1956 Lepel Scooter, Water Ski Thing

Does it run on propane?

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Knot that Jeff Gordon for taunting me yesterday with this little jewel of the pile. And of course one of you has one already, and used it once and now its hanging on your ceiling. I will say though, this may be where I draw the line. But as a water scooter it is kinda cool.

Parts

But? Seller feller says it has “most” parts. Can you image looking for parts for this thing? So you buy another one, and another, and before you know it, you are Scooter Guy. And get that knick name. Hey Scooter!

Maybe install a new jet ski power unit?

YOU CAN SEE THE LISTING HERE ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE , You better hurry..Scoot along!

9 replies
  1. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    So this thing was made to pull water skiers instead of a boat? That’s got to be a 5 or 10 hp Tecumseh. How did that work? Any photos of one when they were new?

    I had an uncle who had an original Sea Doo in 1968 on Lake Minnetonka. Still remember going for a ride on it. We thought that thing was so cool. Thankfully, he also had a Sea Skiff that’s still owned by another member of the BSLOL chapter.

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    • moaric
      moaric says:

      je crois qu’à l’origine, c’était un moteur fischtel et sachs de 33 cm3. Difficile d’imaginer faire du ski nautique avec ca non?

      IN ENGLISH I believe it was originally a 33cc Fischtel and Sachs engine. It’s hard to imagine water skiing with that, right?

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  2. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Oh, now I know how they worked. You could stand up and use lines attached to the handlebars to “water ski”. British invention. But in concept not that different than a modern PWC.

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  3. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    The making of a resto mod. A newer 700 cc Bombardier with a matching jet pump , wild paint job. And a comfortable seat. You could be the most obnoxious person on the lake. Go for it Matt, if nothing else hang it on the wall next to the stretcher. On another note. When a dog scootches across the floor like that. It is never good.

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  4. tom
    tom says:

    Doesn’t look like the Tecumseh motor is part of it. The Sachs is the correct motor I assume. This thing actually has a prop under it? I wonder how many toes were lost to these things. The predecessor to the modern PWC.

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    • moaric
      moaric says:

      je crois qu’à l’origine, c’était un moteur fischtel et sachs de 33 cm3. Difficile d’imaginer faire du ski nautique avec ca non?
      le constructeur était allemand sauf erreur de ma part et fournissait en partie pour le marché californien.

      IN ENGLISH I believe it was originally a 33cc Fischtel and Sachs engine. It’s hard to imagine water skiing with that, right?
      the manufacturer was German unless I am mistaken and supplied partly for the Californian market. The launcher for my engine is missing. This engine is a stationary engine which was fitted to small Marlotte generators. Otherwise, I was wondering if we should not adapt an electric motor by storing the marlotte properly and waiting to complete it. The smell of the 2-stroke mixture is part of the fun too!!!

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  5. MOARIC
    MOARIC says:

    bonjour, j’en possède un dont le moteur n’est pas celui d’origine. C’est un marlotte ( motoriste de neuilly sur seine qui n’existe plus) Le mien n’a plus la piéce en fibre de verre de la sortie de pot d’échappement et j’aimerais beaucoup pouvoir refaire un moule pour équiper le mien. Il te manque le petit matereau et le fanion sur le devant ( le mien est dénommé Avocette ce qui m’étonne car c’est francais pour un constructeur allemand ) On en voit très rarement et le tien n’est pas en mauvais état apparemment. Depuis des mois, je scrute internet pour repérer un éventuel water scooter lepel et c’est chose faite aujourd’hui 😉 Lepel avait également produit un autre water scooter avec un 75 cm3 afin de le tester à Berlin pour la vitesse.
    HERE IS THE COMMENT IN ENGLISH
    Hello, I have one whose engine is not the original one. It’s a Marlotte (engine manufacturer from Neuilly sur Seine which no longer exists) Mine no longer has the fiberglass part for the exhaust outlet and I would really like to be able to remake a mold to equip mine . You are missing the little material and the flag on the front (mine is called Avocette which surprises me because it is French for a German manufacturer) We very rarely see them and yours is apparently not in bad condition. For months, I have been scanning the internet to spot a possible Lepel water scooter and it’s done today 😉 Lepel had also produced another water scooter with a 75 cm3 in order to test it in Berlin for speed. The launcher is missing of my engine. This engine is a stationary engine which was fitted to small Marlotte generators. Otherwise, I was wondering if we should not adapt an electric motor by storing the marlotte properly and waiting to complete it. The smell of the 2-stroke mixture is part of the fun too!!!

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  6. moaric
    moaric says:

    voici le moteur marlotte désolé pour les fautes d’orthographe et les non sens du précedents post mais je n’avais pas repéré que le texte était modifié. C’est la première fois que je mets des commentaires sur un forum. J’espère ne pas mettre la pagaille. Je réside dans la Somme , près d’Abbeville
    Il manque le lanceur de mon moteur. Ce moteur est un moteur stationnaire qui équipait des petits groupes électrogènes Marlotte. Sinon, je me demandais si il ne fallait pas adapter un moteur électrique en remisant proprement le marlotte et attendre de la compléter. L’odeur du mélange 2 temps fait partie du plaisir aussi !!!
    And this comment in English. Here is the Marlotte engine sorry for the spelling mistakes and nonsense in the previous post but I had not noticed that the text was modified. This is the first time I’ve posted comments on a forum. I hope I don’t make a mess. I live in the Somme, near Abbeville My engine’s starter is missing. This engine is a stationary engine which was fitted to small Marlotte generators. Otherwise, I was wondering if we should not adapt an electric motor by storing the marlotte properly and waiting to complete it. The smell of the 2-stroke mixture is part of the fun too!!!

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