NZeta 501 Douglas

This is the latest update from Douglas with the scooter looking very smart. I really like the white fern, a very nice touch.

Sounds good and only a few minor things to sort out.

Good job.


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Another NZeta back from the dead!

Not too many NZetas in Fremantle!

Still a way to go, to get it registered, but it STARTS!


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Nzeta 501 Elton

Nzeta 501 Elton

This NZeta 501 belonging to Elton looks in pretty good shape, It will be good to see how far he goes with it.

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Nzeta 501 Scotty

Nzeta 501 Scotty

The NZeta from original condition when I first saw her in 1981 at a garage I was working at.

The owners manual that was in the seat compartment has a New Plymouth address on it and a guys name. The address was a street close to where the garage was that I was working at when I first saw the bike.

The Garage got the bike in the state you see it in in the pictures along with another NZeta in the mid 70’s. The mechanics all had been tinkering with it and it had had a side stand fitted and indicators. It never went well so was just left.

There was a fire at the garage in the 90’s and the other NZeta got destroyed.

The garage then got sold and the original owner then sold the bike to my brother in law for a dozen beer. He had great plans for it…..however nothing happened.

I then got ownership of her in about 2008 still in same condition – Blue, yellow and rust!

I gave him a dozen beers and then got a bike mechanic friend of mine to check the engine would work before we did all the body work. He and another mechanic gave the motor a bit of an update with new rings, bearings, chains etc. The carb also had to be modified. They got it running on the bench so we took that as the go ahead to do the body work.

The motor maybe needs a bit more work as is a little underpowered but does us fine.

The bike does have its original tyre pump under seat.

Fully stripped and with the help of many people she is what she is today.

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Cezeta 501 Jim

Cezeta 501 Jim

Progress with the 501 has been slow but things are starting to take shape. I’m doing a dry run to see what bits I still need to get for it before getting it painted. The donor bike still has a few parts left on it and I’m using the wiring as a guide.

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Nzeta 501 Douglas

Nzeta 501 Douglas

Looking very smart.

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Nzeta 502 Ian

Nzeta 502 Ian

Latest pictures from Ian, across the ditch with his 502.


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Nzeta 501 Douglas

Nzeta 501 Douglas

Latest from Douglas as his 501 has been painted.

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Nzeta 501 Douglas

Nzeta 501 Douglas

The front suspension back together with new shock and rubber.Nzeta 501 Douglas

Lots of bits and pieces media blasted and powder coated in as near original colour as I could find.

Brakes relined

New tires bought and wheels rebuilt using nice shiny stainless nuts and bolts.

Aluminum bits apart from engine media blasted – he used a fairly course grit and it is not a smooth as I would like, but guess it will not be seen.

Most of the trim obtained form Neil at, some new, some re chromed and some will need re chromed. He also supplied kick start, gear change rod, gear lever and foot brake – I had the latter two but were very pitted.

Petrol tank turned from colander to sealed tank – lot of holes, but POR 15 seems to have done the trick.

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Bought another air filter housing from Trade Me with a what looks like a NOS metal filter. Guy came round – name of Martin Healy – is restoring an Nzeta.

Also bought a pair of good cleaned up crankcases on Trade Me – just in case

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Nzeta 501 Douglas

Nzeta 501 Douglas

This NZeta 501 belonging to Douglas is taking shape as time and parts permit. With some rust to be removed there will be a bit of work to be done.

“Took me three days to get the piston out – lots of crc, a big hub puller and a big hammer. It only had one piston ring! I managed to bend the con rod, but was going to replace that anyway. I also bought most of an engine on trade me so will have a few spares. The battery location is a bit of a mystery. No evidence of it ever being up front or under the seat. The seat compartment is a different colour from the rest of the scooter (blue and cream rather than red) and I suspect it may be from another machine that perhaps had the batteries up front”

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Going to get media blasted can sometimes reveal things you would rather not see but has to be done especially if there are some structural issues that have been “covered up”.


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Changes to the bodywork on Douglas’s scooter so far. Looks like some serious welding and metal fabrication has been done.


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