I am sure you are right about the complication, I have noticed that some readers quit after the first sentence!
I guess the point timing problem got by me, I am so used to movable point plates. I thought my Motobecane was wierd because you have to remove and rotate the cam, but I guess not.
I mentioned the gap mostly because when left in the weather, the cam gets rusty and grinds off the follower, leaving the points closed. However, I think you are right, let them post and ask a specific question.
I am surprised at your sunken float response, I have changed about 6 in the last 12 months. Although none in a moped, I only worked on 2 and they had been stored well.
You are probably right about the wire bristles, I am most likely thinking about idle jets. I just cringe at a vision of someone reaming away at jets and other passages with a hard steel wire.