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What battery fits my vintage Vespa or Lambretta?

Gene Merideth Lambretta Lambretta Battery Lambretta Technical Help Vespa Vespa Battery Vespa Technical Help

Although there are more and more AC/Electronic conversions going on everyday, many restored and original condition scooters have their original electrical systems that require batteries.  We stock all the batteries you need for your vintage Vespa or Lambretta and the following description will help you work out which battery you need Vespa*: 1950's,1960's and 1970's Models: VL3 / VB1 / VNA / VNB / GTR / Super / Sprint / GL150 / Vespa 90 / Vespa Primavera all use the B39-6 Battery 1960's Models: GS160 and SS180 use the B49-6 Battery 1970's Models: Rally 180 / Rally 200 use the B49-6...

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Vespa Clutch Cover Breather Rubber Seal - PDI Sheet

Gene Merideth Vespa Vespa History Vespa Technical Help

In last 30 years working on Vespa scooters, every so often we would find a rubber seal pushed down over the clutch cover breather. I would always remove them. There have been various attempts to explain this rubber seal over the years, but everyone, myself included, was guessing. Until now. Taking apart a Vespa for some work, we found an original Piaggio PDI tag, which explains the rubber ring, and also explains that it must come off before running the scooter. It makes sense, as the breather is too allow air to vent from inside the engine when it gets...

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Lambretta Series 3 Hardware List

Gene Merideth

Quite a few years ago I put this list of Lambretta hardware together with sizes and types of screws, washers, bolts etc, needed to rebuild your Lambretta scooter. Please see notes at end to understand my descriptions. IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL Sizes are THREAD SIZE, not socket or head size. Horncover Hardware Top = 5 x 10 Pan Head Slotted Screw (2 Required) Behind Horncast Badge = 6 x 18 Allen Head Screw + 2 6mm Conical Washers (2 Sets Required) Lower Horncast (Inside Legshield) = 5 x 20 Countersunk Oval Slotted Screw + Finishing Washer (2 Sets Required) Horncast Bottom...

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Vintage Vespa Fault Finding Flow Chart

Gene Merideth Lambretta Lambretta Technical Help Vespa Vespa Technical Help

  This copy of the Vespa Fault Finding Flowchart is from the earlier Vespa Service Station manuals. It should help you identify and trace problems. Feel free to print it out and keep it in your glovebox, just in case you have problems on the side of the road. If you have a friend who is struggling diagnosing problems, why not send them the link, or print it out for them? It can work pretty well for Lambretta too. Click here to see a larger version          

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My Scooter Won't Start!

Gene Merideth Lambretta Lambretta Technical Help Vespa Vespa Technical Help

A few months of un-prepped winter storage, the first day of 65 degree weather, and a desire to ride don't always go well together. If you put your scooter away in good running condition, and now that its time to grab a quick ride on a warm winter day, and it won't start. Here are some simple things to check so your day isn't ruined! Keeping in mind that two-stroke scooters require 3 simple things to run, its easy to check through them quickly to see where your starting problem might lie. Air. Spark. Gas. In most cases, either a...

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