Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Double Trouble!

I had to make the walk of shame last night with my Magnum. It soft seized on me about 2 miles from my house. I reached down and was able to turn the flywheel over by hand after a little convincing while I was still rolling down the street, but I pulled over to check it out anyway. The plug looked nice and dark, sparked beautiful blue. All head bolts snug, exhaust and intake nice and tight, and the carb was nicely jetted with no clog or foreign substances, but it just refused to start after that seize. So, I will pull the head and look to see if I have any ring left, I suppose.


I got up this morning and hopped on the AD at 6:45 am to go to work and found both my lights out. I went inside to get a battery light, but couldnt' find it, so I just rode residential streets in the dark to where I was going. Blew both bulbs. I wired in a voltage regulator, but its 12v and I'm still running 6v lights, so I dont' know if it will help, and 12v lights for the AD are about as hard to get as the 6v ones! ugh!

I <3 Mopeds though...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Oh, you lock your mopeds up?" or "DO NOT LOAN THIS MAN A MOPED"

Daniel from Tennessee came to visit and had a good time with the Mosqutio Fleet, enjoying the AD for a nice ride. It ran like a champ, he was perhaps too friendly and well liked by everyone, and then promptly crashed it trying to start it on the way home. No damage to the bike, and small damage to the rider. Nice to meet you!

Sachs 504

I've been working on a Sachs 504, so here are some pictures, so you don't think I'm dormant. I replaced the points and condenser, and this happened to be the convenient post type, rather than the solder type. Strangely enough, I do enjoy soldering, so I was a little disappointed. Here is the main drive that is responsible for the engine being locked up. The jug looks great, the crank bearings are nice and fresh, but this weird shaft bearing is locked up. It has little metal barrels, caged by a ring, so it's kind of like a giant needle bearing from the little end of a crankshaft. The manual I have says the big gear pulls off of the shaft, but mine refuses to budge with a large puller. I can't get in there to clean out the bearing and re-pack it, so it's time to find a used one. Anybody got one laying around?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

14mm Puch Intake

I've got a 50cc TCCD kit and it happens to have a square intake port. I do kind of like square ports, I feel like they flow better than the round port brethren, if nothing else, they look bigger. Sadly, I didn't have any more 14mm square port stock intakes. I think the 14mm square ports puch OG intakes flow better than most of those 15mm intakes sold these days. But good ol' Joel had a 14mm round port intake for me. In this picture you can see the square port clearly outlined on it from being used on a square port cylinder with appropriate gasket. So a little bit of dremel, and presto, a square port intake. It's not quite as nice looking as a factory job, but let me get my hand file in there and give it another look in a bit.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009