Restoration:To bring a scooter back as close as possible to its original factory new condition. This includes repainting the scooter in a correct color scheme for that particular model, proper plating of various parts (i.e. flash chrome for kickstart pedal & fork links, cad plating for most hardware, zinc plating for carburator parts, etc.), and installing the correct color and style of body rubber trim. The addition of period accessories originally designed for the model in question does not detract from a quality restoration job.
Renovation:To bring an old or non-running scooter back to running condition, without the goal of keeping everything factory original. This includes any scooter that has a custom paint job, bodywork modifications, obvious performance upgrades, such as an expansion chamber exhaust or a TS1 kit, and extra chrome plating such as forks, rims, bodywork, etc.
Of course it is possible to build a scooter that is in many respects restored to factory specs, but with some upgrades. In most cases this is done because the customer wants a scooter that looks original, but with the advantage of modern technologies such as a 12 volt electronic ignition kit or an upgraded exhaust system. For our purposes here we use the term "restoration" in its strictest sense unless otherwise stated.
We did our first complete restoration of a Lambretta in 1987, a 1952 LC125. Since that time we have restored more Lambrettas than anyone in North America. We have had scooters shipped to us from as far away as Chicago, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Francisco, Michigan, Seattle, Tennessee, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada, not to mention countless machines from the greater Los Angeles area. Many of these locations have scooter shops that work on Lambrettas, but still people choose LambrettaWorks. And the reason is quite simple...they want the best results available. I will not hesitate to say that you cannot find a better restoration service anywhere in the world than we offer. That means anywhere in Europe (Italy included) as well as the whole of North America. Our reputation is unchallenged, and for good reason.
There are a number of important decisions that go into a proper restoration, but the most important thing to us is that when you get your scooter back it runs, drives, and looks as good or better than it did when it was factory new. We achieve this goal by paying very close attention to details that are easy to overlook if you do not have the experience and trained eye to look for them:
Our engine rebuilding capabilities are second to none. The scooter can look like a museum quality showpiece, but if the engine is poorly built, it will detract from both the enjoyment of riding the scooter and its resale value. We take every measure necessary to bring the engine up to factory specs or better, and we use only the highest quality components available. The heart of any engine is the crankshaft, and we offer expert crankshaft rebuilding, re-truing, and balancing service.
We pay very close attention to proper fit of the body work to the frame. Because each of the Lambretta's body parts attaches separately to the tubular frame (except for J Range models), it is crucial that each part fits correctly if the scooter is to be vibration free and have a smooth, solid feel. Poorly fitting parts will lead to vibration, noise, and premature failure of the parts. Therefor, we do a test assembly of all body and frame parts before the scooter gets painted, and rectify any faults before it's too late.
We use only proper hardware. We save all the original undamaged nuts, bolts, linkages, adjusters, etc. that we can get our hands on and routinely send them out for cadmium, nickel, or zinc plating. We then restock these parts for use in future restorations. Thus, if any of the original hardware on your scooter is missing or damaged, we can usually replace it with original hardware that looks and works like brand new. Of course, we do not re-use hardware in critical areas such as certain engine internals. We also keep in stock a huge selection of the highest quality new metric hardware for those situations where it is preferable or necessary to use brand new fasteners.
We know the right way to route cables. The routing and adjustment of all control cables is crucial if they are going to function smoothly and have long service intervals. There are many, many ways to improperly route cables on a Lambretta, but only one right way. Smooth shifting and efficient braking is impossible if your cables are binding.
We are experts at setting up electrical systems. One of the most critical aspects of any restoration is a fully functional and visually appealing electrical system. If you choose to retain the stock components, we will refurbish or replace any components necessary to achieve this goal. We can have flywheels remagnetized and balanced if necessary, we will set your ignition timing for the optimum performance available for your engine configuration using pump fuel, and we will make certain that all electrical components (lights, switches, horn, etc.) work as well or better than they did when new. If you choose to upgrade to an electronic ignition system, we use only the finest materials (no hardware store connectors with big plastic insulators) and we do everything possible to replicate the original look of the electrical system through the use of gray shrink tube, original style connectors, etc.
A Few Words Regarding Price: Full restorations which include complete disassembly, sandblasting or chemical stripping, paint and bodywork, a complete engine rebuild, replating and/or polishing of all necessary parts, and reassembly of the scooter including new or reconditioned parts where required, will usually cost between $7000-$10,000 for parts and labor. The variation in cost usually comes down to three things:
1) The condition of the scooter before the restoration. This may seem obvious (especially considering visible things such as the condition of the bodywork), but also take into account the condition of things like the electrical system, cables, lighting equipment, fuel system, etc. Also take note of how complete the machine is. If it's missing things like body parts, cooling shrouds, locks and keys, etc., then expect your bill to go up.
2) The quality of paintwork desired. A show quality job can be $1500 or more depending on the bodywork required and the color scheme desired, while a good quality job suitable for a daily driver will run about half that amount. In either case only top quality materials will be used to ensure a long lasting finish.
3) Any upgrades you may be considering. If you want more power, you may want to overbore the cylinder, fit a larger carb and/or an upgraded exhaust system, and raise the gearing for more top speed. Other things you might consider are a 12 volt electronic ignition system for more reliability and brighter lighting, upgraded brakes and suspension for a better ride, and dress-up goodies like racks and floormats. For concours restorations where complete originality is the goal, we are experts at refurbishing original components and making them work like new.
876 Ada Street, Suite B
Chula Vista, CA 91911, U.S.A.
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