Thursday, 30 September 2010
MotoVespa 125 Super (Circa 1973)
This scooter is the Spanish equivelent to the Italian Primavera model, it contains a slightly different headset and a legshield mounted toolbox.
This model was a big seller in Spain and can still be picked up fairly easily.
My one has a front disc conversion and a slightly beefed up engine, I still have a few finishing touches to put on the scooter, the original legshield badge is very difficult to get hold of here in the UK!
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Overview of the floorboards
Note how the floor runners are placed and the little black box (red line) - I believe this is an after market brake light switch.
Also, the floor runners look to be very similar to the Italian equivelent model of this era with end caps, later Douglas Vespas adopted cheaper floor runners without seperate end caps.
Another point of note is the rear brake pedal, once the cable has been removed you can pull the pedal straight out, in this case it needed a lot of WD40 and wiggling before it came loose.
I used a flat bladed screwdriver, a small punch and a hammer to remove the rivets holding on the floor runners being as careful as I could not to damage anything.
I'm keeping every part that I take off of the scooter because there is no guarantee I can get every replacement part I need and some may need to be fabricated at which point I can use the original item as a reference.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
I also need to try keeping as many original fixings as I can because they are mostly British imperial sizes and cannot easily be replaced by Italian equivilents.
Another important thing to consider is making a note of how things are bolted together, I've tried to take a number of photos so that I know exactly where each piece goes when bolted back together.
Friday, 19 March 2010
Hi there, welcome to my blog which will cover step by step the restoration of my Douglas Vespa Rod model.
First off I'll give you a bit of background on who I am and information about my particular scooter.
Who am I?
My name is Roger Green and I live in the South of England, I'm 27 years old (as of 2010!) and have been riding scooters (mainly Vespas) since I was 16, I've rebuilt a number of Vespa and Lambretta scooters and consider myself to be fairly competent at rebuilding them but by no means an expert!
Vespas for me are an obsession, I love everything about them, the shape, the smell, the sound, and the simplicity of them, also the way Vespas were intertwined in the social fabric throughout the 1950's and 1960's - a way of getting people mobile cheaply after the devastation of World War 2, all this stuff fascinates me.
Some people like fast cars, football and drinking.......I like Vespas!
So why do a Blog?
Normally even the word "Blog" sends shivers down my spine because it makes me think of middle class students writing "blogs" about their travel trips abroad or people spilling their minds about how they had beans for dinner or how wasted they got last night..... it all just seems a bit pointless to me really, I don't care what you had for dinner or where you went skiing.
Although saying this going against all my "Blog hate" here I am writing a blog!
The main reason for this is down to my numerous internet searches for Vespa, because sometimes when searching I came accross a few Blogs from other Vespa owners showing a step by step guide of their restorations showing how they worked on the scooter and why they did things a certain way, this seemed to very much lend itself to the Blog format because it's quick and easy to update and the ongoing format clearly shows how things are progressing and also has functionality to allow links, videos, photos and all sorts of other helpful tools in Blog postings.
I thought this would be a good way to show the restoration of my Douglas Vespa because there is not a lot of information out there about these scooters and some parts are very hard to come by, hopefully this blog will help people in a similar situation to mine.
This particular Rod model came up on the off-chance on the Scooter Trader website, I wasn't specifically looking for a Rod model but it was always in the back of my mind that if a good one turned up and I had a chance to buy it then I would because they are a beautiful looking scooter and have historical significance to anoraks like myself because they were the first Vespa model to be built by Douglas motorcycles in Kingswood Bristol, UK.