Saturday, April 4, 2009

mopedery

last tuesday leah and i were working on her moped. she had a leaking petcock (don't be gross, the "petcock" is the fuel valve) that we were replacing. here's the height of the action:


actually that isn't the height of the action at all. that occurred when i ended up getting soaked with gasoline... from the beginning: so, we got the new petcock on the ped (courtesy of 1977 mopeds) and then tried to start it. considering it's been sitting on my patio for a year this was not an easy task. the flat rear tire didn't help. anyway, after much cajoling we got it going. it wasn't exactly running in top form, but the tweaking is the easy part. i put the moped up on it's kick stand and let it run for a minute. that's when it all went wrong. i noticed a fluid slowly leaking out of the fuel tank... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what leaks out of the fuel tank. i lightly touched the leak, which caused the paint fleck that was apparently the only thing holding back the torrent to break loose... and then the torrent. my leg was soaked in a 50:1 mixture of gasoline and 2-stroke engine oil. the solution was for me to plug the hole with my finger while leah ran to grab a bucket. so, now i have a half full bucket of gasoline and a busted moped on my patio. stay tuned for my next make stuff/do stuff project: "how to patch a hole in a moped fuel tank"

1 comment:

Patti Hill said...

Geoff! Gasoline spray? So glad no open flames nearby. Geez.