Quick Guide to Restoration!
The restoration topic is huge and wide, we have often thought of making a page covering the restoration of a scooter. The biggest problem is the difference between models; many people have many different views on how this should be done. There are only a handful of experts around the world that can build factory authentic restored Lambrettas, many of us think we can, but believe me I we can't. That is not to say we cannot build or have built for us a close enough example to not even worry about the small imperfections or mistakes.
With this list we would presume you have built your engine, forks, and wheels as a separate unit ready to install.
We would like to add that there are may many helps and tricks when rebuilding your scooter, always take extreme care, time and patience, if in doubt ask, don't bodge, the end result will be more worth while. We would also like to add as a final foot note by far the most popular request we get is to finish off restoration rebuilds that customers get stuck with. PLEASE take your time, ask before if you are not sure, it will cost you a hell of a lot more if your local dealer has to undo your wrong doings, to correct your scooter. This is harsh on most people, but take your time, make sure you enjoy rebuilding your scooter; as if you don't the end result will never be what you want it to be.
1. Fit the bearing tracks and protection covers on the top and bottom of the fork tube, including the chrome headset support ring if your model has one.
2. Fit the stand and splash plate assembly on to the frame, this allows the frame work to be stood up while fitting up occurs
3. Loosely position cables on frame, if needed affix roughly in position with plastic cable ties which can be cut off later.
4. Do the same with the wiring loom on frame.
5. Fit the rear light unit
6. Fit the rear frame badge and holder or grille dependant on your model
7. Fit the rear mudguard
8 Fit the seat or seats, including the catch. The seat does not have to have the cover on at this stage, but if you do fit it, try to cover it for protection
9. Build and install glove box door with buffers
10. Fit the rubber to the glove box, and then install the glove box
11. Fit the fuel tank, with all rubbers and straps, fit the fuel lever and frame grommet.
12. Fit the air box and air scoop
13. Install forks and front wheel assembly
14. Install rear brake switch and connect up
15. Install horn and connect up
16. Fit the engine unit complete with rear hub and wheel. Fit exhaust, carburettor and items need to complete the engine installation
17. Fit the headset base, and build this up with all control rods, switch housings, switches etc so that the controls are working. Pay particular attention to shimming the controls for a nice operation, and grease all moving parts. .
18. Fit all control cables, wiring loom, petrol pipes, etc.
19. Fit any other parts needed for the running of the scooter, so that you can run and check the scooter for correct adjustments and running of the engine. At this stage you can run and check all lights, petrol, ignition, brakes, steering, and every aspect of your scooters running operation. When you are happy every thing is all OK, you can now apply the correct alloy ties in the correct positions to secure all cables and wiring looms, remembering to cut off the temporary plastic ties you used.
20. Put on the leg shields loose ready for alignment; do not use any fixings at this stage.
21. You now need to roughly fit in position the leg shields and rear running boards to make sure you have correct alignment of every thing. This includes the headset and leg shields not touching, and equal gaps between the leg shields and rear floor boards. At this stage you can still make any adjustments needed. Do not affix tightly at this stage.
22. Correctly fit the leg shields, using the rubber buffers the shields have underneath them, all alloy channels and rubber trims etc.
23. Build the horn casting and front mudguard as one unit; don't forget the horn cast base unit.
24. Fit the horn casting/mudguard as one unit, if you need help keeping the rubber gaskets in position, a small dab of grease will help. Tighten these up while positioning the rubbers for correct and equal fitment.
25. All you have left to do now is to fit the rear floorboards back on, fit the side panels.
26 Finally after you have re checked every thing, you can apply the badges and appropriate warning transfers where needed. Wash the scooter down with a mild car shampoo, and admire your hard work. It should be noted that on fresh new paintwork the use of polish is not recommended for at least a few weeks until the paint has cured properly, but please consult your paint shop for further instructions.