To be honest this was one of my favorite builds and took very little time...15 hours between tear down, cleaning, and rebuild. A few weeks ago I was riding my moped around the neighborhood during the neighborhood garage sale weekend and I happened to spot this Puch Maxi moped. I stopped and talk to the guy and after some discussion he agreed that if I left $20 he would put the bike back in the backyard until I was back with the rest of the money. It was the cheapest moped I have picked up and I was looking forward to rebuilding it.
When turning over the motor you could hear a little bit of noise and sure enough when I cracked open the motor I saw the culprit. The main gear's bearing was shot and lost the spacer rings to keep the eight ball bearings apart to their appropriate spacing. Fine with me...I love rebuilding the motors so I ordered new bearings and seals.
As she finished cleaning Friday, I rebuilt the motor with new bearings and seals so that was back together with spark. Timing was checked and I threw new rubber strips, tubes, and tires on the wheels...and called it a day.
Saturday morning I woke up and ate the rust out of the gas tank with phosphoric acid. We mounted the swing arm, forks, and then tossed on the wheels before taking a break.
I knew the final part of assembly would take a while so I decided to step away for a little bit and I took my sister to play disc golf for the first time in her life. She was getting pretty good by the end and getting some good distance. It is nice having a course right around the corner from where I live, but I haven't been there in a long time. We grabbed lunch and then headed back to finish up the bike.
We finished up around 8PM and we both rode it around a little bit. Pretty peppy bike, indeed. I made sure the stock exhaust was de-restricted and I also filed down the skits on the piston a little to allow for more fuel. Should be a pretty reliable fun bike for her to ride...with shoes.
We went back home Sunday for my brother's graduation and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a picture of the bike in front of one of the cows on the family farm.... a moo-ped.
Sure hope she likes the bike and takes care of it. I am hoping that the time she spent helping me with the rebuild and cleaning will make her cherish the moped a little more. If I would have still had the bike I totally would have rode stock to Moped Monday, but instead I rode my Maxi. I ended up giving in to my better judgement and let some of the guys ride my bike up the street and back. They all were interested in the disc brake on my Polini build and they loved it. It was amazing that when one of the 90 pound guys got on the bike how quickly he took off. More reason I need to go for a run this afternoon. Or right after work before the rain arrives.
Andrew Buck Michael