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BRIAN MARSHALL
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The duplex-framed three-speed Flying Squirrels started in late 1926, so anything after that date would be OK, and 16 stud detachable cylinder head engines from 1933ish. Probably best to avoid the latter if there is any sign of coolant leakage at the head/barrel joint, as to fix it can often be one hell of a job due to the head rusting onto the studs. Internal corrosion in the water jacket can sometimes be a problem, but if antifreeze is in the coolant this usually stops corrosion. If in doubt when inspecting a bike that has been stored for years, dip your finger in and taste it. (Don’t swallow !!). Glycol tastes sweet and sugary. Something with Webb girder forks would be a safer bet for you than a bike with Scott forks or Brampton Monarch forks as they are MUCH easier and simpler to overhaul. Avoid leaking radiators like The Black Death, or accept that a new one is going to cost well over £1000 GB pounds, plus freight charges. No matter what you are told, they can very rarely be repaired and still look presentable.
After 34 years of restoring Scotts, my opinion, for what it is worth, is that a 1929 Flying Squirrel Tourer would be an ideal first Scott to look for, as they have Webb forks, blindhead engine, nice slim petrol/oil tank, and they are not as heavy as the later bikes. More were made in 1929 than in any other year, so they are the easiest to find.
Above all, don’t buy a bike in a mad rush of rose-tinted enthusiasm. A non-runner, though cheaper may cost you a LOT more in the long run, so go for a runner. If properly set up, they should start easily after two or three kicks to draw some mixture into the crankcase. If in any doubt take some photos and post them onto this website so that we can pass comment, before handing over your money.
Good luck with your quest !
Brian