SOOoooOOOOoooo, this is a long story… Since I last posted about the Solepuch it was just painted black and running great; but that quickly turned into a nightmare.
Not long after porting a #4 stock cylinder, one of the wrist 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 lbs). I later found that the con-rod snapped and wedged its self into the intake port…destroyed the case…yep, fun.
SO, I said screw it and got:
- 1977 Race crank / bearings
- 70cc K-star w/ head
- 16 x 3.25in tire?
Wile rebuilding the engine, I decided to do some more frame work, including modding the rear end to fit a 16 x 3.25in tire?! Why you ask? because its sweet…
After this, I had it running okay, but it needed a new carb to run the kit. 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 everyone’s’ favorite moped dude, Ben Krenke, take it for a spin around Eastern Market. This was the aftermath….
He was waiting at a red light, as it turned green and he started to go, a car turned right in front of him and ran over the back end of the bike… Ben was fine, a couple scrapes, and a bit shaken up; however, the bike was NOT fine at all. 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!
Editors Note: We are all really glad Ben is okay, and we have also instructed Ted to fix his droopy chain – xoxo