January 2017 just a note at the same time as doing this restoration i am involve with another Puch interested go to page ‘PUCH 175SV more trouble!!
ATTENTION, SADLY THIS LITTLE PUCH WAS STOLEN ON 11TH SEPTEMBER FROM LANGTON MATRAVERS,DORSET A £100 REWARD IS OFFERED FOR INFO LEADING TO THE RECOVERY OF THIS BIKE ANY INFO PLEASE LET ME KNOW email@example.com
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
Footnote.If any viewers of this article have any Puch 175 SVS spares they want to part with let me know! berniesmotorrad~at~gmail.com
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!!
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!!
RBO specialist Puch dealer in Austria organise a get together of old timer Puch motorrad in the summer 2016
SEPTEMBER 2017 After a summer of riding and trouble shooting friends bikes and motors i can start to think about the Puch 175 SVS restoration ! Many of my friends think it’s too far gone to restore,but i think overwise, so if i can get all the spraying done whilst i have a day temperature of 20 C ( a good flash point for cellelose paint) I should be ready to assemble the Puch during the winter months.
First job after removing the old paint is the primer then filler spray putty for small scratches and pin holes and large holes with putty from a tube.Rub it all down and repeat the process till no marks are visiable could take 3/4 /5 applications, all very time consuming
Finally now August 2018 with the bike restored it was entered for the West Kent Run 100 mile (160 kilometers) were it ran faultlessly and a fun bike to ride!!
Sadly after 200 hours of dedicated work to produce the above bike some low life has stolen this Gem!!! in the area of LANGTON MATRAVERS ,DORSET ON THE 11th SEPTEMBER 2018 THERE’S A £100 reward for info leading to recovery of this motorcycle