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Does my '67 Tote Gote qualify as a vintage machine?

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Old 04-23-2019, 05:14 PM
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I wanted a "real" Tote Gote for years and finally found one, a 1967 model 680. It still has it's original 5HP Briggs engine. The 680 has a worm gear final drive, no chain. I plan a full frame up restoration on it. I have already bought the correct grips for the handle bars and ordered the correct square rubber pads for the foot pegs. The seat has had a rather crappy recovery job done on it sometime in the past and that will be redone soon. I got another rolling frame with the Gote that the seller thought was a smaller Gote but it isn't. I believe it is either a Heathkit Boonie Bike or a Heald VT-1. The Gote is missing the side panels but my local sheet metal guy can reproduce them for me, no problem. I got a spare, new rear tire and belt with it.


 
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:54 AM
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looks like a fun time ! I did didn't know they made them that old wow. i haven't been on this form long but if a 70's model car is considered vintage now i would say a 67 would be vintage.
 
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:57 AM
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Production began in '58 or '59, I believe, in Provo Utah USA, and ran until the early seventies. There were several model variations during the production run. I would like to collect at least one of each model!
 
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Old 04-25-2019, 08:20 AM
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I think I have decided to forget about my fourwheeler projects and concentrate on finishing the restoration of my Tote Gote. I have too many things going on.
 
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Old 04-25-2019, 10:38 AM
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I think I have decided to forget about my fourwheeler projects and concentrate on finishing the restoration of my Tote Gote. I have too many things going on.
yeah i know that's right i have tones of stuff i need to get done as well but that's really cool how they made them back in the 50's
 
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Old 04-25-2019, 02:47 PM
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I rode my Gote today for the first time. What a thrill. I will offer a word of advice though, don't test ride without the seat! Turns out the spark-plug is right where your "private parts" will be if you are around 6' tall, like I am. It is a surprise to get zapped there!
I had a shirt made recently...
 
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:37 AM
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I tried my Gote on a hill on my property and was disappointed to find that it would not climb the hill. Unheard of for a Tote Gote! The problem was belt slippage though. After I clean the glazed belt, or put on the new one that came with the bike when I got it, and polish the rusty pulley halves to a mirror like shine I'm sure it will climb the hill with no problem. I weigh 212 lbs and the Gote should haul me anywhere I have the nerve to go judging from past experience.
I will be recreating the missing center stand for it over the next few days as it is pretty inconvenient not having a stand. It's not always easy to find something to lean it on. I've studied all the pics I can find and I think I can make one that will look, and work like the original.
 
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:37 PM
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Owning 5 Gotes,,, no two the same,,, I also had that 'other frame'.
I welded a 12tooth sprocket onto a junk-yard golf-cart motor, then welded the motor onto the frame.
Two old boat batteries make 24volts, a Ford solenoid (with push-button), a away-you-go ! Quietly.
Top speed ? The farther you go, the faster it goes.... maybe 20mph. Overnite slow-charge will last 4hrs.
Your weight ? Doesn't matter. Think Sherman Tank !
Cost ? Motor $15 Solenoid $15 Old battery cables, chain, wooden battery box, all from salvage.
Enjoy !

Oh - I forgot---------- is that shirt Shocking Pink
 
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