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Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:14 pm quote
went on the 49 mile ride

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Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:02 am quote
It's been an interesting week, scooter-wise.

On Monday, I was leaving the grocery store on the Stella when a guy comes up and asks me about my bike, we chat for a few minutes and he asks me if I know a place to get vintage scooters worked on near us. I suggested Scooterworks, which is a couple miles away, and he said they no longer work on anything more than 20 years old, which was news to me.

I told him I didn't know anywhere nearby other than that, since I do all my own work. I suggested Motoworks, which is on the South Side, or possibly tracking down someone at MotoGuild, once they're back up and running. He says he's had a sprint that he bought 25 years ago, but he can't get it running correctly any more, thinks it might be the carb.

I'm thinking leaking seal, but I tell him I'd be happy to take a look at it, because I love the sprint lines. He offers to pay, but I told him I'd do it just for the fun, and he says that he never really rides it, but it's a 1976 US model and his wife wants it out of the garage, so would I want to buy it for $500?

I told him absolutely. Then he tells me he has a bunch of related parts, accessories, etc. that came with the bike that I can also have, so we're going to connect this weekend when I can get over there to pick it all up.

Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me that it works out! If so, it'll be the Deal of the Year.
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:24 am quote
chandlerman wrote:
It's been an interesting week, scooter-wise.

On Monday, I was leaving the grocery store on the Stella when a guy comes up and asks me about my bike, we chat for a few minutes and he asks me if I know a place to get vintage scooters worked on near us. I suggested Scooterworks, which is a couple miles away, and he said they no longer work on anything more than 20 years old, which was news to me.

I told him I didn't know anywhere nearby other than that, since I do all my own work. I suggested Motoworks, which is on the South Side, or possibly tracking down someone at MotoGuild, once they're back up and running. He says he's had a sprint that he bought 25 years ago, but he can't get it running correctly any more, thinks it might be the carb.

I'm thinking leaking seal, but I tell him I'd be happy to take a look at it, because I love the sprint lines. He offers to pay, but I told him I'd do it just for the fun, and he says that he never really rides it, but it's a 1976 US model and his wife wants it out of the garage, so would I want to buy it for $500?

I told him absolutely. Then he tells me he has a bunch of related parts, accessories, etc. that came with the bike that I can also have, so we're going to connect this weekend when I can get over there to pick it all up.

Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me that it works out! If so, it'll be the Deal of the Year.
Can't wait to hear how this one turns out.

Please be sure to include many pics so the rest of us can be envious.
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:23 pm quote
That sounds awesome Chandlerman! Looking forward to seeing it!
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:13 pm quote
hmmmmmmph
Well done ya lucky bstard. .... Waiting for photos now 😠😁
Molto Verboso
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:15 pm quote
I'm pretty psyched, and he really wants it to go to someone who will appreciate it.

So who better than some dude who's rolling vintage and was happy to fix it just for the pleasure of working on it?
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:53 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
I'm pretty psyched, and he really wants it to go to someone who will appreciate it.

So who better than some dude who's rolling vintage and was happy to fix it just for the pleasure of working on it?
Great story - looking forward to the thread you open on it with lots of pictures!
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:58 am quote
good karma for you Brother C

now where's the pics
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:34 am quote
Did a little shopping...

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Molto Verboso
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Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:18 pm quote
I won the DoTD Lottery after all.

My connection in the Walgreen's parking lot came through. I went over tonight, $500 in hand, and came back with a beautiful Sprint V, various racks, spares, a cover, helmet, windscreen, all sorts of goodies.

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New scoot, coming through!

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In the garage. The boat's ghetto paint booth is the backdrop

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Manufacturer plate

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The fleet in port

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Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:31 pm quote
Holy crap - score!!!
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Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:17 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
I won the DoTD Lottery after all.

My connection in the Walgreen's parking lot came through. I went over tonight, $500 in hand, and came back with a beautiful Sprint V, various racks, spares, a cover, helmet, windscreen, all sorts of goodies.
ur the November Man happy for the DoTD, now show me ur big grin and cheer
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Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:34 pm quote
That!

Is frigging awesome!
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Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:54 pm quote
Bodge. I'll gladly take it out of your hands.

Nice steal!!! WTG!!!
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:32 am quote
That there is a dream come true.
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:13 pm quote
Party time, Chandler's buying!

Never seen original silver paint that old hold up so nicely!


PS Actually, I am from the Dream Police and you need to wake up now, Mr Chandler.
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:35 pm quote
It's not you it's me
Lucky you ...... ✌😆


but I have to say .... Ohhhh the lights ...... ohhhhhhhhhh

I'd sell the tat, stealth the lights n sport the seat
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:16 pm quote
Sweeet. The signal lights are even intact.

Is that a 1970s iPhone mount on the headset?
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:04 pm quote
wow, chandlerman. just wow.
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:10 pm quote
gmontag wrote:
Is that a 1970s iPhone mount on the headset?
That's a bracket for the big windscreen
Molto Verboso
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:11 pm quote
Thanks, everyone! I'm still in a bit of disbelief that the whole thing came together so perfectly.

Never doubt the value of offering a random good deed on principle.

the bracket on the headset is a windshield mount. I have the other mount, plus the windshield, sitting out-of-frame of the picture.

Thanks to that pesky thing called work, I probably won't get to do more than walk past it on my way to the other scooters until this weekend. The tank is drained, but it was put away running, so I'll probably swap out the tires for some newer ones, throw some gas in it, and see how it does just to get started. Compression feels a little low, but that could just be because I'm used to my stupid-high compression motors.

I'm pretty sure it's going to need the seals replaced, so it'll get a rebuild over the winter and a few upgrades.

I was texting with SoCal last night and I think that mechanically, I'm going to start with putting the Polini 177 on it that I have sitting on a shelf, along with a 24/24 carb and probably another SIP Road XL. Nothing crazy to start, just enough to get it back on the road but still fun to ride.

Suspension and a front disc brake will be next after that, and I may go with black chrome & trim. That's still TBD in my own mind, but if I did that, I would probably have it blasted & painted at the same time.

For now, though, I just want to get it on the road before the snow comes back.
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:14 pm quote
Congratulations, nothing but a little jealousy from here.
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:16 pm quote
Quote:
... and I may go with black chrome & trim. That's still TBD in my own mind, but if I did that, I would probably have it blasted & painted at the same time.
Um... that old silver paint has issues after all?
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:38 pm quote
V oodoo wrote:
Quote:
... and I may go with black chrome & trim. That's still TBD in my own mind, but if I did that, I would probably have it blasted & painted at the same time.
Um... that old silver paint has issues after all?
The PO said that he had at least some of it resprayed or touched up, but I haven't had a chance to really go over it and see. You can see some bubbling & cracking along the seams in these pictures.

Once I have a chance to get it out in the sunlight and really check it out, I'll make a final decision.

The floor rail & mfg plate rivets all look original to my eyes, though, so time will tell.

It spent the last 25 years garage parked, but the title said 9,600 miles when he bought it, versus 13k now, so he put some miles on it, most of it down in Lakeview, my old Chicago neighborhood.

Realistically, I've never had a pretty bike--it's too stressful to park them out in the world--so I'll probably go with it as-is and focus on the mechanicals for at least a year or two.

Either way, I'm good

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Look at the seam

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ditto this seam

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Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:11 pm quote
The paint and surface rust is no biggie... lots of cool original stuff there, including front reflectors and white cowl trim.
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Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:36 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
...I was texting with SoCal last night and I think that mechanically, I'm going to start with putting the Polini 177 on it...
I'm sure Mike gets $20 direct to his bank account from Polini every time he suggests this!

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Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:51 pm quote
proof


Well now I can see that it definitely is genuine Piaggio silver So how about major congrats and minor condolences? Or best silver on an old Vespa regardless?
Molto Verboso
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:11 am quote
Ginch wrote:
chandlerman wrote:
...I was texting with SoCal last night and I think that mechanically, I'm going to start with putting the Polini 177 on it...
I'm sure Mike gets $20 direct to his bank account from Polini every time he suggests this!

Does it still count if I already had the kit sitting on my spare parts shelf?
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:14 am quote
Re: proof
V oodoo wrote:
Well now I can see that it definitely is genuine Piaggio silver So how about major congrats and minor condolences? Or best silver on an old Vespa regardless?
I'm not going to have original paint resprayed. Knowing me, I'll do what I always do and focus on mechanicals and never get around to aesthetics.

I'm still tempted to do black chrome brake levers, trim, etc, though...
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:10 am quote
Ginch wrote:
chandlerman wrote:
...I was texting with SoCal last night and I think that mechanically, I'm going to start with putting the Polini 177 on it...
I'm sure Mike gets $20 direct to his bank account from Polini every time he suggests this!

I so wish.
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:59 am quote
I have to drive up to Kerrville, Texas in the Hill Country today to pick up three cases of shotgun shells donated to my Boy Scout troop. No way to haul them on the scoot or bike. Have to take the car.
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:48 am quote
Re: proof
chandlerman wrote:
....
I'm still tempted to do black chrome brake levers, trim, etc, though...
Tempted? Then do it ! Why not, I think it would look killer over that nice silver. Put all the original stuff in a box and have at it. Not like you or whoever couldn't undo it down the road if desired.
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Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:15 am quote
^ I agree, go for it. I know you're itching to hot rod it. Personally, I'd ditch the whitewalls, get some tubeless rims, drop some bucks on a sweet bench seat and some nice shocks ... definitely keep the OG parts in a safe place though. There are some hard to find parts on that scoot.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:01 pm quote
I'm ALWAYS itching to hot rod my scooters

Yeah, I already started pulling together the parts list. I'm going to make some Germans very happy at some point.

I may actually be able to spend a little time on it tomorrow afternoon, but it's also supposed to snow here tomorrow, so we'll see where I get to.

The white walls will get swapped for my old Zippy's which have been sitting in the garage for a few years since I went tubeless first thing, I'll figure out if the carb has issues or it's an air leak, which will probably determine whether I start with suspension or

I'm definitely going to ditch the saddle seat, even though it's original to the bike, just re-covered. I'll probably get the same TSR Sport Seat as I have on my Stella. I've come to really like that seat and it gets my center of gravity down a couple inches, too, since it's a lot lower than a stock bench.

I'm trying to figure out a disc brake conversion, too, but may just suck it up for a while on that, too, because that plus new shocks is going to cost more than the scooter.
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:06 pm quote
i wanna see the rack and the windshield
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Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:03 pm quote
koenig blues wrote:
i wanna see the rack and the windshield
Ask and ye shall receive, Brother E!

Also, I happened to see that a big windscreen like this one is almost $300 at (I think) Scooter West!

Now, assuming that work will actually respect the fact I'm taking the day off, I'm going to get the tires swapped, oil changed, and see if this bad boy will turn over for me

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This'll keep the wind off me!

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Front rack.

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Yeah, that's a registration sticker that expired in August, 2009.

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Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:43 am quote
chocolate orange is terrible
Whooooa that screen .... Bet that'll keep the pinkys warm in winter ... think it'll need a wiper in heavy rain though as I can't see speed keeping it clear 😂😂

Wet tinfoil is supposed to clean up rusty chrome pretty good. .. then ya can sell it on 👍😉
Molto Verboso
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Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:44 am quote
Re: chocolate orange is terrible
T5bitza69 wrote:
Whooooa that screen .... Bet that'll keep the pinkys warm in winter ... think it'll need a wiper in heavy rain though as I can't see speed keeping it clear 😂😂
It'll keep the snow and sub-zero wind off my pinkies, too. It snowed yesterday and I had to ride down to the dentist for a filling. Half an hour each way and my hands were stinging, even with good waterproof winter weight gloves.
T5bitza69 wrote:
Wet tinfoil is supposed to clean up rusty chrome pretty good. .. then ya can sell it on 👍😉
Never heard that before. I'll give it a shot
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:15 am quote
Rewired a friend's stator today, for an engine he's currently building...

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Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:29 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
koenig blues wrote:
i wanna see the rack and the windshield
Ask and ye shall receive, Brother E!

Also, I happened to see that a big windscreen like this one is almost $300 at (I think) Scooter West!

Now, assuming that work will actually respect the fact I'm taking the day off, I'm going to get the tires swapped, oil changed, and see if this bad boy will turn over for me
thats a galant windshield and it look cool along with the rack, ur lucky dude

now ride the sprint with smile and cheer
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