SOOoooOOOOoooo, this is a long story… Since I last posted about the Solepuch it was just painted black and running great, it very quickly turned into a nightmare. Not long after porting a #4 stock cylinder, one of the rist pin clips broke and wedged its self in between the piston and one of the transfers, aka, destroying the top end. I pulled it apart and replaced all necessary parts then got it running again. Not 10 miles after, everything locked up hard too the point were I had to carry it back to the shop (not too bad when your bike weighs 90 Lds). I later found that the con-rod snapped and wedged its self into the intake port… yep, fun. SO, I said screw it and got:
- 1977 Race crank / bearings
- 70cc K-star w/ head
- 16 x 3.5in tire?
Wile rebuilding the engine, I decided to do some more frame work, including moding the rear end to fit a 16 x 3.5in tire?! Why you ask? because its sweet…
After this, I had it running ok, but it needed a new carb to run the kit, so after a couple weeks I got a 15mm PHGB BS and made a new intake for it. I got it together right before moped monday, and spent most of the night tuning the bike. Once I was happy with the tuning I let everyones’ favorite moped dude, Ben Krenke take it for a spin around Eastern Market. This was the after math….
He was waiting at a red light, as it turned green and he started to go, a car hit him from behind and ran over the back end of the bike… sweet (he’s fine). Peg snapped, frame bent, rear wheel crushed, front wheel bent, fork destroyed, pipe bent / baffle gone and the seat (old solex seat) was destroyed. I was able to bend the frame back to its correct position so after that is was just a matter of rebuilding everything else.
I decided to keep the rear hub because it was modified to fit the crazy tire (chain line) so this was the old rim… it loves you! Replaced all sorts of other stuff and BOOSH! SOLEPUCH LIVES AGAIN!
Now that is is back together, it is running kind of how it was… the rear wheel needs to be dished for a better chain line, and there is something wrong with the clutch, not sure what, but it is not releasing when you come down from top speed to a stop. I am just happy that it runs again!