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Hi I have a 1962 series three that I found in the Bronx years ago. I am doing a full restoration on it now and found the original paint was a white and blue which made me think maybe it has some NYPD history or NJ police. What is easiest way to figure that out? Thanks.
Finally started a flickr page so I can upload some photos. I bought this Lambretta out in Sacramento in 2009-2010. I had no idea what I was getting into, and just started riding an ET2 V3$p@ a few years before. I didn't know much about vintage scooters but since I was a hands-on learning kind of person, I started doing some reading and realized I wanted a Lambretta. Here's how she looked. She started on first kick but when I rode her for a little bit, the engine would kill and not start up again. I didn't feel comfortable riding her around San Francisco since I was so new to scooter riding. The clutch and gear shifting fascinated me. My wife and I rode around just a handful of times in the neighborhood and I realized I needed to learn more about this beautiful machine. I remember searching craigslist in 2011 and I came upon an add that offered space to work on your scooter and help if you needed some scooter knowledge. That's where I was lucky enough to meet Chris W. He was very welcoming and could tell I truly had no idea what I was getting into. I'm not a mechanic and the closest thing I can remember rebuilding was my transformer constructicon set. Chris W. suggested I buy the sticky's manual and read from there. I read that book several times envisioning this rebuild but in all honesty I had no idea what most of it meant. I knew what a carburetor was, but not a gear selector, I knew what a washer was, but not a gear box shim. Even now I mess up the names of some of the parts. I brought the engine to Chris and he was kind and patient enough to help me rebuild it. He gave me a list of parts to buy and we met up several times through out the year. Opening up the engine was such a learning experience. I'm a paramedic and anatomy and physiology make more sense when I apply it to an actual patient, so seeing things and having Chris explain them to me helped me out tremendously. Taking apart the body piece by piece and removing the engine. We Installed a GP crank and put in a Casa 185cc kit. After buying a house, getting engaged and planning a wedding, plus changing jobs and a baby on the way, we are now here, 4 years later. I am almost done with my Lambretta and can't wait to drive it around town and to the ballpark. I took a ton of pictures so I could document what I saw before and after and looking back now, a lot more makes sense to me now, though I'm still learning a ton. Here are a few pics to bring us to today. Getting ready for the sand blasters and powder coating. Special Thanks to Chris W. I am certain he didn't think this project was going to take so long, but I never would have learned this much or gotten this far if it wasn't for his help. (I even texted him with help posting photos to this Forum) Chris truly is all about people learning more about these scooters. Often times he encourages me to read the Lambretta forum for answers and become an active member. There aren't many people out there that I have met that would have put in this amount of time and effort, solely for the benefit of me learning. I'll be in debt to him every crab season for the next 10 years. Almost done with the cables and wiring, then we get to fire this baby up, can't wait! Looking forward to sharing more soon and more importantly riding around with you all… Cheers, PhillipR in SF
I've always been aware that this could happen but had never actually seen it until recently. Early Spanish LI150 gear box with matching drive axle. When the 4 loose gears are installed there is less than .001" height difference between the gears and the axle. According to Stickys there should be about .003" (.02mm) difference between the two, with the gears being on the taller side. If the 2 parts are in line or the axle is taller it is impossible to shim the gears correctly. I took the axle and gears to a local machine shop and they suggested the axle be ground down a couple .001" to drop below the gears. Does this sound like a plausible/correct fix? The problem is with the gears them selves. I suspect they are machined wrong from the factory. I can't change the gear stack because that's what the customer wants.