Restoration of the smallframe
This is the second blog post documenting the restoration of my 1968 Vespa SS90.
Most Vespas share a similar basic structure – a pressed-steel monocoque frame, with an enclosed engine, flat floorboards and a front fairing for wind protection. This gives a scooter a good ratio of strength and rigidity compared to its weight.
With the scooter stripped of all its parts, the frame was sent to a company in the north of England to have it straightened on a Vespa jig (used at the Douglas factory in Bristol). The bent part of the frame (at the bottom of the leg shields) was cut out and a new panel section welded into place. Vespa frames are made from mild steel pressings, so any major steel repairs need to be welded.
Once straightened and repaired, the frame was then sandblasted to give it that perfect finish and a primer undercoat and sealants applied to protect it from rust.
Applying the top paint coats is the last part of the frame restoration.
For the colour, I chose one of the original factory paint codes used on the Vespa 90 Super Sprint from 1965-68, MaxMeyer “Rosso” paint code: 2.268.5850, which is a Monza Red. This is similar to the “Rosso 850” colour swatch shown below.
Piaggio Vespa MaxMeyer Colours: mid 1960s – mid 1970s
And finally… the shots below show the newly painted smallframe. As you can see the result is fantastic. The frame will need to be left for several weeks so it can properly harden before any further work takes place. Thanks to the guys at the London Scooter Bodyshop in east London for all their hard work on restoring my smallframe back to its original state.
The next phase is the engine rebuild and reassembly.