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Old 29th August 2009, 16:51   #136
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Hi Saurabh,

Glad to see your project moving smooth. And I appreciate this absolutely clean job with all work done with the proper tools. The right too for the right job make the job cleaner and easier, and above all at the least damage.
BTW is the toolbox lock revetted in the reverse order, or is it rotatable by 180 from the lock position.

To all Lambretta experts - Why is that the Lambretta stand seldom lifts the front wheel up. In most of the pictures seen here (including my scooter) the front wheel is always on the ground.

What is to be done to set it right?

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Old 29th August 2009, 20:35   #137
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I am still waiting for the copy of the owner's manual you promised to send.

Cheers!
Sorry buddy will send it to you on Monday, was busy with something and such things you have to Xerox personally. I will dispatch it on monday, Promise.
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Hey Mole!

Thanks a bunch!

Got it - nicely bound!

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Saurabh, you are a real inspiration for people starting restoration projects . Very few words can capture the hardwork behind the restoration . Looking forward on this therad for the beautiful BEAUTY LAMBY
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To all Lambretta experts - Why is that the Lambretta stand seldom lifts the front wheel up. In most of the pictures seen here (including my scooter) the front wheel is always on the ground.

What is to be done to set it right?
First of all, I would recommend to AVOID/STOP kick-starting the scooter with the stand on- the kick of the Lambretta is quite strong compared to the Bajaj, and exerts more force, thus causing the scooter to sag further backwards in the process. This causes the stand brackets to bend, thus the stand becoming less vertical and more angled backwards!

I refused to let my mechanic kick-start my scooter this way, insisted he take it off the stand. He does so only in my presence though, I suspect!

You can also try fitting some reinforcing flat square plates between the stand-brackets and the fitting on the centre cross-member bottom, It helps. I did so (imported those from the UK! ) for my Vijai when I had it.
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First of all, I would recommend to AVOID/STOP kick-starting the scooter with the stand on- the kick of the Lambretta is quite strong compared to the Bajaj, and exerts more force, thus causing the scooter to sag further backwards in the process. This causes the stand brackets to bend, thus the stand becoming less vertical and more angled backwards!

I refused to let my mechanic kick-start my scooter this way, insisted he take it off the stand. He does so only in my presence though, I suspect!

You can also try fitting some reinforcing flat square plates between the stand-brackets and the fitting on the centre cross-member bottom, It helps. I did so (imported those from the UK! ) for my Vijai when I had it.
I agree that the kick on the Lambretta is hard,but I never faced the problem of the scooter sagging back.Besides,I need exactly only 1/2 a kick to start my Lambretta...Thanks to my mechanic who does a pristine job of maintaining it.
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Thanks Shyam,
Will follow the same henceforth
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Thanks to my mechanic who does a pristine job of maintaining it.
Ram gaaru, do me a favour and introduce me to him

The way things are going with my own s2, I may need his help! :|
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First of all, I would recommend to AVOID/STOP kick-starting the scooter with the stand on- the kick of the Lambretta is quite strong compared to the Bajaj, and exerts more force, thus causing the scooter to sag further backwards in the process.
This is good advice, if you're really into preserving your scoot well. Further to Shyam's tip, never let anyone sit on your parked scooter for extended periods, specially heavier people. We used to have a watchman in my building who thought it was his right to sit on my dad's scooter. He was told many many times not to do it. Eventually, the stand became so bent that it was tough to get the scoot off the stand, and the scoot stood unevenly. The mech had to source a stand off a junked Lambretta, do some welding work, and it helped a lot.
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never let anyone sit on your parked scooter for extended periods, specially heavier people. We used to have a watchman in my building who thought it was his right to sit on my dad's scooter. He was told many many times not to do it. Eventually, the stand became so bent that it was tough to get the scoot off the stand, and the scoot stood unevenly. The mech had to source a stand off a junked Lambretta, do some welding work, and it helped a lot.
An equally valid point, sid! Thanks!

IMHO you/your dad should've blasted that fellow, or even had him fired!

Yes, to add to that, often people like watchmen et al, in apartments happen to misuse only older vehicles for their convenience- the ones in an apartment complex we stayed in used to put their visitors' log-in register on the bonnet of our Gazel when we stayed in Vizag!!

Despite me telling them not to do so often! Complaining to the residents' association too didn't help!
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Further to Shyam's tip, never let anyone sit on your parked scooter for extended periods, specially heavier people. We used to have a watchman in my building who thought it was his right to sit on my dad's scooter.
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Yes, to add to that, often people like watchmen et al, in apartments happen to misuse only older vehicles for their convenience- the ones in an apartment complex we stayed in used to put their visitors' log-in register on the bonnet of our Gazel when we stayed in Vizag!!

Despite me telling them not to do so often! Complaining to the residents' association too didn't help!
Most resident's association couldn't give a damn for our 'bhangaars'. Matters should be taken into your own hands. Apply generous amounts of grease in strategic locations. A person sitting or leaning on the vehicle once will never do so again. A friend of mine went one step further and neatly hid razor blades at certain points!
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Most resident's association couldn't give a damn for our 'bhangaars'. Matters should be taken into your own hands. Apply generous amounts of grease in strategic locations. A person sitting or leaning on the vehicle once will never do so again. A friend of mine went one step further and neatly hid razor blades at certain points!
Nice tips, Karl! But might not work on a two wheeler...I'll end up with grease on my own clothes! "Normal" people don't understand the pain we go through to get our classics done up and keep them well. You sometimes get your revenge though. Today, I was trying to park my scoot neatly, when an idiot on a Kinetic Honda tried to squeeze into the next parking space. His legshield hit my kickstart, and to my utter delight, some plastic bit fell off his bike! That was sweet!!! I started questioning him about knocking my bike. Most of them back off when you do this, maybe they see the fire in your eyes! He quickly put his stupid bike on the stand, and quietly left, forgetting to lock it!
I have had numerous other experiences similar to this. When I try to question them, they look at me as if to say "What the **** is so special about this scooter?". Sad thing is, they'd never ever understand......
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Nice tips, Karl! But might not work on a two wheeler...I'll end up with grease on my own clothes!
Might not work even on a 4-wheeler! Your ride is eventually going to end up looking mucky smudged with dirt stuck on the grease! And it will then cause the irk of the "respectable" neighbours in your block, and then, the residents' associations, who will complain about 'dirty old cars' spoiling the "aesthetic" value of the society blah blah blah and give you hell! Don't ask me how I know!
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OK Gentlemen!

Finally I am back after a long period of silence.

Was busy with work - the GM - RECC Joint Venture which has been recently announced - was working on it for the past 10 months and thats why the umpteen number of trips to Bangalore.

The babies at home, wifey, parents, rightfully have the first preference to my free time so obviously the restoration work comes way after all these committments.

Ok so from last time I think a whole load of things have been accomplished. The Legshield with the rubber beadings and alloy channels is already in.

The nose piece with horn cover is assembled with the front mudguard and is already in. The headset is mounted. The original brass roller for Accelerator is in. The headset plastic bush set for the accelerator and Gear lever is mounted. The Anti vibration spring and caps are mounted in the cluth and brake levers. Cables are connected appropriately.

The badges on the front of the machine are in. The front grey rubbers are in . All the parts have been put together using the Stainless Steel harware already in.

Leather seats hand made in Saddle Leather are already mounted on special plastic washers that came on the Original innocenti machines.

The side panel handles have been assembled with locally re-made springs and polished handles with stainless steel screw.

The Casa Lambretta side panel flashes have been installed.

Original Innocenti Tail Pipe for Series 2 has been sourced from Rmini Itally. They had a couple of pipes and I bought them all as they are VERY VER VERY Rare items.

Stainless steel Petrol tank and cap has been sourced from Vietnam and mounted. This will take care of rusting for life now.

Also a new brass / chrome plated speedometer drive has been installed.

Magnet had to be disassembled as I wanted to get the coils checked and magnet recharged - both have been done.

The rear mudguard was taken off and an indentation made for providing space for the shocker springs. This has been done and the mudguard will soon go back in.

Rear brake pedal is interfering with the floor board and thats being re-shaped to go in without fouling with the floor board.

So thats quite a lot of work as you can see.

More will happen this weekend.

Cheers

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Good to see you (and your scoot) back at last!

I cant but admire the way your machine's turning out!!

'keep hoping for mine to be done too ASAP!

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Original Innocenti Tail Pipe for Series 2 has been sourced from Rmini Itally. They had a couple of pipes and I bought them all as they are VERY VER VERY Rare items.
I would like one
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