1967 Super Sport 180 Project
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1967 SS180, 2009 Stella 150
Joined: 25 Oct 2020
Posts: 4
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:22 pm quote
Longtime lurker; first post.

I've had this bike for about 13 years. I traded a broken 1993 Sportster for it. Previous to this, I've had a fair number of P200s, a Prima Vera, and a '62 VNB. I also have a Stella 2T 150 in pretty good shape.

So, anyhow. The bike's history: PA is where I got it, but at some point it was up in the North East based on paperwork. I also found an old blogspot where the bike was for sale in mid2000s. The post said it was expertly rebuilt. Yeah, fucking right - read on!

I always hated the bike color (puke aqua green with super fine flake). The headset was Frankensteined on; looks to be possibly a Rally headset. Whomever restored it put a polished aluminum shielding between the floor strips and the body (probably to hide the minor pitting). A few unnecessary drilled holes here and there. In short: it looked totally fucking hideous but everything else was mostly original behind the scenes and under the proverbial hood. With the bike came crate of odds and ends including the OG headset.

So I brought it home wayback when, cleaned out the carb, got it running... And laid it down going 5mph over a patch of clay in the road. Thanks, Verizon, for digging up my neighbors yard and leaving clay and dirt everywhere. The damage sustained to the bike was minimal, but the leg shield had twisted a touch; engine side cowl was dinged up too. I decided to put in the garage and ignored it until COVID made me bored as fuck.

Now we're here. Had my buddy help me get the mechanics in order. Split the cases and it's all fucked up. Had to bore out the cylinder due to rust (seized). Piston was missing a ring. Oil seal was straight up missing. Piston itself was cracked and blasted but... the cylinder doesn't have a matching blast point. I suspect the genius who had it before stuck in a busted piston but who knows. Long story short, I ordered a ton of parts from Scooter Centre and Alex in SD (I'm a SD native) - cables, bearing kit, piston, cosmetic parts, etc. You know how it is.

After everything was stripped off, got to work on the cosmetics. First, we were able to bang, fill, and sand mostly everything into shape. Had to grind off all the adhesive from the shielding under the floor strips. Had to get a new gas tank since the one that came with the bike had developed a sludge due to some sort of coating the previous owner had in there. The OG headset was covered in .25 inch of latex, of the household variety so we sanded all that shit off (not fun).

Paint was a challenge because neither of us are really experienced with HVLP or any semi-pro type shit. I eschewed the idea of rattle canning this monstrosity. We're already here; let's do it right. So my father in law got in on the action since he used to do up hotrods in the 70s. I chose a urethane 3 stage (edit: its not 3 stage) paint and clear coat off TCP. My wife wanted metallic but I preferred something more period correct. I'm happy with this midnight blue.

Anyhow, see the pics. Tell me what you think. I'll update as I go along from here. I figure I'm about halfway done. Still ordering parts as we find other shot shit. Hopefully can get this done before year's end; but then again it'll be winter so who cares.

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Last edited by HiFructosePr0nSyrup on Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:11 pm; edited 1 time in total
Molto Verboso
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Location: California
Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:55 pm quote
looking good even with 3 stages of paint
bodgemaster
63 GL, 76 Super (x 2), 74 Primavera (x 2), 06 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 5513
Location: So Cal
Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:04 pm quote
Welcome to the forum. Nice project, beautiful scoot, looks good so far.... just curious, what’s the third stage in your 3 stage spray job?
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1967 SS180, 2009 Stella 150
Joined: 25 Oct 2020
Posts: 4
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:07 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Welcome to the forum. Nice project, beautiful scoot, looks good so far.... just curious, what’s the third stage in your 3 stage spray job?
I misspoke. It came in 3 parts but it's just base and clear, with reducer.
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1967 SS180, 2009 Stella 150
Joined: 25 Oct 2020
Posts: 4
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:47 pm quote
Some progress. Waiting on shocks from Scooter Center. After that, its just buttoning up and reconnecting everything.

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Molto Verboso
Vespa
Joined: 19 Jun 2007
Posts: 1223
Location: California
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:25 pm quote
Awe shucks she purdy
Hooked
1978 P150X; 1982 P200e
Joined: 18 Jul 2010
Posts: 452
Location: Toronto
Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:32 pm quote
Looking great!
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1967 SS180, 2009 Stella 150
Joined: 25 Oct 2020
Posts: 4
Location: Mid-Atlantic
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:32 am quote
Some updates. Got her put together except for the speedo and headlight. Cheap Indian repro speedometer isn't an exact fit (cams on the bars aren't clearing when turned) so I talked to SpeedoKing and some FB SS owners who said the outer case can be mangled to fit. Still waiting on a speedo cable from Scooter Center.

Put gas in her and she fired up but something is binding in the engine. Probably a bearing, possibly the crankshaft so we're going to crack the case this week and figure out what the issue is. Probably another 2 weeks or so before she's ride-ready because regardless of issue I'll have to order parts.

Also got a more suitable taillight in from India but I don't think I have a pic of that yet.

Here are some pics.

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GS Speedo for comparison.

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Hooked
PX
Joined: 07 Feb 2016
Posts: 157
Location: Switzerland
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:37 am quote
Really nice SS....
I hope you find the issue with the motor...
Let us know how you get on...
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