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.