"357", a RatRod...
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Hooked
Bodgerific 150 Super, 50s in progress
Joined: 18 Aug 2016
Posts: 170
Location: Melbourne, Way Downunder
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:47 am quote
I really don't need another project, but sometimes stuff pops up, and you have to say yes.

Back in October Voodoo pointed out pointed out an this add for another smallframe Vespa on the internet. They were never sold in Aus, but the attraction is that they're super cheap to register (as a sub 50cc bike), and they're gorgeous (and should be great for nipping/ripping around traffic.) The one advertised had two serious problems:

1: It was disassembled and being sold as incomplete/parts

2: It was on another continent, 8182 miles away.

But it was super cheap, and while a little beaten up, it was crying out to become a RatRod. I really like the idea of a 50 Special, but hated the square plastic horncasts. This is a US spec 50 Special, so it has the nice curvy look on the front, and the 2 door rear. Nice...

So after lots of emails, a flurry of paperwork to get an import permit, and a whopping great big fedex bill, I've got another project to do. Sometime down the track...

The seller, an awesome bloke called Keith, didn't blink about helping me export it to Aus, and agreed to "box it up for Fedex".

Which he did. (This sounds simple, but it wasn't. Keith was bloody fantastic)



He also plowed his 1200 yard driveway so Fedex could get through this



Apparently it's a touch colder in Buffalo Minnesota than here in Melbourne Australia at the moment..

Today it arrived.


Upside down.

Thanks Fedex.



Fortunately, Keith had packed it well, so out came my new toys.



The rust looks only surface, and the dents will punch out.



Pretty solid really.



It was a very full box.



Pretty much everything I need for US$320, plus "some" shipping. Thanks for the tipoff Voodoo!!!



Admitting you have a problem is the first step.

This should be fun.
Ossessionato
I have a few scooters....
Joined: 08 Nov 2005
Posts: 2196
Location: San Antonio, TX
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:41 am quote
Looks like a box full of awesome to me.
Hooked
59" Allstate
Joined: 03 Aug 2018
Posts: 126
Location: TC Florida
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:53 am quote
Thats a great story, keep us updated as to how the project moves forward.
Molto Verboso
05 Stella, '62 VBB, 76 Sprint V, 63 GL
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 1867
Location: Chicago. Well, Evanston, but that's almost Chicago
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:08 am quote
So you're not going to go all Meet Buffy on it?

I don't know if it'll help or not, but this picture of an SS90's legshield marked with dimensions showed up on the Pinterest spam that I can't seem to get unsubscribed from, so I figured I'd throw it in here in case you found it useful.

I'm with everyone else, it looks like a great project!

If I wasn't already a Sprint V, a vintage speedboat, a GL, and a VBB deep in projects, I might consider something similar...

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Ossessionato
1976 Super (x 2), 1974 Primavera (x 2), 2006 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 4321
Location: So Cal
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:38 am quote
I'd say ya struck gold mate ... even has the elusive battery-side door!
Addicted
2008 GTS 250, 1979 P200E
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
Posts: 892
Location: Florence, OR
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:16 am quote
SCORE - It's gonna be fun watching what you do to this one!
Hooked
Joined: 13 Dec 2014
Posts: 203
Location: Ohio USA
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:29 pm quote
Oooh, a 1980/81 US market 50 Special. 3 speed, P type switches, giant 6v DC horn, needs a battery.... What's not to love?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 6594
Location: Victoria, Australia
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:53 pm quote
Awesome!

I believe one of the owners of SIP has decided to go ahead and build that indoor swimming pool once he heard the news.
Molto Verboso
05 Stella, '62 VBB, 76 Sprint V, 63 GL
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 1867
Location: Chicago. Well, Evanston, but that's almost Chicago
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:40 pm quote
Ginch wrote:
Awesome!

I believe one of the owners of SIP has decided to go ahead and build that indoor swimming pool once he heard the news.
LOL!

That explains the big jump in FedEx'es share price today, too.
Hooked
Bodgerific 150 Super, 50s in progress
Joined: 18 Aug 2016
Posts: 170
Location: Melbourne, Way Downunder
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:39 pm quote
Ginch wrote:
Awesome!

I believe one of the owners of SIP has decided to go ahead and build that indoor swimming pool once he heard the news.
Hello Pot.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 6594
Location: Victoria, Australia
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:44 pm quote
Gt6MK3 wrote:
Ginch wrote:
Awesome!

I believe one of the owners of SIP has decided to go ahead and build that indoor swimming pool once he heard the news.
Hello Pot.
I can give it up any damn time I like.

Veni, Vidi, Posti
a herd of easy shifty rats
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 6678
Location: seattle/athens
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:32 pm quote
Surprise, surprise! It seems that you enjoy difficult challenges and are truly serious about these little grocery getters. Also, a big ATTABOY to Keith going the extra mile + 1200 feet to get it out to you! . I would have jumped on that on pronto at the price he was asking, but it was too far away from me!
vma1racer wrote:
Oooh, a 1980/81 US market 50 Special. 3 speed, P type switches, giant 6v DC horn, needs a battery.... What's not to love?
Yeah... In reducing my herd, I offered up several I could part with but only got serious enough offers on my 2 favorite smallies, .a '64 V90 & '74 Primavera. So they're now gone leaving me w/ my only US smallie being the same year and model as yours, it's even the same color. I already put in 4 speed gears w/ 90/100 primaries but gathering stuff to put a long crank & Primavera top end on it. I miss my Primavera so will try to build a clone .


@Ginch: Yeah, uh huh, right...

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Twins!
Fewer dents but worse paint, it's solid but pretty rusty on the left side. I hope you can save the paint, dunno if I can on mine.

Molto Verboso
Joined: 26 Oct 2015
Posts: 1221

Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:48 pm quote
V oodoo wrote:
Surprise, surprise! It seems that you enjoy difficult challenges and are truly serious about these little grocery getters. Also, a big ATTABOY to Keith going the extra mile + 1200 feet to get it out to you! . I would have jumped on that on pronto at the price he was asking, but it was too far away from me!
vma1racer wrote:
Oooh, a 1980/81 US market 50 Special. 3 speed, P type switches, giant 6v DC horn, needs a battery.... What's not to love?
Yeah... In reducing my herd, I offered up several I could part with but only got serious enough offers on my 2 favorite smallies, .a '64 V90 & '74 Primavera. So they're now gone leaving me w/ my only US smallie being the same year and model as yours, it's even the same color. I already put in 4 speed gears w/ 90/100 primaries but gathering stuff to put a long crank & Primavera top end on it. I miss my Primavera so will try to build a clone .


@Ginch: Yeah, uh huh, right...
Well, huh...I had the exact same as both you two. Same US market 50 special, and same color! Mine still had a 3 speed, but it did have a Pinasco 102 kit on it. What I really think it needed was a 130 kit, a 4 speed transmission, and a 20mm PK fork. But since I didn't want to invest into all of that, I sold the scooter locally instead about a year ago. It was a pretty cool scoot, and it always ran like a top.
Hooked
Joined: 13 Dec 2014
Posts: 203
Location: Ohio USA
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:01 pm quote
All those US market 80/81 50 Specials were that Ice Blue color. No color choice for us.
Hooked
Bodgerific 150 Super, 50s in progress
Joined: 18 Aug 2016
Posts: 170
Location: Melbourne, Way Downunder
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:29 pm quote
Anyone know if the tail light is available anywhere?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
a herd of easy shifty rats
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 6678
Location: seattle/athens
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:49 pm quote
This one?

Are you looking for the USA 'tractor' light like this that came on it originally?
Hooked
Bodgerific 150 Super, 50s in progress
Joined: 18 Aug 2016
Posts: 170
Location: Melbourne, Way Downunder
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:53 pm quote
Yep. I have the blue mount, but not the light.
Hooked
GL, PK, PE200
Joined: 24 Apr 2012
Posts: 440
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:03 am quote
Gt6MK3 wrote:
Yep. I have the blue mount, but not the light.
Not made anymore. Just put the call out for one. There's a lot a state side but of course shipping will be high. Wait until you get your part list going for other items that's unique to over here like the plastic fuel tap. Lol

Good luck
Veni, Vidi, Posti
a herd of easy shifty rats
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 6678
Location: seattle/athens
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:32 pm quote
Done deal
One NOS CEV 9350 original Eyetalian tail light assembly on the way to Oz! This was nearly the last of the 10 or so NOS ones I found in a box in a shop corner in Greece. I'm guessing bikes were built for USA, Piaggio pulled out of USA & they were rerouted to Greece w/ a box of Euro lights for dealers to install.


small crack in this lens but cracked reflector has been replaced w/ a minty one
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 Super, 75 Super, PX project, LML off-roader and new to 2018, '66 Blue Badge Smallframe
Joined: 30 Nov 2011
Posts: 6594
Location: Victoria, Australia
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:10 am quote
Terry. You are THE Man!!


ps don't forget I have that crank for you...
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