Another Ill Advised Project

Have you ever seen one of those ¬†gas powered blenders? You know, the one with the obnoxiously loud two-stroke engine that spins up your favorite frozen drink without the support of electricity or a generator? For some reason I think I need one. Lucky for me, I’ve been handed a slightly damaged small engine that would be perfect for conversion. The only catch? It’s still attached to a GoPed scooter.

This scooter has seen lots of use and eventually the exhaust attachment on the cylinder castings broke off, exposing the piston and preventing the reattachment of the pipe without a new barrel. Since parts are readily available for these engines, I’m taking on the project.

Since it’s a work in progress, I have no sketches or plans. Just a bunch of ideas floating around inside my head. I figure this is the best way to avoid disappointment- if I have no expected outcome, anything that works will be acceptable. We’ll see how this works out.

With the engine and gas tank off, the scooter is basically a rolling chassis. The last thing I need is a scooter, engine or no. The small wheels and extreme speed have proven to be injurious to people I know, and I’m not going to take the chance.

Here is the broken exhaust port casting on the cylinder:

Casting bits that were still attached to the muffler:

So far, all that’s been done is disassembly and cleaning. A new cylinder barrel is on order, as is a centrifugal clutch assembly, carburetor bulb, fuel lines and gasket kit. As of now, the project sits on hold awaiting the arrival of the UPS man with a package.