Saved The Cushman Scooter?
to all my Cushman buddies out there. Well here we go again, lets talk
about the Cushman parts and the Northwest Metals junkyard. On Jan. 13,
1971 I made one of my trips to Northwest Metal in Lincoln to see if any
new Cushman parts had been dumped there. It had been almost two months
since I had found the crankshafts, and I was about to give up. When I
arrive in the back lot of Northwest I noticed that there were about 50
boxes marked Cushman Motors that had been dumped in a pile. When I
opened one, much to my surprise, it contained 2 Cushman M9 block bolted
down to a wood pallet. The valves were in the blocks, and the boxes had
"Put in Permanent Storage 1963" written on them. You may
recall that I told you to remember 1963 in a previous chapter of this
story. I had tried several times in 1969, six years after they had been
put in storage, to buy a new M9 block, but Cushman told me that they
were not in stock anymore. I only had enough money that day to buy 21
boxes containing 42 M9 blocks because they had also dumped about 60
rolls of 2-7/8 piston rings and a box with about 100 valve guides.
Altogether it added up to 80 pounds at 7 cents a pound plus 42 M9
blocks, 21 boxes at $5.50 a box. These 42 blocks were the first of 200
M9 blocks that I would buy for scrap, or trade others for before it was
California Cushman friend,
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