Hot Rod Vespa 400 road test debut
Our new 1960 Vespa 400 out for a 1st drive.
www.MPHspecialties.com personal work in progress car. On a mission to
de-cobble an older transplant project. Safety 1st!. Rebuilt all the brakes,
repaired e-brake, installed new sealed wheel bearings, tune up, oil
changes, electronic ignition upgrade, buffed the old laquer paint, de -
rusted and painted the Exhaust.
.....lots more work to do! Another never ending project. yeah!
1960 Vespa 400 Microcar with 1200cc Harley Davidson Sportster engine
I've had a ton of emails asking for more shots of the build and video of it
running down the street. Here a short clip to give you some idea of what we
did to build this wild ride. Its a mix of video and photos. Of course,
there was ALOT more to it than just what you see here.
Rebuild a Vespa P125 Motor Part 1: Engine Tear-Down
**SEE TABLE OF CONTENTS BELOW**
As this is a long and intense video, feel free to skip ahead to a specific
section of the video. Also be aware there is a PART 2 of this process.
Steve walks us through the process of rebuilding a P125 motor. This will be
the same or very similar on most vintage large frame Vespas with some minor
exceptions. In addition to inspecting all aspects of the motor during tear
down, Steve points out all the wear items that should usually be replaced
during a rebuild. We also went ahead and installed a Malossi cylinder kit
and upgear kit while we were at it.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Prepping Frame - 1:04
Drain Oil/Remove Fan Shroud - 1:40
Remove Selector Box - 3:15
Remove Cylinder - 17:49
Split Crankcase - 25:05
Gear Removal - 32:25
Shifting Cross - 35:36
Engine Removal - 38:08
Rear Hub/Brakes - 39:03
Clutch - 42:41
Remove Crankshaft - 46:07
Axle/Lay Shaft/Main Seal - 46:57
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2008 Vespa 400 Microcar Rally
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the little Vespa 400 microcar's
introduction into the USA, 15 Vespa 400's showed up in Knoxville,
Tennessee. Sponsored by microcarlot.com. The Vespa 400 was made in France
from 1956 to 1961. Recorded on October 4, 2008 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Unfortunately, my Vespa couldn't make it. Maybe next time!
Hot Rod Vespa 400 Summer Fun
1 year later. The little Vespa 400 (1600cc) blasts down the road again
after many repairs. The Vespa now has a new front end, proper front wheel
alignment, new shifter, new steering wheel, new horn and turn signals, new
seat covers, new seat belts, new sparkly painted wheels, complete wiring
overhaul, and proper engine tune. It feels so gratifying to finally enjoy
the car after so much time and effort. I've been daily driving it now for a
couple of weeks. What a hoot!
Update: I just took it across the certified truck scales, with a full tank
of gas, no driver, it weighs 1245 lbs.