Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Floor rail rubber is AVAILABLE

Hot off the press from my email:

Good afternoon,

The black rubber for the floor rail for your VSC is our code G2020 and it cost 15.00€.
Shipment cost for USA is 12.00€.
I can send you the parts by post.
The payment is by credit card.
For the payment I need those details of your credit card:
1. your name and surname 2. the 16 numbers in front of the credit card
3. the numbers behind the credit card (code CVV2)
4. the date of expiration

You can write me an e-mail or a fax (0039 0544 502079).

I' m waiting for a your answer.
Pascoli Mauro

Mauro Pascoli

Mauro Pascoli srl
Via Faentina 175/a - Centro MIR
48100 Fornace Zarattini - Ravenna,
C.F./P.IVA 01451600397
tel. 0544/502078 - fax. 0544/502079

NOTE: I will speak with Lisa and see if she wants a $50 brand new kit for the Rally or if she wants me to clean up the original kit and pay $30 for the rubber and $24 for the shipping. I need to keep in mind that this is Lisa's bike and the goal is for her to be happy with it and pleasing myself by not using any new parts. The reality is this bike will be a "babied" scoot that is "ridden" and used. This has never been a museum restoration. It has always been my wife's bike and lucky for me, she doesn't get hung up or give a crap what purists and others have to say about her bike. She tell them where to stick it. Me, on the hand, I am beating myself up over this, the holes in the cowl, and the seat. I hate mistakes. Please, as always, learn from my errors!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

For my fellow newbie restorers

Dear fellow newbie restorers:

Recently, I have received emails from many of you as well as left comments on your blogs, with notes urging you not to waste your money on paint or to consider this or consider that.

Folks with common bikes are ready to jump in and fully restore them and that is fine as long as they know the financial commitment they are getting into and the fact that their bikes will NOT sell for what they pay/invest. The one thing they need to is "to know" before they role forward.

The road has been somewhat paved before us with great information available to us and friendly experienced restorers. I urge you to start here before proceeding at all. Vespa Village is a great website and will give you the "basics" and an "accurate picture of what is and isn't worth tackling" in your restoration. It focuses on the GS/SS, but its informational is universal.

You would never think that leaving your original paint with a few love-dents actually increased both the desirability for and value of your bike. Or the idea that repairing your original parts and keeping it stock often adds more value to the bike than throwing on a new performance part (depending on your model). There's a lot to think about before you jump in.

Also, a read from day one to current of this blog with a notebook and pencil in hand is a wise idea. Write down my failures as well as successes and the questions that I have asked along the way and the ones you have. Then get answers. Do this now and your restoration will be a lot less stressful and more budget-friendly.

As always you may email me directly, but please note I am no expert -- just a guy a trying to learn as much as I can.

Good luck and keep it fun!



Is that there a gun rack mount boy?

As my readers, who have been with me from the beginning, know I made most of my mistakes early on in this restoration process. Remember my seat restoration? Yah, that will be fixed in the distant future -- fortunately, my wife doesn't care as much as I do about that.

I recently remembered some odd holes in my legshield. And I took a close look at Gary's red SS180 on this site, which is the same year as our's. I noted his does not have my holes.

So I emailed Palmog & Collin and then Christopher & Tom G. I am waiting for their responses. This is what I wrote:


What are these two holes for on the top of my SS180 legshield (just beneath the chrome trim)? There was an odd thing bolted into it when Eric bought the bike (photo link below) and then he disassembled it and sold it to us. I had the bike medium blasted and then painted and thought nothing of the holes because they look so perfect -- like the factory did it -- a professional job and all.

I asked Lisa what she thought and she said, "them there holes is for a gun rack Jeremy. Them farmer men made them there holes."

She may be right. She also thought they added a rack or something. I thought maybe after market / home-made blinkers?

Original -- Click on photo to enlarge
Medium blasted -- Click on photo to enlarge
Post paint -- Click on photo to enlarge

Anywho, the Vespa will live with them holes since it is painted." Maybe in some odd way by preserving this specific bike's history we're preserving its soul.

My question to my readers is what in the hell are those holes for? Watch the slide-shows and you'll see the bolts mounted in the holes.

**** Responses ****
"Certainly not factory. Could'a been a mirror set, or custom rack, or badge bar. Who knows," said Tom G.

"Hi Jeremy,

Sorry for the delay. I just checked out the pics. Unfortunately, those holes are not original to the SS 180. It was likely for some type of accessory front rack ( I've seen many on bikes over here in CA), that had an "L" shape rack that bolted straight through the sheet metal. I'd be willing to put money on the fact that it's not from a gun rack, but who know...Either way, it's not original, and unfortunately, the only way to really take care of the holes is to sand down the area around the holes, have them properly welded up, and prime/paint the area again, which is a complete pain.

Given the fact that you're this far into your restoration, and turning back to fix a couple holes would cost valuable time and money, I would suggest leaving them there, maybe a tribute to the history of the bike..? Or easily cover them up with a period accessory or something ( Or two small stickers that read, in tiny print, "If you're reading this, you are too close to my scooter.." haha). Don't worry about it now, it's a done deal, and the bike is going to look great regardless. " Cheers, Collin

What I know is what ever it is gonna stay. Maybe, we will be able to ask that owner some day what he had installed and replicate it if Lisa wants. For me, I hope it doesn't draw people's eye away from the beautiful restoration it is undergoing.

Disassembly Part 5

Early posting . . . Here is the final slide-show for the disassembly of the SS180.
In this slide-show:
(1) removal of steering column
(2) removal of engine
(3) removal of front fender
(4) close look at shock mounts

All that is left is the body.

You can also play the slide show at Google Video as a larger image.

Note to readers:If you want/need to see a specific photo or two in this slide-show post a comment and I will upload the photos requested to this blog entry.

Please post a comment and let me know if these five slide-shows were helpful or not. Thank you.

Posted comments

Please accept my apologies if you posted a comment and I never responded.

I did not have the email notification set-up via the blog administration settings to receive posted comments.

I regularly check the comments on the five most recent posts not realizing that people have fairly recently responded to posts in 2006 and throughout 2007.

I just spent my morning responding to every post back through 2006 as well as making sure I receive notification of a posted comment. Check the posts for your response please.

Also, please be advised that there is GOOD information in many "comments" along with brief discussions with others, such as NEVER use a gas tank liner or be very careful with advice from BBS, etc.

Again, sorry for not responding more promptly. That will no longer happen.

Disassembly: Part 4

Come back late tonight (EST) or tomorrow and I will have the final slide-show (Part 5) posted.
In this slide-show:
(1) Examine the brake cables
(2) Open the gear box and remove the clutch cable
(3) Floor boards are without the floor rails
(4) Examine back and front brake cables

You can also play the slide show at Google Video as a larger image.

Note to readers:If you want/need to see a specific photo or two in this slide-show post a comment and I will upload the photos requested to this blog entry.