Here's the deal. I pulled the side covers off this Bravo Super Deluxe to see why I found half of the variator in a box of parts after I bought it. This explains why I couldn't get the start clutch to engage the engine when I pedaled.
Somedummy wrung the damn end of the crankshaft off with the nut. I've mentioned in other threads that these tiny M8 crank ends are tender. Here's proof, and reason to be gentle with them. I guess I have no choice but to do a complete rebuild. Oh well, I need the experience. But I could do without the expense. Gotta pay to play.