Honda Z50 Sitting in the Woods for 20 Years, Can We Resurrect It?

113K views12

    We bring a classic Honda Z50 mini bike back from the brink! We found and bought 8 Honda Z50s that had been sitting in the woods for 20 years- so far we’ve made there of them run, and in today’s video, we’re working on the fourth. The wheels, seats, fuel tanks, and engine components are so badly deteriorated that out of five remaining parts bikes, we struggled to build one more complete mini bike. We chose to work on the silver tag Z50, which was originally orange but has faded to silver over the years in the sun. A guy from the DMV comes by and helps us get the ball rolling on getting titles for these little motorcycles so we can ride them on the road!
    Thanks for Watching!
    POR 15 fuel tank liner:
    Go Power Sports:
    Get $100 off any Langmuir Systems Crossfire CNC plasma table using this link, or use code CARSANDCAMERAS at checkout:
    Equipment we use:
    The following video features activities performed in controlled environments by knowledgeable persons. DO NOT attempt to duplicate, re-create, or perform the same or similar activities at home, as personal injury or property damage may result. CARS AND CAMERAS, the persons shown in this video and ANY CONTRIBUTOR, ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY such injury or damage. ALL CARSANDCAMERAS CONTENT IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY.

    Cars and Cameras makes no representation about the sufficiency of any safety precautions and equipment used in this video.

    Published on 3 months ago


    1. UGNA 27

      Looks like a 77 honda z50

    2. Richard Wernars

      The silver stickers. If you do some research you could find that they are throphy bikes, given away to the Honda Nascar and indy 500 teams in the eighties. Jonh Wayne might have used one to ride to his boyfriend who lived naked in a unbuild shed behind his mansion.

    3. Build Prone

      As for the older ones not having rear suspension is wrong. They had 2 models the z50 and the qa50 the qa50 doesn't have rear shocks and wasn't street legal were as the z50 does and it

    4. Tim Rivers

      From what I read silver tag z50s are 1969 and older and collectors prefer them more

    5. Nicholas and Rhiana

      One hundred percent need more mini bike builds

    6. NoTtOGoOd

      get carby cleaner and use it on the inside of the tank and or rust converter with the stuff you put in it and while rotating it to clean it you will get a better result.

    7. TNitro N

      I had a mini trail 50 in the late 60s. It was red and said Mini Trail on it not a Z. Great little bike would go about 26 mph. I think it was a 1969

    8. Dj Robinson

      is it just me or i like them so much everyone i wake up i watch them like rn i went to sleep at 7:30 for some reason and woke up at 1am witch is rn and just turned on there video and ate some eegees lol

    9. Josef Mechanic

      I enjoy this and I wish I had one to restore

    10. Russ

      Grey one looks like it’s a 74 or something. I’d say 74

    11. Uptin Sinclaire

      Sorry. No such thing as a silver tag soft tail. Silver tags would have been 1968 hard tail bikes. You should check out Jeremy Polson's books on the CT70s and Z50s.

    12. JE Vintage Honda Minis Restorations - Orlando FL

      Check out my youtube channel for Tips / Tricks while working on these Honda CT70s and Z50s. Click on my Logo to get there.

    13. FILZ F

      YesSiRr!! blokes are heKktiK!! LoL!! Good stuff!! Love de videos boys! Thankz for sharing some Of ur knowledge!! Haha!!

    14. Jason Plant

      I just bought a 185s.x.l. Its an 81,in almost perfect condition. 1300,miles. And now I know how to look for the tag. I've actually got the original title with the advertisement brochures still in the honda envelope.

    15. James G

      Love the burnout!!! 😂

    16. Gokarts, Minibikes, and more!

      When cleaning the tanks use white vinegar with the bolts and nuts and such

    17. Meifesto

      Tanksealant is interesting stuff. Might have to try and find some here.

    18. John Barbarich

      You guys should seek out a Honda SL70 and do one of your restos on it....always waned one of those when I was a kid...

    19. MudBogg Mods

      1978 Honda Z50 Mini Trail 50

      1. MudBogg Mods

        make this pop so they can see it

    20. Bob Dailey

      Holy crap. About a new phone and they must have wiped all of my USfilm subscriptions . I missed you guys, and Isaac went from naked face to hair face. Don't get me wrong I have been growing my beard for the last 4 years and I am below nipple level

    21. Nathan Lovern

      Soaking the tank in vinegar for few days will take all the rust away. With that one probably need a 3-5 gallon bucket filled with vinegar

    22. Charles Price

      The decal looks like the one my neighbor had when I was a kid, it was brown not orange and it was a 1975 to 77, I actually had a 1977 xr75. I always thought all Z-50’s had rear suspension, the older QA-50’s didn’t have rear suspension. I grew up with these bikes, the Honda ST-90 the CT-70’s. A friend had a 1975 XR-75 they were still grey and had a 4 speed transmission. Brings back some good memories.

    23. Murdernikl69

      Kreem tank sealer works the best.

    24. James _madness

      I have a 2 setting go cart frame and a engine but the engine has no carburetor and I was wondering if y’all want it

    25. Slim Jim Sanji

      I enjoy you guys restoring antique vehicles

    26. Bob Adam your advertising is working. Someone just asked me where to get parts for a gocart, and if not for the Ducarti and my newfound interest in this channel I'd have never been able to tell them where to go. So keep it up!

    27. Dan Hessler

      I finished my go cart and just took it for a drive. I posted it and would like some feedback. You know i got the cars and camera stickers on it too

    28. Matt Woomer

      What if it comes back stolen and nobody claims it do you get to keep it or do they sill take it???

    29. Bryan Mcdonough

      Hey guys!! Great channel and I’ve learned a lot about predator engines... which is why I’m reaching out to y’all. So I have a db30 minibike that I just put a predator 212 on it, rode for a week stock and did just fine, gotta knock off mikuni from go power sports last week, I put it on yday and it would crank but stall out due to the governor not being connected “I think”, so I decided I would take the motor apart and actually remove the gov and oil sensor. So I opened it up took out the parts and all went well EXCEPT the smaller gear on the right fell out with the front push rod, I put the rod back in and lined the dots up on the gears and put everything back in place. Resealed the motor, put oil in it and reconnected the gas. Well now it won’t crank to save my life!! I’m getting spark and getting fuel to carb but for some reason it still won’t crank, I’ve adjusted the fuel screw in and out on bottom of mikuni carb and it makes no difference :/ I was mainly wondering what the issue might could be and if something messed up wen the gear and rod fell out, cuz I just put it back in place. Was I supposed to make sure the rod went in a certain way maybe?? Idk wats going on or wat I need to adjust to make it run again and was hoping U guys might have some info about what it might be. I’ve asked everyone I know but no one has any knowledge on small engines and I’m learning as I go lol please please get back to me if u don’t mind via email - I can send u my number if talking in person would be easier lol but I’m thinking I need to adjust the valves or something with the push rods but really need some help on this cuz my kid is ready to ride! But keep up the good work and keep that information coming. Imma keep researching in the mean time. Love u guys and I’m sure “it’ll be fine!” Lol

    30. Dragon Rider

      What is the puddy you guys used?

    31. Bas BlasterXP

      Honda DAX?

    32. suspicious delicious

      why don’t y’all use briggs and stratton like you use tilton and predator. i think b&s is a really reliable brand. let me know what you think!!! i’m a big fan. been here since 2016! also my favorite build is the ducarti and the rat rod wagon.

    33. Mike Jeffers


    34. my back HURTS

      I mean I guess that’s one way to use a milling machine

    35. Tumbledown 30

      Vin number this, vin number that, I can’t take it anymore!!!!!!! It’s just vin.

    36. Renee Douglas

      What happend to the trophy buggy thingy you guys were working on

    37. Melvin the Mechanic

      James bond 😂😂😂

    38. Cory Gilbert

      Now that you have that plasma table, you should really try to make a cart just to handle the power of the 900cc Ducati engine. Suspension, traction, and disposable tires!

    39. mrmadmike427

      Gas and Marvels Mystery oil will clean the rust crap out of the tank

    40. Joe Gilly

      Holy moley tanks . Why would you want to put them on the road . It might be fun but a opposing car on a road would blow you all over. BE SAFE

    41. Philip Boismier

      So how long does the bond last After u do this is it possible to sell it ?

    42. RustbrosFan

      CarsandCameras could you try looking for a 1983-84 Honda QR50 Mini Moto & get it running they are pretty small bikes. I used to have 2 of them

    43. Mac Clark

      Sounds like the state makes out like bandits.

    44. Jestin Gravely

      I watched a video on junk yard digs he was buying a three waller and there was some 50s like yall have the looked good

    45. 7thsign The Northcoast1

      So how long do you have to carry the bond ? Like how long do they give for someone to say hey that’s mine

    46. ghost- carnage

      I SEEN A Z50 IN LIKE MINT CONDITION ONCE AND DIDNT BUY IT! WAS 2100$ and I was like wtf nah, now I know I should have probably bought it. It didn't run, but there was no rust. It was blue and still kinda shiny. Looked nice...

    47. Jim A

      I was like (14?) back when the Honda 70 Mini Trail Came Out... I Don't Remember EVER Killing One ?? Back then, the only Weird thing about them, Was The Auto 3 Speed (NO Clutch) Shifting.... Lots Of FUN Go Any-Where Little Trailblazer... I Enjoy Watching This U-Tube Channel.... You'v Always Got, Fun Cool Projects Goin On ..... : )

    48. Hammerjockey Radios

      How do I go about mailing you guys something? I’ve got a little treat you guys will enjoy using

    49. lukas boyer

      You should road trip z50s

    50. A.S. C.

      Been wanting to ask for a while but what is under that plywood floor? It looks really flat so is it directly on concrete and if it is, why cover that floor? I’m just curious I guess.

    51. The Only Static Focus

      Shaking the old gas tanks was like trying to get the last penny out of your piggy bank lol

    52. Luis Velez

      Just listening to you guys talking about the stuff you know about these old bikes, makes me wonder how'd you guys gather all this info?

    53. ghetto Santa

      There's one of these on a big pull outside a motorcycle shop in my town been wanting to buy it get it down since I was a kid lmao looks in ok condition

    54. Demetrius Sanders

      Can i have 212 cc Predator please

    55. JmD52

      Brilliant use of an old brake lathe!! I've turned some strange stuff including a flywheel, but never a rock tumbler gas tank cleaner. Genius!!

    56. Bruce Meyers

      D and A Restorations will take care of you and all your needs

    57. Bruce Meyers

      Send them to Travis Gisclair he will get you fixed up

    58. Leo Kline

      Silver tag bikes did not come with the title. Looks like you have a 1974 Z50AK5 The color was called candy topaz Orange.

    59. Nathaniel Mathies

      What would happen if you welded 2 z50s together and made a 4 wheel, 2 engined go-kart type thing?

    60. James Glenn

      Right on guys saved another 👍 nice burnout🖖.

    61. Nathaniel Mathies

      When are we going to see a brand new Honda Monkey to compare to the old models?

    62. Marshall Brogan

      with the growth both of you guys have shown you should be making gas tanks . it would make an interesting video

    63. Steve Skouson

      Isaac, how would you recommend fixing a fuel leak, on a PhatMoto bike? Both tanks on my bikes leak. The Rover, and the off road bikes have tank leaks. Oh, both bikes have (or had) bad 6202 bearings on the jackshafts. I converted one to a 5/8ths shaft, (6202-5/8ths bearings) and have the other one to fix. It will get the 15 MM splined shaft, for now. (I've got this one, and a spare. And, extra bearings at work, if I need them.) steve

      1. Steve Skouson

        @Isaac it'll be fine Yep, including that part that says "turn the tank over, and drain it."

      2. Isaac it'll be fine

        Wash out the old tanks with degreaser let it dry thoroughly. Use the por15 tank sealer like the directions say. Good luck

    64. Tall Boy

      Cool Burnout to End 2020👌😁

    65. Matt Olsen

      Z50 ak 3?

    66. Erric D Johnson 74

      Nice pole dancing looked like things got a little heated 🤔🙄😁 Sounded good burning that tire off I love those little bikes I'd like to run across a good deal on a fixer upper Love the vids guys 🔥👍✌️

    67. Sweeney Sweeney

      The por 15 tank sealer is good👌sweet burn out

    68. lildogman1

      Does that lost title procedure work on cars with a lost title too?

      1. Isaac it'll be fine

        Yep. Only on classic cars that are not in the system. If they find a trace in the system you will have to find prievious owner for a title

    69. skinnyt

      nc is a nightmare to get titles...been there done that. even out of state classic cars is a nightmare...been there done that

    70. Philip Cockram

      Cool stuff

    71. Elijah Allen

      It looks like someone shot the silver gas tank with a BB gun lmao 😂

    72. Nathaniel Langston


    73. Nathaniel Langston

      That's nice to have the process of getting a title for a vehicle that you purchased without one explained! If you look at the DMV website I think they intentionally make it seem like it's an impossible amount of work and never to try it!

      1. Isaac it'll be fine

        It can be difficult

    74. the Freeman adventure

      Por15 FTW!! I used the kit. Part #49229 runs around 45 bucks

    75. Matthew Guay

      Just ordered $200 in parts for my mini bike off Go Power Sports. I made sure to tell them Cars and Cameras sent me.

      1. Isaac it'll be fine

        Thank you

    76. Jeff E

      When I worked as a tech at a BMW Triumph dealer, all we used was the POR-15. It's great stuff.

    77. Random videos Man

      Use acetone in the tanks it is very helpful and it does the work for you basically

    78. G C

      Your next challenge: Think Flight. Hot air balloon/helium...put that little guy on it and see how high he goes! Or better yet - experimental flying machine....

    79. Bryan

      Love the burn out. Several years back, I was looking at a Trail 70 and Lifan (out of China) made tons of replacement parts for 50s, 70s and 90s; even complete engines. You could also buy a complete Trail 70 bike, with a bigger engine and electric start, for under $1K. You probably already know all that, but thought I’d pass it in to your viewers, if they are working on a similar project.


      Honda z50ak4 came with shocks im pretty sure its the upgraded version if i remember the honda z50 monkey did not have shocks

    81. Piedmont Cajun '81

      4:12....Tank full of Nutmeg!!

    82. Matthew Garven

      You should get a Max 6x6 like whistlen diesel

    83. D-Ran Yatertots

      You two need to invest in some Red Kote tank liner. Super tough, ethanol protection, usually takes a day to dry. It can be applied over rust if you need it going in a hurry. Edit: looks like you're way ahead of me

    84. twocvbloke

      So much rust in the tanks, they're pretty much just held together with paint... :P

    85. Mark Crumblin

      Always enjoy

    86. Justin Deckard

      That sucks that u have to fixing first cuz if it i stolen u lose your parts and labor cuz u don't have bond


      Black tags mean stock standard, silver tags are the stock bike with customised options. . . . . . . Honda still does the same thing to this day on all their models. . . . . . . I have 2 CBR600RR's 1 is standard & has a black tag. . . . . . The other has every factory option available & has a pressed silver tag. . . . . The Tag alone is worth more then the entire bike. . . lucky you !

    88. Trevor

      A silver tag was supposedly put on z50s that were made very early on in the year

    89. Beast from the east

      It can not be a 69 cause 69 did not come with rear shocks, 70 was first year shocks were introduced on them. And I could not find orange as a option yellow and gold there was a red and blue but no orange. So someone painted it that color. But there are silver tag 69 models. That is what the internet has said but we all know that the interwebs can be wrong.

    90. Rookie Lock

      My cousin had an orange z50.. dont know much about it though.. My step brother had a trail 70 and I had an xr80.. These bikes bring back some fun memories, lol

    91. Nick Rudd

      A great thing for freeing up seized small stuff is soak it in paraffin oil over night. Chains, Valves/Heads and stuff like that. Paraffin gets in everywhere.

    92. Wags

      Soak your next tanks in Evaporust, it is like magic. I have used the stuff on rusted parts that I figured to be a lost cause. I have been blowen away everytime. Evaporust is completely safe on paint and i have had no problem with sticker as long as the rust isn't under said stickers.

    93. Alexander Bradshaw

      Ducati drag rail 2021🥴👀💯

    94. Aydinkud

      Lovin the beards guys, they look amazing!

      1. Bob Adam

        It's the COVID caveman look. It's a popular look right now.

    95. Jason Petrich

      In my state ( Washington ) any dirtbike's,atvs,street bikes, go carts boats, etc.. is only in the system for 7 years, without yearly title and tabs after that,you apply for lost title, the state patrol inspect it, issue 3 year temp plate and tags,then new title is sent to you after that. All cost is about $400 when said and done

    96. Review Account

      Why not use sand in the tanks, or maybe crushed glass? Wouldn't that be much better and get into all the small areas? Also, I like a good rusturation as the next guy, but do you ever plan to do a full and actual restoration? Blast, metal work, paint, and decals?

      1. Isaac it'll be fine

        Takes a little longer than i like. Not saying no but weve got to keep videos pumping out

    97. james price

      when i was a kid i had a gold honda mini trails z50 i think it was a mid 60s model it also had a silver tag and rear suspension so atleast some older ones did have rear suspension unless it bbeing the mini trails edition had a play in it but i kno it had to be rare because to this day havent seen another with same paint and chrome and graphics

    98. t pants terrancelee

      Maybe not... but for the smaller holes couldn’t you just kinda spot weld the tank back together?

    99. wymansst

      The look of disdain while shaking out that silver tank..🙈

    100. Honda Racing

      I like the burnouts