Vespa Primavera Restoration

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Hooli @ Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:44 pm

It is achingly simple to pick the correct helicoil, it's almost like they are named to make it easy. But then as you just say 'do you want fries with that?' all day I'd expect it to be beyond you.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:33 pm

Panic over I watched a youtube and it explained everything, even the pitch.

Thank goodness I didn't have to listen to cvntmouth hooli. Or Hoolimouth I suppose.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:20 am

Well I finally ordered a part that fitted.

The Orange's speedo was loose so i looked in the part book, found the part number, googled it and it came up with the part and it's dimensions for sale in Germany for tons of money. I googled the size, found it on ebay and got 4 for less than a pound each.

And it fitted perfectly!!!

As regards the PX I've ordered a spare wheel, tyre and cover as they were missing and a black front rack. I've also found a dark red seat cover. Pictures when it's all fitted.

Looking to MOT it this week as well.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by spast1kunt @ Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:30 am

Pics or it didn't happen.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:01 am

spast1kunt wrote:Pics or it didn't happen.


You want a picture of the screw in place?
I'm not taking it out again for a 'before' photo because you just know something will go wrong.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:27 am

Well my local scooter restorer called me yesterday to say he had a slot open up for my scooters. Previously there was a 6 week waiting list.

They'll be checking and servicing the grey one and sticking an MOT on it then when I get it back I have a couple of additions to fit and it'll be up for sale. I'll be posting some photos when it's ready. I figure it'll be up for about £1750.
The orange one is having all new cables and the exhaust bolt sorted plus a full check and MOT and any other bits they find. Then we talked about the paintwork. No way can they match the current paint (even though B&Q can match the colour of my ballsack if I wanted) so I have to pick a new orange and have a full respray. 1970's is the theme and suggestions are welcome.

So apart from a few minor detailing bits I have to do I think that when the scooters are returned, this thread is nearly done.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by tanglerat @ Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:53 pm

I'm a bit disappoint frankly. All those good things you could've been doing yourself and reporting g back here on for a fantastic restro thread, you've basically outsourced.

What a swizz.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:58 pm

tanglerat wrote:I'm a bit disappoint frankly. All those good things you could've been doing yourself and reporting g back here on for a fantastic restro thread, you've basically outsourced.

What a swizz.


Well you'd have to disregard the respray and I wasn't going to change the cables but I mentioned I had them and he offered to fit them so that only leaves the exhaust bolt. Hardly an Aesgarth turbo refit is it?

As regards the grey one, I have a few bits to do to that when it returns and some other detail bits on the orange one so all is not lost.


A more suspicious person would think you just wanted to see the resultant bollockup of me doing it myself but I trust you totally.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Strawman @ Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:55 pm

Il Duce wrote:I have to pick a new orange and have a full respray. 1970's is the theme and suggestions are welcome.


Has to be Porsche Blood Orange

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:10 am

Porsche? Really? Considering my Porsche experience?

Ah I get it. Good one!

Had a call from the sprayer yesterday and he took the front mudguard to a paint place where they were going to scan and reproduce the current paint colour. He said it won't be a perfect match but as close as possible which is still better than me picking a colour from a photograph.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:15 am

Update.

The grey PX passed it's MOT and has had a full check up and service. No problems found so I have a new spare wheel to fit, a new front rack, recover the seat in dark red, remove the mudflaps and it should be ready to sell. I already have 3 people interested.

The orange Primavera passed it's MOT and was also checked over with no problems found. The respray has been done and new cables fitted and the exhaust bolts sorted. I can now register it and then fit the new floor runners and various small detail bits and then it'll be ready to send to Italy.

I'm picking them up on Thursday so I'll take some photos and post them up on Friday.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Damien Thorn @ Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:31 am

Good!
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Strawman @ Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:32 pm

You need this for your garage ID

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:22 am

Strawman wrote:You need this for your garage ID

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A kenwood mixer?

Oh I see.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:33 am

The scooters are back and looking good so it was time to fit the new spare tyre and wheel.

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But because of the sports exhaust, the shitter doesn't fit:
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So I either fit a standard exhaust or forget the idea and sell the wheel.

Time to remove the stupid mudflaps:

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Much better!

And finally the rack and seat cover.
Finished!

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:41 am

Well nearly finished. The seat strap is being remade in the same seat colour then it's ready for sale. £1750.

The orange one looks superb after the respray:

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Yes I know the toolbox door looks a different colour but only under artificial light. It's made of alloy that's why it looks like that apparently.

Time to fit the new white rear light gasket that took me ages to find and cost stupid money:

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Trouble is the light is not a Primavera, it's from an SS so it's totally wrong.
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The only upside is a white one for an SS is only a fiver delivered. <presses buy>

The final couple of jobs are making a white passenger grab strap for the seat, fitting the floorboard runners, attaching the mirror and a couple of detail stickers: petrol tap, mix %, etc.

So exciting!
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by spast1kunt @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:49 am

What sort of money will you be asking for the PX?
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:43 am

spast1kunt wrote:What sort of money will you be asking for the PX?


£1750 and that will cover my costs and about £100 for my time. Wildcat scooters in Newport serviced it and MOT'd it and said it's a good one and that's a fair price. It's not perfect as there a couple of small marks on the paintwork and a tiny crack in the headlight casing. I have the replacement part which is just fitted with four screws but will need spraying first. If I got it perfect it'd probably be worth another £200 but I want to out it soon as I've been offered a completely renovated Primavera that just need reassembly.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Rod Rammage @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:52 am

Do you have to change gear on these scooters?

If you have to change gear then I am not going to buy them.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by spast1kunt @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:35 am

You don't have to change gear. Going everywhere in first would probably be a bit boring though.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:30 pm

Rod Rammage wrote:Do you have to change gear on these scooters?

If you have to change gear then I am not going to buy them.


Them? Only the grey one is for sale you donkey.

Also bear in mind that the use of the clutch with your left hand will strengthen it enough to be able to choke a chicken.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:15 am

I fitted the seat strap to the PX so it need a finally clean then it's ready to go.

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Freddie @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:16 am

Looks good.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:25 am

Then I went on to fit the running boards on the footplate:

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Then the various stickers and tool box tub
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A finally the million pound mat that covers everything up and looks shite

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:59 am

Il Duce wrote:Image

Can you take some better pictures of this? It's lush.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:03 am

thekungfury wrote:
Il Duce wrote:Image

Can you take some better pictures of this? It's lush.


No problem. I hope to do the final clean on Thursday afternoon and I'll take some photos and post on Friday.

It's weird, everyone who see the two of them goes mad about the grey one. I can't see it myself.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Spannerman @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:35 am

Il Duce wrote:
thekungfury wrote:
Il Duce wrote:Image

Can you take some better pictures of this? It's lush.


No problem. I hope to do the final clean on Thursday afternoon and I'll take some photos and post on Friday.

It's weird, everyone who see the two of them goes mad about the grey one. I can't see it myself.

Fit a windscreen and you could pretend you were Sting in Quadrophenia.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Strawman @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:44 am

You'd need dozens of extra headlights and some more rear view mirrors though.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:54 am

Spannerman wrote:
Il Duce wrote:
thekungfury wrote:
Il Duce wrote:Image

Can you take some better pictures of this? It's lush.


No problem. I hope to do the final clean on Thursday afternoon and I'll take some photos and post on Friday.

It's weird, everyone who see the two of them goes mad about the grey one. I can't see it myself.

Fit a windscreen and you could pretend you were Sting in Quadrophenia.


In the film it was supposed to be a GS but was in fact a PX with different side panels and lights.

Another thing I found out when picking up the scooter was that the rear light on the PX is an original one from a GS/SS and is worth about £100.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by tanglerat @ Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:39 pm

Il Duce wrote:
Another thing I found out when picking up the scooter was that the rear light on the PX is an original one from a GS/SS and is worth about £100.


Just had something similar happen to myself. It's a nice bonus.

Good photo-reportage. It's a proper real resto-thread now. What's your next plans for them?
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