Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:43 pm

Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
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Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:43 pm linkquote
I bought this ET4 for my wife back last fall. It was abused a bit by the previous owner but since it is my wife's first scooter I figured we'd let her add some more dings to it before dressing it up. So it's been about 6 months now (we can ride year round here) and no new dents. Figured it's time to get started on the make-over.

Starting with a stock ET4 w/ top case...


Since this is the first Vespa I've torn down, I'll be shooting hundreds (literally) of photos so I can refer back to them when reassembly time comes.

Just barely getting started. Top case removed. I think it looks more sporty this way but my wife loves the extra storage.


Simple enough to remove the seat, just two screws...




Took the battery out and returned it to the tender to keep if fresh. I learned a long time ago not to work on a vehicle with the battery hooked up. Especially a vehicle you are not familiar with.


I've done a lot of antique motorcycle work and have learned to keep all the hardware with the associated parts when disassembling. I will usually just wrap up the hardware in tape and tape the bundle to the part. If there is a lot of hardware, I label a disposable cup and put it in there.


I like to take lots of pictures of the wiring harness. Helps me remember where everything was routed so I can get it all back nice and neat.


Important to remember where the ground was located...


Details like where the guide for the throttle cable was attached to the frame...


Rubber removed from the floorboards...


Apply a little leverage with a screwdriver to release the locking tab here...


Remembering what the routing of the wiring harness and control cables looked like...


Photos of where the headlight wires plug in will come in handy in a few weeks when things are going back together.


The previous owner really beat this poor scoot. Look at the big chunk broken off of the underside of the rear brake lever perch. I'll need to get a new on or have this one repaired if a new part is too expensive. Also discovered the front half of the headset cover was broken so I'll need to order the new plastic too.


Figured I better get a photo of where this ribbon cable was plugged in before my almost 50 year old brain forgets.


More of the previous owners handywork...


Headset cover removal complete. It took about 90 minutes to do the work shown in this first set of photos. Feels like I'm working slow, but don't want to make a mistake since it's new territory for me. Left it looking like this...


Supposed to be sunny and warm tomorrow. I'll go riding in the morning and take this up again late in the day.
Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:21 pm

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Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:21 pm linkquote
Sounds and looks like a great start to the project so far. and yes keep track of the bits and such. It is so easy to get things twisted around.. Any firm plans on color or colors? two tone, main color with several stripes??
Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:13 am

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Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:13 am linkquote
im really enjoying this already, i look forward to all the updates
Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:07 am

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Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:07 am linkquote
I like it. Keep the photos coming!
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:23 am

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Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:23 am linkquote
i love bodywork and paint threads.
Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:29 pm

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Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:29 pm linkquote
I just became a member to this forum and I'm currently planning to attempt to paint my et2 this next week... pretty excited. I live in minnesota and the snow is finally melting! Time to get the scooter ready for summer!

Keep the pictures coming! I'm definitely going to be referring to this thread for help.
thanks
kyle
Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:30 pm

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Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:30 pm linkquote
Regarding the question about the paint scheme... my wife is a "Hello Kitty" fanatic. So she wants a "Hello Kitty" theme. But not the usual bubble gum pink. She wants a base coat of gloss black. "Hello Kitty" faces on each side on over the rear wheel and one on the front. She wants the faces to be white outline with pink bows. And in the center of the bow, little skull faces. This is her scooter so she gets what she wants.

On to todays progress... got in a couple hours of work this afternoon. The pet carrier has come in handy for storing a lot of the little bits that have been coming off.


Glove compartment removed from the frame and the door removed.


I've taken lots of shots of the wiring harness so I can get it all routed back the same way. This is just one example. I'm always interested in where there are zip-ties holding things in place.


Don't want to forget where the wiring harness ground was connected at the regulator.


Things are starting to look less complicated after the wiring harness is out of the way.


That wire clip is holding the lock cylinder together. After removing, half the lock came out (the electrical part) but the mechanical part is still there and won't come out until I remove the fork from the frame.


Rear fender is removed.


Placed a jack under the pivot bolt in preparation for removing the drive train.


Ground strap between the engine and the frame.


Removed the exhaust.


Ran out of time. I've got the fuel disconnected (discovered the petcock is stuck open all the time). Just need to disconnect the electrics from the engine, the throttle and brake cables, shock, pivot bolt, and the drive train should come out. I'll start with that next (probably tomorrow).

-Craig
Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:14 pm

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Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:14 pm linkquote
NICE JOB !! Hi Craig reminds me of my 1st ET4 rebuild , I too took lots of pics , good ref for not only you but anyone else who wants to do this but is worried it will be too hard . The one mod you need to finish it off is the "Euro" headlight , it makes a BIG difference to your lighting/visability I have one on my ET and it is amazing the output it gives and it looks good to ,
Good luck cant wait to see it finished , cheers Bill



Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:29 pm

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Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:29 pm linkquote
Worked on this project for a couple more hours this afternoon. The first order of business was to finish removing the drive train.




Removed the wiring harness from the frame.


Removed the handle bars.


And finally, the front fork assembly. Leaving the bare frame.






At this point, I need to remove all the metal clips that various screws attached to and clean things up a bit. Then I'll take all the parts that need paint to the painter and let them do their work.

Probably won't be too many pictures for a while. At least until I get some painted parts back

-Craig
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:46 pm

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Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:46 pm linkquote
THE RIMS!!! Why not do the rims while you're at it. That will really scream "CUSTOM JOB".
I vote for pink...
And that harness looks like some scary business goin' on.

Have fun

Tom
Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:02 pm

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:02 pm linkquote
Thats a well clean frame. (No rust or dents.)
Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:30 pm

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:30 pm linkquote
big-7-baz wrote:
Thats a well clean frame. (No rust or dents.)
No rust is true. But there are lots of little dents (like door dings) on the left rear cowl and another dent on the leg shield. None will be hard to fix. The painter stopped by and picked up all the pieces yesterday. Should have it all back in my hands in 3 or 4 weeks to start the reassembly.

-Craig
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:23 am

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:23 am linkquote
Really loving this thread Craig, keep it coming, you are a brave man that appears to have some serious bike experience and therefore skill.
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:03 am

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:03 am linkquote
They look so small and vunerable when stripped down to the shell. Looks to be ready for stripping down and repainting. Any body work to be done? I could not tell if front right cowl was just the paint scratched off or if it dented it. From what I can see I don't think you will have any trouble sorting that out.
That scoot is just a little bit away from being a Hello Kitty marvel!
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:30 pm

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:30 pm linkquote
Just a little bit of body work. Nothing major. Yes, there is a small dent to accompany the scratch on the leg sheild. Most of the dents are in the right side rear wheel cowl. I suspect the previous owner is responsible for the door dings in the cowl. They are all very closely located. Must have been tight parking in the garage.

I removed all the covers from the engine yesterday. I need to throw them in the parts cleaner and let them soak for a few days to remove the caked on scrudge. Also removed the carb and disassembled it for a thorough cleaning. I'm debating whether I should throw in a new belt while I'm at it. The scoot only has 1400 miles on it, but the belt is original and 8 years old. Not sure how big a factor "dry rot" is. Any thoughts from those who've got experience?

-Craig

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:35 pm

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:35 pm linkquote
this has been so helpfull brilliant pictures thanks
Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:46 pm

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:46 pm linkquote
belt dry rot
Caschnd1
Rubber things, such as tires, balls, bushings, and even belts Dry Rot due to the natural rubber in them. Heat is the bad guy here, for it works to speed up the breakdown of the rubber in your tires and the belt. Try to flex the belt and if there are any cracks, then chuck the belt and re-build with a new one. With the belt being 8 years old you may want to just replace the belt anyway. Unless it had been treated with something when 1st installed, the years will make it brittle. Try bending it as sharply as you can by hand.. did it crack? With only 1400 miles on the belt, it is a shame to have to replace it but if the rubber is breaking down, and you use it then it will shread and could jam up the rear clutch, locking up the rear wheel. That could cause a crash. So since the scoot is for your wife, and I know I would not want to chance hurting mine in any way, it is well worth the new belt to know she will have another 6 to 12 thousand miles of use out of a new belt. I have over 10k on my LX150's belt and it is a 4 year old scoot. I opened things up and took a look at the belt, it had no signs of wear and had no cracks after 7k. The clutch pullies did not have any signs of slipage nor any residue on them so I left the belt in. I have put another 3 k on it and feel I have gotten full use out of it.
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:42 pm

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:42 pm linkquote
I'm not sure bending the belt sharply is a good idea unless I plan on tossing it. But then, I'm not familiar with scooter belts. The belts that are used on motorcycles are ruined if you bend them sharply (it tears the internal fibers even if you don't crack the rubber). And at $200 for a carbon fiber primary belt, that gets a little pricey. But I think your advice is solid about simply replacing it because of the age. I was leaning this way just because I tend to be conservative on these types of things. I'd rather shell out some $$ today then break down tomorrow or, as you mentioned, wreck the scoot because the belt jammed up in the pullies.

Today all I did was spend some time cleaning up the engine. Even with the low miles it had collected a lot of build-up of grim. It almost would seem like the previous owner rode in sand a lot. There was a lot of oily sand in the hard to reach places.







Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:56 pm

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:56 pm linkquote
Boy, you can sure tell they don't use salt on the roads around there! No pitting on the aluminum castings. (Or maybe it was never ridden in the winter)
Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:19 pm

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:19 pm linkquote
didn't look bad to begin with! will be keeping an eye on this one, i like these project threads.
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:22 pm

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:22 pm linkquote
grscum wrote:
didn't look bad to begin with! will be keeping an eye on this one, i like these project threads.
Me too.
Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:37 am

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Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:37 am linkquote
The scooter was definitely not "bad" to start. There were numerous little "dings" and LOTS of scratches (it's been thrown down the road on both sides). But most didn't penetrate down below the surface level of paint.

My past projects have been on antique Harleys and this is so much easier. I'm not dealing with 50+ years of grime build up. Also, there are no signs of previous "shade tree" mechanical work. With the old Harleys you typically have to deal with the problems caused by previous owners making poorly executed repairs.

I'm impressed with the way these scooters are put together. Easy to disassemble/assemble and very good quality too. Vespa has done a great job IMO.

-Craig
Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:42 pm

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Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:42 pm linkquote
This project is still in the works. The painter is planning to shoot the base color (black) on Monday morning. After that, the graphics will be added and then several coats of clear to bury the graphics.

The painter (2nd Avenue Custom and Classic Scooter Painting in Phoenix) has been awesome about communicating the status. I get emails every couple of days as things progress. Yesterday he sent over a proof of the graphics. After making a few tweaks to the proof and sending it back, this is what we have:



There will be a "hello kitty" on the horn cover, one over each rear wheel cowl and one on the top case. Not too over the top since it's not all bubble gum pink

Most of the mechanical work is done. New drive belt and rollers, carb rebuild, adjusted the valves, etc. The only thing left is to clean up the front suspension and mount a new front tire. And of course reassemble the scooter once I have all the painted parts back.

-Craig
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:27 pm

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Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:27 pm linkquote
The scooter was shot with black today (no clear yet so it looks dull)...


Here are some "mock up" photos for the art work. Just printed on white paper and taped in place so we could review and give our approval.








Best experience I've ever had with a painter. I get regular photos and communication on status.

-Craig
Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:03 am

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Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:03 am linkquote
Since you've had such a great experience with the painter thus far, I can't wait to see the finished work and also, do you think he would be okay with you PMing me his info? I'd love to find out if he'd take stuff through the mail and what his rates are like.

What's the flame items in the background? Another scoot?
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:40 am

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Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:40 am linkquote
I know he'd be fine with me sending you his info. I'll send you a PM. This guy is super detail oriented (a great trait for a painter) so the cost of using him isn't going to be at the low end. But he's got a great resume having worked in the paint shop for Titan motorcycles and Dino's (a well known custom paint shop in the Phoenix area).

I'm not sure what the other items are in the background. The shape makes me think they are the lower cowls from a crotch rocket. And in another photo I see a trunk lid and hood from a Karmann Ghia.

-Craig
Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:16 am

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Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:16 am linkquote
!
Hey thanks for the info! Just checked his site and he does total restos too...sheesh I can only imagine the $ that would run. But still, I have some airbrush/image work that I need done soon that the local "car" guys have no clue on how to do.

Keep us updated on your ET:D
Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:41 am

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Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:41 am linkquote
Starting to get some pics from the painter of the graphics. No clear has been laid down yet.

Horn cover:


Top Case:


Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:32 pm

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Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:32 pm linkquote
Awesome. Thank you for taking the time to do this!
Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:47 pm

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Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:47 pm linkquote
Looking great, and love the skull bow!!!
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:58 pm

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Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:58 pm linkquote
The final graphics were added to the body of the scooter today. All that remains is the clear. That will be done next week. Should have the finished parts back to start reassembly by the first weekend in May.







Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:26 pm

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Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:26 pm linkquote
Awesome job !!!
Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:12 pm

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Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:12 pm linkquote
Nice, although I would like to see some pictures of your Karmann Ghia and beetle rebuild in the back of that room aswell!..
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:07 am

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Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:07 am linkquote
Minor setback yesterday. The painter sent me these photos of the horn cover. While he was buffing out the clear the heat caused the original Vespa factory paint to release from the plastic. You can see he was able to peel all the paint from the plastic. The black stuck wonderfully to the original paint but it looks like the plastic wasn't preped very carefully. He'll need to re-black and then redo the graphics and clear on this part again.





On the other hand, the body of the scooter looks real nice after clear.





Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:39 pm

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Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:39 pm linkquote
All the painted parts were delivered today! It's always exciting to see new paint arrive. The black came out sooo nice. I laid out the small parts on some towels in the garage and put the body on the table lift so I could begin the reassembly process.





The first order of business was to assemble the front end.




Installed the badges on the body and some clear turn signal lenses.








Also installed all the rubber boots in the body and the 15 or 20 clips that various bolts/screws attach to. I had taken lots of photos of the clips during disassembly so I would get all the clips back in the correct spots. I did my best not to mar the paint with the clips, but it's impossible to not do some amount of scratching. Luckily the way the clips work, it's all hidden.

That's enough for tonight. I'll pick it up again tomorrow.

-Craig
Sat May 01, 2010 4:55 am

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2002 ET4, 2003 PX125
Joined: 04 Apr 2010
Posts: 20
Location: London, England
Sat May 01, 2010 4:55 am linkquote
Craig mate, really enjoying your thread, Et's looking fantastic.Keep it coming.
Sat May 01, 2010 6:38 am

Ossessionato
Joined: 13 Jul 2006
Posts: 3395
Location: pacifica,ca.
 
Ossessionato
Joined: 13 Jul 2006
Posts: 3395
Location: pacifica,ca.
Sat May 01, 2010 6:38 am linkquote
nice job
Sat May 01, 2010 5:14 pm

Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
Joined: 27 Oct 2009
Posts: 4948
Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
 
Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
Joined: 27 Oct 2009
Posts: 4948
Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
Sat May 01, 2010 5:14 pm linkquote
Worked on the scooter for about 5 hours today. Got the drive train back in the bike along with the wiring harness, throttle and rear brake control cables, handle bars (but not all hooked up yet), rear rack, rear lights, battery box, and the breather "snorkle". Still need to hookup the bulk of the electronics, do some wire management behind the glove box, assemble the headset (gauges, handle bar controls, etc.) and a whole bunch of miscellanious tasks. But it's starting to look like a Vespa again.











Sun May 02, 2010 12:44 pm

Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
Joined: 27 Oct 2009
Posts: 4948
Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
 
Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
Joined: 27 Oct 2009
Posts: 4948
Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
Sun May 02, 2010 12:44 pm linkquote
Ok, the repaint project is completed. The bike is back together and the test ride is completed. Here are some final pictures. This was a lot of fun!















Sun May 02, 2010 6:58 pm

Hooked
GTS 250 i.e. "Silver Bullet"
Joined: 13 Apr 2010
Posts: 357
Location: Norcross, GA
 
Hooked
GTS 250 i.e. "Silver Bullet"
Joined: 13 Apr 2010
Posts: 357
Location: Norcross, GA
Sun May 02, 2010 6:58 pm linkquote
That looks fantastic!!! Job well done!
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