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  1. 5 points
    Hi y'all Just letting you know that Lammie Drive 3 is on. Some of you will of heard of it before, maybe from Scooterist Classic Scene, or just because you know me. This is where I do stupidly long distances, on a Lambretta, and raise money for charity. This time it is a little different. 3 continents 3 Scooters 3000km per continent 3 charities all in 3 months The first leg is the USA. I'll be riding from Phoenix Arizona to Duluth, for Lammy Jammy, via the Grand Canyon, Over the Rockies to Colorado Springs (and the Garden of the Gods), North to Mount Rushmore and the Geronimo carving, and then due East to Duluth. I'll be doing it on a NYPD Eibar LI 150 Special (Mugello 186, Ancilotti, and 22mm carb) The scoot is being built by Eric Lussier, of 2nd Avenue Scooters, with the Engine done by Mike Anhalt. The 2nd Leg is the UK. South Wales to John o'Groats, to Lands End, to South Wales. The 3rd leg will be in Australia. The fund raising is to be include it as part of the LCUSAid program. The members voted and this year the LCUSA are going to be sponsoring local organizations that support homeless and abused children. The goal is to raise $5000 this year but hopefully we can double it! All the money I raise goes to charity. I do not take out expenses. I'm having fun, and raising money! So, Let's make this a competition. Let's see which country can raise the most for their charity! You can donate, via paypal, to lammiedriveusa@outlook.com, make sure you donate in USD. Hope to see you in Duluth. Siobhan for past exploites: lammiedrive.blogspot.com
  2. 2 points
    There is a thing on Facebook going around called the 7 day scooter challenge. This is my DAY 1 post from my own facebook page... but I tough I'd share it here too for those of you NOT on Facebook. The 7 days 7 scooter challenge... Here is how it goes. Every day a new nomination. Today's nomination goes to Greg Woody Woodbury. You have to show one of your scooters every day. It should be in chronological order and start with your first scooter. You have to nominate another scooter friend every day. Thanks Rudy Perez and Scott Lambro Gray for the nomination. I accept the the 7 days 7 scooters challenge. DAY 1 Tin Soldier was my first scooter. A Spanish Lambretta Jet 200, I got it on Easter weekend 1988. I had been looking for a scooter for several years. My friend Glen Beauchamp had tipped me off on it, (He also has a Jet 200 and still rides his today) I went to pick it up in Gatineau Quebec, with my friend Craig MacLachlan, pulling a trailer in his 1978 Chevy Nova. The scooter had about 10000 miles on the clock, and ran, but it needed work. The electrics were poorly working, and it needed a good cleaning up. The $1000.00 CAD price was a lot of money for a 17 year old, but I had been working part time in the kitchen of a small Irish style pub and been saving my money. The first parts order I made for this scooter was from a shop called Rafferty Newman in the UK. (Lord Sean Rafferty is this any relation to you?) There were NO Lambretta parts shops I knew of in Canada or the USA at that time. I had acquired a copy of Scootering Magazine the summer before, and it had a listing of all the UK shops and the great stuff they had for sale. The box of parts that arrived in June of that year was FULL of all the mod gear, mirrors, crash bars, checked mud flap, some basic spare consumable parts... It was so big that it arrived in a HUGE television box. There was 100 GBP of stamps on the outside of the box for the shipping. I remember being very excited having to call at 4am to avoid the HUGE long distance charges, (4 am in Canada was as soon as the shop would open in the UK at 9am) There was a delay on the phone line because of the long distance call. I owned Tin Soldier (yes there is a Small Faces song of the same name) for two years, and I sold it to James, Alby Tross Hanna in Toronto. I think he promptly sold it to someone else in Toronto. The frame VIN was SX200 555240. If it ever shows up again I would love to see it, and possibly buy it back. In all the years I have never seen it again. Enjoy the photos attached. So... the 7 days 7 scooter challenge... Here is how it goes. Everyday a new nomination. Today's nomination goes to Greg Woody Woodbury. You have to show one of your scooters every day. It should be in chronological order and start with your first scooter. You have to nominate another scooter friend every day.
  3. 2 points
    I agree. Although my experience is nill with the spendy dampers, i too have progressive with cheap jet200 skinny dampers. I love it. My riverside is standard springs with skinny dampers and i like the jet ride much much better. So much that i have a set of progressives on standby for the riverside. For what its worth, i like the weld on uppers over the bolt on uppers. I dont know why but i do.
  4. 2 points
    Progressive springs are nice. I have them with cheap dampers on El Toro and although it's not the softest ride, it handles the corners better than all my other lammies.
  5. 1 point
    Excuse my video skills. I've never claimed to be filmographer. I bought this scooter in August of 2014 from Mark Swift, who posted it for sale right here. I started rebuilding the engine last year around now. This was my first shaft driven lambretta rebuild. The entire machine got a complete mechanical restoration from top to tail. All the seals and bearings are new as well as the crank, clutch, etc. New cables, custom 12v AC harness, tires, etc. Ignition is a Dtronic from Tino Sacchi. Lots of details here like the hidden cdi and regulator inside a WWII ammo pouch with the original bakelite coil is now just a dummy that has the cdi ignition wire running through it. Anyway, I just started it for the first time about 1/2 hour ago and am listening to it idle and bed in as we speak.
  6. 1 point
    I dug a path out through the snow and just took it for a short spin. It's 30℉ today so warm by our standards during this time of year. Anyway, everything worked and no wining from all the bevel meshes so that comes as a huge relief! Clearly it paid for me to take a lot of time on building this engine. Phew! I can only say that anyone who loves to build engines and enjoys the challenge should make an effort to build a shaft driven Lambretta. The precision involved in doing one correctly combined with the lack of easy to understand manuals like the Sticky's guide is what made it the most challenging engine I have ever built. I've built a lot of engines but this is the one I am most proud of.
  7. 1 point
    Have been unloading boxes of parts from a recent parts purchase and came across this jewel: It is a 125 center squish head with a side plug. Wtf is this off of? Besides a 125... Looks to be stock, no welding has been done to it.
  8. 1 point
    Ditto on the progressive springs. Make sure they are the MB ones, which are three stage progressive. I have a set of dual rate springs in my GP200 and the ride was quite stiff. I'll be rebuilding those forks with MB springs.
  9. 1 point
    The MB links are highly rated. My friend here bought a set and had no problems fitting them. According to the MB website, "They are based on a perfect set of Italian GP links but we have altered them slightly to improve the ride height and stop the front dampers fouling on some hydraulic conversions." So if you want a completely unaltered front setup, then buy a used set. Otherwise, get these. I have a pair of drum links that MB converted. I bought these before he came out with his own links. I think a lot of MB's products are because of the amount of labor it took to do conversions like my set.
  10. 1 point
    You sure it's not gp? I'll dig the one I took off mine to compare but I want to say it's gp. That or li125 special.
  11. 1 point
    You could always get hold of used original parts , probably will fit better anyway.
  12. 1 point
    Which MB links do you need? I think Scooter-Center has them in stock. http://www.scooter-center.com/en/search?query=fork%20link&pn=1&ppp=16&view=small&filter=EINSATZZWECK&f_EINSATZZWECK=Lambretta%20LI,%20LIS,%20SX,%20TV.%20DL,%20GP
  13. 1 point
    I've contacted a publisher on your behalf. They said they'll be interested in printing your story right after they finish the printing of the 20th anniversary edition of Infinite Jest. But you are next!
  14. 1 point
    So funny to the address "98 North Avalon" on that record. I lived at the corner of Avalon and Poplar for years. That address is where the Piggly Wiggly used to be. Las time I was there they had just started to convert it to a Home Depot. I miss Memphis. A wonderfully sad, gritty town, more of afraid of its own shadow than anything else.
  15. 1 point
    A two ring, thin ring is going to best if you are planning to hot the engine up at all. if you're not planning to hot it up a three ring will work(remove the bottom ring if you want). Whichever you decide on. it would be adviseable to take a needle file to it and take out any sharp corners and radius them. Sorry for the underlining, the site is doing it, not me.
  16. 1 point
    I have one that I picked up last time I was at RLC and it has the dent. As a side note, the build quality looks much better than the standard S2 and S3 Casa exhausts--though that wouldn't be hard.
  17. 1 point
    Welcome back! We definitely have members in Georgia..,.where about are you located?
  18. 1 point
    Thanks for contacting me Panor. Your Serveta was made in April 1980 and is consecutive in numbers to another on the database list I keep. I was happy to see the dealership sticker you shared with me. I will post i here too
  19. 1 point
    Yep, I should clarify. This is sometimes referred to as shot blasting or shot tumbling although I don't care for the term tumbling as the cases are not immersed in the media like when you get something vibratory tumbled. It's a 3 step process that my shop uses to clean stuff but with aluminum, they skip the 2nd step. The first step is degreasing them by attaching them to a vertical rotisserie that spins around while being blasted with a high pressure water and non-toxic degreasing solution. The 2nd step is a horizontal rotisserie over an oven that brings any impregnated contaminates to the surface. This is skipped on aluminum as the heat distorts it. The 3rd step is another horizontal rotisserie that that spins around while a paddle wheel at the bottom flings stainless steel shot at it at a high velocity. This effectively peens the surface of the case, sealing it off from dirt and contamination and makes it more durable. I know Mike has experienced yellowing when he gets this done but it's all about the process used. I can only say that the place that does mine has the process dialed as their is no yellowing in the finish. The only downside I have found is that all the bushings and bearing races have to be removed or the tolerances get all messed up and you will need to buy all new ones. That's not a terrible thing as I generally replace a lit of those anyway when rebuilding a clapped out engine. I understand vapor blasting and as Mike has said, I used to actually own a vapor blasting business and did the cases for the Portland Raffle Scooter. The biggest differences between this and vapor is this looks and feels exactly like an original case does as it left the factory. With vapor blasting, it's not nearly as resilient to scratching and scuffing and looks better than factory. If someone was to ask me why choose one versus the other: Shot blasting/tumbling: OEM Restoration. Choose this if you are doing a factory correct restoration or are on a budget. Vapor Blasting: Concourse restoration or custom. Choose this if you are doing a better than original factory restoration (concourse) or want something custom. I can go on for days about why to choose or not choose some of the other types of finishing but based on my experience in the industry, I can only recommend the two I listed. I will say that glass bead can be acceptable, but only under ideal conditions that involve an expensive machine that separates the fractured beads from the whole ones and DO NOT BLAST the interior of the cases. So basically don't do it unless you know someone with access to such a machine who also has the wherewithal to know what not to blast. How's that skippy?
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