Iíd like to introduce myself and my project. Several years ago I acquired 1958 Vespa VB1T from the original owner. He had bought it new in San Francisco and used it to commute to work from his house in Oakland. He rode it up until 1964 at which at that time parked it in his garage for good! It is completely rust free and original but weathered. It still has the vintage black and yellow plate which I would like to see if I can resurrect with DMV when it comes time to register it.
My plan is to completely restore it to original aesthetics, paint color, rubber bits seat etc... but with some modern upgrades for better ride ablity and reliability. I want to upgrade the motor for more streetable power along with the suspension and brakes. Basically want it to be fun around town cool vintage scooter. So I am looking for all good advice on what works, where to get parts and any other insight/guidance I might need. So here is my plan and correct me if needed.
1. Engine - New topend cylinder kit, 12v conversion, Carburetor Kit and matching pipe. What cylinder kits are available for the old 50ís 2 port engines? Pipe, I like the ones that Ive seen that resemble a cone style chamber but dumps into a box style muffler similar to stock looking.
2. Suspension - Modern Shocks!!! What works for these old wide bodies.
3. Brakes - What are good shoes and any other setup tricks that might help them preform at their best.
4. Chassis - I want it to look stock so where can I source OEM style rubber bits, cables and such? I will need either a new gauge or mine refurbished as it is missing the lens and the face plate is bleached out yellow now. Also a the paint code for the original silver blue color. I found the MaxMeyer 15028 code but would like a PPG or something else that I can get mixed up from my local auto body paint store.
And my back ground. Born and raised in Northern Californiaís East Bay Area, residing here most all of my 55 years. I am an avid rider of both dirt and street bikes. Proficient at motorcycle restorations, doing most all of my own work from engine builds to paint. Mostly vintage MX bikes which I am more fond of the European makes but do have serval Japanese bikes as well. I started collecting and restoring them thirty plus years ago and havenít stopped.
The first vintage bike I restored was a 1974 Bultaco MkVII which I bought in high school, rode the crap out of it! Threw it in my parents shed and forgot about it for twenty years.
My poor wife, good thing she is pretty understanding of my love for all things two wheeled and four as I competed for a time in AHRMA until life, kids and the drama/politics of AHRMA got in the way. To many nights in the garage working on bikes and gone all weekend.
But now onto this, I am new to Vespaís and scooters and this is my first scooter build so bare with me for ignorance. Any and all help and advice is welcome.
Here is the the engine and vin #ís for my project