It ain't pretty, and there's a lot of work to do, but what an awesome project if I can pull it off!
From what I can gather, it hasn't been run for the last fifteen odd years, and spent around ten of those sat by a pool, three sat on this fence post, with scarecrow aboard, and the last two lying on the ground after it fell off the fence post!
I was in two minds about taking it, but it's a Bombardier Can-am T'n'T 175 and, being as I've owned a few 250's, couldn't miss the chance of taking on another. Besides, I hate to see anything rotting away. That's the boot of Doug the dummy and yes, it looked like a dead body!
So Angus, the present owner, fetched the Bobcat and lifted her over the fence so we could have a proper look and I became the proud owner of yet another Bombardier. For the princely sum of a bottle of Scotch. Does it get any better than that?
So what can I tell you about it? This particular bike was made in 1975 by Bombardier. Known for making planes, trains, snowmobiles etc., their off-road motorcycles were called Can-am's. This is a T'n'T 175 (short for track and trail). Powered by a Rotax 2-stroke, disc valve engine with the obvious capacity of 175 cc.
There's a lot missing and a lot that may need to be thrown away. Is it worth restoring? Probably not, but restoration shouldn't be about the money - more the enjoyment of problem solving and the pride you get with the finished article. I wanted to showcase a restoration - showing what could be achieved and, although this could be pushing the boundaries somewhat, will try to do a good job. Wish me luck.
The clean-up operation will commence soon! (I promise.)