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Struggling to find time to do much on this, did get the gearchange and throttle supports stripped of all paint today

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Also stripped the paint off the back of the horncasing.

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All aluminium parts are now ready for paint, hopefully I'll get it all away to a painter in the next week or so. :)

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This GP toolbox wasn't in the best condition when I fitted it to my bitsa back in 1990, it had numerous scuffs and scratches - this was why I painted it. This time I thought I'd have a go at restoring it. So far the paint has been removed with a soak in thinners, and I've started to eradicate the sanding marks and scuffs with wet and dry paper. I intend to go through the grades of paper until I can polish it up to a semi gloss finish.

 

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If it all goes horribly wrong, I can always paint it again! :P

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I finally got round to collecting this assortment of freshly painted junk today. Now I'm officially flat broke! First job when I landed was to trial fit the side panel embellishments - their mounting holes usually shrink due to paint thickness. Careful rogering with a screwdriver opened the holes just enough for a snug fit. 

 

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Many pieces needing packing away until I can afford to buy the stuff needed to build the thing. 

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Biggest bits will be wrapped up and stored in the garage until the time comes. 

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Shit the bed, that looks glorious. What's needed to build it now? Have found out with my L.I that cheap means anything but, every time it goes in for a repair they find something else wrong with it! It'll never look as nice as yours.

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14 hours ago, Cavcraft said:

Shit the bed, that looks glorious. What's needed to build it now? Have found out with my L.I that cheap means anything but, every time it goes in for a repair they find something else wrong with it! It'll never look as nice as yours.

Thank you kindly. I need to buy new cables, floor runners, rubber trim, tyres, wiring loom, battery, seat and stainless fasteners for everything. Putting the old stuff back on isn't really an option now the paintwork is nice - it'll cost a fair few queen heads, but it'll be properly tidy when done. :)

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Got all the painted pieces unwrapped on the living room floor. 

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Side panel badges carefully fitted. 

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Toolbox mounting brackets riveted on. 

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As you can see, I bailed out of sanding and polishing this back to its original plastic finish. It was just taking far too much time. (I'm not usually bothered by laborious tasks, but this was ridiculous!) 

Whilst looking through the parts I already have for the rebuild, I spotted then biffed in the chrome steering lock ring that I bought for this many years ago. 

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Merry Christmas one and all! :)

 

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Its been most frustrating to not be able to get stuck in to this. I did however find a few decent fasteners that allowed me to fit a couple of parts to the frame. 

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There's a few parts that need paint removing to allow assembly to happen, so I'll be getting that done while I wait for parts money to arrive.  :(

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A couple of odds and sods arrived this morning from Scooter Restorations in Nottingham. This little package has allowed me to fit the toolbox door, fuel flap and headstock bearings/cups.

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Hopefully it won't be too long before I can order up some more stuff to enable a decent bit of progress. 

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Still trying to find a new job, but managed to grab a bit of time on this today. Stand and splash plate went on. 

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The threads in the handlebars, horn case and tail light housing were all cleaned up with suitably sized taps so that the screws ran in nicely. 

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Just before teatime, the rear frame badge went on after a bit of a polish. 

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More to come in the not too distant future. :)

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I'm lovin your Lambo mate. Going to be a stunner when done. Doffing of hat and

stuff from me. I had an SX200 in the early 70's in the same colour scheme.

It had been bored out to 225 and the seller said it would do 95. Didn't fancy

seeing if it would, chickened out, so he could have been lying. 

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Grabbed a little time for this after a job interview today - wheels + hubs were built up with new tyres and tubes. 

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Dampers were then sprayed up after being bare metalled yesterday. 

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Got a few odds and sods to paint still, but will hopefully be getting the engine in some time next week. :)

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Smartened up a few pieces after stripping them back to bare metal.

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Made a start cleaning up the engine too. I'd originally planned a complete strip and rebuild, but theres nothing wrong with it, so a clean and spruce up will be fine for now. (gonna replace the carburettor though, the one on it is problematic) 

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Whilst stripping parts off to ease the cleaning process, I noticed that the gear shift tie rod was worn, giving a sloppy gear change. The elongated hole was welded up and re drilled, which should reduce the travel of the handlebar considerably during shifts. 

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Totally regret scrapping the frame that this engine came to me in - would have been an easy fix for me nowadays! 

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Great thread. 

 

For the curious, what can a rough / cheap project vespa or lambretta go for nowadays?

MY brother had a significant amount of them. I remember knocking one over when i was about 9 and setting the alarm off on it. He had a few choppers too, ill see if i can find pictures. 

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