Monday, 15 December 2014

Vespa SS180 with finnish!

This is my 1967 Vespa SS 180, bought in april 2013. After the purchase I mounted the tank and repaired the lamp housing with metallic glue, rewired it and changed the saddle. It started nicely but after a couple of starts the piston rings gave up. I ordered new ones and a Ken Cobbing-replica exhaust from SIP.
A lot of other things happened, a Cosa, a VGL, and so on...
Now I'm giving it some tender loving care again. The piston rings are mounted and the compression is healthy again. I have also replaced the kick lever since the splines were worn.
Looking forward to try it in better weather conditions!
I will keep it as is. It has a lot of cool period stickers. It was sold new in Helsinki, the capital of Finland and later it went to Åland, the archipelago between Sweden and Finland.
One of the cool stickers are from 1973 Pori Jazz Festival, where Keith Jarrett, Jukka Tolonen, Nanni Porres, Tasavallan Presidenti and more were among the performing artists that year.

Yellow light bulb in the December sun.

Pori Jazz Festival 1973!   

Something about Jesus Christ.

"For race only", he he. Ken Cobbing replica from SIP.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Great scooter rideout!

Some friends on Vespas and one Lambretta during The Visby Vespa Club summer rideout on the island of Gotland. It's my red Cosa far away in the picture. Later there was a gymkhana and it ended with a dinner.

At the local "brewery"...

My PK 50 XL on the far right.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Young son on Vespa PK 50 XL

Here's my middle son, 16 years, riding a scooter for the first time. Almost legally...
Earlier you only had to be 15 years old to drive 50 cc moped in Sweden. Nowadays it's compulsory to have a license that will set you back about €500!
These pictures are taken near our country house, practically no traffic at all.
Doesn't he look happy on the Vespa PK 50 XL?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

One more for the road?

Okay, it's been a while. Maybe this is a new beginning or not...
This is my recently bought Vespa V50N, according to Scooterhelp a 1967 model. Everything is there except the the front light housing and handlebar cover. It's body is actually straight and nice, the rust (ruggine) is only on the surface.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The 1973 Vespa 50 R

This is the Vespa 50 from 1973 that my oldest son got from on his 15th birthday. Two years after that it went to his cousin when she became 15. Now it's back with me. My middle son will try it this summer at our summer house. The regulations here in Sweden has become harsher. Now a 500 euro license is required even for these old mopeds, maximum speed 30 kph (this one reaches 39, ti-hi).

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The old Vespa VGLA


It's a 1957 Vespa Touring, 10-inch wheels and 5,8 hp. For export to Germany and Sweden. Maybe France?

Monday, 2 June 2014

The 1956 Vespa GS is alive!


The red 1956 Vespa GS 150 (VS2) is no longer - red. The original silvermetallic paint is back, sort of. Unfortunately so is the filler applied by the former owner who choose to paint it red. Call me conservative if you like!
Unfortunately some filler on the side cowls and front shield spoils the work. Otherwise the original paint looks okay if you go for that worn and original look.
Maybe it will become some sort of "rat scoot"? I think red wheels looks pretty cool.

A red Vespa Gran Sport? No, thanks...

The paint stripper is beginning to work on the red, and orange...

Goey! Messy!

Half there?

Filler and no paint at all...

Was this really such a good idea?

Hey, the wheels are red! Whaddaya mean by that?