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...

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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 :)

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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 ? :(

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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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_motorcycles

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 !


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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 :

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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.

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Also all the small bits and pieces were sandblasted to remove the rust. They will be re-galvanised soon :)

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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 !

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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.

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She is a Vespa Douglas scooter ! :)))))



Sun, 31 jan 2010

Second layer of primer is on, SANDING TIME !

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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!

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The original AMAL carburetor was broken, the tickler was broken off. They sent me a top of the floatroom too today :))) What a day!

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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 :

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New enamel and baked :

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