Each Vespa is restored
and reconditioned to original specifications and is finished to an
extremely high quality standard using many new parts you will read
about below. All units are stripped down to their bare metal frame,
re-aligned, then painted in a 5 step process (acid etch primer, anti
rust treatment, high build primer, acrylic color and clearcoat) with
Paints, then re-wired & re-cabled. Before final assembly the engine
is completely stripped, rebuilt and tested with a burn in due to the
new parts used.
Separation: This is essentially a pure shop time/labor
charge. Each scooter is stripped down to its component pieces
(bodywork, engine, etc.). It takes an average of 8 hours to complete
this step, but for older, rusted, or otherwise badly damaged
scooters, this time can increase exponentially. Then we thorough
structural inspection of chassis to ensure no previous damage. Any
damaged metal - e.g., often in the Vespa floorboard
area or Lambretta rear license plate area - is fixed properly by welding in new
metal, then any dings are fixed by hand, by hammer and dolly.
2. Paint Removal: We chemically strip the body to bare
metal, creating the best possible surface for further bodywork. Next
the steel of the bodywork is polished to a High finish, to remove
any tarnish or oxidization.
3. Repainting: Scooters are repainted using a careful
four-step process that will protect the metal and create a
beautiful, long-lasting finish. Many colors are available to choose
from, and the cost of repainting will vary with each restoration.
2K ICI ACID ETCH
ZINC PRIMER (ANTI
2K ICI HIGH BUILD
2K ICI ACRYLIC
(quite a process but
the end result is an absolutely perfect finish that lasts for many
years, in fact ICI research quotes a 30 year life expectancy of
4. Engine Rebuild: All external parts are bead
blasted, all adjusters and external hardware replaced or zinc
coated. We create a perfectly running engine, which will also look
5. Optional Powder Coating: Powder coating is a
strong, long lasting finish applied to all the exposed metal parts
of your scooter to protect and return them to their original chrome
6. Polishing/Chroming: We polish or chrome all the
metal parts on the scooter. Polishing is a cheaper and more
traditional method of restoration (especially for aluminum items)
but we can chrome each item as well. All metal fender Crests, Switch
Housings, Levers, Choke Knobs, Fuel Rods, etc...will be polished to
a brilliant reflective finish.
7. Engine &
Gearbox: While all the above is going on, the engine and
gearbox are subject to a total rebuild. All our bikes receive all
new bearings, gears (where worn), dyno, piston and rings, barrel,
cylinder, carburetor, clutch, exhaust etc, etc… New seals and
gaskets are used throughout. If we come across a stripped thread we
do not simply cut a larger thread in like most people seem to… We
repair and rethread to the original size. The casings are thoroughly
checked, gently bead blasted and once given the thumbs up they are
highly polished. This is a total engine and box rebuild, requiring
the bikes to be run in.
8. New Parts: This is a step very difficult to average
in price or labor. It is the replacement of all wearable parts of
your scooter, the key to making any reconditioned scooter look like
new again. EVERYTHING that is worn or old is replaced. This
includes, but is not limited to: Cables, Wiring Loom, Rubber
Grommets, Tires, Inner Tubes, Brakes, Switches, Switch Covers, Seat
Covers, Seat Frames, Taillights, Headlights, Speedometer Face and
Lens, Floor Channels, Endcaps, crankshaft cases and flywheel (12V
magneto) and Locks as well as all new exterior parts. A relatively
huge price variable is to be expected, as every scooter is treated
differently and each requires a unique list of replacement parts.
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if there's any parts on the list not NEW...
9. Final Assembly: Once the painted frame and body
parts are returned from our outsourced providers, the engine is
rebuilt, and the powder coating and polishing are completed, we
start the reassembly of each scooter. This is very labor intensive.
It will include running brand new cables and a new wiring loom,
rebuilding the forks, installing the engine, installing new floor
channel kit, installing forks, and everything needed to deliver a
superior vehicle. This is the most important aspect of the
restoration and Avalon Scooters guarantees your satisfaction with the
We want your scooter experience to be an easy and enjoyable one. So
All our scooters are road tested thoroughly (100miles+) to highlight
any adjustments or fine tuning required. With a total restoration
like this- adjustments are inevitable, cables stretch to their
natural length, clutches and brakes bed in. Before shipping we
adjust everything- check everything. Re-check everything. Only when
we are completely satisfied with the above, the bikes have had their
final wax, We then take them to the port to be crated individually
and exported to their new homes!
Over 90% new parts fitted,
for our complete parts list - REFUND if there's any parts on
the list not NEW...
Each of our bikes has an average of 1,870 man hours spent on them by
a team of 38 enthusiasts. Highly trained, each with many years – if
not decades of experience in restoration, most of our staff are
proud Vintage Scooter owners and club members too!