Sears Allstate 124 - Save it?

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Dr. Frankenstein
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Sears Allstate 124 - Save it?

Post by Dr. Frankenstein » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:12 am

Hi all - I have a question: I came across a '68 Sears Allstate Gilera 124 the current owner is just going to scrap unless I buy it for $50 - my research shows that apparently this is a really rare model, and I respect that - but is it worth saving? It's rusty, of course, but nothing I haven't seen before - The seat is really ragged out, no gas tank or exhaust, the top end is off but he says it turns over freely; the piston/engine interior looks pretty good, it has a carb and he says it only has 111 miles on it.

Grips/levers/headlight are there, but don't know about a key (looks like it, but I can't really see it in the pics), and he says he'll look around and see if he has the tank and exhaust, but if he doesn't, I'm wondering about the 'saveability' of this bike.

The rims/tires are shot, of course, but everything else looks like it's there - but due to the scarcity of parts for it, would it be worth saving? I keep thinking of the adage "Not Everything Old Is Valuable," but just wondering if I should risk the angst of my wife to save it...any opinions?
olpuchguy
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Re: Sears Allstate 124 - Save it?

Post by olpuchguy » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:37 am

You should save it, if you've always wanted one.
You should save it, if it has some great sentimental value to you.
You should save it, if just fooling' with it gives you great joy and pleasure.
You should grab it if you already have one that desperately needs whatever parts this one can provide.
You should get it, if over a long period of time, you're interested in making a very small amount of money by parting it out.
You should take a walk on it, if the plan is to resurrect it into a complete/running bike that will be worth-monetarily- what it'll cost to bring it back to that state.
My two cents.
1969 SR125 sold
1964 150A sold
1965 150A sold
1958 175 Standard
1960 125 Hardtail
1980 Puch Magnum II
1960 Sears Allstate 123.94401 (Yardman Motorette) sold
1960(?) Sears Allstate 1233.94400 (Yardman Motorette) sold
1958 Sears 811.30 scooter sold
Dr. Frankenstein
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Re: Sears Allstate 124 - Save it?

Post by Dr. Frankenstein » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:51 am

I see you had one and sold it...interesting...

Of all those reasons, though, I think #3 most applies to me because of the motor - I love tinkering with motors of different eras and trying to get them to run again...but I don't think that's enough to make me drive four hours one-way to pick it up, either! :) Not to mention no gasket set available Anywhere, or so it seems...
olpuchguy
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Re: Sears Allstate 124 - Save it?

Post by olpuchguy » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:16 am

If all you're really interested in, is the engine...and, given the 4 hr. drive...maybe you could ask to save just the engine, and have the seller throw it into a sturdy box and ship it. I've done that. It ain't real cheap or easy. And assuming the seller has low interest in the bike so it seems...it's probably not likely he's amenable to type that kind of thing. If you're ever in the mood to get involved in this kind of project, give me a shout. I have an untitled Sears 125 hardtail roller that has all the bodywork (impossible to find); the engine is stuck and missing the head. But the mechanicals - with the exception of the last little bit of the gearshift linkage, is still available through RBO or Puch-Weiser - given that the engine was originally used in a Puch 125 Roller (German for scooter, I believe). It'd be hellacious to ship (and probably like your Gilera guy, I have no interest in boxing it up). But if you spent enough hours/rubbed it with enough cash, you could probably get your money back out of it. I have no need of this project, because I collected it before I found a complete, original 125 hardtail. It comes with an extra frame, an extra solo seat frame, half of an extra rear(?) fender and an extra banged-up tool box. I have something over $550 in it. I live 50 miles NW of Chicago. Whatever you decide on the Gilera - good luck. It's fun playing with this stuff, yes?
1969 SR125 sold
1964 150A sold
1965 150A sold
1958 175 Standard
1960 125 Hardtail
1980 Puch Magnum II
1960 Sears Allstate 123.94401 (Yardman Motorette) sold
1960(?) Sears Allstate 1233.94400 (Yardman Motorette) sold
1958 Sears 811.30 scooter sold
handsomeman
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Re: Sears Allstate 124 - Save it?

Post by handsomeman » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:14 pm

Parts should be fairly available on eBay and craigslist for the Sears Gilera SR124 if you are patient. I actively follow the new eBay listings for the 124 because I have a non re-badged Gilera 124. The Sears Gilera 106SS is a very common model and many of those parts should swap over to the 124 or at the very least fit.
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1966 Sears Puch Sabre
1962 Puch 175 SVS
1954 Allstate Puch Standard
1950 Puch 250 TF
1948 Puch 125T
1941 Puch 125
Dr. Frankenstein
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Re: Sears Allstate 124 - Save it?

Post by Dr. Frankenstein » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:01 pm

FWIW, that Sears Allstate / Gilera is in the Hickory, NC Craigslist for $250, although the guy said he'd sell it to me for $50 if I wanted it - I do not know if it's still on there, though. I *Did see it there earlier this week.
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