Posted by Barry Smyth on Mar 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
Wow, I cant believe I have not posted anything about this rebuild since Oct 2012!
Well to be honest I’ve had nothing to post about really as summer got in the way & I was also waiting on the final three panels to arrive back from thre painter.
Collected them yesterday & they look awesome.
The LI on the front legshield panel is actually painted on useing a mask.
Test fittimg the Side Panel
Left hand side of the scooter
Posted by Barry Smyth on Oct 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
As this is the first time I have done a full restorstion of anything let alone a 50yr old scooter I am finding that with a lot of this project I am having to go back and re do certian parts that I fitted incorrectly (quite a lot!) or felt the original part was not geed enough.
This weekends retro job is to replace the rubber gasket that came with the Casa Lambretta rubber kit.
To begin with the Casa part was a complete pain in the backside to fit as it needed to be heated in hot water then stretched over the rear light assembly whilst trying to keep that all in place you then needed to add & tighten the screw/bolts onto the frame on the scooter.
In the end I had to cut the rubber to get it to fit & I was never really happy with the way it looked.
After jumping onto a couple of scooter forums I found out that there was a brand called Tutto Lambretta that makes a better version, I managed to find a scooter shop in the US that sold them so i ordered two, one for the Li150 & one for the SX150.
Here is the Tutto Lambretta version.
Here are the two together, the Tutto version is at the top.
This set of pictures shows you how bad it looked with the Casa version.
Here is the Tutto version after the 2min installation (Casa one took me hours).
Job done & it looks great.
Word of advise for anyne rebuilding a scooter – Dont buy the Casa one, buy the Tutto Lambretta from Scooters Originali.
Note: Casa Lambretta parts are generally are of excellent quality & I have used quite a lot of their remade parts in this rebuild, it was just this gasket that was crap.
Posted by Barry on Dec 3, 2011 in Uncategorized
Started in some of the body work today, I’m still missing a few vital parts from the painter, so I’m installing what I can.
Today I got the stand, rear badge, seat, seat post & the petrol cap installed.
Plus I have temporally fitted the wiring loom.
Also managed to get the front forks race & bearings fitted, so all in all a good day at the office.
Posted by Barry on Nov 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
Love this stick figure family
Parts all laid out for the rebuild of the chancase, all the external parts were cleaned using a wire wheel on the bench grinder, which was time consuming but well worth the effort.
Kick start installed
Clutch arm installed
Nearly done, test fitting the kick start
Test fitting the refurbished exhuast & the alan bolts for correct fitting. I had it sandblasted and sprayed it with heat resistant paint, I amy even change the coliur before the final fitting. Thinking fire angine red or possibly orange.
Posted by Barry on Jul 3, 2011 in Uncategorized
Posted by Barry Smyth on Apr 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
I’m currently on a family trip to the US & I forgot to bring my travel diary so I decided to write about the trip on my blog, predominantly from my iPhone4.
Our trip started on Sunday April 17, 2011. We left Sydney on UA 870 @ 2:30 Aest & landed in the USA via San Fransisco on the same day @ 11:30 in the morning, can’t tell you how odd that feels & it seemed to be a very long day due to lack of sleep on the plane.
Total travel distance was 11,000km give or take a few & our average altitude was 35,000 feet.
Our first day in SF started with a walk around to get to know the area we were staying & grabbing some lunch, this was the kids first real burger, fries & coke in a more traditional 50′s style diner, complete with juke box.
We completed the day by doing a bit of shopping & having dinner at a local Italian restaurant.
Posted by Barry on Aug 27, 2010 in Uncategorized
This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.