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How to Restore and Maintain Your Vespa Motorscooter

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760306239
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,088,901
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 7
Chapter 1 Vespa Scooters: Small Frames, Large Frames, and P-Series 8
Small Frame
Large Frame
P-Series
Chapter 2 History of Piaggio and Motorscooters 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
Chapter 3 Vespa Models and Development 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
Chapter 4 Vespa Motorscooter Care and Maintenance 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
Storage
Chapter 5 Restoring and Rebuilding 41
Rebuild or Restore?
Getting Started
The Right Look
Estimating Costs
Chapter 6 Engine And Driveline 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
Chapter 7 Vespa Carburetors 76
Carburetor Location
Removing the Carburetor
Carburetor Disassembly
Carburetor Reassembly
Chapter 8 Vespa Fuel Tank and Lubrication 84
Fuel Tank Problems
Removing the Fuel Tank
Cleaning the Fuel Tank
Reinstalling the Fuel Tank
Chapter 9 Vespa Front End 88
Fork Removal
Front Suspension Disassembly
Reassembly of Front Fork, Brake, and Trailing Link
Suspension Reassembly
Chapter 10 Headset, Gauges, and Controls 102
First Cast Headset
Disassembling the Headset
Headset Reassembly
Chapter 11 Vespa Rims and Tires 109
Wheel Disassembly
Choosing Tires
Reassembling the Wheels
Chapter 12 Vespa Trim 113
Renewing Trim
Straightening Bent Levers
Floor Strips
Finishing Trim
Legshield Trim
Reinstalling Floor Strips
Final Reassembly
Chapter 13 Vespa Paint and Bodywork 119
Assessing Chassis Damage
Painting Methods
Preparing the Surface
Painting
Making It Shine
Chapter 14 Vespa Electrical Systems 129
Wiring Harnesses
Electrical Problems
Chapter 15 Vespa Performance Tuning 134
Limited Performance Parts
Carburetors
Exhaust Systems
Engine Modifications
Performance Brakes
Suspension Modifications
Chapter 16 Vespa Accessories 144
Appendices
1 Vehicle Identification Numbers 147
2 Vespa Specifications
3 Bibliography
4 Vespa Scooter Shops
Index 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2005

    AWESOME BOOK!

    This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It is great for the begginer to the advanced for restoring and maintaining a classic Vespa all the way up to the PX. It also has a wonderful history of the Piaggio company. You won't be disappointed! I'd recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Vespa Restoration

    This is the best-written and most comprehensive English-language book that I have ever read on the Vespa motorscooter. The author deals with several situations and problems that a layman (or experienced mechanic) may encounter during a restoration or routine service and offers the reader several practical solutions. This book is highly recommended to anybody who has a Vespa, is in the market for a Vespa, or is interested in the marquee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    Excellent beginner's book!!

    If you're new to the scootering scene, then this is the book you need to buy. It's got an excellent overview of all the Vespa models, history, and even a great routine maintenance section. HIGHLY recommended!

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