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Old 9th July 2011, 00:09   #16
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Wow nice scooter shyam, where was this, banglore?. I guess the mechanic might have been confused with priya monogram with bajaj but now it's not going to be repeated..Bala is there
Nope it was very much in apna Hyderabad! I used to see this scooter around often in Hubsiguda, a few years ago. Not to be seen anymore, 'wonder what happened to it! twas when I came to know that even Bajaj 150s had the 'Vespa' type tail-lamp.

And yes, why fear when Balaji is here!
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Sushil, nice to read that you are restoring your Bajaj 150.The best part of it is that your family has owned the scooter since 1974.I am sure you will get most spares in good supply at Hyderabad. For the 1974 kind of looks,it will not need much of efforts as there were minimal changes all through it model life. Chrome mirrors will be a good ornamentation. The original tail light will also be needed.The speedo was the same (light grey and blue combo dial) till the Super came along.
Please keep on posting the pictures. Wishing you all the best for the project!
Hi Anjan Sir,

Thanks for the wishes, yes its agreat feeling to restore the bajaj150 that has been a part of our family since 1974. Yes indeed from what my mother has confirmed when the scooter was new it had mirrors similar to the below ones.
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My scooter still has the original speedo (light grey and blue combo dial) which still works ,so will service it and retain the same.

Regarding the original tail lamps, as far as I can remember as a kid my scooter had the same ones that were used in vespa but the frame was whiteish colour instead of black. so will try to get the same,

Hey Shyam
thanks for the inputs.regarding the taillamps . will surely keep it in mind.

Take care and keep smiling always,

Sushil Narayanan

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Hi Anjan Sir,

Thanks for the wishes, yes its agreat feeling to restore the bajaj150 that has been a part of our family since 1974. Yes indeed from what my mother has confirmed when the scooter was new it had mirrors similar to the below ones.
Attachment 574830, so these ones will be there, If I can find them.

My scooter still has the original speedo (light grey and blue combo dial) which still works ,so will service it and retain the same.

Regarding the original tail lamps, as far as I can remember as a kid my scooter had the same ones that were used in vespa but the frame was whiteish colour instead of black. so will try to get the same,

Hey Shyam
thanks for the inputs.regarding the taillamps . will surely keep it in mind.

Take care and keep smiling always,

Sushil Narayanan
Thanks Sushil,the tail lights got changed from the original aluminum (painted in body colour) to the white plastic ones sometime post 1971, after the Vespa 150 became Bajaj 150. But the white ones soon turned creamish. The black plastic ones came later, around 1976 or so. And so also the engine cover and glove box console had the white rubber beading, that became black later on with the tail lights.
Yes the mirrors were indeed like that.
While restoring, all original spares and accessories may not become available immediately. Restoration is an ongoing process and you can always add/ replace/ substitute the spares and accessories as and when they come by.
Being in Hyderabad, I am sure you stand better chances of getting the components.
Those years there was no colour choice as such in a lot. When the booking materialised, all scooters in a lot would come in the same colour. If someone disliked the colour, he or she had to forego his selection and would be given a chance in the next lot. It was always a matter of chance that one would get the colour of his or her choice.It was the same scenario with Lambretta.
Car buyers had a better choice as far as colour choice was sconcerned.

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The sad part of fixing rear view mirrors especially on Vespa and Bajaj 150 is that they require a clamp with those two bolts which looks horrendous and spoil the paint work until a rubber padding is given, even then there is a hazard, when you take a extreme right turn or when the handle is turned to the right side the nut if not correct size will harm your knees or tare the trousers as I remember it did to dad.

Sushil we will try fabricating one for trial purpose I have an idea and a skilled person if it works & approved then I can give it to anyone required.

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The sad part of fixing rear view mirrors especially on Vespa and Bajaj 150 is that they require a clamp with those two bolts which looks horrendous and spoil the paint work.
Unless you have a test scooter, the best option is to avoid experimenting with rear view mirrors on classic scooters whose handles have paint throughout the handle unlike the later on models. Keep the scooter as original as possible.
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Unless you have a test scooter, the best option is to avoid experimenting with rear view mirrors on classic scooters whose handles have paint throughout the handle unlike the later on models. Keep the scooter as original as possible.
Hey Rahul bhai,

Thanks for the suggestion though ,I sure will give it a lot of thought before proceeding with the rear view mirror. of course that will come in the end of the project

Hey Anjan Sir
Thanks Sushil,the tail lights got changed from the original aluminum (painted in body colour) to the white plastic ones sometime post 1971, after the Vespa 150 became Bajaj 150. But the white ones soon turned creamish. The black plastic ones came later, around 1976 or so. And so also the engine cover and glove box console had the white rubber beading, that became black later on with the tail lights.
Yes the mirrors were indeed like that.
While restoring, all original spares and accessories may not become available immediately. Restoration is an ongoing process and you can always add/ replace/ substitute the spares and accessories as and when they come by.
Being in Hyderabad, I am sure you stand better chances of getting the components.
Those years there was no colour choice as such in a lot. When the booking materialised, all scooters in a lot would come in the same colour. If someone disliked the colour, he or she had to forego his selection and would be given a chance in the next lot. It was always a matter of chance that one would get the colour of his or her choice.It was the same scenario with Lambretta.
Car buyers had a better choice as far as colour choice was concerned

Well not sure though If I would be able to get the white rubber beadings but will surely try
I am really thankful for you sir for being able to share the insights with me on this 3 cheers for you. it will be definitely helpful and I shall be really indebted for the same am going through loads of learnings.

Take care and keep smiling always

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Sushil Narayanan

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Hi all I tried uploading the pics but still in vain will try again tomorrow

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I have always dreamt of restoring but didn't have an opportunity for the same. My Dad's Bajaj chetak 12 V electronic was of 1997 make and just 23K kms done. I very recently sold it for INR 3200. . My dad is no more and some how his scooter has been a part of my life in my childhood in which i first learnt driving at the age of 12 years. I had ideas to keep it with me for another 25-30 years and at that time this scooter would be vintage for me.

On hearing this idea, all of sudden the people at home said.... Have you gone mad. One guy is asking it for 3200/- why don't you sell it off. Don't be a fool, first sell it off.

Many good things and bad thing as well happened to me with this scooter. To describe one bad thing was the road accident that i met with when i was in college. I had a crack above the left eye brow and landed in the hospital unconsious and discharged with many suchers.

Also it was practically not possible for me park it at my apartment. I have already 2 cars and a 2 wheeler and due to shortage of space with a very heavy heart sold it off. The scooter was not started or driven for past 2 years and i atleast wanted to start and drive it once before i sell. But that also didn't happen because of a reason that i couldn't find a mechanic who repairs scooter. I spoke to 3 people and they were not even ready to touch the scooter. Since the person who purchased my scooter was a mechanic, he was not worried to check the condition at the time of purchasing.The scooter looked new and with very few scratches and engine in very good condition.
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I have always dreamt of restoring but didn't have an opportunity for the same. My Dad's Bajaj chetak 12 V electronic was of 1997 make and just 23K kms done. I very recently sold it for INR 3200.:......The scooter looked new and with very few scratches and engine in very good condition.
hey brother

Its really sad to know that you were not able to keep your dad's scooter. I only hope and pray that the mechanic who purchased it takes very good care of it like his own babe... its a co incidence.... when I lost my dad in 2007 and in 2008 when i got my new bike I was also told by everyone in ma family to sell off the bajaj150 but somehow I wanted to keep it. I even spoke to my mechanic wo gave me an offer of rs 1500/- but i was insisted to sell it for Rs3500/- which was its purchase price. this was not acfceptable to the mechanic so I gave up the idea of selling it off and it was just standing in the parking area for almost 6 months catching dust...I had almost lost hope that i ll use it one day....luckyly i got to know from a friend about his mechanic and gave it to service and since then although I have found a better mechanic than him the vehicle still is a single start now when i am restoring it I am an=ble to live my nostalgic past again which reminds me of all the beautiful memories that I had when my father was around... I ll only hope an pray that the same mechanic stays in touch with you or some how yuo contact him to find out if he still has it and if he can sell it back to you... even if its a loss in terms of price you are sure that its been ridden and yu can restore it completely in fact we all from the Hyderabad Classic Scooter club will be more than happy to help you with your restoration... lets keep the fingers crossed as in life everything is possible..cheers

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My Dearest bajaj150
Her journey through the years from being called MPD to MP04.
I will be keeping you all updated on the weekly progress.[/quote]

Hi All
Good day
I am back with the updates as promised but could not do so earlier due to health reasons....


6th july2011 to 10th july 2011
Had been sick because of severe back pain was advised complete bed rest.

11th july 2011
On 5th july while coming back form the doctors place the handle started shaking heavily, so I slowed down a bit and pulled over on side of the road after checking the wheel bolts which were fully tight when I decided to start again and removed the vehicle from the stand while being seated. This was a grave mistake as when the front wheel hit the road with a jerk and the front wheel got completely locked Luckily I was just starting so was unhurt ,which again proves that our bajaj150 still continues to be the very lucky mascot . And thank god ! I get shivers down my spine thinking what would have happened to me if this had happened on a high speed or when cruising over a speed breaker. Luckily it happened just a few yards near my mechanic’s shop who is a specialist in all vintage 2 stroke scooters and only works on the old generation scooters like vespa150, bajaj150,bajaj priya,bajaj super, bajaj cub, bajaj chetak , lml vespa NV etc, so took his help to take the scooter to his shop.he does not work on the bikes.


12th july 2011
Upon checking the wheel and the front hub it was ascertained since the front break has not been in use for almost 15 years now because of the broken clamp in the fork, the springs holding the shoe got corroded and the shoe which was already worn out n rusted broke inside the drum which caused the wheel to get locked all of a sudden. Since the complete repair of the front breaks requires my mechanic to open and remove the handle to get the clamp welded , Moreover this sudden jerk has damaged the flooring and frame to such and extent that it has developed a crack across, which makes it unsafe to ride the scooter even a few meters and requires immediate attention .So I decided to get it completely restored from him as he had shown me some of his previous works and the job seems to be impressive

For example the vehicle which looked like this

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After restoration as per its owners preference would look like this

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And a few more to display the team work of my mechanic, the denter and the painter…

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I guess the pictures above seems to be pretty expressive about the quality of work done.. so here comes the details of the my restoration...
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so here comes the details of the my restoration...[/quote]

The first step that my mechanic did was to get the vehicle completely washed to clean the vehicle to see all its external parts… followed by draining the old engine oil…..

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Followed by removing the parts one by one ….starting from the fan cover…

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Followed by disconnecting the spark plug and removing the fan and the carburetor …to preserve it safely (as seen in the picture above )

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All the parts have been safely preserved till the end of the project….

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Follows by removing the side panel….

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Then the brake pedal

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And the basket

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And then the seats

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Now Comes the difficult part …removing the engine ….

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And then removing the tank and the rear suspension

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Now moving to the front side…removing the horn

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And then the headlight

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Then removing the speedometer

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Check out the original speedometer which came with the scooter

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Then removing the gear lever

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Then removing the accelerator grip and front brake lever

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