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Hi all,
I'm looking for a reputable Vespa restoration shop near Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Any leads would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Joe
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Welcome.

What ya got?
Engine refurb?
Body work?
Full ground up restoration?

Devil is in the details.
Oh and post pics so we can see what your working on!
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Philadelphia Scooters is the only Vespa dealer in the city. I don't know if they work on the 2 strokes or not though.

Like Birdsnest said, what you got? I'm in Philly and could possibly lend a hand in doing it yourself.
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Do it yourself. Just as frustrating and way cheaper than golf.
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Molto Verboso
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garncarz wrote:
Do it yourself. Just as frustrating and way cheaper than golf.
It's both the best and worst therapist ever created.
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1965 Vespa
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I inherited a model year 1965 Vespa (titled 1966) and would like to restore it. It has not been driven since the 1980's. My dad acquired the Vespa in 1976. It is and has been garage kept since it was new. Probably would need an engine rebuild or replacement, tires, brake lines... the whole nine yards. Minimal bodywork if any. I'd like to match the paint as close as possible. Not looking for mint factory condition but a solid restoration in order to ride it again.

While I would love to try restoring it myself that is not possible given living conditions and lack of garage space.

The picture isn't of great quality. The scooter is in storage. I will try to get a better image.

The only restoration shop I found was in Pittsburgh or on the West Coast, so far. I've tried Vespa of Gettysburg; Philadelphia Scooters; Scooters Originali they either are out of business or do not restore vintage scooters. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Joe
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Easy, ship the engine to Jon Gick. Keep the paint how it is currently and the rest you can easily do yourself!

Cables are not difficult. Wiring harness will be easy to run once you send the engine out, if you need help hit me up, I'm in Germantown.
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I agree, based on that one pic I wouldn't pay for a "restoration" at all - if anything it is probably just going to reduce the appeal of the scooter in the vintage community.

OG paint is highly valued - especially if it's in really good shape

So my vote is a +1 on getting a helping hand with cables and wiring, and shipping the engine for a rebuild if you really don't want to undertake that yourself.

Two related thoughts:
1) you "need" to do the cables and such yourself now, rather than paying someone else, if you want to ride it after the "resto". Why? Because they wear out all the time and you simply need to be comfortable doing that level of maintenance yourself. It will keep coming back to you. Doing it now with a helping hand and motor out is the best time to learn how.

2) although I don't necessarily recommend this, you can do the engine rebuild now without a garage. The motors are small - I rebuilt my p200 motor on the floor of my tiny studio apt in Boston next to my bed. Had nowhere else to do it. So where there's a will there's a way. But that being said, definitely worth going at a pace you're comfortable with regarding mechanical projects
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Agree on that.

It looks pretty solid. Maybe just send out the motor, replace the tires, maybe brakes. Cables. Fuel line. The tank might need replacing or serious cleaning after sitting that long.

Jonathan Gick does nice work. Any of the shops in the first thread here are good too.

Then just a detail.
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Jonathan Geiger is in Oreland which I believe is north of Philadelphia. He is more than able to help you out. No need to ship, and then you will have an ongoing resource for the future.

his email is guygrrr@gmail.com .

thanks,

david
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scootermercato wrote:
Jonathan Geiger is in Oreland which I believe is north of Philadelphia. He is more than able to help you out. No need to ship, and then you will have an ongoing resource for the future.

his email is guygrrr@gmail.com .

thanks,

david
Completely forgot about him. He lives around the corner from my mom
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scootermercato wrote:
Jonathan Geiger is in Oreland which I believe is north of Philadelphia. He is more than able to help you out. No need to ship, and then you will have an ongoing resource for the future.

his email is guygrrr@gmail.com .

thanks,

david
I was going to mention Scooter Mercato, and then David shows up^^^^^
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And what a stand up guy recommending someone other than his own shop! Class.
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