So recently my Dad gave me his 81 Vespa P200E. He hadn't started it since something like 1984 and I remember playing on it in the garage as a kid. He never sold it though, despite never riding it. So finally I asked if I could take it and sure enough he let me have it.
So, my first goal was simply to get this engine to work. All fluids where drained years ago so it was a bit surprising to see such a clean gas tank and carburetor.
got a battery, got a spark plug (B6HS), got gas & 2-stroke oil, got oil for crankcase. I removed the carburetor and cleaned the main stack and slow jets. Reassembled, kicked it a million times and finally it started with the choke full out....but the thing revved its ass off all by itself. It died when I shoved the choke shut so I called it a day. The next day I completely disassembled the carburetor, sprayed out the main casting with carb cleaner, sprayed the jets out including the idle this time, and basically everything else I could think of. Upon reassembly I sealed the carb gaskets using that oil and fuel resistant gasket "goo" and set the fuel mix and idle screws to what was suggested on this website http://vespamaintenance.com/fuel/carbtune/
From there it ran pretty good. A bunch of rides around the block later I had tuned the mixture screw about 2 whole turns out and put the idle screw where it seemed to be happy on a warmed up engine. The plug is light brown so I think I'm on the right track with it. Next I got a floor mat, the rubber ends for the stand, the rubber bellow, tires, tubes, and a clip on mirror. This is where I'm at right now.
In the next few weeks I'm going to put a new rear shock on with new mounts, and it was suggested to me in my other thread to replace fuel and oil lines too. Also, my ignition key and kill switch do nothing to start or stop the engine. I opened the the cover above the headlight and found that the green (ignition?) wire had a decent sized section of rubber that had flaked off. So that needs to be fixed too...
I'm going to use this thread to share this stuff, look for advice, and of course post pictures. Because everyone loves pictures.