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1968 Phoenix Bird Engineering Sprite Mini Bike

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1968 Phoenix Bird Engineering Sprite Mini Bike

Postby GTI » Feb 29th, 2016, 5:14 pm

Steve McCarthy donated this tired old mini bike to me to fix up for my little boy as his first two wheel scoot. It ran when Steve owned it but the carb is missing a spring or two and needs a rebuild. I did a little research on it and figure it to be a Phoenix aka Bird Engineering mini bike built in 1968 and sold as a Sprite model through Sears and JC Penney department stores. Most likely the bike would have been bought here through a Sears store. It retailed for $119 US in 1968.

The bike itself is powered by a small 3.5hp Tecumseh engine. There's a manually operated foot brake. The frame was originally a burnt orange color with white wheels and rear sprocket. It looks to have the original engine and tires. Original hand grips. The seat has been recovered at some point in life and from what I can tell it was painted blue over the original burnt orange and then painted John Deere green with matching yellow wheels and sprocket.

My plan is to get it running again and bring it back to it's formal glory. It needs a new carb, front and rear fenders, a chain guard, paint, tires (not absolutely required but would be nice), new seat cover and for safety sake I'd like to install an engine kill switch.

On to the photos.
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Re: 1968 Phoenix Bird Engineering "The Run About" Mini Bike

Postby GTI » Feb 29th, 2016, 5:18 pm

Started to do some tear down last night. Didn't take long. Had the engine out, forks off, wheels off and seat off in less than an hour. Stripped a bunch of paint in another hour.
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You can see some of the original color here.
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Re: 1968 Phoenix Bird Engineering "The Run About" Mini Bike

Postby T_Dub » Feb 29th, 2016, 5:27 pm

Thats wicked. Look forward to seeing her come together. I'm going to be building a bike here shortly. Just have to get the S4 sorted.
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