TLDR version: bought a stella, down on power, rough shape...rebuild? Why not
Having been a long time motorcyclist, Racing motocross, some road racing, 'adventure' riding etc. I decided to come out of the closet about my interest in scooters. It started with a 2003 green stella 2T kind-of-sort-of-but-not really purchased for my wife. Rode it for a few months and loved it. Then came the tinkering...jetting, pipe, etc. Long/short the green one is going to stay stock so I began the search for an affordable Stella to mess with. Found an 'atomic Fireball' for sale. It was rough. Just sitting in the backyard of a college students yard falling apart. Test rode it and it was certainly low on power, meh. He took $700 for it so off we were. Got home and did what I should have done before buying it....took the cowl off and ran it. sounds like someone banging cast iron skillets together. Compression so low I could kick start it barefoot. Sh*t. So begins my first scooter tear down.
Coming home. Looks good from a distance.
Lets just get right to it shall we?