Malaguti Update: 6/7/2012

Got the ‘guti running!  Good stuff.  Vroom vroom.  Or maybe like, vrrrr….

I hope I look this good when I turn 40!

There are still a few slight issues, but I got it to run by adjusting the spark gap with some .4 mm metal sheeting, which I found at sprout.  I think it is for weather proofing.  The other suggestion for a feeler gauge stand in that I got was a cereal box, so the piece of metal seemed like a decent option, given that it measured .34-.41 mm on some digital callipers, and the gap should be .35-.4 mm for a Morini MO2 (M02?) engine.

A picture showing the electrical SNAFU

Outstanding issues are now that the electrical system is in a small SNAFU, because I hard-wired EVERYTHING, disconnected the killswitch, the tail light is broken, and the lighting coil is not tested or installed.  Also, the carb needs to be re-jetted and the idle adjusted, since it was drilled out by the previous owner.  And the last thing is that the clutch cable broke!  Oh no!  Better go to treats.  Oh, yea and the pipe is clogged.

Whats missing? The tail light is missing…

Other than all that, I got it moved to the new workspace okay by yanking the clutch cable real hard with my left hand, giving it gas with my right hand, and peddling really really hard.  I got all the way down one or two blocks before I ran into a one way street in the other direction and the engine died again.  Bugger.

Malaguti Pilot: A New Project

The ” ‘guti “, a malaguti pilot from the 70’s

I picked this moped up from kHz Garage in Allston- not running in its current condition, but with a few donor electrical and fuel related parts, it had started up, according to the previous owners.  I pedal/push/pulled it all the way from allston, up through Harvard and porter square to sprout to sit down with it for a few days to get it repaired.  It was a long and very exhausting trip, but the next day I got to look at some of the things that were not functioning.

Something is missing here…

Something is missing here.  Some kind of tube to convey liquid fuel (gasoline+2 stroke premix) to the carb.  Ah, a fuel line and fuel filter are in order.  In short order, the magic of 3/16 in (4mm, I believe) fuel line and a cheap, $5 filter fixed this problem.

Something is missing here too! What could it be…?

I got a new spark plug boot as part of the bike, but I needed some B6HS spark plugs for the Franco Morini Motori MO2 (motor).  So I got some and installed one.

fuel line and filter routed around stash box


Here you can see the fuel line and filter mounted around the stash box, near the side panels of the body.  The stash box is pretty sweet- it looks like a good place to stash some extra fuel line, a fresh plug, or maybe some small tools.  In the background you can see the spark plug mounted at a funky angle.  Way Rad!

Well, that is all for now.  There is no spark since I still have not wired the magneto yet- once I do that it is time to test the whole system!