Antique Vespa Douglas 92L2 from 1956 restoration
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Sat, 28 nov 2009
I bought her ! Rusty, different body colors but as good as complete :) I don't know anything about restorating a Vespa. Exciting...
First I thought it was a "Struzzo", A VL. But the engine was a 125cc, so that couldn't be correct, as VL Vespa scooters had a 150cc. Tomorrow I start undressing her! I couldn't resist getting her inside the living room :)
Sun, 29 nov 2009
I stripped her! Most of the components are taken off. The floorrails and the cables are still on the frame. I wasn't able to get the rear breakpedal off :(
I noticed that there was a dent In the legshield of the Vespa scooter. Also a few cracks here and there that need to be welded. A lot of work left. Also I noticed that 2 of the reinforcements under the floorboard are completely rusted. They'll have to be replaced.
I discovered the word "Douglas" on the engine....wonder what this means ? Isn't' it a Vespa then ? :(
Somebody tell me he thinks the Douglasses were made in England or the States....strange. Weren't they all made in Italy?
The shop where I bought her tells me it was bought in the UK. So with some search I came on this site:
Some more searches got me a lot of infpo on these Vespa Scooters.
On the site of the Veteran Vespa Club I find the info I needed for my model :
"The 92 L2 Vespa was an update on the 42l2, ... . The most significant changes were slightly enlarged fuel tank and footboard runners, which were extended to curve round behind the rider's feet."
A Vespa Douglas 92L2 it is !
Mon, 30 nov 2009
Advised by a friend, I became member of the Veteran Vespa Club, and joined their forum to ask some questions. They should know for sure about the Douglas 92l2
I also found a good address to sandblast the frame and put it in primer.
The fact that it's a British scooter brings some unexpected problems too: the bolt etc... sizes are imperial, not metric, so most of my tools don't fit. Now she's completely stripped :
The front wheel suspension still needs to be taken apart.
Thu, 12 dec 2009
The frame and different loose parts went to the sandblaster ! very exciting :)
Wed, 23 dec 2009
She came back from the sandblaster ! Amazing!!! The frame is still everywhere intact, the rust didn't get through the steel.
Also all the small bits and pieces were sandblasted to remove the rust. They will be re-galvanised soon :)
Now wedling the cracks, removing the dent in the legshield and putting on the primer.
Tue, 12 jan 2010
With a lot of help from friends, the Vespa Douglas 92l2 scooter was welded, primered and sanded for the first trime :) We had a lot of fun doing it !
Wed, 27 jan 2010
The Douglas 92l2 is in the second layer of primer and will be sanded again. Meanwhile I started cleaning the engine casing by hand : It looks great ! I chose not to sandblast it so that a natural patina would be left on the metal.
She is a Vespa Douglas scooter ! :)))))
Sun, 31 jan 2010
Second layer of primer is on, SANDING TIME !
The inside of the mudguards and underneath the frame were sprayed with an anti stonechip coat.
Steering column is dismantled too by now :)
Tue, 9 feb 2010
On a British site I found an original Lucas taillight, and it arrived today. Even the holes in the frame corresponded with the light :)
Thu, 11 feb 2010
By now I already had a few contacts with the guys from the VVC, UK. They send me a casting from the handlebars in the original "Regal Red" color, together with a little bit of 50 year old paint!
The original AMAL carburetor was broken, the tickler was broken off. They sent me a top of the floatroom too today :))) What a day!
Thanks Bill !!!!
Mon, 22 feb 2010
As the legshield badge from the Douglasses had "Bristol" on them, I could use a regular one. Today I was able to buy one at eBay :) It will need to be re-chromed and re-filled with enamel and baked.
Here these three steps in one go :
Original bought on eBay:
After being re-chromed :
New enamel and baked :
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