A few years ago I started this project and after two goes with the powder coating I think I have eventually got it right. So from this,
Aprroximiatly 100hrs of grinding with a wire brush attachment, to this.
The black stuff is where I applied 'Krust'
The first colour scheme was to powder coat the frame matt white and everything else gloss black, even the engine casings. After staring at the frame in bare metal I decided I wanted the body work to look like that. So took the body work to the sand blasters and had it blasted then clear powder coat.
By now it was March 2013
After around 6/7 months of running around on this scooter I decided that I hated the finish and colour of this scooter. The engine wasn't up to much either stock PX125 with DR180, dellorto PHBH 26mm Carburettor and Giannelli Exhaust.
So the process began again, this time with a much better engine and more hours with the grinder and several test pieces done at the powder shop to get the desired finish. This basically took me through to the winter of 2013/14.
The plan this time was clear powder coat with Ford brilliant Orange engine, wheel rims and spare fuel tank.
Worb5 gas flowed crank
Polini 180 barrel, casings ported to match
SIP banded Cosa 2 clutch 22 tooth
Primary 67 tooth
T5, 4th gear
YSS Rear Shock
MRP manifold with RD350 reeds
Dellorto 26mm PHBH carburettor, 110 main jet, 50 idle jet and 70 float jet
By now I had got sick off the orange engine and spare fuel tank, so they were ditched and all went back to bare metal.
So now we come to the final finish that I was looking for from the beginning, bare metal with a clear powder coat. More hours with the grinder to really get a bright finish on the metal, we are now into early 2014.
From this picture you can see the difference, on the left bare metal mudguard, on the right clear powder coat mudguard.
The front disc for this build is actually for a Rally/Sprint, I managed to fit it to the GS150 forks but unfortunately it threw the wheel alignment out by around 20mm, which was way to much. I am working on that at the moment, but for the project to get finished the original front end was fitted.
I wanted the welding, rust affected areas and all the braising that had been done to this scooter through the years to show through the powder coat, I was not looking for a perfect looking scooter.
So the scooter was finished and I could not be more pleased with how it turned out, but then.
Day dreaming on a brilliant summer morning on my home from work, a car had stopped in front of me and with oncoming traffic had to take evasive action and head for the kerb, hitting the corner of the car and kerb at the same time. Luckily I escaped with minor cuts, bruising and what I thought at the time a completely knackered scooter, having just covered 1500 miles with careful running in of the new engine, I was raging. Pushed the scooter home as the accident happened about three quarters of a mile from my house. After around 20 minutes licking my wounds I tried starting the scooter and on first kick she fired up.
Three days later after the panel beater done his magic.
If you look closely you can see white marks where the powder coat has cracked on the leg shield and mudguard.
This has led me to the next stage of this scooter, where I am fitting a different exhaust and professional chromed rims & hubs. The scooter will stay like this for a few months until I decide what to do. Due to the crash and the cracked powder coat, there are now rust spots creeping in all over the scooter frame. I was told this would happen anyway, so I have to come up with a plan to stop this happening again as sooner or later I will need to strip the scooter and start again.
If you would like more detailed pictures of the scooter and finish then just ask. At no point during this build any original parts destroyed, cut or butchered. The frame has not been touched and on the first build the panels that were cut were remade. I still have the original engine and original panels for this scooter should I decide to go back to the way she was, a 1959 Vespa GS150 Douglas VS5.
Last edited by GLscoot on Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:04 am; edited 2 times in total