Thanks for all the responses.
I think I will give this post a format so we can keep track of these items.
Please don’t take my confidence in how I did things as ignorant. I did things the way I did because it conceptually made sense. So if I ask questions or am persistent, it's because I want to understand why I should make a change :)
Believe it or not I'm an ME, and I can't get my moped going haha. But really, I like to understand so thanks.
I’m spinning the magneto clockwise. This makes sense to me. If I were to pedal, it would go that way, unless I was pedaling backwards.
For timing process. I put in my timing gauge through spark plug hole. I spun the motor until it hit TDC.
When it hit TDC, I spun the piston down, then I screwed my timing gauge 1.5mm. Then I spun the piston back up to tap the gauge. Then I took the magneto cover, lined up the firing marks and tapped it on there. Then I secured the magneto cover with a clamp and made sure nothing moved as I tightened.
That all makes sense to me.
Diagram is posted. Sounds like the recommendation is ground strap from motor, to the frame.
My question is, why do I need to ground to the frame?? What’s wrong with grounding to the motor, is the ground mass too small? Since I’ve floated the lighting coil, I’m not grounding anything else to frame.
Rebel, I like the idea of lower carter to spring, thanks. I got a nice strap I can use. I just want to know why we wanna ground to frame.
From my recollection, I assembled the crank seals with springs facing outward. I remember reading Rebel mobys posts.
I did have binding of the piston in the cylinder initially. I took a mallet and loosened up the crank. It spun up and down the cylinder nice and smooth. I didn’t gauge it. Maybe I will if I de-assemble.
Rebel, I bought high temp gasket maker for those CDI mounting bolts!!
If I had to question something, it would be the paper gasket between the cases. I do remember it was a PITA to get it to fit. I thought I had it clean-o, maybe not.
I checked the ring gap, I wish I wrote it down. I also made sure the arrow on the piston was pointed at the right direction. I will post a picture.
I’m using a metal head gasket recommended for the 74CC kit since I guess it melts other gaskets.
After reading all this, I’m questioning leaks in general. If my plug isn't getting wet and I have fuel in a brand new 15.15 shaa, we should go and find a leak right????
I think I need to come up with a good test to determine whether I have a leak. That would be best way to diagnose before ripping everything apart, correct?
I hear my carb sucking in air when I crank the motor.
Rebel, should I be able to crank my motor by hand?
Do you recommend a compression tester gauge? I will buy one.
I will also do a leak test somehow. I will start with lung power test and come up with something more technical maybe for the soap and water test. (edited)