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Old 01-30-2010, 08:10 PM   #76
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Nice.

You keeping the time lapse going at all?
Time lapse is only possible on tear down and rebuild. HOPEFULLY I'll have everything in place for a rebuild all at once for video sake. I'm trying my hardest to get all the parts sourced though I may have to use some crusty stock parts (shocks) in the time lapse but I'll replace them later.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:25 AM   #77
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My goodness ... That powdercoater knows his stuff ...
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:52 PM   #78
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I forgot I had this pic from the tear down. I liked it so much. The peace of working in a shop alone at night with the right light brings much joy to me:

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Old 02-04-2010, 05:42 PM   #79
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Forgot to mention I'm restoring a 1964 Vespa GL at the same time
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:01 PM   #80
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Sweet! I also having mine repainted, though it's not a collectible (a late 90s PX150E). In fact, I'm looking for ideas on colors (off-white colors and other light colors are preferred). Know a good site for these?
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:09 PM   #81
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Sweet! I also having mine repainted, though it's not a collectible (a late 90s PX150E). In fact, I'm looking for ideas on colors (off-white colors and other light colors are preferred). Know a good site for these?
http://www.coloreamico.it/servizi/colori/vespa.htm
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:13 PM   #82
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Bent fin

It's pretty easy to straighten fins - just warm it up with the propane torch and while supported from the back side, slowly work it back into position. But don't heat it too much or it'll get soft and sag. It's possible to use those wide clamping style pliers, or just lever with a screwdriver from the base of the next fin. Take your time, moving it just a little at a time, reheat, move it some more...

The big trick is heating it just enough to get it maleable but not sag.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:52 PM   #83
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Thanks for the great link but unfortunately, I don't speak Italian

I did see some interesting colors but was wondering if there a site somewhere wherein the color codes would match-up with the codes of other brands such as PPG, Dupont, Glasurit, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:02 PM   #84
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Thanks for the great link but unfortunately, I don't speak Italian

I did see some interesting colors but was wondering if there a site somewhere wherein the color codes would match-up with the codes of other brands such as PPG, Dupont, Glasurit, etc.

Thanks!
You'd have to find a specialist in america that has translated italian codes to american standard. I have a source but it's 10 bucks for an official color code from him. I wanted my GL to be the official stock gold ivory of the time so I got the official factory piaggio color code from the site I posted then went to him.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:21 AM   #85
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I'll look for color swatches first then do that as a last resort. Mille gracie!
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:42 PM   #86
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Just got a pic in from Apex. He's got all my cast parts now and has already started work (he updates me with pics, how awesome is that)

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:23 PM   #87
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Why does it seem all the hip young cats are in the south?

I think I'm the only guy under 30 in the midwest with an airhead.. who does the work on it myself.
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Technically, from a native Kansan's perspective, you're in the Southeast. But yeah, there's not many of us younguns. I think you and Brad are the youngunests. This just shows we have class ahead of our time.
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Yeah, I'm definitely only 23 years old but I know how to heed advise from my elders, which is why I come here

Damn! All these young whipper-snappers gettin into 'my brand' are gonna drive up prices and use up all the really kool parts! Plus, a couple of these guy aren't as dumb as their hairstyles either! Whats an old(er) Airhead supposed to do?

Pretty soon these guys are gonna be dropping by our shops sayin: "So tell me Mr OldMan, what are you gonna do with that old bike over there? You still ride it? Well, I never see ya on it and if ya want to let it go, let me know how much ya want for it. OK? well, I'll drop by some other time. See ya!" (Kid gets in his spaceship and flys off with Judy Jetson.)

Either that or it'll be someones dad sayin "Hey Hawk... You still got that old bike you used to call The Hot Rod? Yeah, the Cream one. I don't remember what brand it was but it was pretty old and had that funny lookin engine. Does it still run? Really? It does? Wow! Thats amazing! Well, anyway, my kids crazy for a damn motorcycle and I thought, if you wasn't usin it anymore and the price wasn't too high...Well, ya know hes willin to do some chores...Blah...Blah..Blah..."

Well, at least you guys are gettin dirty working on your own bikes and that Drummerdude due is rollin up some miles! So I guess that when I'm done, someone 'll be there to pry the flag outa my cold dead fist and keep fallin forward!
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:32 PM   #88
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So progress update time:
I lied and got the enduralast charging system. Also in the picture are new progressive springs, form caps, fork gators and clamps and a few other bits. Wes starts blasting my engine and doing the rebuild on the heads April 1st. Things are a bit behind on my schedule but I wasn't super realistic about my time frame and knew it wouldn't fall in place perfectly.
Things still to order: New seat, lock set, electronic ignition, ohlins rear shocks, rubber bits, MC rebuild, caliper rebuild and other very minor bits.
I already have a 2 week trip (atlanta-grand canyon) planned and time off work in august/september (going to be hot!!)
Anything else cool you guys think I could add to the build?

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Old 03-27-2010, 02:19 PM   #89
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... Also in the picture are new progressive springs ...
Would you be so kind as to measure the free length of your new springs?
And maybe post a pic of 'em unwrapped?

I have my RS up on the rack right now to investigate fork springs. I have two different types of springs, and honestly don't know for certain which is which.

BTW, this happens when you've owned a machine for 27 years.

My service manual says that the RS springs should measure 543mm (21.38") and all other /7 springs should measure 567mm (22.32").

The set that aren't in the machine right now are clearly 'progressively wound' and measure 525mm - but measure 545mm with the spacer I have zip-tied to 'em.

Nice work on your resto, btw

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:29 PM   #90
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Anything else cool you guys think I could add to the build?
While not something that's stock, you might consider one of Toaster Tan's billet upper triple clamps. I bought one from CC Products years ago, and it's hands-down the single best improvement I've made to the machine's handling.
I recommend this as he's going to stop making them for a while and it's a very worthwhile investment.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=559739
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