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For Sale - Complete Sinclair C5 / C5 open to reasonable offers
« Last post by Paul Langton-Rogers on 25, April, 2016 - 18:30:08 »
Hi all,

Here is the C5 itself...















I purchased the C5 off the original owner from new, who is now an elderly gentleman. The C5 has been in dry-storage for over a decade but as you can see, is in need of some TLC and restoration to tidy it up and get it back running again. There's no battery included, however the motor and electrics I have been told should be in good working order still, and it has the indicator lights on both sides.

The C5 is in Scotland (Edinburgh) if you cannot collect, I can help arrange delivery either using a man-and-a-van service or a pallet to curb side, cost of delivery probably will be about £50-£60 maybe a bit less if you're up North or easy to get to on along a regular route.


Photos album link:

http://imgur.com/a/d5dmL
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C5 Support / Re: New Owners Quick Start Guide
« Last post by Paul Langton-Rogers on 25, April, 2016 - 18:15:58 »


What do you do about rust on the chassis?

I assume it's best to try to remove this and treat the metal with some anti-rust paint, rather than just leave it and let it get worse?

I assume a complete strip-down is the best way to go when treating the chassis for rust, may as well do the whole thing, rather than just the rust exposed area?

Paul
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Thank you Chas for your reply. Your strip-down video is tremendously helpful and I've bookmarked it for future reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiSv35zsUtc

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C5 Support / Re: I seperated body shell... Oops!
« Last post by Paul Langton-Rogers on 25, April, 2016 - 18:10:50 »
i am allmost sure it can be fifex  :) , back in the eighties when i was still windsurfing the board were made of the same material.
and believe me i have had to fix my board more thene once.
i used a "glue"gun with special sticks. maybe a local surfshop (old school) can help you

Sounds like a good approach! Could try an adhesive approach first would be neater, and if that doesn't prove strong enough, perhaps try some brackets and bolt+nuts approach in discrete places where it won't show. Surely can't be that difficult to fix the two halves together!?

If it were me, because I live right ontop of a large industrial estate with 1,000s of small businesses specializing in all kinds of fields, I'd probably source out a plastic welding company and have it done professionally. I doubt they would charge much.







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C5 Support / Re: I seperated body shell... Oops!
« Last post by Ton C5 on 25, April, 2016 - 16:07:57 »
i am allmost sure it can be fifex  :) , back in the eighties when i was still windsurfing the board were made of the same material.
and believe me i have had to fix my board more thene once.
i used a "glue"gun with special sticks. maybe a local surfshop (old school) can help you
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Hi check out my videos on YouTube

JORDAN8ISH

BYE Chas
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I discovered these American recumbent tricycles selling on eBay (£276 new in Germany + £8 delivery!)

The size (length and width) looks nearly ideal for the C5 and its adjustable with rear suspension I think. Maybe this could be a replacement chassis and since it has better rear wheel assembly, it might make for an interesting upgrade mod if someone wanted to do a rear hub drive C5 and have a better seat?

Not sure about the steering though!!

MOBO Triton Recumbent Tricycle








eBay Seller page:

http://tinyurl.com/zjmzeld
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C5 Support / Re: I seperated body shell... Oops!
« Last post by Paul Langton-Rogers on 24, April, 2016 - 14:02:54 »
I had that feeling half way through that I was doing something bad, but I had already committed so I finished.  Not sure what to do here.    Currently I have larger problems with the C5 that need attention first.  Finding another body shell state-side would be difficult, and I don't want to see one ruined.  I will update this when I try something later.

This is an old thread/question, but there is presently (or at least was until last week) a C5 shell for sale on eBay in UK going for £59.99. You could buy that but the shipping to US would be terribly expensive I imagine.

Re-sealing the two parts of the body shell together should not be difficult really and there's probably many ways you could do this, from very strong specialist plastic adhesives, to perhaps taking a rivet or screw bolt approach?
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C5 Support / Handlebar question
« Last post by Paul Langton-Rogers on 24, April, 2016 - 13:59:15 »

Is it possible to either move the C5's handlebar further forward, or replace it entirely with something more resembling a conventional bicycle steering column and handlebar? Looking at the chassis and the front fork, it looks in theory possible, but I'm not sure whether this would work in practice?

I have yet to ride a C5, but it seems to me a terrible design decision to put the handlebar where it is beneath the knees, it's fine for youths and people short in height, but for adults and tall men particularly, it looks like a very cramped riding position with your legs permanently bent and knees sticking up! I imagine it's ok for riding short distances, but I wouldn't want to ride 6 miles let alone 20 miles with my knees bent up in that position!

Any comments on this? Maybe it's just my perception and it's not so bad?
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C5 Support / Front wheel question
« Last post by Paul Langton-Rogers on 24, April, 2016 - 13:55:12 »


Is it possible to fit a 16" wheel to the front instead of 12" or would this cause problems with the balance and steering of the C5?
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