Owner: John Wake, London (UK)
John bought this scooter from a UK based collector and has asked us to restore it. Initially the idea was to do a conserved resto’ on the machine but some serious damage to the rear end of the frame and the paintwork being rough in some places, put paid to that idea. John is a perfectionist so has given us a complete run-down on everything he wants doing, and a brain storming session with Marco in the workshop got all the details decided for us to complete the resto’.
The scooter is reasonably original and comes with a wonderful number plate.
The idea is a do a street machine with one of two tasty period accessories to enhance the GT200’s looks, but the emphasis is on the fact that John wants to use the scooter so it must cut the mustard ion both looks and usability. Shortly we’ll be on the way with the job and hand and we’ll keep you posted on progress.
We’ve now completely stripped the scooter and the engine. Whilst the scooter has a lot of rust, it’s all reasonably straight and solid. It’s all useable and has been sent off to be powder blasted and will then immediately be etch-primed.
The same can’t be said of the engine though. Whilst the previous owner had rebuilt it correctly and with all new parts, the actual casing is completely knackered. Nearly every single thread has a helicoil in it. There’s oozes of Loctite holding the gearbox studs in. There’s a nice 5 inch crack along the bottom and the water damage is everywhere- even on the gasket faces where the pitting is so severe that even a surface skim will not sort it out. These will need building up with weld and then machining back. The transfer ports have been opened up ‘back in the day’ so they too will be welded up and brought back to original. The biggest pain is the actual external finish of the engine casing : this is yet another ‘blasted with river boulders’ jobbie and will require hours and hours of being painstakingly rubbed down by hand in all those areas where power tools simply can’t reach. What a ‘mare. Onwards and upwards as they say.
John’s scooter has now been put into etch-primer and the bodywork treated to a complete, thorough ‘dry-build’ to ensure everything fits well. Once we were happy with everything, it went off to the painters with Marco working on the paint scheme design of things. The paint MUST be absolutely like glass as John himself is a high-end painter in London so only the very best will do. We do love a challenge and our pointers are well up for it. Meanwhile, the casing is being sorted out and on this, it really is touch and go as we cannot replace it even if it’s nothing short of dire. More pics soon.
We’re now on with the rebuild and it’s all going together nicely, mainly thanks to the meticulous dry-build that marco carried out. The scooter is approaching the ‘working skelly’ stage and then we’ll fire her up. Once that’s cool and everything is right, we’ll assemble the bodywork which is due back from the painters any day now.