Puch Maxi - N
Restoring/Customizing a Puch Maxi type N - I did a lot of welding and added a VDM Kickstarter kit.
It started with this frame I had bought.
It was in a bit of a sorry state, and I demed the fuel tank unusable.
It did not come with the rear fender, so I also bought a donor Puch Maxi S. There is a abundance of Maxi S type Puchs. The N type, is however, more desireable
This is the "donor Puch" I was planning on using most of the parts and the fuel tank, however, the fuel tank is part of the frame. I had seen on Moped army
how the frame is constructed
This is the end goal I had invisioned, I will have to do some consessions, I have some really good tyres, so the white walls will have to wait. Also I will be fitting a E-50 engine with kickstart. Instead of the 2-speed on this inspirational Maxi.
I started by building a welding jig to keep the frame aligned whilst welding on it.
The frame was built from an old piece of hollow section and some pipe to line up the steering tube.
At the rear I made another bracket. I was planning on taking this measurement from the maxi-s. However because of the suspension, that frame is slightly longer.
Another mount that attaches to the engine bolts.
The two frames side by side.
These conical bushes helped to align the angle of the front forks
Marked for cutting, using masking tape.
Here you can see that the fueltank actually extends into the frame quite a bit. Just as I had seen on Moped army
The donor front-end offered up for welding
Clamped in place
here you can see the frame after welding.
With some primer, it is all protected, the edge near the weld is actually from old layers of paint. (the rear frame had quit the build-up.
Me grinding and making the old moped beautiful again.
Done after all that welding
Welded in a new tube for the pedals, got the measurement wrong after checking.. should be 22mm (I welded in a 20mm tube) I also fabricated some nylon bushes for the M12 threaded rod that holds the BMX pegs
Attached a new threaded insert for mounting the fender
Test fitting the engine
That nice VDM Puch parts kickstart converstion
just bolted on! Very cool kit, although it does not come with all the bolts.
BMX peg fitted
I think I have everything welded. This is the end-result of part one of this build. Now I will be dry-fitting the parts to make sure everything is correct. Then paint, but what colour will I pick!
Watch this website for part 2 of this Maxi-N build