On September 18, I picked up a classic, circa 1967 Bianchi moped from a friend’s barn in Fenton. It appeared to be in decent shape, although it hasn’t run in decades. It’s a Bianchi Avanti Sport, a 50 cc moped with a folding frame. The pictures below were taken after unloading the moped from the car.
Aside from 3 decades of dust, it’s in relatively good condition. I immediately started on the tear-down, removing everything down to every nut and bolt. All parts will be cleaned, some will be replaced, then the moped will be reassembled.
The odometer shows 234 miles, so this moped wasn’t heavily used. The fuel tank label says it holds 2 liters of 2-cycle mix, at 5%. I’ll assume that 5% refers to the oil-gasoline ratio, so that would be a 20:1 mix. Sounds a bit rich, so I’ll do more research before mixing that first batch of fuel.
Unfortunately, there is very little data available for this machine, and most of these models were sold in Europe, as the Bianchi Aquilotto.
I’ve set up a permanent page here to post updates as progress is made. Check back periodically. This should be fun to clean up and restore, and assuming it runs again, drive around the streets of Alden.