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Richie

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« on: 09, January, 2012 - 20:35:11 »
Hi all
I Have just purchased a C5 from Ebay. I used to ride one at Porthmadoc campsite in Wales in the late 80's and always have fond memories. The C5 I have purchased is totally complete and comes with mirrors, manuals, keys and loads of spare parts. I have spoken to the seller who says it has been in his family since 1985. He just says that that it has been in dry storage for many many years but look forward to picking it up next Monday!
Will be on the forum a lot for help to get it back to mint.

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« Reply #1 on: 09, January, 2012 - 20:42:52 »
Welcome to the forum Richie! Hope you enjoy the C5 and it brings you many smiles per mile :D

You'll like the forum and the meets. I'm a newbie myself but the kind & welcoming lot off here made me feel very welcome at the first C5 Alive event I went to. I'm sure your experience will be the same.

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« Reply #2 on: 09, January, 2012 - 21:31:04 »
Cheers buddy.
Cant wait to get the C5 and start working on it.

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« Reply #3 on: 10, January, 2012 - 19:38:49 »
Hi Richie, welcome to the forum we are all here to help. Post some pictures when you get it.

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« Reply #4 on: 10, January, 2012 - 20:20:20 »
Welcome to c5alive mate  8)

If you need any c5 related help this is probably the best place to do it  :D

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« Reply #5 on: 12, January, 2012 - 15:40:10 »
Hi and welcome - have a good look through the forum and you will find lot's of tips and help  - would be great to see you along at one of the events too - any probs don't be afraid to ask - Regards Radiomarty

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« Reply #6 on: 12, January, 2012 - 20:58:43 »
Welcome Rich

Sounds like you got a good'un there - may I ask how much? You'll probably have a few teething troubles if it's been sitting in storage so long but these guys are the people to be able to help if you do :D.

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« Reply #7 on: 13, January, 2012 - 16:17:15 »
It had just gone onto Ebay with £175 starting price and I asked a few questions about it. Totally original and complete.
The seller must have just sat down in front of his computer and replied straight away giving me his phone number so I had a conversation with him. Agreed on £225 and he put on a BIN price as it was his first time selling on Ebay and wanted to do it properly. Whilst I was on the phone to him I purchased it straight away so I knew I would get it.
He says there are no cracks and no damage to it inc manuals, spare parts, keys, mirrors and the pull up reflector.
Pick it up on Sunday!

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« Reply #8 on: 13, January, 2012 - 21:28:46 »
Bargain!

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« Reply #9 on: 14, January, 2012 - 06:00:10 »
Sounds like a good one, dont forget to post some piccies on the forum  ;)

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« Reply #10 on: 14, January, 2012 - 08:30:46 »
Nice one mate, I was watching that one and am glad someone on here has got it.... :D :D :D :D :D

Lance

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« Reply #11 on: 16, January, 2012 - 16:53:39 »
Picked up the C5 last night but can't seem to be able to load any pics on at the mo!
Its totally original with spare keys, no damage just the odd scratch, wing mirrors, 2 manuals, spare belt, spare nylon gears, charger, high level reflectors x 2 and even came with the original battery! Even has the original tyres which I pumped up today and went for a little spin, pedal power style!
As it has the key operated connector that fits to the battery is it best to get a battery terminal converter, then use the battery cover and charge it with the C5 charger?
I have plugged in the charger and no lights appear on it. Do the lights only come on when it is charging and when the charging is complete or should there be some sort of power light?

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« Reply #12 on: 16, January, 2012 - 17:19:40 »
There are some things you might want to sort out on your new purchase over the next few months , certainly before you put it into use  ;

Brake cables - really essential and worth the small cost of replacement for peace of mind.
Drive Belt - if it is the original then the rubber might be perished , could be worth replacing before belt slip
Gearbox - if it hasn't been recently serviced then a good greasing of the cogs is always a good idea.

Not wanting to scare you,  I'm just a firm believer in prevention is better than cure  :)

The original battery charger should show a red light whilst charging and a green light when complete, with a full charge taking about 8hrs. These chargers are very old now and I wouldn't leave one plugged in unattended.

My advice would be to fit one of our wiring kits and keep the original keyswitch in a box . Our kits are really easy to fit and open up the choice of battery you can use, plus you feel good having rewired your c5 all by yourself  ;D. Due to their age, I find the Sinclair keyswitch assembly a little temperamental and unreliable. Since our wiring kit is "plug and play" ,with no permanent alterations, it also means if ever you come to sell it you then have the option of transferring it back to original and selling off the wiring kit. Just a suggestion  ;)

It does sound like you have bagged yourself a real bargain , well done mate  8)
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« Reply #13 on: 16, January, 2012 - 17:27:44 »
Hi there Richie .I live in Ilkeston not far from you if you want any help just ask and if you have time come and see  me some time  with the C5 .....bye Chas

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« Reply #14 on: 16, January, 2012 - 17:39:10 »
The wiring kit is a must - If you put the battery in the wrong way round (or the wrong order I think) apparently you can fry the electrics. The wiring kit protects you from this and has saved my bacon a few times.

Really does sound like a bargain Richie. Will you be coming and showing it off at the A.E.R at Santa Pod event in May?
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