Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's a Slughi!

I haven't had much time recently to work on my Isetta or other vehicle projects, but that hasn't stopped me from finding another bike. I recently acquired this 1964 Parilla Slughi. This is the 99cc 4-stroke version. The bike looks pretty nice in these photos, but it's a classic 10 footer. Looks good from 10 feet away, but the closer you get, the more you see wrong. The body paint wouldn't have been bad except for overspray in areas and all the hardware was painted over. Rather than re-chrome or clean metal, many parts were just spray painted silver. It's also missing a few items such as proper fuel petcock, speedometer, taillight, horn, and horn switch. The brakes are not working so I need to figure out whats going on with them.  I'm sure there are probably several other things that are going to need some mechanical TLC. It also needs some other things such as new tires, sprockets, and chain before it's rode worthy. If anybody reading this has post has Slughi parts, I'd love to hear from you.

My wife is convinced I need a Mahha GoGoGo (Speed Racer) outfit to go with this bike. Hmmm.... I don't know, maybe on Halloween or special occasions. 

A few photos with the side panels removed showing the engine. Note the cylinder and head that were spray painted silver over the original engine grime. An inline fuel petcock was added because of missing original petcock. Another thing not real visible in these photos is the engine chain guard is missing and chain has almost wore through the case above the gearshift lever. I had hoped this bike was going to be in good enough condition to ride and enjoy this summer, but now after getting the bike, I think I'm just going to completely disassemble it and give it a proper restoration.