Wake up call

Corey’s using the raffle scooter to wake everyone up. The horn works!

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Case repair

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that the bike is already running. There are still however a bunch of photos of how we got there. These will be interesting to you if you plan on winning this bike next weekend.

before Somebody obviously had an issue with this case at some point and didn’t do such a great job of “fixing” it. Digging a new hole into the case isn’t the way to do this.

jbweldWe mixed up some J-B Weld to get this job done. It’s a 2 part epoxy that can be used for metal repair. It can be shaped, sanded, tapped, drilled etc. It’s pretty useful stuff.
afterWith a stud in the original location, we filled the hole that was left with the J-B Weld and let it cure. Once that finished, we had case that was ready to reassembled.

Bringing back the body work

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The sticker says it all. This bike has been around the block a few times and it was showing its age. The original paint is still there and it’s in pretty good shape. Since it’s only original once, we set put in some work trying to save it.

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Elbow grease and some steel wool can remove surface rust. In the photo above you can see the before and after of this effort. 

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And after the work is complete, the entire leg shield is looking great and it’s ready to be remounted on the frame.

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The floorboards had to be repainted. They’re also ready to be installed on the bike now.

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning

IMG_0352IMG_1109When you’re rebuilding an old bike you spend a lot time cleaning. A big bucket of Evapo-Rust and a couple of friends like Adam and Shawn are what you need to get the job done. On the left you can see an assortment of bits and pieces that needed to be cleaned. On the right the front fender is soaking to make the clean up easy.

And  these are the happy helpers!


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Vintage Scooter Pics from LIFE

Check out these great vintage photos on lambrettista.net. Anyone in for a photo shoot at the Curd Rally this year? We’ve already got a vintage fire truck coming to the rally.

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I don’t know exactly what’s doing on here… but there are some clues. Firstly the location is  clearly San Fransisco… and specifically the Golden Gate Bridge. I wonder if any of my US readers remember the Berkley Scooter Shop? On the front of one the TV’s there’s a badge for “Al (Second name unreadable)* San Francisco” is also the pic of Warren Carver… who, his badge is “Road Captain” of the Pioneer Scooter Club, SF. Though I reckon he really wanted to be in the California Highway Patrol… Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (4) 8efb9f3faeba3a50_largeMotor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (2)87d5af60a7c00277_large299d58ebc547b539_large111333d3f3c6f90c_largef84f5c6407c9b509_largeMotor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (1)  Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (3)  Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (5)Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (6)3aea680563a33803_largeMotor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (8)Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (9)Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (12)Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (13)Motor Scooter Squabble in California, ca. 1960s (20) The event looks like some sort of protest… I’m guessing from the pic of the dude on the Vespa, and the signage, it’s something to do with banning motorcycles from certain roads. There’s a couple of pics of people looking at maps trying to figure out alternative routes.

7ba10bfeb2928fc3_largeAnyway, the pics are great, and found over at the LIFE…

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