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GB in MN
08-15-2010, 09:35 PM
Hi Guys, boy I like CL found me a Heald VT-7 Super Bronc while it's not a beauty queen it does run and drive and it will give me some thing to do this fall/winter. Here she is:
This is the Trail Bronc that I finally got running.
GB in MN :trink39:

08-16-2010, 01:10 AM
Very nice find! I believe those mini bikes were manafactured in the 70's through the early eightys. Is that a Tuscumseh motor? Looks very clean!:thThumbsU

08-16-2010, 02:29 AM
Great find GB in MN,

- you will have fun rides with that "Heald" and the "Super Bronc" model / very nice

Here is a link I found / as I didn't know about all the mini bikes in production, years ago:

Beaumont { :>))
1992 JD 318 original paint w/484 hr. on P218g Onan & #49 snow blower / 1998 JD GT262 w/brand new Kawasaki OHV & 48" rebuilt deck

GB in MN
08-16-2010, 02:11 PM
Thanks guys the Trail Bronc VT3 has a 5 hp Tecumseh and the Super Bronc VT7 has a 7 hp Tecumseh, the SB has electric start which is nice . Will strip both this Fall/winter and repaint etc.
GB in MN

08-16-2010, 02:59 PM
GB in MN, You probably can ride that bike all day and still have some gas! Thanks for posting the pics. Be sure and send us some more eye candy when you restore it. :trink39:

08-29-2010, 07:48 AM
They're some neat old bikes. I had a Rupp like that growing-up. Thanks for the pics:thThumbsU

Justin Helterbrand
08-30-2010, 10:20 PM
Nice bikes!:trink40:

09-01-2010, 02:59 AM
Nice bikes, I've got a couple that I'd like to get going someday, a little bigger than yours. Ed

09-01-2010, 10:45 AM
Here's a really good forum for Mini Bike's

GB in MN
09-01-2010, 02:43 PM
Hi eveled,whose the mfg, the one with no engine kind of looks like a Tote goat(?) the other I have not seen before.
Yea Motown, thats a good mini bike site, lots and lots of photos and information there.
GB in MN

GB in MN
09-01-2010, 07:13 PM
Here's a couple of photos since I've been working on the Super Bronc and got it running rode it more today:

02-03-2011, 11:03 AM
Awesome find. The fact that it has all the parts is a huge accomplishment in itself. I wasn't so lucky. I got my hands on a Superbronc that has the wheels the fenders and even a good Tec 10th motor but I can't find the clutch/brake combination Tav. This didn't have the jackstaff setup but I am sure it would work if I flipped the rear wheel but would rather have th the tav and brake all in one deal. I have had a few people promise to get me one over the last few months but here I am without the Tav. If anyone has one let me know.

Again awesome find. I would also like to find a trail bronc eventually.

02-03-2011, 11:14 AM
Very cool!

Thanks for the pic's.


02-03-2011, 11:48 AM
Nice find!! I've always liked those. I have one of their trikes I assembled from a kit years ago. We still use it!
What part of MN are you in, I'm in the cities.

GB in MN
02-03-2011, 02:09 PM
Hi Guys, SERadtke, I'm near Alexandria, MN, when did you buy your Super Bronc and which model is it?
Savian1973, yea finding a Tav system can be tough, I have seen them on e bay once in a while and the sell for lots of money. Have you talked to Ron at Power Tec in Benton Harbor, Mi. from what I learned from him is the 10 hp was very hard on the Tav system a little to much torque for the system so later on Heald came out with the VT-10-40 which used the bigger clutches like on the Super Trykes and went back to a jackshaft with the rear wheel turned back like the VT-7's but I can understand wanting to try and keep it original. Mine is a VT-7 with the 7hp Tec. Here's a couple of photos of it now:

02-03-2011, 03:35 PM
Got the Super Tryke around 1978.

GB in MN
02-03-2011, 03:41 PM
Hi I bought my Super Tryke in 1981 the kids just about run the wheels off it about 4 yrs ago I restored it and I use it all the time wouldn't couldn't be with out it. Started out with the std 8 hp Tec but in about 1990 switched to a 11 hp electric start Honda what a great machine.
GB in MN

02-03-2011, 03:47 PM
When we ordered our kit, we got all the options. Bench seat, carrying racks, hyd. disc brakes, reverse, and a Briggs twin (I think it's 16hp). I had to re-engineer the brake system.... I ended up using a master and two calipers off of a ZR580 which works MUCH better! It has been a great machine, we keep it up at the lake and use it there.

02-03-2011, 03:49 PM
GB, is that your rupp also? i have several of them (in boxes lol) and i have a 1969 bonanza chopper & a large tire baja (like the ones sold at tractor supply) my main problem is the time to play with them but at least theyre all stored inside for future fun lol.

02-03-2011, 04:25 PM
Hi GB, thanks for some insight. I did speak with Ron and he said with all new parts I could be looking at 5-6 hundred dollars which is way out of my range. I wouldn't even mind flipping it but I hasn't even seen a tav and jackstaff for a SB 1040. It's almost come to the point where I may just sell it or trade it along with some cash and find another super bronc or trail bronc. This would be my last choice of course. This just seems depressing. :) lol I just want to getting running so bad. Any other suggestions?

02-03-2011, 04:34 PM
Words can't describe the beauty of that Super Bronc. Wow, great job which is an understatement of course.

02-04-2011, 02:03 PM
FYI, there is a company making a system that is supposed to be TAV compatible/equivalent. If you do an internet search for Torq-A-Verter you should come up with the company that sells them. Don't know anything about it, just know they are available. Of course they are not cheap, but from what I understand cheaper than Ebay for true Comets.


GB in MN
02-04-2011, 03:54 PM
Hi dritybernie, yep thats my Rupp was going to restore it this winter but haven't gotten to it yet I need a drive clutch for it and a set of tires both are not cheap but will get on it one of these days.
Hey Shawn, yea I ordered the cargo boxs later upgraded to the hyd brakes but didn't get the tranny with reverse sometimes wish I had, did get the nfull electrical a speedo squeeze bulb horn and a windshield (that's the windshield I put on the Super Bronc). I need a cable for the speedo its a VDO speedo haven't been able to track one down yet, if you know of a source I'd appreciate it.
Savian1973, the VT-19-40 didn't you a TAV they used the Comet 40 clutch set up the driven clutch(40) uses a 3/4" jackshaft they had a jackshaft set very similar to the TV-7 but the -40 had a hyd disc brake setup on the jackshaft and drive chain is on the RH side. The Chinese are building TAV system and they are less money then comet systems but in talking with Ron he says even though they look alike parts will not interchange. Have no idea of the quality I've asked but no one has used them enough to have a good feel for how they will standup. Here's a photo of the Super Tryke:
GB in MN

02-04-2011, 10:16 PM

Agreed that the Chinese "replicas" may not hold up as long as a real TAV, but it would at least allow him to get it going and probably last long enough to find a Comet to replace it with. Just a thought.


GB in MN
02-04-2011, 10:41 PM
Hi Paul, I wasn't putting them down(at least didn't intend to) I have thought seriously about their clutches was just saying so far its hard to get reliability reports and that the parts are not interchangeable but that will probably be the way I go when I get to the Rupp. The way people bid up comet clutches on e bay is nuts(at least I think). Lots of folks knock Chinese products well in the 50's and 60's the same was said about Japanese products. I have a Harbor Freight 6.5 hp clone engine cost $130.54 with shipping and it runs just great starts instantly as good as any Briggs or Tec in my book.
GB in MN

02-04-2011, 11:26 PM
Anyone have the site for the Chinese company that makes these TAVS? Does anyone know where I can find the Jackshaft? Thanks again. I will post a pic or two of the bike I have. It's not pretty but I have a lot of faith in what I can do.

02-04-2011, 11:42 PM

02-04-2011, 11:44 PM

02-05-2011, 12:06 AM

Here you go:

I was at work earlier and could not afford the time to search around.


02-05-2011, 12:25 AM
Thanks Paul,
I will try to give them a call and find out more info. The only thing is, is that they don't seem to have the comet 40 which from speaking to Ron Kimball is the clutch I should have since this is a 10hp Tec motor. Are there any other sites that sell a Chinese comet 40?

GB in MN
02-05-2011, 12:27 AM
Hi Savian1973, if you are into e bay they also sell them there, also there is a guy in Ohio that does the seats I got mine from him outstanding workmanship, he sells on e bay also he also sells ajust the cover which you could most likely be able to do as you have the bottom and the foam. Your Bronc has great potential. You are lucky to have both fenders they are hard to come by also. Here's another link to a company that has mini bike parts they are a good company.
Here's an e bay link:

GB in MN

02-05-2011, 06:49 PM
Thanks for the info. I found a few things on the sites you gave me but nothing that I think I could use to get the TAV or possibly the jackshaft going. As for the seat I may just order a new since the wood is rotted, though I could stencil the shape and cut a new one out of some plywood. Who knows. How much does a new seat run?

02-05-2011, 10:02 PM

Check out GTC's website. They have 2 TAV's, the "big" one is good up to 13 hp. Perhaps the link I provided does not sell that one, but GTC does offer one, I would think it should work fine with the 10 hp Tec, assuming it fits the shaft, etc.


02-08-2011, 10:40 AM
Thanks for the tip on that Tav. I just learned that a guy has the original
Setup, clutch/brake assembly all in one for $250. I think it maybe worth it since it's original and will bolt right up without a jackshaft. In case that falls through I know where to find a new one.

GB in MN
02-08-2011, 06:50 PM
Hi Savian1973, I would go for the original TAV setup like you say it will bolt right on and that's a big plus. Good luck with your project
GB in MN