasted away, rusty, ETC. Needs a lot of TLC.
 
#7
I just found this forum, it is the only place I've ever found a picture of a Zap. My dad and grandpa bought one new in the early 70's sometime. We enjoyed it for many years until, according to dad, something went wrong with the rear axle bearings and has never been repaired. It has been sitting in our barn for probably 30-35 years. I would love to get it back in working order but I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Does anyone know if this actually a model of Alsport trike or something else? Any suggestions on finding parts? I've been looking at http://rt21trading.com/ but I'm not sure which parts may work and which wouldn't. As far as I know it's a complete unit, it even has a front ski that can be put on in place of the wheel. Everything has just been sitting so long it's wasted away, rusty, ETC. Needs a lot of TLC.
Post up some pictures. Pics always help and, well, we like pictures! :) The rear axle is very likely the same Peerless 100 as some of the other trike makers used. Capt. Nugget could clarify that. It is also likely things like brakes and tires/wheels are very much universal items.
 
#8
I need to drag it out and knock off decades of dust to get better pictures, but here are a few. Rear axle is removed currently in an attempt to get at the bearings.

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As mentioned, it's been sitting for decades. Lots of rust and dust and rodent droppings. In major need of TLC.

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The ski.

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Has some flavor of Tecumseh motor. Dad recalls it being around 8hp.

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#9
Joovey. you really need to start your own thread, if you are going to post like this, (I should have been more clear). Maybe one of the mods can move your posts to their own thread.

And Yes, that axle looks to be a Peerless.
 
#10
I need to drag it out and knock off decades of dust to get better pictures, but here are a few. Rear axle is removed currently in an attempt to get at the bearings.

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As mentioned, it's been sitting for decades. Lots of rust and dust and rodent droppings. In major need of TLC.

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The ski.

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Has some flavor of Tecumseh motor. Dad recalls it being around 8hp.

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Yours has a differential, very nice!
 

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