Vespa Primavera Restoration

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Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:42 am

Don't expect anything like Aesgarths or the TR7V8 projects. I'm just tidying it up.

No taking the piss out of my garage. Fat chance I know.

Here is how it was advertised:

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Here are the bodywork defects:

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:53 am

I'm having trouble with tinypic. So that's it for now.

Any suggestions on picture hosters?
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by CJ+ @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:56 am

Aesgarth's uploader thing.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Strawman @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:57 am

http://imgur.com/

Seems to be the best site at the moment
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:19 pm

After fitting the tyres the hubs looked scruffy so i stripped them

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and painted them

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Then I saw the rear exhaust was shitty so I took it off and resprayed it.
No photos of the finished item yet sorru

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Unfortunately the main bolt holding it on was missing. Ordered from ebay and then realised it was coming from India and would take a month. Open my parts book, find the part number and see the dimensions and then order it from a bolt company in the uk.


Of course while removing the front wheel and using the brake to stop the wheel turning, the brake cable broke so i had to order and fit one of those. and then try and adjust it. and then buy a tool called a third hand that means you can actually adjust it.

Other bits I've done have been fitting a correct locking seat bolt, a new centre floor mat, new toolbox lock, new spark plug and holder. Also a new fuel tap lever and grommet. This is thrilling I know.
I've also changed the oil but I'm not sure about the tightness of the sump plug and I fear it's been threaded at some point so that might mean a re-thread.

So once I've fitted the exhaust and a new bulb and adjusted the clutch cable I'll be ready for the MOT and then I can uk register it.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Freddie @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:19 pm

Looking forward to the finished scooter, ID.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Dirk @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:23 pm

Surely yyou are adding lots of wing mirrors and quad speakers?
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by spast1kunt @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:26 pm

RAF roundels and a fox's tail attached to an aerial?
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Freddie @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:40 pm

ID on his next holiday in Rome.

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:42 pm

It's a 70's model. The things you suggest are from the 60's.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Dirk @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:47 pm

More like this Freddie

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:54 pm

no no no!

Like this:

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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:58 pm

How bizarre. Even the fish have more wheels.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Freddie @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:07 pm

Il Duce wrote:It's a 70's model. The things you suggest are from the 60's.


Yes, but Audrey.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Käsemeister @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:08 pm

That's a proper takeaway, those electric sockets are grotty. Watch out for the food inspectors.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Deuteronomy @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:43 pm

Interesting!

We need more threads like these!
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by minimoog @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:49 pm

I could do one on swapping out the aircon pollen filter on the Yamato if you like.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:27 pm

Käsemeister wrote:That's a proper takeaway, those electric sockets are grotty. Watch out for the food inspectors.


You're surpassing Dirk-level stupidity. Have you been spending a lot of time with your wife?
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:31 pm

Freddie wrote:
Il Duce wrote:It's a 70's model. The things you suggest are from the 60's.


Yes, but Audrey.


I know. Audrey=Perfect but those Vespas are not what I remember from my childhood.
It's no point doing a Chrisevans and just buying the one that will impress people the most.
The idea was to buy one that was important to me.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Käsemeister @ Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:29 pm

Il Duce wrote:
Käsemeister wrote:That's a proper takeaway, those electric sockets are grotty. Watch out for the food inspectors.


You're surpassing Dirk-level stupidity. Have you been spending a lot of time with your wife?


Good god no, I haven't sunk that low.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:39 am

So the bulb was lost in the post along with the plug spanner. More delays!

The exhaust bolt arrived. An M8 25mm. It doesn't fit the hole. It's like Tokeysex windmilling his tackle in the back of his ambulance. So I found an M10, too long but just to try it for size. Nope, too small. I've ordered an M12. More delays.

I've also ordered some paint and etch primer and I'm going to have a go at spraying the footplate. If it's rubbish I'll take it to someone but I won't know if I can do it until I try.

Also I ordered some stuff to clean the whitewalls.
And a new sump plug.

Swarfega Orange arrived and I now have the proper colour fingers.

Genuine question- Is this really worth me writing?
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by CJ+ @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:41 am

I'm always interested to read about the travails of people doing things that I would not, in any conceivable universe, have the patience to do myself.

Keep going!
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by moleamol @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:49 am

Well I'm reading it ID so I'd say it's worth it. What did you get to clean the whitewalls? Is it suitable for black bits too?
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:50 am

Yes, keep going, more pictures also.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by tanglerat @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:58 am

fcuk yeah, keep going. And hurry up about it too, I've read everything here so far.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Dirk @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:01 am

Carry on, but with heavier emphasis on the fcuk-ups. Particularly if it involves you injuring yourself
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:02 am

Excellent.

I bought Raceglaze Whitewall Tyre Cleanse which seems to be the thing to use. I think it cleans blacks as well turning them from brown to black apparently. Tyres you racists.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by moleamol @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:04 am

Il Duce wrote:Excellent.

I bought Raceglaze Whitewall Tyre Cleanse which seems to be the thing to use. I think it cleans blacks as well turning them from brown to black apparently. Tyres you racists.

My tyres are big blacks* but with white lettering. I'll have a look and see if it does the job.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:09 am

moleamol wrote:
Il Duce wrote:Excellent.

I bought Raceglaze Whitewall Tyre Cleanse which seems to be the thing to use. I think it cleans blacks as well turning them from brown to black apparently. Tyres you racists.

My tyres are big blacks* but with white lettering. I'll have a look and see if it does the job.


It should do according to the reviews I've read.
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Re: Vespa Primavera Restoration

Post by Il Duce @ Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:11 am

Oh yes. I ordered a new floormat for it. Black ones are £9. White ones are £36. I should be used to this differential after visiting so many brothels but it's still annoying.

I fitted the new toolbox lock. No problems.
And then the tiny centre fixed mat. A total bitch. Stretch it and hold it under a metal strip while you try and poke a tiny screw through the hole, then through the bouncy rubber mat and finally line it up with the hole in the bodywork. I swore many times.
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