Saturday, October 15, 2016

Off to the mechanic

Tired of saying I am going to get to this bike.  It's time to bite the bullet and hire someone to complete it.


I received a couple referrals to Joe Deason of Bella Moto to complete the work.  He was trained at First Kick (SF) back in the day.  He has worked on GS's and SS's and owns his own SS180.  The work will be done in SF so it's convenient.

The bike will be picked up on Monday and work will begin next week I hope.

Here is the note that went to Joe along with a small box of parts and the bike:

Joe,


If anything comes up outside this scope please let me know before proceeding; however I do want the final product to be a 100% correctly assembled bike and a dependable / reliable rider.  And a looker of course.


I know there are some “smalls” that need to be addressed, such as the headlight bezel.


History:


This bike is a ground up restoration.  All seals and bearings are brand new as is much of the bike.


Paul S. worked at length on the clutch issue, including multiple clutch rebuilds.  I have rebuilt clutch twice with all brand new parts.  The only difference today is I now have a Surflex repop clutch basket.  Derek G. had his machinist trim off hundredths of a inch to ensure no binding.  He did NOT line it up correctly with the two holes to match the basket to the clutch, but it appears to move freely.


Derek G. worked with Paul S. on trying to get the headlight to work, but to no avail.


Resource:
  • All work on the bike is meticulously logged here so if you wonder about if anything was done then Google the part and “VespaRestortation” and it will appear at the very top of the list.


Delivery:
  • Clutch & all parts & tools sealed in a Rubbermaid.  Parts removed for work to be begin.  Saves time.  Also, spare brand new parts are included too.
  • New Surflex clutch basket provided.  Machinist trimmed hundreths of inch for free movement of plates.


Biggest issues:
  • Grinding sound happens only between “neutral” & “first”
    • Clutch has been rebuilt with both new needle roller bearings and all new everything, including NOS springs for SS180.
    • Layshaft has been rebuilt twice with P200 kits
  • Timesert (not helicoil) needs to be inserted into oil plug threads
  • Electrical issue: headlight does  not run (Paul S. thinks it may be grounding off)


Possible Clutch Issues Per Tom Giordino:
  1. Crank taper may need to be filed at woodruff key score marks.
  2. Use very fine lapping compound to smooth out with clutch and crank.
  3. Selector need to be replaced? (Though there is a new Italian repop)
  4. Possible bur on crank?
  5. Measure between wings/? (can’t make out my notes) of cracks in case of bind.  Time off due to assembly.
  6. Crank off at pin.
  7. Repop crux off and hitting
  8. Search for issues at 1st gear only as that is where the problem is.


Recent History:
Please complete and or/verify the following.  Chris did a nuts to bolts (exterior) check of the entire bike and told me to address the following items:
(1) Flip the fuel cock lever 180 degrees so it is installed correctly, which is 12 Pm is "on" and 9 PM is "reserve".
(2) The choke is sticking, which indicates the "R" clip on the inside of the frame is missing or is loose. Address that at the same time as the fuel cock lever.
(3) The air filter gasket is missing.  Fixed.
(4) The drain tube is missing from the air filter.
(5) Replace the air box lid seal (seal will NOT fit.  Run without). Done by Jeremy.
(6) Add split washers to the gas tank and seat nuts.
(7) Oil dripping from rear hub area. Check the rear hub seal. Brake pads may be soaked in oil. Chris B. tested the brakes after adjusting cable and riding and the brake pads are not soaked in oil.
(8) Add a washer or two to seat pivot screw (which locks the seat) so it is tall enough to click and lock.
(9) Install taller seat buffers so seat frame does not scratch paint on frame anymore.  P200 ones too short.  I provided new taller ones.
(10) Too much free play for clutch lever. Should be approx. 10 mm.Chris B. and I fixed that already.
(11) Too much free play for rear brake and the adjustment cable extension is installed incorrectly. The loose nut needs to face outward for access. Chris B. and I fixed that already.
(12) Too much free play for front brake and the adjustment cable extension is installed incorrectly. The loose nut needs to face outward for access. Chris B. and I fixed that already.
(13) Tighten kick start lever bolt down hard to avoid any free play on shaft. Chris B. and I fixed already.
(14) The clutch cable is too loose so that even before the lever is released the gears are engaged and the bike moves forward. Chris B. and I fixed already.
(15) Check the nut/bolt on seat bracket that is not tight.
(16) Forgo adding the airbox seal as it made the hole too large for the bellow and ripped it and hence I had to replace it with a 2nd one.  Is there another way?
(17) Drill small holes in gear selector box top to allow cables to not be cut too short to work on.  Or is there a better way.
(18) Locate a seat tail and add to seat to make seat look proper like a SS180 and not a P200.


* Please look over entire for any issues at all.  My goal is to have everything caught and fixed. I always hoped this bike might win a ribbon.  I want the parts you add on the bike all period correct. *

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