Vespa ET4 Restoration
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Vespa Primavera 125 (2018), Vespa LXV 50, Vespa S50, Vespa ET4cento, Vespa ET4 125 1999
Joined: 30 Jan 2019
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:26 am quote
Hi all, new to the forum but Iím restoring this old Vespa which I acquired off a friend , sheís in a bit of a mess mostly with cosmetic issues but the frame is structurally sound.

Thought Iíd make a thread as there will be some questions I need to ask, also it will be useful for people doing the same thing to view my experience

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Vespa Primavera 125 (2018), Vespa LXV 50, Vespa S50, Vespa ET4cento, Vespa ET4 125 1999
Joined: 30 Jan 2019
Posts: 4

Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:50 am quote
So got around to taking a further look at the scooter, a couple of main issues to look at:

1. Speedometer does not work, no lights either

2. Seat lock is knackered

3. Patch of rust near horncast

4. Horn not functional

5. Split on the glove box

6. Cracked and split footboard

Firstly I removed the clock unit and found a huge patch of corrosion on the mother board

I managed to source a replacement from a breakers (PM for details) and this is arriving soon

From what I can see, she could do with a new speedo cable this isnít an issue as I can pick one of these but up for 7 quid from my local dealership.

I also was Able to fix the horn, as I found this was missing, I got another one from my ET4 parts collection and it was plug and play

Regarding rust, I will strip the paint off and angle grind this down, plastic panels arenít an issue as I have a huge amount of them lying around. So far so good, sheís now being stripped down to be further looked at
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Vespa Primavera 125 (2018), Vespa LXV 50, Vespa S50, Vespa ET4cento, Vespa ET4 125 1999
Joined: 30 Jan 2019
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:55 am quote
WASH DAY !

decided to pull all the panels off the bike, when doing so I have taken them all to be washed. Panels where coated in grime, especially the rubber foot grips, battery door and bucket, these where all washed in a heavy soapy water concentrate.

Regarding the engine bay, this was coated in muck, I used a engine bay petrol cleaner to remove this muck, and sanded the panels in the engine bay down to be primed and painted, this was make the scooter just seem that much newer, and totally more smart. I also used my dyson Hoover so remove the finer particles with the help of an automotive detail brush.

Below is a photo before I started my work

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Last edited by jamesguernsey on Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:08 am; edited 1 time in total
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Vespa Primavera 125 (2018), Vespa LXV 50, Vespa S50, Vespa ET4cento, Vespa ET4 125 1999
Joined: 30 Jan 2019
Posts: 4

Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:56 am quote
Managed to dig some photos up of the plastic parts, they where coated in grime !

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1996 ET4 125cc
Joined: 05 Mar 2019
Posts: 6
Location: London, UK
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:52 am quote
watching with interest.
I have an 1996 ET4 125cc that i'm just starting to restore but it is in a far sorrier state than yours 😬
Molto Verboso
S 190. Custom VNB 150
Joined: 04 May 2009
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Location: CT
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:36 pm quote
+1 I am going to be watching as well
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ET125 & ET2
Joined: 23 Nov 2018
Posts: 12
Location: London
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:20 am quote
Me too. Just finished a 2002 ET125 and MOTd a couple of weeks ago. Seat hinge repair was a challenge! Bit of cosmetic work now
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