it has maybe 500 miles on the odo., but it's kinda in eh shape. i think mechanically it's brand new, but it definitely sat outside for a while. With a lot of elbow grease and a lot of parts it will look nice. my only regret is that i will never get back most of the money I put in to it. This moped in top shape probably isn't worth $500.
last night i was looking at the brakes, and the 'universal' (puch type) brake cables I got from treats are going to need significant modification to work on the bike. I am not bitter or surprised, but I was hoping for a better situation with the cables when I bought them. I am going to need to modify them partially because of the type ends on the cable, and the AMF plastic brake handles, but also because i am missing a little cinch piece that attaches to the brake drum arm is missing. I am going to have to fabricate a new one. I think i might just convert the whole brake arm system to use the stock puch cables for simplicity's sake in the future.
I also pulled the carb out to get a handle on how bad it was. the level of gunk that was in there was just unreal, i've never ever seen it like this. i will take a pic, there is SO so much gunk wow wow wow. It wasn't like gasoline either it was like, mushy fuzzy brown gunk. lots of water and gas in the float bowl. I am curious how much I can salvage, but moped parts are usually pretty forgiving. I know if I found this amount in one of my Suzuki GS (my main draw in life, this moped is just a diversion) restorations I would consider throwing the incredibly fussy mikuni BS carbs away.
i also polished some of the rust. I'm trying to decide if I should take the wheels apart before painting. They have a few biffed spokes, super loose ones but the wheels seem straight enough. I think tearing them down would be a headache and I don't want to learn how to lace up a spoked wheel now. good chance I just paint them and say done with it. Rust removal is going smoothly because I found my favorite red scotchbrite pads at advance autoparts for a reasonable price. It gets me down to the steel on those rusty chrome parts relatively quickly. It works even better with some wd40 applied. Once the wheels are rust free, I am eager to try out this new epoxy paint I bought, I guess we'll see how that goes. I want to get the wheels and the bars done at the same time with the same spray can, so I have to prep them all together.
Also on the paint list is the exhaust, but it's going to get VHT 2000 degree silica paint. I am going to take off the exhaust and mask it up and paint it. I also am going to paint a 4 cyl suzuki GS850G exhaust that's still bolted up to the engine right now.
So, I have a lot to do this weekend basically. I need to build a basic paint booth with some clear plastic sheeting and some PVC pipe for a frame. I need to take off the 2 exhausts, the bars and wheels, and get painting. We'll see how much I get done, I suppose.