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2016 Lambretta Jamboree Raffle Scooter

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Wait, what? Already? Yep, not going to skip a beat on this and get cracking right away.

 

The scoot we are using is a Series 2 LI125.  I had got this one with my Series 1 last year along with the Series 2 that Patrick from P-town was rolling in Pasadena.  The owner told me it had been used as a parts scooter prior to him getting it and it shows. For some reason I was drawn to keeping after I saw it. I'm always drawn to the worst machines. I think it's because I can build them however I like without worry instead of something nicer that should be preserved or restored.

 

Anyway, it's missing a bunch but I did have some repro S1/2 panels sitting on the shelf so at least it has that going for it now. I had to lift it and drag it onto the bench since the tires are totally messed.

 

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Come to Minnesota next year and all this could be yours! ;)

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Sending a Series 3 air box, Ser2 rear frame grille, throttle pulley, and Ser 2 fuel tap lever soon.

Next trip I make to Ogdensburg I'll send it your way.

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Possibly a glove box door too but no lock.

I am sure I have fly shroud you can have some fun straightening out too.

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So far Corey (aka scooterfix) is hooking us up with a rear frame grill, throttle pulley, fuel lever and glove box door!

Rudy has stepped up and is providing rear floorboards!

We still need:

Bridge piece

Series 2 headset top

Glove box

Tail light (series 1/early series 2 if possible)

Series 1/early series 2 center stand splash plate

Series 2 horncast grill

Series 1/2 headset junction

Weld on damper brackets

S2 light switch

Side panel badges

That's the big stuff for now. We'll obviously need a lot of little stuff on top of that but anything anyone can do to help would be greatly appreciated!

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So Nick is hooking us up with a light switch and Derrick is providing us with an LED tail light for the late series 1/early series 2 tail light housing.

Fantastic guys, your contributions to this project are why the LCUSA is such an incredible club full of generousity and kindness!

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Just soap and water. 

 

Nothing too abrasive........you dont wanna scuff that paint.  :D

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I may have that glovebox and air box for you. Let me sniff around after work.

 

Won't need that airbox but we may need the toolbox.  Not sure what fuel tank we are using yet.

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Won't need that airbox but we may need the toolbox.  Not sure what fuel tank we are using yet.

I'll look tonight

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Peter:

  I have the early Series II/ Series I splashplate, and its freshly powdercoated. I would like to send it as my contribution, but I wont be home to send it until the first of the month. Let me know!

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The spalshplate... what is on the scooter now?
Are tehre two retuabular brackets ... (early type)
or a spalsh plate and J hooks?  (later type)

From the photos it looks like the early type to me...

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It's the early type as Hank is offering so we're golden. It currently has no splash plate but the mounts and stand are for the early type so it'll be perfect.

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It's now broken; down what a mess.  Now to spray it down with the hose and mock it up.

 

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Rims and tires were delightful.

 

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I have a bridge piece for you too. I also have a repopped tail light, but it's a later one, not the short early one. Yours if you need it, let me know.

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So Rob Angileri from Madison, Wisconsin will be donating a glovebox door and a complete Series 2 headset since this one is so messed up.  Yay Rob!

 

Rudy, I'll take that bridge too but hold off on the Tail light. I'd prefer to find the correct one for this machine if possible. ;)

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Got it. I might have the short tail light, will double check tonight.

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Back at it this weekend; it was hot here but I have air conditioning in the shop so I finished tearing the whole thing down.

 

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It gets to a point where you want the whole painful experience of tearing down a rusty hulk to be over so you can just clean up.

 

Lovely tires and rims.  Good used condition.

 

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I drug everything out to the yard and hosed it down so at least it's clean and not a mess to handle.

 

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Then cleaned the shop up and brought it all back in.

 

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Next on the list was to see what was going on with the original engine and try and save the cases for the build.

 

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Yuck.

 

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Top end, crank, mag flange and cylinder are all seized up solid.

 

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I tried yanking the mag flange with this fancy tool I got from Jet200 but no luck (the cooling shroud bolts were removed before I tried). I even heated the cases around where the flange runs to try and loosen it up but no such luck.  I feared that I would snap the flange off if I applied any more pressure so I backed off.

 

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I propped the engine up in the air and filled the top end with CLR and let it sit for 24 hours to remove any rust and oxidation that may impede a penetrating oil from doing it's job.  I've never tried it before, but I just filled the top end and crank case with Marvel's Mystery Oil in hopes that it will help get things moving.  If I can just get something to move (crank, mag flange, cylinder, piston or all of them) I can get in and do something about getting them apart.

 

Until then it'll sit like a science experiment against my work bench. Fingers crossed but worst case is I have a few other small block engines here so not a huge deal. I'd just be sad to be the one who separated this engine from the frame it left the factory with over 55 years ago.

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