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Old 9th June 2021, 10:10   #16
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Excellent restoration Karthik! Congratulations! Loved the idea of the front number plate. I always felt bad seeing excellent scooters having the number painted on the front body. But this idea is great. Wishing you many happy (s)miles on the scooter.
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Old 9th June 2021, 10:21   #17
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To watch it go from a rusted frame to a running scooter was so enjoyable. Great work. Delightful thread with the transformation.
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Old 9th June 2021, 10:33   #18
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Great job with the restoration. The scooter returned back to all its glory.

One question: I read that the scooter had been in storage for quite sometime. Was the registration renewed during this time or did you get it done once the restoration was done?
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Old 9th June 2021, 11:24   #19
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Good to see the Old Vespa in all it's glory.
A very informative thread with all the restoration pics and videos.

All the best with your new (old) Vespa. Hope it serves for a very long time.
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Old 9th June 2021, 12:32   #20
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Beautifully done, all your efforts have really paid off.Beautiful paint job.
I'll be dropping in this thread oftenly.
I have a LML Vespa Star 150, was thinking of adding some floor channels and a front carrier to it.Yet to find sources.
Ones the lockdown lifts up I'll start looking.


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Old 9th June 2021, 13:27   #21
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It's a customary thing for me to ride/ drive all the cars and scoots at home to the iconic Vidhana Soudha!

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Finally, a grueling restoration came to an end. Bucket of rust to a Scooter that was built. From the beginning to the end, I was glad to be part of the restoration. The process was so time-consuming and I had to run around for several things several times. The Honda Dio I was using as a beater bike clocked 1000kms during this restoration. I precisely remember as it just had a rebore done and I was running it in. This restoration shall remain close to my heart. Once the pandemic is over, hope to take it on a very long ride!
Wonderful thread and a very nice restoration! The Vespa looks like it just rolled out of the factory - very well done to you and the team.

Please do consider getting a set of white walled tyres on the Vespa. In my opinion, this will elevate the classic looks of the Vespa.

Hope you enjoy many wonderful years with the Vespa!

Cheers,
Praveen
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Old 9th June 2021, 17:09   #22
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Karthik etta, This is really awesome. Your affinity towards legacy vehicles is very much apparent. This kind of restoration is successful because of dedicated workmanship by the mechanic and tinker. Your mechanic Sunil saab is great.

Please do convey our special thanks to your mechanic & tinker team.

Happy and Safe riding.
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Old 9th June 2021, 18:07   #23
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Lovely restoration Karthik. The shining engine after buffing was like gold to me. The whole process of making an old Vespa from bits and pieces to this form is truly amazing. Cheers to the mechanics ,they are magicians. Now a days it's very hard to find such good mechanics, who know their crafts and charge reasonable prices in Bangalore. It gives me immense happiness to see such restoration threads. I quote "It's not a Vespa but pure emotion" happy motoring
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Old 9th June 2021, 20:05   #24
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Hearty Congrats !

You have added one more feather to your cap. The restoration is quite commendable. I'm sure you would have spent enormous time and energy to achieve the transformation from pile of rust to a proper working scooter. Passionate BHPians like you are stars of this forum. Enjoy the scooter to the fullest. Were you able to renew the FC and get RC transfer and insurance?
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Absolutely fascinating thread! This is a fantastic journey from literally a metal frame to a working scooter. It feels really good to see all pictures and the scooter come to life. Keep up the good work of bringing these beautiful machines to life!

After reading the thread, I remember our own blue Chetak - MZC-1066. It was sold off when I was in the first standard or so, but I still have fond memories of it. I wonder, where it will be now... most likely scrapped a long time ago. :(
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Old 9th June 2021, 22:35   #26
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Nicely done. I am also planning to do a complete restoration of my father's 1964 Vespa 150 which he uses daily even today.
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What an amazing write up, funkykar! I would love to know the approx estimate of the restoration, including paint, engine rebuild, mech charges and parts which were required. Also, what an attractive shade to pick. Kudos to that mate.

I want to know the estimation because I have a 1963 Vespa VBB 150, which was previously restored my dad. But, after a few years of abandoning the scooter, she needs some work.
I will attach the pictures my scooter below.
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Old 10th June 2021, 13:14   #28
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Another beautiful machine, another beautiful thread.

Thank you so much for this, reading your restoration threads makes me so happy,deep inside.

It would be helpful if you could add the cost breakup (or at least the total cost) in all your restoration threads so that anyone can plan their restoration on a similar budget.

I am waiting for your next restoration thread, please.

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