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  • MikeK
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    In addition to the Bus stuff, I’m also into vintage motorscooters.  We have a really strong scene in CS meeting up once a week to have some beers and turn wrenches.  The local club, Peak SC will be hosting the Moving on Up rally for the 20th consecutive year this summer.  Camp out and city rally every other year.

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    MikeK
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    Sometimes a few show:

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    MikeK
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    Sometimes more than a few:

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    MikeK
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    I still have my first scoot, the red Alstate Vespa in the picture above, but I’ve always wanted a Lambretta Jet 200.  I was able to trade a very cool, mid-century, George Hausermann designed chair and ottoman to my buddy Jarrod for a semi-complete Lambretta project.  We scrounged together some other parts from club members that were too worked for their bikes but perfect for my custom Lammy.

    Like many of my projects, I do a little bit as time and motivation allow.  I’ve been plucking away at the body for a year or two now, collected most of the engine parts and plan on having it rolling this summer.

    The side panels are off of a different bike and I had to shave the latches in the back as well as fix some cracks and dents.

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    MikeK
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    MikeK
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    MikeK
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    MikeK
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    I really like working on these things.  The projects are far smaller and more manageable than a full blown car project and I like the challenge of metal finishing them.  Unlike most of my work, many of the scooter parts are visible from both sides.  Most metal projects, like the press bumpers shown earlier, have a finished and unfinished side.  You flip the bumpers over and you can see the welding and hammer marks.  Working on the scooters brings a different level of detail if done correctly.

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    MikeK
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    I finished metalwork on most of the removeables and epoxy primed them last year.  Lambretta’s have a lot of parts.

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    MikeK
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    I want to build something a bit different than what I’ve seen while keeping the bike pretty sublime.  It’s going to have some old-school tuning done to the motor and I want the bike to have a 911R feel about it.  The 911R was a Porsche lightweight built in the late 60’s which set a bunch of records and spawned a lot of tribute cars.  It had drilled out or lightweight everything.  I’m going to try to keep this thing light and simple.

    A lot of tuners will ditch the stock fresh air box and install an air cleaner directly to the carb.  I wanted more of a factory look so I remove the restrictive air horn from inside the air box and modified it with a mesh covered intake.

     

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    MikeK
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    The factory air/glove box sits behind a glove box door which has a few louvers cut into it for letting air into the box.  I made a new glove box door out of alloy and carried on the lightweight/mesh theme.

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    Rustabus
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    Awesome!!!!!! Love me some scooters!!! Still waiting for the perfect Cushman step thru to pop up for sale at the right time!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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