Vespa P125/200 Project!

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JimVonBaden, May 5, 2019.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Got in my order of parts for the scooter. Let the building begin. I am just doing the minimum to get it ridable for the summer, then complete tear down this winter.

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    Thank you for shopping at Scooter Mercato.

    Your order no. 629-37526 has been received.

    Order Summary:

    Item Name/Code
    Description
    Options
    Qty
    Rate
    Amount
    182309 Electric, Wiring Harness for Late P 1 $55.00 $55.00
    WHEELNUT-KIT 5 Nuts and Washers for Vespa Rims 8mm 2 $1.75 $3.50
    149913 Chassis, Aluminum Legshield Trim Large Frame 1 $18.54 $18.54
    219110 Chassis, Protection, Rear Frame, VLX 1 $10.97 $10.97
    EAE141A Rubber, Grommet Kit, PX 20 Pieces 1 $17.49 $17.49
    72339 Suspension, Brake Shoes, Front and Rear, P Series 1 $12.41 $12.41
    12N5.5-3B Battery P-series 12N5.5-3B 1 $27.95 $27.95
    2790 Chassis, Emblem, Vespa Front, 125 47-57 V.150 55-58 1 $12.00 $12.00
    149876 Chassis, Emblem, P Series Horncast Hexagon 1 $1.80 $1.80
    181476 Rubber, Bellow, Air Bellow LF 1 $8.84 $8.84
    186260 Electric, Switch, Ignition 8 Pole 1 $29.00 $29.00
    139829 Chassis, Headset Cover, P Series 3 Holes 1 $22.53 $22.53
    CCKP Cable, Complete Cable Kit P Series 1 $31.59 $31.59
    574671 Chassis, Grill for PX Horncast 1 $5.14 $5.14
    149874 Chassis, Horn Cast, P Series 1 $13.00 $13.00
    Subtotal $269.76
    Shipping & Handling $9.99
    Tax $0.00
    Total $279.75

    And:
    Item Name/Code
    Description
    Options
    Qty
    Rate
    Amount
    199055D Electric, Coil, Ignition CDI, Ducati Blue 1 $38.25 $38.25
    Subtotal $38.25
    Shipping & Handling $9.99
    Tax $0.00
    Total $48.24

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  2. fast1075

    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    Wow, those prices are "Chinese scooter cheap". I would have expected the parts to be much more expensive.
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Me too, and they are not made in China either. The $38 CDI is Ducati, and the bodywork is Italy.
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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    That’s the benefit of a 30 year production run
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  5. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    The price is half the reason I love building vintage scooters. You can usually restore one for less than a set of good tires for an adventure bike.
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  6. JimVonBaden

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    Pulled the tank, stinky gas, not really any rust. I am soaking it now with washers in there, shaking it now and then.
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    It has the oil tank sort of built in. I removed it and am flushing it with gasoline.
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    Rodents had taken up residence in the tank hole inside the frame.
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    I added a new battery.
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    Replaced the ignition switch.
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    And fixed the wiring and fed it back down. Very tight.
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    Keep in mind the bike is just getting prepped to ride for the summer. Then tear it down in winter and fully restore it.

    Next, some rubber bits, new tires and tubes, a carb rebuild, and registration.
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  7. UstaKood

    UstaKood Been here awhile

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    My vote .

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  8. johnwk

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  9. JimVonBaden

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    Nice, thanks! I am always looking to learn more from experts in their area, of which I am not. :deal
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    My 2004 Buell XB12s had Ducati switch gear. And Ford fuel system parts! :photog
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  11. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    Fishing wires and cables down through the headset is tricky and very tight as you mentioned. When you restore it, look for diagrams showing how everything fits through and it makes it a lot easier. I have seen a lot of dead vespas because people didn't pass the wires and cables in the correct order and the wiring harness rubbed through.
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    There is an excellent video on YouTube that describes the process.
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  13. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    When is YouTube going to start issuing degrees for us when we learn how to do things correctly?

    Right now I have 3 PHD's and I'm always interested in learning more.




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    (PHD= Project Half Done) :fpalm
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  14. JimVonBaden

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    :lol3

    YouTube has saved me so much money! Not to mention a lot of busted knuckles and time! :deal
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  15. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    Bachelor of Anything from U-Tube
    Masters of None from U-Tube as well
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  16. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    The tank came out great. Almost no rust at all. I wish I had a before photo, but a little rust remover and it is clean!
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    I changed the spare tire with a new one the PO gave me, new tube too. It was pretty simple, and should be good.

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    Then I took off the front wheel and took it apart. Not sure this is savable. :lol:
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    The rear looks about the same, so I ordered new wheels and tires, plus tubes and wheel nuts.
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  18. JimVonBaden

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    Yeah, and the tire is on the wrong direction too! LOL

    Thanks for the catch, and the video.
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  19. nickguzzi

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    There are quite a few inner tubes sold for Vespas with the valve stem incorrect. Most will go on... but when inflated the stem is hard against the hub or rim enough so you can't get the valve out to let it down.

    Good choice to replace the rims. The rust can flake off until it punctures the tube.
    Alloy one piece tubeless rims are available here.
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  20. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    That and the two piece rims can get weak when rusty. I ordered this kit: http://www.scootermercato.com/Scooter-Parts/2-Tires-2-Tubes-2-Rims/2x2x2MICHS83?whence=
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