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Ossessionato
1979 P150X, 1983 P200E, 1988 T5, 1995 PX200E, 2011 Yamaha Fazer 600 S2
Joined: 02 Aug 2015
Posts: 2167
Location: Veria, Greece
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:04 am quote
Terry is the mad scientist everyone would like to have as their neighbour. I'm sure he can cast a nuclear reactor from scrap metal...

Props for spreading the vintage vespa bug to the youth. I'm very dissapointed by the newest generations in my country. Most kids don't care about 2 strokes or anything vintage, especially vespas. Anything, 4 stroke, single cylinder 50cc - 125cc, noisy and pink is the fad around here...
Hooked
1963 Vespa VBB, 1965 Allstate Cruisaire, 1974 Vespa Super, 2003 Stella 2T
Joined: 31 Jan 2016
Posts: 125
Location: Kansas City
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:52 pm quote
Today I...

Built a frame to turn my portaban into a band saw...

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Tack welded but showing the final rig.

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How the saw is held in place. May put another support at the back.

Ossessionato
Joined: 26 Oct 2015
Posts: 2923

Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:31 pm quote
Voodoo,
Respect for passing your skills on to the next generation. No better way to learn than hands on training!
Addicted
'79 P200, '74 VBC Super, '80 100 Sport (sold to new home!)
Joined: 23 Jan 2012
Posts: 730
Location: 32° 37' 40" N, 117° 2' 53" W
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:48 pm quote
Off to a new adventure
the Scoots bid a fond farewell to little brother Franken-Camo Smallie, who is going to a great new home in San Fran. Cobbled together from 2, the Camo scoot had a slightly bent frame and the PO had the rim on backward in order to ride it. The red scoot was abandoned in a backyard and rescued. Needed to replace the crank, so engine was rebuilt under the tutelage of So-Cal-Guru-Guy, and he buttoned it up at the end. Frame components and electrical migrated over to the red frame by MJ Rally....so you know all was done correctly and cleanly...much thanks to me mates! Covid job loss encouraged the sale, and I needed some garage space back anyway. Last one into the fold...first one out. Sorry to see it go, but knowing it will now be ridden more than I do is also a good feeling. Cheers Peeps!

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bodgemaster
63 GL, 76 Super (x 2), 74 Primavera (x 2), 06 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 5654
Location: So Cal
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:55 am quote
Had an interesting, almost surreal encounter at the local auto parts store yesterday.

Drove up to get some oil, parked, and as I was walking up noticed a gleaming white handlebar Vespa parked out front. I did a double take. It looked like an older restoration, very nice condition, lots of original parts, Siem headlight, correct speedo and switches. A slightly built older gentleman was standing nearby.

What followed went something like this ...

Me: Beautiful Vespa. Is it yours?
Older Gentleman: (in Italian accent) Yes. Do you want to buy it?
Me: Excuse me? (thinking “am I dreaming”?)
OG: It won’t start. I don’t like it very much right now.
Me: (chuckling) It’s a scooter. I have a few Vespas. Maybe I can help you get it started? Did you ride it here?
OG: Yes. I have been trying... I think it’s flooded... I tried pushing it... I don’t have any tools, no way to get home...
Me: No worries. I can give you a ride. Let’s see if we can start it ...

Long story short, did some fiddlin (it wasn’t flooded, carb just needed to be primed). It fired up, we let it idle a bit, he thanked me, he hopped on and asked if I’d mind following him back to his house in my car.

Turns out he lives just a few blocks away. His name is Victorrio. The scoot is a 1955 VL1. He said he bought it in Italy about 25 years ago when he was visiting his family. He shipped it over here in boxes. He said he “enjoys mechanical things”. We chatted for a bit, interesting and gracious man.

Small world. I’ll shoot over there today and see if I can get some pics.
Addicted
GL, PK, PE200 with hack, Sears Rust Badge
Joined: 24 Apr 2012
Posts: 956
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:31 am quote
Always a great day to run into someone with a Vespa! Even better when you can assist them to get it going.

Great bollox!
Addicted
Too Many piles of Junk that need too much work and too much money
Joined: 06 May 2019
Posts: 532
Location: Roseburg, Oregon
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:40 am quote
Cool story and a fun experience you wont forget. Maybe you just made a new Vespisti friend
Hooked
1963 Vespa VBB, 1965 Allstate Cruisaire, 1974 Vespa Super, 2003 Stella 2T
Joined: 31 Jan 2016
Posts: 125
Location: Kansas City
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:59 am quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Had an interesting, almost surreal encounter at the local auto parts store yesterday.
Some of us could only dream of taking a ride on this here February 13, 2021. Jealous!!!

Great story.
Style Maven
74 50s x3 78 P200 x2 84 Cosa PK50XL2 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special '66(?) Super125
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 8048
Location: seattle/athens
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:04 pm quote
Thanks for sharing, Mike. Best kinda Vespa owner meetup experience! I've tasted this a bit and really enjoyed the stories too, often it was their father's Vespa from new. But only a little in Greece where you might expect such things. You have it right down the street.

Did you notice if he had legit plates on it? Please ask him how that registration, title etc all went ~25 years ago if you get a chance. I'd love to sneak my ratty white P200 'SnakeEyes' back here in pieces, but no way these days I'm afraid.
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 3058
Location: Nashville
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:24 pm quote
Mike, that story is fantastic! Other than the fact that he wasn't riding it at the time, that's pretty much exactly how I came to own my Sprint V.

Now, I just need to find some fellow scooterists in Nashville, but I haven't been trying too hard between getting settled, it being what passes for "winter," and COVID.

Terry, based on my experience with titling vehicles in Tennessee, I have no doubt you could get a Tennessee title and plates, then flip it to Washington from there. That's what Saints Cycle Works does with their service.
bodgemaster
63 GL, 76 Super (x 2), 74 Primavera (x 2), 06 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 5654
Location: So Cal
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:59 pm quote
Dropped by on the smallie to see my neighbor and new friend, Vittorio.

We talked scoots for an hour, and he even let me take his VL1 for a spin. Nice solid scoot, engine has lots of pull. It originally belonged to his brother, who lives in Genoa, Italy. Vittorio shipped it over in boxes and had it restored at a place here in San Diego 25 years ago. He can’t remember the name, but said it was expensive. Whoever did it the restoration did a very nice job. He said he didn’t have any trouble getting it registered.

He’s thinking about getting a modern scooter. I told him he needed to keep this one, and made him promise that if he ever decided to sell it to call me.

So there you go. Really is a small world.

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Ossessionato
1980 P200E , 2005 Stella 177
Joined: 20 Jul 2018
Posts: 2660
Location: Staten Island, NY
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:42 pm quote
that is a beautiful scoot and we all can hope to some day have an experience like that, and a potential line on a future purchase like that! Glad you got him running and didn't take advantage of the situation to take it off his hands just yet. Good neighbor!
Ossessionato
1979 P150X, 1983 P200E, 1988 T5, 1995 PX200E, 2011 Yamaha Fazer 600 S2
Joined: 02 Aug 2015
Posts: 2167
Location: Veria, Greece
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:59 pm quote
Dry fitted the shortened fork on my friend's V50 (second smallie I'm working simultaneously with the one I'm preparing for my brother in law). What is left to do is to modify the mudguard and break apart everything. Peripherals will be vapor blasted, chromed and body will be resprayed...

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Addicted
'79 P200, '74 VBC Super, '80 100 Sport (sold to new home!)
Joined: 23 Jan 2012
Posts: 730
Location: 32° 37' 40" N, 117° 2' 53" W
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:22 pm quote
Today I compare 8 inches to 10”. The height and differences in lineage is a trip, but I guess it comes down to who wields it better.

Blue is loaded up and on the way to an “engagement”. More to follow.

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Hooked
PX 200
Joined: 25 May 2016
Posts: 125

Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:59 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Dropped by on the smallie to see my neighbor and new friend, Vittorio.

We talked scoots for an hour, and he even let me take his VL1 for a spin. Nice solid scoot, engine has lots of pull. It originally belonged to his brother, who lives in Genoa, Italy. Vittorio shipped it over in boxes and had it restored at a place here in San Diego 25 years ago. He can’t remember the name, but said it was expensive. Whoever did it the restoration did a very nice job. He said he didn’t have any trouble getting it registered.

He’s thinking about getting a modern scooter. I told him he needed to keep this one, and made him promise that if he ever decided to sell it to call me.

So there you go. Really is a small world.
That so nice man...

So great to help folk out like that... hope he gets to ride it more...
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