Vespa 50 Special 1981 - Small Yellow Vespa
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'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
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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.































































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Location: California
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:51 am quote
looks like a nice scooter
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2005 ET4 150
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Location: Portland OR
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:00 am quote
Very nice
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58 VB1T, 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
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 50s x3 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 7415
Location: seattle/athens
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.
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'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
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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



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Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:54 am quote
Looks organized
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'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 54
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



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58 VB1T, 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
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 54
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.
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'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 54
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









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'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









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'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 54
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: 54
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

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'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 54
Location: Ukraine
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:34 pm quote
Well, the engine is in place, like most other parts.






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'99 PX200; '02 ET2
Joined: 02 May 2008
Posts: 6
Location: Houston, Texas
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:12 pm quote
love the look! pipe and wheels/tires look very nice. how fast is it?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
74 50s x3 78 P200 84 Cosa 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special + projects
Joined: 22 Nov 2010
Posts: 7415
Location: seattle/athens
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
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'81 Special, '81 P150X, '13 LML Star 200
Joined: 30 Nov 2018
Posts: 54
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.




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