1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Hey all,

All of my mechanical experience has been with fixing cars, but a friend's family is moving away and asked me if I wanted this 1980 Fantic Pepi for free. I said absolutely yes.

I have literally zero experience with mopeds, but I'm pretty excited to try to get this thing moving again. If nothing else, replacement parts are so much cheaper than car parts, and access is much less of an issue. This thing is super rough and super rusty, but I'm hoping this will be a pretty pure mechanical experience.

Anyway, here's what seems good:

- Minarelli engine, which seems rust free. I will have to take it apart to see for sure though. Haven't tried to turn it over.

- Gas tank is somehow not gross on the inside and has minimal surface rust on the outside.

And the bad:

- pretty much everything else you can think of (seized wheels, brake situation unclear, chain is super rusty.)

My goal here is not a full restoration into mint condition but rather to get the thing running and learn a thing or two.

I've come across treats and dos and a couple other places for parts, which is great. However, one thing that I'm super unsure of is the wheels. Given their state, I'm assuming I need new ones. But my understanding is that wheels are pretty specific to manufacturer (i.e. I can't swap on a Tomos wheel or something). I've seen front wheel on Treats, but haven't found much in terms of a rear wheel. Are there other moped that used a compatible rear wheel? Are Concord XKE parts going to be largely the same? I did some forum searches, but it wasn't super clear to me.

Apologies if these are questions with super obvious answers. I literally just picked this thing up today.

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Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Looks to me like those wheels will clean up OK .

Might have to replace bearings .

Paint makes 'em look a bit prettier . ;)

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Yeah, I'm reading now about how wheels like this work. Not familiar to me at all, but hey I'm always game to take something apart and try to put it back together. If I can restore rather than replace, I'm all for it.

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Cool looking bike, I bet with some effort it will clean up well, new cables/chain etc, but lot's of elbow grease (free) :) Keep us posted.

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

> P D Wrote:

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> Looks to me like those wheels will clean up OK .

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> Might have to replace bearings .

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> Paint makes 'em look a bit prettier . ;)

Before wasting any time on those wheels check to see if all spokes are tight and rims are true and straight. The wheels look run of the mill Italian 16s.

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Possibly get them re-spoked at a bicycle shop? If that is possible, then give the rims a go over with fine wire wool and a metal polish whilst the spokes are out.

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

My moped is very similar and it appears to be an Italian style frame. Tomos wheels will probably work. Don't try jawa wheels though. I converted to tomos rims. I haven't tested everything yet but it appears to work.

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Well, it's your project. If it were mine, a set of older Tomos mags would be first on the list.

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Dan (high idle) Conway /

+1 on changing the bearings, it would be worth the time imho to find the correct sealed bearing conversion size, steel wool and polish those wheels and spikes, maybe change out the spokes if they’re really really rusty.

I hope that engine is free/has compression, Looks nice from massachusetts though.

Minarellis love to run and run.

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

I've noticed recently on a couple projects that a rusted chain keeps the rear wheel and the pedal part of the motor from moving. I've used a bolt cutter to remove the chain and then things freed up a little.

That's not to say that bearings and brakes aren't frozen or bad as well, but the chain usually needs to go anyway and it's an easy place to start.

Once you take care of bearings, tires, tubes, petcock, tank, chain, and cables, it's the engine as the part that needs attention. If you are handy with them, you've got a running moped on your hands in relatively no time and you are beating the women off with a stick. You have to break their hearts and tell them you can't carry passengers.

Welcome to the club!

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

> Trent Anderson Wrote:

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> Once you take care of bearings, tires, tubes, petcock, tank, chain, and

> cables, it's the engine as the part that needs attention. If you are

> handy with them, you've got a running moped on your hands in relatively

> no time

Seems to me that^ is backwards . I would get the motor running good first . Once that happens , invest in the rest . ;)

Re: 1980 Fantic Pepi step through project

Emilio Hobbit /

Hey Nick

I'm also in mass! Picked up a pepi about a year ago and got it running. Great moped and motor. As far as wheels, you can probably find the fantic mags on treats or Ebay. This is mine

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