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How to Restore and Maintain Your Vespa Motorscooter : Motorbooks Workshop - Bob Darnell

How to Restore and Maintain Your Vespa Motorscooter

Motorbooks Workshop

Paperback Published: 27th December 1999
ISBN: 9780760306239
Number Of Pages: 160

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Your number one Vespa restoration resource With plants in 15 different countries and sales numbering well into the millions worldwide, Vespa is the make among scooter marques. Return your Vespa to its original glory with this complete guide to restoring your prized scooter to 100% original. This information-packed, authentic restoration guide covers both the mechanical and cosmetic restoration of all Vespa motorscooters from 1946-1996.

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Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 7
Vespa Scooters: Small Frames, Large Frames, and P-Seriesp. 8
Small Frame
Large Frame
History of Piaggio and Motorscootersp. 10
Necessity, the Mother of Vespa
Small Changes
Vespa Scooters in the United States
Scooters and More
The British Scooters
The New Breed of Scooter
Vespa Models and Developmentp. 21
The Early Years: 1945-1949
Vespa Scooters Mature: 1950-1953
The Classic Scooter Arrives: 1954
Major Upgrade for the GS
Return of the 125-cc Scooter
The Model in the Middle
Getting Small
A Faster Small Frame
Bigger Displacement for a Small Frame
New Model, New Look: 1964
The Sprint and the Super
Bigger and Faster: 180 and 200 Rally
Electronic Primavera
A New Generation: 1978 P-Series
The Last Vespa Scooters in the United States
Vespa Motorscooter Care and Maintenancep. 35
Daily Inspection
Weekly Checks
Monthly Maintenance
Every Three Months
Adjustments and Lubricants
Filling the Glovebox: Helpful Things to Carry with You at All Times
Roadside Repair Tips
Restoring and Rebuildingp. 41
Rebuild or Restore?
Getting Started
The Right Look
Estimating Costs
Engine And Drivelinep. 46
Crank Seal Inspection and Repair
Two Styles of Fuel Induction
Why Won't It Start? The Three Basic Systems
Engine Variations
Removing the Motor
Cleaning Up
Checking the Shock Mount
Dismantling the Engine
Checking Engine Wear
Checking the Crankshaft
Inspecting and Rebuilding the Primary Drive
Rebuilding the Gearbox
Rebuilding the Shift Selector
Piston and Cylinder Rebuilds
Oil Injection Gears
Rebuilding the Clutch
Reassembling the Gearbox
Installing the Transmission Gears, Drive Axle, and Clutch
Rebuilding and Installing the Stator Plate and Flywheel
Installing the Piston and Cylinder
Final Assembly
Vespa Carburetorsp. 76
Carburetor Location
Removing the Carburetor
Carburetor Disassembly
Carburetor Reassembly
Vespa Fuel Tank and Lubricationp. 84
Fuel Tank Problems
Removing the Fuel Tank
Cleaning the Fuel Tank
Reinstalling the Fuel Tank
Vespa Front Endp. 88
Fork Removal
Front Suspension Disassembly
Reassembly of Front Fork, Brake, and Trailing Link
Suspension Reassembly
Headset, Gauges, and Controlsp. 102
First Cast Headset
Disassembling the Headset
Headset Reassembly
Vespa Rims and Tiresp. 109
Wheel Disassembly
Choosing Tires
Reassembling the Wheels
Vespa Trimp. 113
Renewing Trim
Straightening Bent Levers
Floor Strips
Finishing Trim
Legshield Trim
Reinstalling Floor Strips
Final Reassembly
Vespa Paint and Bodyworkp. 119
Assessing Chassis Damage
Painting Methods
Preparing the Surface
Making It Shine
Vespa Electrical Systemsp. 129
Wiring Harnesses
Electrical Problems
Vespa Performance Tuningp. 134
Limited Performance Parts
Exhaust Systems
Engine Modifications
Performance Brakes
Suspension Modifications
Vespa Accessoriesp. 144
Vehicle Identification Numbersp. 147
Vespa Specifications
Vespa Scooter Shops
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780760306239
ISBN-10: 0760306230
Series: Motorbooks Workshop
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 27th December 1999
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 28.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.49