RESTORING THE PIGEON
GENERAL BASIC INFORMATION
NO N.O.S. PARTS ARE AVALIABLE FOR THE SILVER PIGEON
FOLLOWING ARE SOME BITS OF INFORMATION THAT MAY PROVE HELPFUL,REGARDLESS
YOUR PLANS FOR A RESTORATION OR JUST TO GET IT RUNNING.
More paint information:
All pieces of the engine shroud for models C-73/74/75/76/90 were painted a medium BROWN color. I have used RUST-OLEUM # 7771 (SAND) (spray-can) with good results. It is a GOOD match for the original color. The C-80 engine shroud was GRAY. The Massey Ferguson gray # 11022 is a good match for the original color.
Following is a list of seat construction for the various models:
C-73..Seat Pan was metal, painted the same color as the frame, seat padding rubberized-foam.
The Seat cover was rubberized-pebble-grained material colored gray.
C-74…75…76…80..Seat Pan was metal, painted the same color as the frame, seat padding was
a horsehair type of material. The Seat cover was a black vinyl material with white piping.
C-90…Seat base was constructed of 4 pieces of wood approximately 1”x 2” x 9” made of hardwood. This was topped by a piece of ¼” piece of a plywood material. This piece of plywood material had a 2” hole cut to allow the spark plug clearance. The hole was covered by a small piece of metal mesh. Padding was horsehair, and the covering a vinyl material. I have found covers in a light brown…..and a…..medium gray color. Piping was always a darker color of the color used for the cover.
THEY ARE ALL METRIC
The best course of action is to attempt to salvage what you have. If they are missing or unuseable then check out your nearest ACE or TRU-VALUE hardware store. Most of the body fasteners were a round-headed metric #6. In various lengths. Most frame, engine, wheel bolts,etc. are usually #8 with a few larger # 10’s. The dash panel mounting screws were an oval-headed phillips # 5… These are impossible to find. Salvage yours if at all possible.
These are usually in poor condition, and shrunk somewhat if they are still on the scooter. No replacments are avaliable, but stair-tread rubber cut to the correct size and fastened down with oval-headed-phillips screws and chrome trim rings are a good substitute.
TAIL/STOP LIGHT LENS C-73/74/75/76/80
These were originally made of glass or plastic. No replacements are avaliable. I have made suitable red and amber lens by cutting out correct sized lens from the small “stick-on” reflectors avaliable for automotive & truck use. The lower license plate opening was also glass or plastic, and can be made from a small segment of clear plastic.
TAIL/STOP LIGHT LENS C-90 These were made of plastic, and a near-original (look-alike) lens is used on the MUSTANG motor-scooter of the same time frame as the Pigeon.
TURN SIGNAL LENS C-90 are usually faded out and attempts to re-color them have not been too successful.