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Offline aceofhearts

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New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« on: 03, October, 2014 - 17:21:19 »
Hi everyone,

Very excited new C5 owner here from Bedfordshire. I have recently bought a cheap project C5 and am wondering which direction to take it in.   There are a lot of parts missing (all of the electrics apart from 2 x Pods and a motor) and the motor seems to have been modified onto a different bracket on the rear of the chassis. The rear brake seems to work and it has come with a lot of good (rare) spares, but the lack of wiring and modifications worry me.

I am not sure whether it is best to continue with this one, which will need a new motor, modifications undoing, an entire wiring loom and control box (not sure where to get these from or how much they cost) or to break this one for spares which I am sure will make me a bit of money to put towards a better one.

Main thing though is to give it a good clean up, some new inner tubes which will make it ready to peddle :)

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #1 on: 03, October, 2014 - 18:47:12 »
Welcome to the crazy world of being a C5 owner.
I am also from (central) bedfordshire. I dont know as much as others on this site, but I will help where I can.
Martin :)

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #2 on: 03, October, 2014 - 19:14:38 »
Thanks Martin,

Where are you in Bedfordshire? I am in Biggleswade, would be good to have a look round some other C5's and find out what i am missing :)

I will give it a good clean up and get some photos on here this weekend

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #3 on: 03, October, 2014 - 22:04:20 »
Ah :D biggleswade used to live there. Now in flitwick, but over you way quite abit for work. Will have to work something out.
Looking forward to seeing your photos.

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #4 on: 05, October, 2014 - 09:32:02 »
Let me know when you are going to be in the area and you will have to pop in :)

In other C5 news I got some inner tubes from Halfords, fitted them, and went for my first ride (cycle).

Really good fun, but the C5 still looks a heap as I haven't really cleaned it yet (a quick go over with a bucket and sponge). My neighbour looked at me as if i was a nutter.

I had a look online last night and due to the rarity of the Sinclair wiring and electronics, i think i might fit a front hub mounted motor and controller or something like this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171269213635?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Does anybody know what sort of speed and range I can expect with a 24V 250w hub motor?

Here is a picture from today and from when I first got it home:







Spare set of wheels with perfect Sinclair tyres. Still soft and no cracking!





Brand new original rear wheel centres still in the packet!









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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #5 on: 06, October, 2014 - 17:39:02 »
Started the clean up today:



How do they secure to the wheels? :D
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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #6 on: 06, October, 2014 - 20:13:35 »
Hi
I am sure chas wont mind me saying that you need to look at his posts on you tube search cor sinclair c5 or look under Jordan8ish. The C5 stripdown is particularly helpful.
Martin

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #7 on: 07, October, 2014 - 08:34:16 »
Hi if you need any help just ask
Bye Chas (YouTube C5 videos look under JORDAN8ISH)

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #8 on: 11, October, 2014 - 09:33:16 »
Ah, see you found this place   :D

The others on here know far more than I do but I look forward to seeing how you get on with it.

Good luck!

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #9 on: 13, October, 2014 - 00:00:59 »
Cheers guys,

First real question is what to do with the motor. I found out that the one bolted onto the home made bracket it actually the standard motor, but the gearbox has been removed, the white 'fingers' sawn off by the looks of it and a v-belt pulley put on the end. There is also a fan bolted to the back which I don't think is original.

Also it looks like the belt pulley on the rear wheel has been sheared off so i will need a new one of those, and the motor clamp has been snapped in two as well. Anyone got a whole rear axle for sale? lol

I will put up some pictures tomorrow of what is going on with it. Looks like most will need to be ripped out and quite a few new bits bought.

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« Reply #10 on: 04, November, 2014 - 14:22:42 »
Hi Guys, got a question for you all :)

I have got the final bits ordered up to assemble the drive side, but i cannot see how the plastic drive gear sends drive to the axle (as it has a bearing in the centre of it?

The only other thing i can imagine is that it drives the wheel directly but i cannot see how it connects to the wheel?

Can anyone help? The wheel has a metal plate on it that buts up to the drive cog

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« Reply #11 on: 04, November, 2014 - 15:21:54 »
Hi there give me your number through a PM and I will ring you ASAP
Bye chas

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #12 on: 04, November, 2014 - 16:39:31 »
Hi here is a few photos as it should be

https://flic.kr/p/oZtPUj


https://flic.kr/p/oZtQZL
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« Reply #13 on: 04, November, 2014 - 17:08:44 »
Hi Chas,

That looks like what i have apart from I am missing the thin washer between the motor holder and the drive gear.

So what stops the drive gear from spinning on the sleeve, is it clamped by the wheel?

I will send my number now if it is easier over the phone

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Re: New C5 owner - Lots of questions
« Reply #14 on: 04, November, 2014 - 17:41:38 »
Hi the bearing inside the large drive cog is a one way bearing if you put the sleeve in and turn it will only go one way freely and the other way it locks to turn the bearing
Regarding the washers you must have them if not the large cog could go to far on to the motor support and wear out and on the other side of the larg cog there must be 1or 2 washers if not the alloy plate on the wheel could move and come off and grind off the the pins on the wheel making it useless
Bye Chas