thanks for all the suggestions. this little white puch is now running.
a little background. it is not mine but a lady of over 70 yrs old!
she asked me to 'look at it'. it was not running for 2 years, but the gas had been drained (good..) .
long story short. got a new NGk plug as the one i took out was totally rusted. fuel petcock was major clogged and will eventually need to be replaced. cleaned all that out , replaced the fuel line which was probably the original and with a blast of carb cleaner in the cylinder it fired right up! not bad me thinks.
bike has other various issues but now running with decent speed. most of the bike is original.
oh, and when i looked at the date of manufacture plate it said 1974!! how cool is that ?
a real testiment to the engineering that went into those peds.