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RodW Rod White
St Margarets-at-Cliffe, Kent, UK   GBR
I mean like this sort of thing.

Rod

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enigmas Vince Stok
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   AUS
You can repair/restore anything if you have the skills, patience and the endurance Rod. Most have initial enthusiasm but don't have the endurance to see a project through.
I still haven't seen any clear photos of your scooter yet which makes advising you dIfficult. Generally though, if you are to rebuild/repair/reshape a panel you'll need a similar panel or scooter to take measurements from and recreate what is missing or rotten.



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RedBird64 Ken Ashbrook
Severna Park, MD, USA   USA
A "ton" of good work mate. You are to be commended! Reminds me of my similar project on a 66 Sears Blue Badge 150 about 6 years ago. Three things that I did......
1. after hearing how tough it is to thread the cables through the tunnel to the rear, before welding the floor pan in place, I ran all of the necessary cables to the rear, being careful to protect them from any heat (welding, torches etc.)
2. I built a rotisserie using my V8 engine stand. This aided greatly in moving and rotating the body.
3. I built a rivet jig using a large "C" clamp and a palm hammer to replace the body rivets. They look very very close to OEM.

Hope these help others.....



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1964 Allstate Vespa VNB 125
1966 Sears Blue Badge VLB1T

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enigmas Vince Stok
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   AUS
Nice work Ken. The rivet device to replicate the spot welds is a nice touch but that's a step even too far for me. You'll probably even fool the concourse experts with that added bit of detail. Well done. thumbs up

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RedBird64 Ken Ashbrook
Severna Park, MD, USA   USA
Thanks Vince, you ain't too bad yourself, Mate.....
I've attached a couple more pics.......



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1964 Allstate Vespa VNB 125
1966 Sears Blue Badge VLB1T


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enigmas Vince Stok
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   AUS
And thanks for your kind words too Ken. cool smiley The whole body fabrication skills stuff started with me when I was in my early 20's and got truly mucked about by lame arse panel beaters promising work that they either couldn't do or wouldn't do properly...virtually welding new panels over corroded/rotten box sections...primarily on some classic cars I was restoring at the time.

Vespa Postie Scooter.
http://vespaclubmelbourne.com.au/m/discussion?id=6411086%3ATopic%3A225513
Click on the No. 14 to the right of the last image on that page and y'ou'll see the finished scooter.

Ditto with Tony's vespa link below.

Tony's Vespa
http://vespaclubmelbourne.com.au/m/discussion?id=6411086%3ATopic%3A228803



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RodW Rod White
St Margarets-at-Cliffe, Kent, UK   GBR
In reply to # 1878 by enigmas You can repair/restore anything if you have the skills, patience and the endurance Rod. Most have initial enthusiasm but don't have the endurance to see a project through.
I still haven't seen any clear photos of your scooter yet which makes advising you dIfficult. Generally though, if you are to rebuild/repair/reshape a panel you'll need a similar panel or scooter to take measurements from and recreate what is missing or rotten.

Hi,

This is the worst panel. I don't know how long it should extend. Any clues please?

Rod


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enigmas Vince Stok
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   AUS
In reply to # 1888 by RodW
In reply to # 1878 by enigmas You can repair/restore anything if you have the skills, patience and the endurance Rod. Most have initial enthusiasm but don't have the endurance to see a project through.
I still haven't seen any clear photos of your scooter yet which makes advising you dIfficult. Generally though, if you are to rebuild/repair/reshape a panel you'll need a similar panel or scooter to take measurements from and recreate what is missing or rotten.

Hi,

This is the worst panel. I don't know how long it should extend. Any clues please?

Rod

Hi Rod. You've got to do some homework and research. I don't keep notes on the various restorations I do. You need to find a similar example of your model and photograph the various panels. You'll also need a reference point for every panel you want to repair (if the corrosion is severe and the panel shape unknown/lost.) Measurements are taken from these reference points. The reference points are up to you. Some reshaping is down to pure aesthetics and your own eye for detail and finish.
Start on a simple repair first...and do that..then move on to the next least difficult. If you persevere and do things methodically you'll see progress. Do the task in front of you then move onto the next task. It's totally up to you.

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enigmas Vince Stok
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   AUS
To finalise the epic build story on this 68 Vespa Sprint Roberto (Vespa Wizard) contacted me today and asked if I'd like to drop by his workshop to see the finished scooter. Roberto had recently completed the mechanical and 'bling' refurbishment after picking it up from the painters...who did an amazing job in a 2 pack paint system. The engine has also had a few upgrades increasing capacity to 170cc, suitable larger choke carb, a bigger bore muffler and electronic ignition.
The finished product truly is outstanding especially when you consider the condition of the scooter as first presented!
Here are a few pics of the Vespa. I'm sure Darren (owner) will be truly amazed by the transformation.

The first image shows the correct colour of the Vespa.




Roberto the Vespa Wizard.







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