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Ok here is the deal. A local man has a 1966 150 Vespa for sale. Went and looked at it today. Body is intact: rusty but solid, front fender would need replacing. He has all the parts except for the seat. Includes the title.
I have never done anything like this and am wondering shoul I or not. He wants 300 for the whole thing. Good deal or not? Do I go for it, and then turn around and try to sell at a profit? what kind of Vespa is this?
Is this bike worth what he is asking? Help, and thanks in advance, oh yea here is the link, http://raleigh.craigslist.org/mcy/122016427.html

Thanks, Beale. .
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Beale,

Does the engine turn over? If so, 300 might be a really good deal...can you get any pics? It's a really fun hobby, but I wouldn't plan on booking your next cruise with the "profits"

Len
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he said engine turns over, but needs a new crank, Beale.
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I'd say definitely do it if you would find it a rewarding project, and definitely not if it's just for profit.

BTW, I also own a 1966 Super 150 that I'm going to drop a brand-new engine into. Oh, and of course the same Vintage Green GT you're riding around on.
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If I did it I would not sell, was really wondering as to what it is. I know he is not sure, and I know I am not.
I have the space, time, and "the desire". No real talent, I also have the tools, I do a lot of "tinkering", Beale.
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Do it then! You'll have a blast. The scooter is either a VN, VL, VB, or a GS. Hopefully it's a GS....

Len

PS...take some pics so we can help identify it
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Just got the picture to load. Looks like a largeframe for sure, but the cowls (at least I think they're the cowls -- in the box behind the frame) look like VBA or VBB, maybe. But then, I'm just a beginner in this arena myself, so take it with a big grain of salt. If you can get the first four or 5 digits of the VIN from the frame, it'll be very clear what it is.
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If it has 8" wheels, it's probably a VBB. 10" wheels, probably a VLB.
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buy it
paint it
run a new wiring harness
run new cables
upgrade the front fork to a bajaj or PK
slam in a brand new LML motor

grin like a fool when riding it

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I've restored two vintage Vespas. You need to have a passion for it. Understand that you will most likely never make back the money and time you will put into it. With all that said, if you like to tinker and learn, then it's lots of fun.
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Go for it
As Jess said, if its for fun GO for it.
If you want you can get complete engine units from Genuine Scooter Co, I have heard the LML factory has no problem supplying just engines.
Voila, classic with PX150 donk in it.This is only if you cant rebuild old one, but it gives you another choice.
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My bookeeper (wife) gave me the go ahead. I am gonna offer him $200 and see if he bites, if not we will diker. I will take pictures, and keep you all informed as to progress, Beale.
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Vin Number
Beale,

Go for it! You can find out what it is by the Vin number or Frame or engine number hope those help. Start with an offer of $50 and go up from there. The previous owner obviously has no love or value for the scoot.

Good luck,
Tim
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Wow Tim!! The second link "frame or engine number" has some awesome how-tos in it. I have allready made it a favorite link. That site will be of great help I think.
50 bucks I will try that and see what happens. Gonna make the offer today, Beale.
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