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Okay, okay, stop snig­ger­ing. I know it’s only a lit­tle French moped, but it’s my first nut and bolt re­build and one just like this, many years ago, got me hooked on two wheels, so be­ing a fan of your mag re­builds, when this rusty old 1974 Mobylette N40T came along, I de­cided to have a go and see what I could do. It was a to­tal wreck and I nearly just chucked it away when I got it home. The en­gine was seized, chain so rusty the wheel couldn’t turn: noth­ing worked. The tyres and wheel rims were scrap, but it was mostly com­plete and when I got it all to bits, I started work and I felt a bit bet­ter. I took it down to ev­ery last nut, bolt and washer, even took the spokes out of the wheels to re­use in case I couldn’t get any. Six years later she’s all com­pleted and on the road again. I changed the colour to or­ange be­cause I found a brand-new fork set that came in that colour and my paint­ing guy matched it per­fectly. I tried to re-use as much as I could, but had to source many parts from Aplins in Bris­tol and a well-known auc­tion site. I went a bit over­board with the chrome and zinc­ing and also made quite a lot of stain­less parts my­self but I’m re­ally pleased with the re­sult and I like the fact that this 43-year-old moped has been saved and can now be burn­ing up the roads of York­shire us­ing all of its 2.5 bhp! I loved your re­cent Z650 ar­ti­cles and have en­closed a photo of mine: a 1980 B3. Huge thanks as well to Paul at Al­lenchrome in Pock­ling­ton for his knowl­edge and help.

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