1951 Cushman Eagle For
Hello, and thank you for your intrest in my '51 Cushman Barrel Spring Eagle.
This scooter was purcased new in 1951 by my dad's cousin. My dad bought it from him two years
later when he turned 16 years old. Jumping ahead 31 years, in 1984, while I was serving 4 years in
the Marine Corps, my dad and next youngest brother, Jim, went to dig it out of the barn in Steven's
Point, WI, and brought it home to (at the time, was) Random Lake, WI. To veiw the rest of the
detailed history of this scooter, click HERE
Some notes and facts about this
It has a clear Wisconsin title that has never been substituted or replaced.
When I got the scooter from my dad in 1995, the title that came with it was from 1962 (The DMV let me keep it).
During the original restoration of this scooter from 1995 to 1997, I only replaced the piston and rings, but not
the connecting rod. This resulted in shattering the piston in the first half mile of driving. This resulted
in a complete professional rebuild of the motor, including a sleeve to bring it back to its original bore.
I tried to restore the scooter exactly as I could see it in a picture of it from 1953, except for the seat, as
I preferred black instead of white. The mud flaps were duplicated from half of one of the original ones, with
some rubber matting we had sitting around.
Being that it has no speedometer or odometer (which is not legally required because it is restored to
its original condition), I can only estimate the total miles after the restoration and engine rebuild in
1995-1997, to be about 300-400 miles.
Everything that is red on this scooter is not paint, but rather, "plastic coated" (baked on plastic). After
the plastic coating was applied, the correct decals were applied to the tank. Then, a clear coat of
PAINT (NOT CLEAR PLASTIC) was applied to the tank. Not only can you not feel the decals while
sliding your hands over them, but they will never peel. The front and rear fenders were also clear
coated at the same time. Aside from a couple small chips on the tank, near the seat mount, from removing the tank, the scooter is in near flawless, show condition.
In the picture I have from 1953, of my dad and the scooter, it shows a front brake. The front brake was not there when my dad and brother brought it home from Steven's Point, WI, in 1984, and I never replaced it. The rear brake works great.
If you're not used to something this old, keep in mind that it has no signal lights, brake lights, speedometer, odometer, or feul guage. None of this is required because the scooter did not have any of this when new, and it is restored to original condition. The two chrome lights mounted on the luggage rack are not hooked up, but they could be. I only put them there because the scooter has them in the picture from 1953. The headlight (hi and low beam), and tail light work fine.
I will include some neat stuff to help put a display together if you plan to enter this scooter in shows.
Both tires and innertubes were replaced during the restoration, and after 20+ years, they show no
sign of dry rotting, and, of course, have all the tread after only a few hundred miles.
The exhaust is not your typical exhaust system for this model. It's the same exhaust that is on it in the picture from 1953. My dad said he never changed it. We asked my dad's cousin, who bought it new, and he said he remembers it to be what came on it when he bought it. It looks and fits nicely, and sounds great (no baffles) for this size scooter. It really draws a crowd when started up in the middle of a car show.
I will include my collection of "Cushman Club of America" magazines from when I joined in 1995, to present. The first issue I got was the September/October 1995 issue, which, just by chance, was dedicated to the Barrel Spring Eagle. This was an incredible help in restoring it, and will tell you almost everything you could ever want to know about this model (except how many were made, as I don't think production records were ever kept).
If you are interested in purchasing this scooter, or have any questions, you can...
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