1959 Vespa 150 VBA Restoration
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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:02 pm quote
The engine starts and runs! I finished hooking up all the wiring and everything works except for the headlight. What the heck? Turns out that the problem was with the stupid expensive repop of the original teardrop handlebar switch.

Problem #1: With the teardrop switch in the "headlight on" position, the switch arm did not actually make contact with the terminal that goes to the headlight. I had to remove the switch and check the continuity of every switch position before I figured out this one.

Problem #2: The high/low beam switch did not work correctly. Switching on one direction worked correctly, but the other direction did not make the spring contact move correctly.

I fixed both problems with strategically placed blobs of solder.

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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:09 pm quote
Here she stands. Engine running reasonable well but needs some tuning. All lights work now. I need to do a little more assembly before going for a ride.

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Molto Verboso
Vespas 1964 GS160, 1965 SS180, 1977 V9A1T, 1983 PX150E
Joined: 16 Apr 2011
Posts: 1547
Location: Siam
Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:44 am quote
So, you painted it. Whyd you paint it? You know itd have been worth a lot more unrestored. 😆

Anyway, its looks really nice.
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P200 VNB Li125
Joined: 28 May 2008
Posts: 4489
Location: Hustletown, TX
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:19 am quote
Great job on the electrical... well sorted!

And great color choice. Looks ace!
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GS-150 VS4
Joined: 04 Feb 2020
Posts: 58
Location: Vallejo, CA
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:21 am quote
You gotta love those bugle head phillips screws. You can countersink them right into them brass thingies.
Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:42 pm quote
nomadinsiam wrote:
So, you painted it. Whyd you paint it? You know itd have been worth a lot more unrestored. 😆
LOL, I was waiting for someone to say that! I knew it was coming!
Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:48 pm quote
On to the seat
Astute observers will remember that my scoot originally came to me with a bench seat. I decided to go the saddle and buddy seat route and the Allstate boat anchor came with a decent but rusty saddle seat frame. Rather than media blast it or something else, I decided to go the electrolysis route to clean up the rust. I let it cook for a few days and it certainly did the job in removing the worst of it. There are still some areas still rusted but I'll clean that up by hand.

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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:49 pm quote
When I was removing the grab rail, I broke off one of the studs so I'll have to grind it out and weld in a new one.

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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
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Location: Snohomish, WA
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:28 pm quote
Ok, so I drilled out the old stud, not grind.

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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:31 pm quote
I ordered a new taillight gasket, this time from Scooterworks and what do you know? It's the right size? It's actually a little smaller than the old one I had, but it fits really well. Finally the taillight is in!

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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:35 pm quote
A few more fiddly little things. For some reason, the mixture screw on the 20/20 carb was way too long and stuck out hole in the airbox. I took it out, cut it back to the second set of hex flats and cut a new screwdriver slot. Now it fits in the airbox and I can put the plug back in.

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Molto Verboso
2007 Stella 150
Joined: 02 Nov 2019
Posts: 1256
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:16 am quote
flyngti wrote:
A few more fiddly little things. For some reason, the mixture screw on the 20/20 carb was way too long and stuck out hole in the airbox. I took it out, cut it back to the second set of hex flats and cut a new screwdriver slot. Now it fits in the airbox and I can put the plug back in.
On some models you can't get to the screw from behind with a screw driver. This allows you to, get to the screw, from the top. People cut them off just like you did if not needed.
Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:45 pm quote
Christopher_55934 wrote:
On some models you can't get to the screw from behind with a screw driver. This allows you to, get to the screw, from the top. People cut them off just like you did if not needed.
Makes sense. I was wondering why that screw had 2 sets of hex flats.
Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:54 pm quote
My old speedometer has this slot on the side where the original light was supposed to go. Voodoo had an old clamshell speedo that still had the light and I was definitely interested to see what was behind that cover. I was surprised to see this hokey setup of 2 small bubs soldered together with a wire. Original or not? Who knows. It does give me an idea of how to replace the light on my own speedometer though.

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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:57 pm quote
Seat frame painted, new cover, grab handle and Aquila badge installed

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Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:58 pm quote
So close, oh so close...

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Style Maven
74 50s x3 78 P200 84 Cosa PK50XL2 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special '66(?) Super125
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Location: seattle/athens
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:01 pm quote
So pretty, oh so pretty!
Hooked
1959 VBA, 1959 Allstate boat anchor
Joined: 21 May 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Snohomish, WA
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:09 pm quote
It took a while to round up all the needed bits. but I finally finished lighting the speedometer. More details in this post http://modernvespa.com/forum/post2439470

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Ossessionato
Joined: 26 Oct 2015
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Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:38 pm quote
flyngti wrote:
It took a while to round up all the needed bits. but I finally finished lighting the speedometer. More details in this post http://modernvespa.com/forum/post2439470
Very creative solution. There is nothing better than having an illuminate speedometer in any sort of vehicle, let alone an old Vespa. It just seems to bring life and warms to the whole scooter!
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