Long story short - my mate gave me a Vespa ET2 50cc. His mate gave it to him as there's was something wrong with it. He decided he didn't have the time, so gave it to me.
I know nothing about scooters or 2-strokes. I'm pretty handy with the tools working on cars though.
So, when I got it I managed to get it started, but it wouldn't rev cleanly. Then it stopped dead very abruptly. And wouldn't kick over any more.
I've pulled the drive cover and there is definitely a spot where it jams tight. Using a socket, I can turn it over but it get stuck hard at the same spot every time. I can then turn the engine backwards slightly and it will then get past the binding spot but it's still super tight. The rest of the revolution is nice and smooth.
I've pulled the plug which makes no difference in how it turns over.
It's been pulled apart before as some of the screws for the plastics are missing etc. There's some silastic on the rubber adaptor between the carb and engine, which was hiding some cracks, so I'll get a new one of them when I get around to ordering parts.
I figure I'm at the point of no return as I'm about to pull the head and barrel to see what it looks like as I have no idea what to do next.
Any help appreciated. Always enjoy learning new things.