Bernies Bike Shed

PUCH 175 SVS RESTORATION

I thought i was passed restoring old German/Austrian motorcycles but a week ago(October 2016) i came across the sad looking Puch 175SVS  on ebay UK. I have restored 2 Puchs in the past .The Austrian Puch’s made in Graz are not well know in the UK although they did sell in good numbers,they are a real quality motorcycle and are very sought after in Austria.

The previous owner got the Puch from a friend who’s father owned the bike,but from looking at the bike it must have suffered some sought of piston trouble ie the bike came with no Barrels or Pistons and cylinder head it has come with the 2 carbs but missing the float chamber and other scarce parts also the Puch’s crankcase had been left open to all the elements so it is very siezed.A quick look on German /Austrian ebay resulted in not many bits i needed! if they were available prices are very high ….500 euros for a barrel equals to £500 (due to brexit!!!!!) so i know why the previous owner decided to sell. But i felt like a challenge so for good or bad! i am going for it!  It’s a ongoing thing(how long????) but pictures will appear as i progress, Prost

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one neglected little Puch Oh dear what have i taken on!!

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ferrous oxide has taken on the rear mudgard!

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the crank open to the elements! might be beyond saving?

The positive side of being involved with restoring bikes for the last 30 odd years is you build up a reference cache of  friends ,names! telephone numbers and contacts  who were and are still doing restorations! so i rang a old friend who has a nice Puch 175 SVS and pop the question ‘Got any old puch spares Mike’ to which he replied ‘Yah a think i have a 175 engine under my workbench’ felt like saying you are kidding! when you think Martin (the previous owner) had spent the best part of a year searching for the same thing. I just got lucky and six days after buying the Puch i have a engine plus the 2 carbs as a bonus by the way the engine cost more than the bike did!!

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one little gem of a motor with the 2 complete carbs

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off side showing the carb  note this one dosen’t have a float chamber

So now i can go ahead with the restoration unfortunately the euro is near to 1 pound so spare parts i do need will not be cheap!! I found the picture below of my wife on the Puch 175SVS i restored about 10 years ago looking at it gives me the inspiration to start! so i am off down my workshop/shed haven!!

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My wife looking very color coded on my first 175 restoration in  2006.

RBO specialist Puch dealer in Austria organise  a get together of old timer Puch motorrad in the summer 2016  

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The worse part of restoring a bike is the oily mud,gunge and seized nuts and bolts.The footrest, exhaust pipes and stand all attached to a small sub frame

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components of the front forks,note the the mudgard threaded stubs on the red tubes have been ground off because the bolts had seized solid.

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The other parts for the front forks

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The parts of the unusual twist grip the Puch 175SVS has 2 carbs! the left one works on it’s own from tickover to about 2500 revs(half throttle opening) then the right carb is called into action. The little Puch is a  well thought out machine.

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The internal baffles of the silencer.

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Not your normal baffle!!! These are cast in Alloy and they  can be split for cleaning! The quality of these Puch’s are the best i have seen!

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Another view of these baffles.

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