This is good to hear. You can get away with doing just a motor rebuild and replacing the wiring harness. Replace the bearings and front brake shoes and you're good-to-go indefinitely.
I'm very much in agreement with you. The bottom line is I *know* (and knew when I bought it) that it needs a rebuild, it was just seeing how long we could put it off and maybe ride it a bit. But I think the right thing to do is tear it all down, and build it back so I know what I've got.
Hah! You've come to the right place then. We'll have those around you wondering about your sanity, or at least your risk tolerances, in no time!
I still have a ton to learn, but with YouTube, shop manuals and your all's willingness to continue to answer my noob questions, I think I can get there! Also, I like to go fast so…chandlerman I'll be looking to you for go-fast parts suggestions when the time comes!
I have my SprintV's motor in my VBB and used that to go plaid, so you can definitely get plenty of go-fast out of a Sprint. It's a little over 17 HP and would push about 70 on 10's. The fundamental parts changes are a 24/24 carb, a BGM 177, a SIP Vape Sport ignition, a SIP Road exhaust (I forget if it's a Road 2.0 or XL right now), and a cut 60mm crank with a PX cone (so it can use PX ignitions). Past that, it's all just setting it up right.
I'd say get a successful rebuild under your belt and maybe even look for a second motor to use for tuning. Not everyone is a fan, but you can build a crazy-fast motor on top of reeded LML (Stella) cases.
Although as I'm now learning, smallies are where some of the craziest power is at, albeit with a different curve. Or a P200 motor...VMC245, I'm lookin' at you...