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1961 Vespa VBB 150cc Restoration Projects

61 Vespa VBB Restoration Project (Part 1 of 6)

Saturday, March 29, 2008


This blog will document the restoration of my 1961 Vespa VBB1T, purchased on August 20th, 2007 in dilapidated condition from a collector in Antioch, California. There was grass everywhere, even in the cylinder, and it was painted rattle can red.

Here are the Before pictures:

I should say that this is my first restoration — I am not an expert by any stretch. I am learning as I go, and intend to use this blog to document the steps I take, and the mistakes I make, so that I can learn from it and do (even) better on the next restoration!
I choose a VBB as my first restoration project for a couple of reasons: First, because with the 8-inch wheels and rounded cowels, it very much has that sweet classic Vespa look. Second, the electrical system is simple and reliable — no battery, kick start, should make it easier to restore. Third, parts for VBB’s seem to be fairly easy to come by. I’m guessing either because a lot of them were made, or a lot are still running, or a little of both. And forth, the 61’s were the first model with a 4-speed transmission, which should make driving them even more fun.
If you are reading this and you are an expert (or at least experienced) in restoring old scooters, please chime in with any advice or pointers! And if I’m doing something boneheaded, please let me know! I want to end up with a nice looking, accurate restoration of a 61 VBB, and would appreciate any and all help I can get.


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