June 26, 2009

1978 JC Penny Pinto 2

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts. I looked and behold, a pale horse. And his name, that sat upon him, was Benny. And hell followed with him. Okay, maybe not hell, but at least a wake of style.

Ben found this little gem, although not a gem at the time, online, in Cleveland, Ohio. He sent his Dad over to check it out for him, and subsequently wrote a check and shipped it out West. Upon delivery, Ben decided the Pinto was going to need more TLC than he had anticipated, rolled up his sleeves, and taught himself how to rebuild and fix his new whip. Along with Jeff Johnsen's superb knowledge and help, and some powder-coating, new crank, Boss pipe, and an intake, Ben had the ride he needed.

I'm not a moped lover, despite their cult-like following here in Los Angeles' East side, but let me tell you... this thing is way too much fun. 70ccs and 45mph, the thing gets up and goes.

For more great pictures of the LA Moped culture, check out the THE LATEBIRDS Flickr set...