Me and my friend each have '78 ciaos. I got mine for 100 bucks not running and since then it seems to alternate between being on the road and being on the street. I would like it to get to a somewhat stable point. Here is my question:
when I got it, it went about 28 mph. Then it broke down an hour after we got it running. My friend and I stripped it down, trying to locate the problem. In the meantime, we discovered a piston ring had snapped. We replaced the rings and a gasket, cleaned the carb, and IT RAN. However, it now went 20 mph. Then the carb kept clogging. I de-rusted the tank, installed a filter, and rebuilt the carb. Great. Now it went about 19 mph and I experienced some symptoms of four-stoking.
I played around with the jets and bought the right spark plug.
IN the mean time, winter came to NY, and I stored it in my friend's basement. This spring, it barely would do 15. I highly suspect the crankcase gasket, as all the bolts worked themselves loose. I re-torked them all, with some minor effect. Needles to say, I tried to get parts. I have tried vespasupershop with great success in the past. Now they are supposedly moving... I would like to get my ped on the road for good, and at the right speed. Do I need to rebuild the entire engine
(again?). Where should I get parts? DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY PED? Any reply would be appreciated. Could I possibly have damaged it by running without a muffler that first hour (it was clogged w/carbon)?