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Old 15th December 2008, 18:01   #46
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OK guys,

The day that I have been waiting for so eagerly arrived on Saturday the 13th of December.

With the help of the PPG team, we finally managed to do a de-rusting, phosphating and Epoxy primer coating on one side panel!

The results of the process prescribed by PPG were indeed fantastic.

The -de-rusting chemical just chewed away all the miniscule traces of rust on the iron panel and as it dried up it left behind a phosphate coating. The PPG degreaser was used to clean up the surface and top of the line Nexa Urethane Epoxy primer was applied on the bare metal to give it that factory finish.

Now the other panels are under prep for coating.

Here are some pics for all of you.

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Old 16th December 2008, 13:58   #47
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Guys - The ONLY white wall tires which are good and genuine are made by Continental Europe - they retail for about 45pounds a tire - available in UK.

Continental India doesn't support.

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Guys - The ONLY white wall tires which are good and genuine are made by Continental Europe - they retail for about 45pounds a tire - available in UK.
Continental India doesn't support.
Needless to say you're going to get those as well?!

Anyways, I really like the way your machine is turning out! Kudos!
If only Lambrettas got this much of attention earlier...!
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Yes Stanher!

You are absolutely correct - I am planning to go in for these tires. The difficult part is getting them to India.

Small parts are easy to carry by travellers but tires are bulky items.

Nonetheless the efforts are on to procure the same.

Stay tuned for more.

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Hi guys
Have a couple of Italian scoots which I am fast losing interest in. Namely
1> Lambretta 150 all original vehicle single owner and with all spares intact.
2> An innocenti 150 which is a non runner and needs working.
The lambretta is good(did a 3 hour ride Bangalore to Mysore with no problems )
Bought on an impulse and find them well less interesting although said to be worth the cash.
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As I had announced some time back I am embarking on the restoration project of my 1968 Series 2 Lambretta.

The level of restoration is Concourse for which of course I have had to procure parts from England and Italy - all genuine parts.

I will be posting pics and articles on this restoration project for those who are interested.

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Yes Stanher!

You are absolutely correct - I am planning to go in for these tires. The difficult part is getting them to India.

Small parts are easy to carry by travellers but tires are bulky items.

Nonetheless the efforts are on to procure the same.

Stay tuned for more.

Cheers!
There is no harm trying. I recently got a front bumper, Speedometer, quarter glass assembly, body trims(some being as long as the bumper) from the UK for my car. They were shipped by sea and I had no problems what so ever. A guy from the post office came home and let my dad know we had a parcel that needed to be picked up from the GPO. My dad had to pay 2,500Rs as custom fee. That was quite less considering the size, weight of the parts shipped. I have also shipped smaller items like fuel pump, head gaskets etc and I didn't have to pay any customs for these parts and tey were delivered to my door step.
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Hi Team,

To begin with greetings for a very happy new year!

Ok I have been out of action from the Team-bhp site for the last two weeks as I was on a vacation working on my machine.

Lot of progress has been made on the project.

The entire body work was stripped bare of all the old paint and we went down to the bare metal and gave it phosphate treatment to remove rust and leave an amphoteric layer for rust protection. PPG polyurthane primer was used to cover up the bare metal after making any spcific repair or weldings. Before we went to next step we sealed out the joints and seams with a polyurethane seam sealer to prevent any moisture creeping in to the crevices in future and starting any possible rust build up.

Post that very miniscule amounts of body filler was used to correct any imperfections. Then the surfacer was applied to prepare the parts for possible painting - though no parts have been painted yet.

All nuts and bolts were removed and are being changed with stainless steel ones - mind you using the star washers typical of that time. All body holes have been welded out and redone.

We are taking HUGE amount of pain in making sure that the body lines are PERFECT!

The hole reference for the floor boards are being taken from another lambretta with another collector.

All embelishments have been mounted and tried for fit and finish and any corections that were required have been made in the body work.

The engine is out of the body frame and completely opened up. Close inspection and scrutiny was done and all aluminium parts have been cleaned up and hi-speed buffed to give a mirror finish.

Detailing is mind blowing and I challenge any two wheeler ever being restored to this spec in India! Relax - dont want to upset anyone :=))

Here are some pics for you guys.

Enjoy!

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Here are some more pics as I promised everyone...you would get to see a series of pics now on the progress - am trying to make it look as organised as possible by the step by step process.

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Which is the car in background of the 6th photo from the top. Please if you can answer.
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Hi !

The picture in the background is that off a Morgan being built from scratch at my workshop.

This is a ground up build. Will do a separate thread on that.

Wild machine. Costing the owner 20lacs but then thats a "Chick Magnet" as another enthusiast put it.

OK here are some more pics of my machine.

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Wow SA7VA5, thats going to be the minblowingest lamby around. Hats off to you buddy, you're really doing a fantastic job.
What ?!? a Morgan ? Didn't even know any Moggies existed in India. Do put up a thread on her, dying to hear more on this too.
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Hello Team - Bhp!

As I mentioned earlier I have some more pics of the project up for the viewing pleasure of all of you.

The detailing is what you need to appreciate.

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Sorry for the long silence but was busy with my exams until tuesday.....then our net went out and is working only now!!

Anyways, SA, I must hand it over to you- I sure can't meet your challenge of restoring a lambretta as well as you are! Hats off to you, chief! :bow:

Man I just LOVE the way your scoot's bodyframe and legshield have turned out!! JUST like brand new!!

I plan to take a printout of these pcis. and show it to my painter chaps......THIS is how I want my body frame also to be done. The panels unfortunately were scraped and primed in my absence though!

As for the phosphoric acid, I did find just one supplier but they said they sell only in bulk! Plus I'm running out of time- the bike's already been with the denter too long as it is! So I finally decided to go just for the zinc chromate (yellow) primer. In any case that works better than red-oxide.
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Dear Stanher,

Thank you for your note below!
The appreciation from fellow bhpians like you keeps me going for running that extra-mile, stretching that wee bit extra that makes the distinction between restoration and concours!

I sure do hope that I am living up to the expectations of all of you to whom I promised that this restoration will be a mind-blowing one like none other seen ever before.

Thanks to all of you who have taken the pains to drop a pvt or public message on this thread.

I really appreciate it.

Cheers!

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Saurabh: Ur scooter is gonna look better than when it came out of the showroom. I can see the reflection of ur passion on the chrome and buffed parts Cheers buddy. All the very best
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