Tuesday, July 26, 2011

And just when you thought it was over....

Of course I couldn't pass this 1958 Vespa GS 150 VS4. Found this for a good price. Everything is pretty much all there. I think I am missing four parts. It has the airbox, but is missing the shroud, which do come up from time to time. Unfortunately, it is missing the legshield trim, which could be a bear to find, so if you know of any please let me know.

Wrapping up-July 26, 2011

Well this is pretty much done. I've been running it all over town and don't have much let to do. It has been a great learning experience and glad that I took the time to do all of it except the paint. I have just a couple small parts to track down, including original headlight assembly and badge, but I'll pick them up when the opportunity arises. This winter I'll get the chrome redone, but for now I am going to just enjoy it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Test Drive-May 1, 2011

I got the scooter back together and was able to go for a test drive. Still need to finish some small tweaking and put on the last remaining pieces. It was great to be able to get this back on the road.

Video One

Video Two

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Putting it back together-April 17, 2011

I got a lot done the last two days. The wiring harness and cables got ran, forks mounted, engine attached to the frame, etc.

I have one more parts order for the exhaust, seat cover, and misc rubber bits. Then it will be tweaking time on the cables.

If anyone has a seat bracket for sale, let me know. It is the last part that I cannot find.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Floor Rail Installation_March 23, 2011

I got the scooter back from the painters. It looks great. The lighting in the basement doesn't do it justice, so I'll post some better pics of it when I can get access to a larger shooting area. In the meantime, I am about finished with the floor rails. The two sides are done. Now I am just waiting to get the screws back from the platers to finish the middle. Overall, it wasn't too bad of a job. Just takes some time and patience.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Seat Cover-March 13, 2011

I will be putting in an order today for a new seat cover to replace this sad thing. I emailed these folks pictures for an estimate, but never heard back, so I'll try replacing this myself.

Pirate Upholstery

Eastwood Polisher-March 13, 2011

Here is another example of a polished axle cover using the Eastwood Polisher. The same four step method was used on this piece as listed below.

Eastwood Polisher

Repairing Floor Rails-March 13, 2011

I finished repairing the floor rails. They were covered in orange paint, dented, and bent. The two steps was to use a wire wheel to remove the paint and some hammer and dolly work to get rid of the dents. The rails were hand sanded to remove any scratches using some 400 grit sandpaper. The last step was to polish the rails using a multistep compound that I picked up at Eastwood for $35 dollars.

Eastwood Buffing Kit

Monday, February 21, 2011

Out for Paint-February 21, 2011

Around the 1st of February, I dropped off my GS to get some holes filled, body work done, and a new paint job. I gave up on trying to remove the orange paint shortly after I started. Once I got to the left cowl, there was a lot of bondo. Someone had dropped the scooter and the cowl was beat up. I came across this site, which is relatively close to Kent. I checked out his work and shop. I was impressed with the projects that he was working on. Pete can be contacted here:

Also I got the original paint codes from here:

I hope they both don't mind a little shout out.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Eastwood Vibratory Tumbler-February 5, 2011

I picked up an Eastwood Vibratory Tumbler to restore the parts on the GS. Very happy with the results. It takes awhile though. It is a two part system. The first stage is to run the parts with a batch of green rust cutting cubes. Did this for about 8 hours. The second stage is to run the parts with a batch of Dry Shine Media for about 24 hours.

Here is the tumbler and some comparison photos.
Eastwood tumbler