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A lucky 13th Vega

Post  storkfoot on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:50 am

Having finally picked up my new project yesterday, I realised when driving down south to pick it up, that it was actually Friday 13th Exclamation

Anyway, despite having a Rally engine on the bench, and having stripped my GP completely and in bits all over the garage, I thought I'd strip down my new purchase too Shocked

It is a bitsa. Frame is 656xxx, engine 653xxx which makes them both '68, I believe. It looks to me like the engine casing is actually a Cometa. There's no lubematic mechanism with it but there is a place for one to be fitted in the casing, I think.

Most of the bodywork is already in the loft as I don't propose to touch that for a while, probably until next year. I did discover, when I got home, that the front struts need replacing but that was the only unwelcome discovery (so far).

I'll post some pics in the next few days when I start making a list of engine parts that are missing.
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Post  Scooter Paul on Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:40 am

I think they all have the threaded holes for the oil pump. It's the in and out hole for the oil feed on top you're looking for.

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Post  storkfoot on Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:23 am

Yes, now I've taken the head off, I think can see that. Am I correct in saying that the pics below show that the barrel is a Cometa but the casing (ignore the fact that it has clearly been abused in the past!) is Vega?







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Post  Scooter Paul on Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:35 am

Yes, Cometa barrel. Vega casing. Looks well repaired though. I'd be tempted to save the barrel for someone that wants a real Cometa and find another, not so rare, Vega barrel. Or convert the casing but then you have to find all the oil pump bits which are rare. I actually sold an oil pump and all the ancillary brackets for good money back to a purveyor or rare Lambretta parts that couldn't find them in Italy.
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Post  storkfoot on Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:27 pm

Interesting, thanks. I have no intention of going down the Lubematic route___ it looks over engineered to me and something else to go wrong Smile
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Post  storkfoot on Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:32 am

storkfoot wrote:................I'll post some pics in the next few days when I start making a list of engine parts that are missing.

I am focusing on trying to get hold of those parts that don't appear to have been remade and I am just trying to get the engine sorted this year. With this in mind, can anyone advise if parts 40 and 41 are available?

Also, does anyone have a spare plate for the stator wires (the one that fixes to the casing where the wires exit) please?

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Post  siobhanellis on Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:55 am

probably I do.
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Post  storkfoot on Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:54 pm

Could it be that these 2 J range items are the same?

http://www.scooterrestorations.com/lambretta/j-range-final-drive-bearing-washer/

http://www.scooterrestorations.com/lambretta/j-range-oil-thrower-washer-early-j-50-cento-j-100-and-j-125/


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Post  storkfoot on Fri May 01, 2015 2:02 pm

Anyone have an opinion on the post above please? Don't worry, I won't hold you responsible if I screw it up Very Happy

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Post  wack 63 on Sat May 02, 2015 1:50 am

Yes those parts are the same

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Post  storkfoot on Sat May 02, 2015 1:33 pm

Thanks, I'll get them on order.
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Post  storkfoot on Sun May 10, 2015 3:21 pm

I have possessed a Lambretta Workshop Manual since '78. Over the years I have flicked past the page where it shows how to take a standard rear shock apart - "I'll have a go at that one day" I thought.

Well, today I decided to do it with my Vega shock and, to my surprise, it worked very easily:



I did plan to get it powder coated, however, I'm not sure I'll be able to get it back together with the usual thickness of powder coating. So, I may just paint it up instead.
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Post  Snails on Tue May 12, 2015 6:47 am

Yeah its something I planned to do on mine, however the spring was so bad (at stomping the road bumps) that I bought a new one and sold mine on
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Post  storkfoot on Fri May 15, 2015 4:46 am

Yeah, you can never tell whether they are up to it until you road test it. That's why I'm not going to lash out on getting the spring re-chromed but I have taken the shock itself in to be powder coated:



Not much other progress although the exhaust and seat frame have been dropped in at the fabricator today. I thought he'd turn his nose up at the exhaust but seeing as he was in the middle of fabricating blown exhausts for some high powered Yamaha, I doubt it'll cause him too many sleepless nights.
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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  storkfoot on Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:50 pm

Given the extensive welding on this casing, I've had it tested using the dye penetrant method. Most of the welding is good, just needs rectifying in this area:



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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  storkfoot on Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:20 pm

Having had issues with all my other scoots, the Vega project has barely progressed, sadly. I did get these back in the week and I hope to have the exhaust back soon

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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  storkfoot on Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:49 pm

To show that this project has not entirely ground to a halt, I now have damper mounts welded on the forks, oh, and I sourced a NOS brake switch.

Also, I think my mate has saved the exhaust and seat base from the skip:


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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  Snails on Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:08 am

Well that's got to be worthwhile as, I'm sure you know, they are both hard to replace. Smile
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Post  Thackers on Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:04 am

I'd say he's the kind of mate we all wish we had. Nice one Cool
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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  storkfoot on Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:16 pm

Aye, I always pay him but he does, how shall we say, take his time Laughing

I suspect it may be a bit noisy though.
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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  storkfoot on Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:51 am

Just wanted to show that this project hasn't entirely ground to a halt:



Next, I'll be taking the casing in for welding and aqua blasting. I'll also dig the frame out of the loft and get the new strut welded on.

I'll post again next year
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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  coaster on Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:36 pm

Nice progress there Paul. I'd best pull my finger out Wink

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Re: A lucky 13th Vega

Post  storkfoot on Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:59 am

I am in no rush, mate. I have taken the frame in for welding on completely new struts and a refabrication of part of horn bracket.

Engine over the Winter ;-)
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