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Old 13th March 2009, 12:47   #1
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Gentlemen,

Few months back, I was trying to restore my dads 1966 Fiat (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-1...ce-needed.html)
That never went through because of the new rules imposed in Mumbai.

My next project is restoring my dads 1985 model Bajaj Super. This scooter was last restored in 2000 and has been lying idle for about 5 years now, since my dad no longer rides it due to his medical problems. Even after being unused for such a long period, the damage looks purely cosmetic in nature. The kick is smooth. Cables have jammed a bit.

The vehicle is now at a garage and my mechanic is opening it up at the moment. Once he breathes in life to the motor, a complete ground-up restoration is going to be carried out.

During its last overhaul in 2000, I had changed its looks to Bajaj Chetak style front. I am planning to retain that. I am also planning to change the powder coated balck side rails, headlamp rim, body trims to chrome type.

Let me know if there are any other things to watch out for. Please feel free to suggest a color scheme (with photos), if possible.

I will post some snaps soon of the whole process. If the whole thing goes on fast track, the old gentleman should be purring by next weekend!
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i will keep close watch on this thread as i have 1988 bajaj super which is lying idle for last 3 years. i am also thinking about restoring it.
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I hardly think there is much on the engine and machinery to be changed.
My dad is still riding his bajaj super and only the cables, brake pads & tyres are used to be replaced.

Colours and outer appearance can be done, seats can be changed. Keep the original dark grey kind of colour to the scooter.

Well dad's scooter will also get repainted in next few months.
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Got a call from the mechanic. The petrol tank and cork is completely corroded and will need replacement. He has managed to fire up the engine through petrol from a soft drink bottle!
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The scooter has been completed stripped down now. The metal work is taking time since there is a lot of corrosion in the hard-to-reach corners. The flooring is being replaced. The glove box and petrol tank have been sourced.

Metal work should finish in another day or two.
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Bajaj Super, my first ride, fond memories. Go ahead abdriver and post some pictures of it too.
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You should have uploaded a pic of the vehicle, just to give the viewers the pleasure of having a BEFORE - AFTER visual treat
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Sorry about not uploading the pics, guys. My cellphone has a pretty useless camera. Let me see if I can get a friend along to click some pics.
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Mission accomplished! Last night the entire work was completed and the scooter was brought home. My apologies for not posting the snaps yet. I will do it as soon as time permits. March-ending is not a good time for hobbies!

All the corroded panels were removed and new ones welded in. Petrol tank and glove box were changed. New tyres and tubes (CEAT) and one new rim. Tyres are really hard to find. I have been told that they only manufacture 2 lots a year. I visited several shops before finding one which had 3 tyres from the same lot. Got 3 tyres, tubes and inner rubbers for 1965.

I had almost selected Pewter gray before I saw one dark navy scooter being readied. Got that one applied to mine too. It is a nice deep hue with a very glossy look. Electricals were converted from 6v to 12v. All bulbs changed. All rubber and plastic parts changed. New Speedometer. The old was working and had 6970 kms only. I changed it because the dial was blackened.

All new single seat. New locks, new petrol cork and choke. New side trims. All cables replaaced. Basically, everything except the engine and clutch was replaced

Some major expenses:
Tyres: 1965
Tinwork: 1000
Painting: 1800
Labor: 1200
Seat: 650

Overall damage to wallet: 11k (Initial estimate: 8.5k)
Time to complete project: 16 days (Initial estimate: 7 days)
Look on dad's face to see his beauty back in shape: Priceless

PS: I even did a victory lap in my colony with my 3yr old daughter really enjoying the ride.

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Please post some pics..Priyas were very identical to Vespas as Bajaj did produce some vespas in early 60s under the command of Vespa,Italy.
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Quote:
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Mission accomplished!
Overall damage to wallet: 11k (Initial estimate: 8.5k)
Time to complete project: 16 days (Initial estimate: 7 days)
Look on dad's face to see his beauty back in shape: Priceless
oh, good, the scooter has got its beauty back.

post some pics so that i have some reference for my project.
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PS: I even did a victory lap in my colony with my 3yr old daughter really enjoying the ride.
Nice to know that you have completed the project. Please do post the pictures. Incidentally, my first ride all alone was on a Bajaj and even today, I remember it as if it just happened few days back.
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Does anyone have a user manual for this model? I am interested in knowing its full specs and its maintenance schedule.
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Also, what is the recommended tyre pressure? What FE can I expect?
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Congrats abdriver. Waiting for the pics.

Tyre Pressure - I remember 35/38. Not too sure.
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