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Old 6th October 2017, 21:15   #316
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I used to see this scooter parked near Garware bridge everyday when I was in college. At the time it had a chrome plated complete handlebar! I assume it has now been replaced with a later model set, as this one should have had the protruding speedo from the earliest models.
Yes Karl, its in the vicinity of the Garware Bridge (off Deccan Gymkhana area). Its a 1965 model and in fact, these originally came with the protruding (from the Veglia speedo slot) bracket with the Yenkay speedo.

The owner could have replaced it with a Bajaj 150 handlebar, given the rickety Bajaj speedo it has now.
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Saw this Vespa needing a lot of TLC :( apologies for the blurry pictures, I was a passenger in a moving car.

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Dada, I can very much relate to that number and the font. Ours is a WNK 267

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I am trying to start restoration of our Vespa XE. The scooter has fond memories associated with it and now that dad is here with me for few days at Pune and the topic started, why not try procurring the parts and send it with him to WB. But apart from not getting the correct seller for spare parts, the other challenge is getting the correct part. It seems "to me", that the LML Vespa XE that was sold here in India was a customized version of the P125X. I am not too sure, but deciphering this on the base of the looks only. Can anyone of you please share your thoughts on this.

With regards to restoration, not much has to be done and I am sure if i can get a good pair of hands, the engine can be re-tuned to its original glory. But the body parts are breaking now and they need to be replaced.

Below is how I plan to progress on this restoration (Cost vis-a-vis time)
  • Immediate requirement : Complete external body parts including of headlights, bulbs etc.
  • Intermediate : Complete wiring.
  • Last : Electrical and remaining electronics. Our scooter will then become a oldish newish Vespa XE
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Rescued my friend's granddad's Vespa XE from rusting away in peace.

My friend intends to restore the scooter and put it to regular use.
What is the status on the XE's restoration? Do you have shops at your place from where parts can be procured? I am looking for certain body parts for my Vespa XE.
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What is the status on the XE's restoration? Do you have shops at your place from where parts can be procured? I am looking for certain body parts for my Vespa XE.
My friend got it sorted mechanically - though there wasn't much that was needed to start with.
The scooter had most of the trims intact - what was missing was the 'Piaggio' monogram and the original headset - both of which I managed to procure from an abandoned XE.
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My friend got it sorted mechanically - though there wasn't much that was needed to start with.
The scooter had most of the trims intact - what was missing was the 'Piaggio' monogram and the original headset - both of which I managed to procure from an abandoned XE.
My advice- now that tis mechanically sorted out, suggest to your friend to just try and run it as is for a while before he thinks of taking it apart to restore it. This way, he'll get to know all the weak points as well, which can be tackled when he finally get to restore it properly.
Too many people get over-enthusiastic about restoration of their vehicles only to realise mid-way how daunting it actually is and then give up; the dream project ends up as a ghost project! Are the documents updated btw? FC? Insurance? These are far more important issues to tackle than cosmetic restoration.
BTW, this is the same cream XE with the 'hasty' paint job right?

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My advice- now that tis mechanically sorted out, suggest to your friend to just try and run it as is for a while before he thinks of taking it apart to restore it. This way, he'll get to know all the weak points as well, which can be tackled when he finally get to restore it properly.
Too many people get over-enthusiastic about restoration of their vehicles only to realise mid-way how daunting it actually is and then give up; the dream project ends up as a ghost project!
Exactly what I told him; took a while to convince, but he finally came around.


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Are the documents updated btw? FC? Insurance? These are far more important issues to tackle than cosmetic restoration.
That was the first thing we did, actually. Papers are up-to-date and the scooter's transferred to my friend's name.

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BTW, this is the same cream XE with the 'hasty' paint job right?
Aye.. hasty 'n' pasty
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