100% point nut and bolt restorations. We start with original Piaggio
- Italian unmodified matching number Vespas.
The Vespa are stripped right down to their component parts prior
to a full 1st Class restoration. Below is a brief run through of the
with un-restored Vespa which is still in good condition.
Due to the climate in south Vietnam rust is not such an issue as it
is on bikes that have spent the last 40+ years in Europe. To start
the Vespa are taken apart carefully and all items removed from
the body. The body is then stripped to bare metal and replacement
metal welded in if necessary.
As a matter of course we replace the floor plans on all our vespas
with a thicker grade of steel, these floor pans are imported from
India and come off the original Piaggio presses. Once all traces of
rust have been removed, Any dents or imperfections are beaten out
this often as long as 2 days! Unlike other restoration companies we
avoid using excessive body filler! The next stage is to put the
scooter on a jig to check for 100% trueness.
Next the steel of the bodywork is polished to a High finish, to
remove any tarnish or oxidization. Immediately all panels are acid
etch primed . Acid etch primer firstly etches into the metalwork
sealing the bare metal and acting as a bonding agent between metal
and zinc primer. The zinc primer is an anti rust treatment- very
tough and durable. This is followed by 2k ICI high build primer, and
finished with 2k ICI acrylic color. Depending on paint used (either
solid or metallic) we finish off with 2k ICI Clearcoat. Quite a
process- both in terms of cost and labor. The end result it a
perfect finish that lasts for many years. Infact ICI research quotes
a 30 year life expectancy. Quite different form the average of 2
years for a typical restoration in Vietnam.
We are the only scooter restoration shop in Vietnam using this
system, we are also the only company using a heated spray booth.
Which is itself the only ICI spraybooth in all of Vietnam! The booth
belongs to ICI international for whom I personally have trained
Vietnamese body shops in modern painting techniques. We spend on
average 19 times the amount on body restoration materials than other
local Vietnamese scooter restorers. Are bikes are painted to last!
Once this is done and all metal work is sealed the bikes go through
the usual process of painting. However unlike any other company
restoring Vespa in Vietnam all our paint products are tough,
durable long lasting 2 pack acrylic. The final painting process is
done with high quality Baked Enamel paint. This is a multi layer
painting process then it is cured in a clean booth at 140 ° C for 3
hours. This hardens the paint and allows a more rapid curing
ALL our materials for the body renovation are imported ICI products.
Trim and bright-work
All crash guards, footwell protectors and fairing trims are hand
made stainless steel items. Although an expensive and time consuming
process. It is essential for the longevity of the restoration. The
original chrome items were water traps which rusted badly and caused
rust to spread through to the bodywork. All our trim is fitted
individually to each bike prior to painting- this is to insure a
perfect fit and a decent seal against the bodywork. All chrome-work
such as headlight surround, horn grille, petrol cap, rear light
housing suspension parts are replaced with new original items. We
import these ourselves. Some smaller parts and less readily
available parts are replaced locally such as lower engine cowling.
Upon receiving the bikes from our body-shop as a bare painted body,
the first job is for our fitters to refit the stainless trim.
Upon receiving the bike from the stainless trim fitters, Our team of
mechanics start with fitting a new wiring loom followed by new
control cables, new locks, new speedometer, new suspension, new
brakes, wheels, tires, lights, switches, levers etc. Our
restorations are a TRUE nut and bolt restoration. Every nut bolt and
washer is replaced with stainless steel items. Every seal, wire,
cable, bearing, spring and gear are also replaced by new original
items. The seats are all resprung, rechromed and trimmed. The bike
is built up to completion minus engine gearbox and exhaust.
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
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.
Final adjustment & Road testing
We want your scooter experience to be an easy and enjoyable one. So
All our Vespa 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. Recheck 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!
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 Vespa owners and club members too!