I belong to the local freecycle group in my area and someone was giving away a mototbecane moped. Of course I answer as soon as I see the ad, but it's over an hour old. Oh well I'm thinking. 2 days later they write me telling me to come get it under their deck at the back of their house. They said it hadn't been moved in several years, and they weren't kidding. It was half way under the deck and buried in ivy. What a pile this is going to be thinking to myself. It takes me 5 minutes to pull enough ivy off so I can pull it out. First thing I check is to see if the motor is locked. I can't believe it the motor is as smooth as glass. No bearing noise. The rear wheel won't move which appeard to be the rusty chain causing that which it was. They told me they couldn't locate some cable for it so it sat for years. It wound up being the rear brake cable was broken. I all ready got her running but I have to set the timing. She should clean up pretty nice. BTW, it's a 1976 Motobecane 50V with 1300 miles on it and the speedo works.
My second find I answered a week old ad on CL for a sears moped for $65. He tells me the frame & tires are good but the motor has no spark. I go last night to check it out and delighted to see it's not a sears, but a JCPenny Swinger. The frame is good and so are the rims/tires, but the motor has broken fins, and other broken items on the motor.. No big deal there. I have 2 other e50 motors.
I hope to post pics of the soon.