Longtime lurker but first time poster. I have probably gone through the first 50 pages of the vintage section just browsing. I have since come back and read the at least a hundred threads with VBA, VBB, or VBC as the subject.
My uncle parked his VBA in 1970. At some point he shoved it under the stairs in his San Fransisco house to be forgotten until 2015. He pulled it out, snapped some pictures, and told me the piston was free moving. He graciously said if I could get it home, it was free. Finally in summer of 2017 I was able to get out to San Fransisco. I grabbed a rental and drove the 2,500+ miles back with the Vespa.
To put it lightly, this thing was well used in the city. It has been modified to accommodate a chain through the leg shield to prevent theft. Obviously it is not the original color and the aqua is pretty flaky, but thankfully all rust is surface rust. Surprisingly the tires took air and the thing would roll. Gear shifter, clutch, front brake still work. However the rear brake pedal is very stiff and the throttle grip was frozen. The inside of the gas tank has some surface rust, but looks salvageable. I was also given some “spares” with the bike: cylinder head, 2 carbs, 1 lower carb box, 1 3-wire stator.
A project is just a pile of parts with goals. I am attempting to take a 2 step approach:
1) Get the VBA running, street legal, and registered with minimal money. Although I have a signed title with appropriate state paperwork, I am slightly worried about the title transfer (it is just my nature). Therefore I don’t want to get in too deep if things go sideways.
2) Build the bike up to become reliable (ie replace all the inner/outer cables, possibly a new wiring harness/better lighting). As I ride it around town, more stuff will break and make itself evident as to what needs to be done. I have ZERO plans to restore this bike. I have zero plans to spray clear coat on the current paint. This moped will not see rain and I am not worried about structural rust. If it gets bad I will re-spray the bike.
More to come later this week.
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