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I finished up work on a long term art project I've been working on, inbetween everything else in life; A Vespa art piece for my shop wall. made from a genuine Vespa frame & parts.

I took a unsavable (I tried) taco-folded Rally frame, and chopped that sucka right down the middle. A 50s headset with broken shift side, chopped that! An SS Mudguard that had been bodged; chopped that! A busted GL seat frame...you guessed it, chopped! Broken tractor light-chopped. Bodged Sprint engine - chopped! Old front crashbars-chopped! Etc etc.

All parts were pulled from my stash, broken, worn, or straight bodged. No good usable parts were harmed in the making of this piece. Well....mostly The crashbars were good, but had to be sacrificed for the sake of art! The sidecowl is from an SS180, and is untouched and can be pulled for use if needed. The frame and body pieces were clear coated for the extra shine.

After the frame was cut, I welded in some angle iron bracing to the backside, for strength and mounting (sorry no pics). Then I mounted studs to the wall studs, to then mount the frame to. The frame + fork is secured to the wall, then the engine+shock+rear tire are installed. The area its mounted is above my drill press, and toward the front of the shop. The vertical height is limited, so I had to improvise by cutting 2" off the bottom of the tires, which cant be seen from below; and even if so gives it a cool 'sunken in' look.

After mounting I added some of my sign collection for a bit of flair, and to cover up the janky wall. I'd like finish and paint this section to clean it up.
The last step is to wire up the headlight & tailight for some ambiance.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired to make some art of your own.
Final form. excuse the poor lighting, this will be improved
Final form. excuse the poor lighting, this will be improved
View from the floor
View from the floor
another angle, in process
another angle, in process
frame mounted and engine in. No internals other than drive shaft.
frame mounted and engine in. No internals other than drive shaft.
SS Cowl fitted. Notice the custom cut tires lol
SS Cowl fitted. Notice the custom cut tires lol
Frame mounted, before tires or engine.
Frame mounted, before tires or engine.
almost final, no wall signs
almost final, no wall signs
added a small spot light, but its not quite right. Need brighter bulb, and/or other lighting options
added a small spot light, but its not quite right. Need brighter bulb, and/or other lighting options
A good friend helping with the big chop
A good friend helping with the big chop
Split personality
Split personality
chopping the bodged engine swingarm
chopping the bodged engine swingarm
Custom wheels and tires
Custom wheels and tires
For a quick minute I was playing with the idea of building a backing frame and creating an abstract cityscape. Ultimately abandoned the idea for simplicity and space.
For a quick minute I was playing with the idea of building a backing frame and creating an abstract cityscape. Ultimately abandoned the idea for simplicity and space.
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DUDE - BADASS!!! Clap emoticon Clap emoticon Clap emoticon
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Reconsider the cityscape. Clap emoticon
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Der Blechfahrer wrote:
Reconsider the cityscape. Clap emoticon
I am still considering it. Now that I have the space chosen, and mounted up; it could still work. It may even work better. I will revisit this possibility when I do the wiring & lighting
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Very cool Clap emoticon
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That is the snazz. Well done.
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Very cool I have a pedal scooter hanging in my shop
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Love your art! Got to do the cityscape. Can't wait to see it with lights on. I think the lights with the cityscape will really set it off. 👍
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That looks so F--king cool, great way to set off the work shop! Kudos!
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are those the crash bars I sent you ??

I like how it's turning out
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are those the crash bars I sent you ??

I like how it's turning out
They are Facepalm emoticon Oh the shame…..But creativity can know no limits. I owe ya a beer or 7 to make up for it.
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GeekLion wrote:
They are Facepalm emoticon Oh the shame…..But creativity can know no limits. I owe ya a beer or 7 to make up for it.
The funny thing is you paid like $50 shipping on those, and now - wall art.

at least it's looking good!
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sdjohn wrote:
The funny thing is you paid like $50 shipping on those, and now - wall art.

at least it's looking good!
Worth every penny! ROFL emoticon When I got those bars from You, they were meant for this frame; as it already had the holes drilled for those specific bars. So I just stayed true to my original intention
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