Vespa 50 Special 1981 - Small Yellow Vespa
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Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Location: Ukraine
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:56 am quote
Greetings to all!
If someone is interested - this is the story of my first Vespa.

I found and bought this baby in August 2017. it took us 23 hours by car to go pick up and bring her to a new home. Bought it for $175.

The previous owner and I


It was very dirty - in a mixture of dust, chicken shit and two-stroke oil. But it started and I could even ride a little.
The gears did not switch normally, the clutch practically did not work, the front brake lever was broken off ... You yourself can see in the photo.































































Molto Verboso
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:51 am quote
looks like a nice scooter
Hooked
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:00 am quote
Very nice
Hooked
58 VB1T, 68 SS180, 81 100 Sport
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Location: Long Beach, CA
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:45 am quote
Nice find! Love the yellow, and the square headlight.
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:55 am quote
congrats
Style Maven
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:43 am quote
You got a great deal! Looks to be a solid foundation for a sweet little scooter. And I like all the detailed pics so we can really see what you got, thanks.
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Location: Ukraine
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:16 pm quote
Thanx guys!
So I left Vespa in my garage and did not touch for a couple of months.


Then winter came and I began to slowly disassemble. Almost all the parts were in place. With varying degrees of wear, but many are good.

Seems need to some welding



Molto Verboso
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Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:54 am quote
Looks organized
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:35 pm quote
Handlebar fixed.




And I continue to disassemble the scooter. It turned out that there is already a Polini 75cc.








There was almost no oil in the gearbox.
Homemade engine stand



Hooked
58 VB1T, 68 SS180, 81 100 Sport
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Location: Long Beach, CA
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:44 pm quote
Headset welding
Nice working fixing the headset! Looks good as new
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Location: Ukraine
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:53 am quote
GeekLion tnanx, but anyway the welder overdid it a bit and rounded off the edge off the handlebar

I assembled wheels: Michelin S1, SIP Rims and SIP inner tubes.

And got the gearbox RMS, 3.72 ratio.
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:00 am quote
Well move on. The crankshaft looks good, but the upper of the conrod needs a new bushing.


Here it its









Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Location: Ukraine
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:17 pm quote
Recived some new parts









Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Location: Ukraine
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:05 pm quote
Some parts return from painting.






Assembled fork.



And pulled the seat with a new cover.


Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:53 pm quote
A few little parts for ignition.



I have not so much photos about engine assembly, but I think every one knows how it looks and how it made






Rear brake is ready and fork with new fender and wheel in place.




Some new rubbers

Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Location: Ukraine
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:34 pm quote
Well, the engine is in place, like most other parts.






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Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:12 pm quote
love the look! pipe and wheels/tires look very nice. how fast is it?
Style Maven
74 50s x3 78 P200 84 Cosa PK50XL2 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special '66(?) Super125
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:50 pm quote
Scruffy bike w/ finely tuned motor fitted, sharp wheels, foxy shox, tricky pipe and proper new stockish seat?

Love it, what could go wrong?

Whatever, you'll just fix it
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:00 pm quote
I'm glad you like it guys.
It's not very fast - max. speed is near 74 km/h But that's almost enough for town use.
The scooter has on board:
Polini 75cc
Standard crank
Sport clutch
16.10 carb
Standard air filter
Serie Pro Sport Replica Exhaust
Stainless SIP sport exhaust stub
3.72 Gear box

This my first classic Vespa and I've never driven them before. I was just so surprised at the feeling she gave me from driving.
This is love from the first kilometers away.




Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:35 pm quote
Everything is going well, the scooter runs and makes me happy.


Just a few days after assembly, I caught the car in the bumper - not yet used to weaker brakes. And lose the new mudguard crest(but find it in the same place next day)


And here is another incident - the Scarabeo fell on one scooter and everyone fell in turn.




Oil is also leaking from the gearbox selector - I forgot to replace the o-ring when I disassembled the engine
Style Maven
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Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:06 pm quote
Love that last pic. Whole bike came out great.

And 5% tragedy, 95% bullet dodged looks like from this:
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
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Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:19 pm quote
Thanx Voodoo)
I wasn’t really upset because of the mudguard, especially when I found mudguard crest)))
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:56 pm quote
Buy new locks. Now I feel safely


In my country classic Vespes are very rare.
And find at a local flea market 19.19 carb with all parts for installation it's a huuuge luck.
Installed it and saw that it was a very good decision. It really gives a lot of power to my Special. My joy knew no bounds, again
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:49 pm quote
And the day came when my Vespa let me down.
In the morning I arrived at work about 15km an everything was fine.
But in the evening it refused to start.
Found that the airbox Polini didn't stay in place, constantly slipping, and on the adapter there were small cracks. I could not fix it in any way and therefore I went home by bus.



I replaced the spark plug and played with the jets and found out that without the airbox the engine starts, but if I open the throttle, it immediately dies.
My friend gave me the original PIaggio airbox and everything worked again as it should. I need to use smaller idle jet and main jet. But all runs great.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a red lipstick '74 sprint
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Location: Indo
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:33 pm quote
Glad to hear u manage to fix the problems mate
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:20 pm quote
koenig blues wrote:
Glad to hear u manage to fix the problems mate
thanx buddy

And next trouble.
Roads in Ukraine is terrible. I was returning home at night and hit the hard pothole. My speed was near 70 km/h.
I didn't even have time to see it. There is no street lights on the sides of the road. And my 6V headlamp is very weak...
I felt a strong punch, I was almost thrown out of the scooter and the rear wheel blocked, engine stalled.
I try to kick it and it starts easyli. When I get to the gas station I see that rear rim is bended and rubs hard the clutch cover. I swapped the front and rear wheels and slowly continued my way home.









Veni, Vidi, Posti
a not so normal vbb2 '64, a weirdo vbx '86, a not so normal pts100 '82 and a red lipstick '74 sprint
Joined: 15 Jun 2009
Posts: 5676
Location: Indo
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:44 am quote
Time to change the rims with a better one, try the alloy forged as they have better look although steel split rims is always more strong
Enthusiast
'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 66
Location: Ukraine
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:18 am quote
It was in august 2018.
I had one more rim from LML in my garage. U can see it on front wheel at this photo.


I also bought new aluminum boots for central stand
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