We did promise not to mix scooters and sailing but hey, here is a quick update. The weather has been miserable - we can't get out in Arwen; we haven't been able to do a maiden launch of Angharad. We have made progress on the 1965 motovespa scooter though and secretly we are rather please with ourselves because neither Sam or I know anything about engineering (although he's just started a GCSE in it - so I'm playing catchup........again!). So with apologies to all my boat purists...here are some shots of the stripped down scooter.
the top of the steering column with the handle bars and the front steering fork removed
The circular metal bit at the top of the column is a very stubborn bottom half of a ball bearing cage
which refuses to shift.......I bet for some of you wooden boat purists this is striking fear in your hearts.........or down right revulsion......I still feel that swapping to scooters from wooden boats is something naughty to be done privately behind closed doors!
This is a small frame chassis for the uninitiated. Everything has been taken off it and we now need to find a grit blaster who is sensitive enough to gently blast off the paint back to bare steel. We'll then etch prime it and two tone pack paint it
some rust areas to sort out especially where the floor panel joins the central raised area
this is the front wheel hub assembly known as the fork. you are looking at the back plate of the brake drum and the grey bit is the lower end of the front shock absorber. sadly we are having some problems with this - some idiot tried to force the back plate off with a screwdriver and the nut on the other side has jammed!
the offending castellated nut - i think it will a blow torch job to heat the nut slightly so that it expands....at least I think that is the theory!
This is the carburettor and my mad son wants to take it apart - I applaud curiosity...but this feels one step too far!
before we took the front steering assembly apart
original light, horn, badge - 45 years old and it still worked having been stored in a barn for 30 years unloved - amazing!
The very highly sought after rear tyre holder - very rare and difficult to get hold of apparently
and we are hoping to take it from this...................
to something similar to this.....well that's the plan
The reality might be a tad different!
(apologies because we are unsure where we got this lovely scooter photo from and so cannot acknowledge the excellent restoration workmanship)
Anyway we just thought we'd let yoou know how we were getting on - hopefully the next post will be boat based!