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Ok- did the 68 with the round headlight have a tuna can or the other taillight?
Yes. It took me a year to find an original tuna can and 2 years to find original dust covers for my 68
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Do I need a 180SS specific gear selector? Or can I use from other engines?
I think the box is pretty specific.... but there is a repop. YMMV

https://www.sip-scootershop.com/en/product/selector-box-fa_87031000?q=selector%20boc
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I think the box is pretty specific.... but there is a repop. YMMV

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Correct, the SS180 gear box is specific. The FA repop should be fine
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thanks!

Ordered.

Getting a package today- I'll post pics as well tonight.
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Ok, Santa arrived with a UPS uniform and a package from Texas!!!

Inching towards a complete 180SS>>>>
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Just a word on that repop cover. It does not fit very nicely. I bought one and then promptly removed it after I found an original one. Not worth the dime I'd say.

Well, I've read more above. If you're getting an FA Italia selector box, then that Pascoli cover should should be fine.
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woohoo!

Looking forward to your engine build. I think I saw elsewhere your sourced a 27/23! Well done that.
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Thanks again Birdsnest- I am a very happy camper!

That carb was a bitter pill to swallow, but I figured it would be better to have a solid carb so I would not have to troubleshoot for hours on an iffy one. Now to find a cylinder and head.....

What other models will work? Any? Rally? I'm really hoping to avoid putting the LML in there if I can, but If I have to wait for the final few parts to finish the motor, so be it...
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Bar Italia says they have a cylinder- anyone have a connection there? Phone says to go to website...I could just zip on up there and get it...
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What other models will work? Any? Rally? I'm really hoping to avoid putting the LML in there if I can, but If I have to wait for the final few parts to finish the motor, so be it...
No the SS180 is specific as it is piston ported. None of those others are.
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Bar Italia says they have a cylinder- anyone have a connection there? Phone says to go to website...I could just zip on up there and get it...
They answer Facebook messages.

It seems they have it.
http://www.baritaliaclassics.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25_3_71_158&products_id=788
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May be this:
https://www.scooter-center.com/en/cylinder-sale-big-bore-192-ccm-vespa-ss180-gs160-63-8mm-3330150

Read the description as it is not a "bolt on" substitute.
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May be this:
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Read the description as it is not a "bolt on" substitute.
That description is sumpthin else.🤪
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First the big stuff, then working through the small dents/dings
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Looks pretty good , bit of a skim here and there, before you know it you'll be shooting paint.
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What is the correct front Piaggio badge for my scoot? (late 67-early 68 with round headlight and square badge)

A picture would be great, a person selling the actual badge would be better
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What is the correct front Piaggio badge for my scoot? (late 67-early 68 with round headlight and square badge)

A picture would be great, a person selling the actual badge would be better
It's a plastic rectangle with sky blue paint on the back of it. Some have a type of thin canvas glued to the back. This one is original, so I had to pay through the nose for it. The reproductions look very much the same and are cheap, but, well, not original.
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Looks same or similar to badge on GL. This one's a repop.

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A little more work on the front, its getting closer. And what arrived today?

CARB. Brand spankin new.
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Man that carb is gorgeous!

Hens tooth right there
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CARB. Brand spankin new.
Holy sh$t! That must have cost a friggin' fortune. It's not easy finding them in that kind of condition. It will run really nicely with that in it.
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Correct. One fortune. I figured it was worth it so I wouldn't have to spend 2 weeks troubleshooting carb issues lol. I have tons of fine tuning bodywork to do, I'll try and post progress pics. Still searching for the ever elusive indicator light with hood.... who wants money?
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Do you mean the pilot light?

Isn't it similar to the Rally 180 pilot light? This could be a cheap place holder until you find an OG.

https://www.scooter-center.com/en/warning-light-vespa-vespa-rally180-vsd1t-vespa-rally200-vse1t-ts125-vnl3t-gtr125-vnl2t-sprint-veloce-red-9520113?number=9520113
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Yes, pilot light- I have to look at it every time I ride lol
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Do you mean the pilot light?

Isn't it similar to the Rally 180 pilot light? This could be a cheap place holder until you find an OG.

https://www.scooter-center.com/en/warning-light-vespa-vespa-rally180-vsd1t-vespa-rally200-vse1t-ts125-vnl3t-gtr125-vnl2t-sprint-veloce-red-9520113?number=9520113
"This often missing or broken part comes in green transparent plastic. Just the way it should be!"

Why is the one in their photo red?
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Period CORRECT!
I found a place (after looking around a lot!) called Scooters Originali in the Seattle area that does vapor basting.

I'm sending them an engine. The results are pretty amazing.

https://scootersoriginali.com/products/vapor-honing-services
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I have a guy near me that does vapor blasting- Going to drop the engine off Friday ready Sat. Are you doing the inside and the outside, or just the outside?

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I have a guy near me that does vapor blasting- Going to drop the engine off Friday ready Sat. Are you doing the inside and the outside, or just the outside?

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It looks beautiful!

I guess I'll do all the aluminum parts, so like the bag hook and pedal, engine cases and flywheel. They seem to just do all the surfaces, but have to remove all the bearings and case studs. They quoted around $250 for those.

They recommended replacing the bearings because debris gets inside them.
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You are a Beast! Nice work. It already looks like a whole different machine.

For the Pilot light, the repop version posted above is for a euro rally type headset, and is much larger in person than it appears in the photo. The threaded portion is a larger diameter than the SS headset version you seek. Keep searching for the correct piece, you'll be successful
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Hoping someone is holding and likes the idea of money.

Here are some shots from today- working on the bottom.
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Kristian at Bar Italia almost certainly has one.

http://www.baritaliaclassics.com/catalog/contact_us.php
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I am in communication with him, but he hasnt replied on my other request (cylinder, head etc.) if he has a light I would be stoked.
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For the Pilot light, the repop version posted above is for a euro rally type headset, and is much larger in person than it appears in the photo. The threaded portion is a larger diameter than the SS headset version you seek. Keep searching for the correct piece, you'll be successful
Good call. Thanks for the correction. I knew the euro v US headsets were different... didn't know the pilot light size was also bigger!
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Mudguard and airbox arrived!!!! One step closer.. thanks Birdsnest!
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Whats the best technique for repairing the rear bottom below the license plate? Like, how did any of you do it?

I am likely going to make 2 pieces and have my welder weld them in, but not sure how to make the "shelf" look right along with the curve.

I have ZERO idea how to make the corners look correct.
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Oof. I guess everyone just slathers Bondo on and calls it a day?


Powder coated hubs and wheels are ready Pics later.

May take a break from bodywork to start working on the mechanicals now.

Need a set of gears and spacers. I feel like Bar Italia has everything else I need, just need to figure out when to head up there/connect over the phone. This shipping stuff from Italy, UK and Germany is killing my patience....
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Oof. I guess everyone just slathers Bondo on and calls it a day?


Powder coated hubs and wheels are ready Pics later.

May take a break from bodywork to start working on the mechanicals now.

Need a set of gears and spacers. I feel like Bar Italia has everything else I need, just need to figure out when to head up there/connect over the phone. This shipping stuff from Italy, UK and Germany is killing my patience....
Post a pic of the tail area you are trying to repair. You might get some better ideas.

Gears... I *may* have. I seem to remember a random set in one of my SS boxes. No promises, but they very well may be the droids you are looking for.
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