The whole reason I stopped riding the Lambretta years ago was because I was convinced the engine had seized. When it stopped as I was riding it, it sounded like it had seized and it felt like it had seized and when I tried to turn it over, it woudn't budge. Now, when a bird floats, flies, swims, quacks and tastes really good with crispy skin and hoisin sauce... I call it a duck.

So it was with great pleasure and surprise last night that I discovered another possible (likely) reason for its stopping the way it did. It would appear that the screws holding the fan to the flywheel all fell out or broke and jammed themselves in between.

Taken with SmugShot on my iPhone

Notice how you see no screws in the holes?

Taken with SmugShot on my iPhone

Wait, there's one!

Taken with SmugShot on my iPhone

Oh my, and another couple there!

Offhand I'm not certain how that could cause the symptoms I experienced, but it would be too coincidental not to be related. Also, I can now turn the engine over smoothly and easily by hand. Looking in the intake port there is no visible scarring on the piston as it moves through its travel.

I think this just got a little bit easier.

Well. Easier after I figure out how to get the flywheel and fan off and separated. Where's that manual I ordered?