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tim84k10 Tim Venditti
Rio Rancho, USA   USA
Hello everyone. I am new to this forum and to Vespas in general. I was going to post in the welcome thread but had some specific questions so I figured I would start a new topic.
If everything goes according to plan I hope to buy a 1974 150 Super from a friend. This scooter has been in his family since it was new but has been sitting in a garage and has not been run in almost 20 years. I have been asking him to sell it to me for some time because I really like these old scooters and I would like to take on the task of fixing one up. I suspect I could get it running with a little carburetor work and fresh fluids but to really get it road ready would require a tear down and some effort.

So I guess the questions I have are: 1 - Just how much effort (I know there are a lot of variables and opinions here) would be involved in bringing this to life when its only issues have been sitting in a garage for so long. Would the rebuild be any more/less difficult than a modern scooter? I am assuming that parts can be sourced, especially with the help of people in this forum. 2 - What is an honest price to offer for this? I figure the money that I will put into it will be beyond anything I could get out of it when I am finished and I am not looking to make money, but cost is an issue when considering a new project. I would like to offer him the value of this in its current shape but I really don't know what that is and I haven't had much luck getting a good gauge on the value of something like this.

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OlympiaScooterCompany Silver Member Matthew Gatlin
Olympia, WA, USA   USA
The value is subjective if you plan on keeping the scooter. If it is in decent shape and not running I would keep the opening offer under $1,000. Most likely the scooter will need a motor and carb rebuild which is relatively easy to do. Best case scenario on the motor rebuild would be replacing seals, gaskets, clutch plates, and possibly the shifting cross. But if the top end is scored / seized beyond repair, then the expenses could climb from there.

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