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Assembling the new Serveta LI175    (November 2011 - September 2012)

Stu Werner. The legendary Stu Werner. Roland Henry, a friend and a Tour De Force in Three Mile Island Scooter Club, said "Stu's the best Lambretta mechanic on the East Coast." Stu did a hilarious aw-shucks routine and said it wasn't true.


The Blu Stu.

Stu built the Blu Stu (my name not his) - one of his more noteworthy projects. It had a Water Cooled 230cc Lambretta engine, hydraulic clutch, a wild front end set up with a cross stabilizer bar and adjustable front springs (adapter on a stock fork). It also had this cafe kit made by West Coast Lambretta Works (before he sold WCLW and it went downhill and eventually out of business).

I don't know how many of these kits were made but it was a small run. How many survived since they were used for racing, is a whole other question. I now have the kit and it is the basis of Unholy Mating. Stu has the engine and has put it in a classic body for an really cool sleeper.

Anyway, I knew the engine work was more than my budding scooter mechanic skills was ready for so I asked Stu to do it.

Stu sent me a list of parts to order. I went with an AF Rayspeed top end (cylinder, piston and rings) which will bring the 150cc engine up to 175cc stage 4 tuning. I also put a 30mm flatside carb and pod air filter on it, a Mec Eur crank in it, new clutch plates and cork, uprated springs, a lightened spider, 12 V electronics and a bunch of other mechanical cool bits I can't remember right now.

Serveta frame painted.
Paint back.

While I waited on the parts, Ren repaired and painted the frame and body. I looked and looked for the right orange and then one day I was driving by a Chevy dealership and spotted it. 2011 Corvette Orange. Sadly these pictures don't show the depth of the orange or the metal flake.

Painted front fender.
Front fender.

And then came the flood. It was actually pretty hilarious stowing the scooter and all it's new bits (minus the engine which was at Stu's) in my bedroom - second floor - out of harm's way. Alright, probably wasn't funny at the time - very little was - but in retrospect it's kind of funny.

The scooter stayed stowed away for two months while we lived in our Airstream for two months. We moved it over to the rental house and about then I decided there was no way I'd have the time, space, energy or patience to put it back together soon.

The TMI scooter rally was nine months away. I was hoping I'd be done with the house and could take it to the rally. Didn't work out but that's another section of the site.

So I did what any ridiculously, overwhelmed but intelligent project manager would do, I asked Stu to do it. (delegate, delay or ditch it)

Right side of the serveta partially assembled.
Right side rear - partially assembled.

I was shooting for a muscle car, 70's hot rodish feel. That meant a healthy dose of shiny parts. I tried to use stainless steel as much as possible because of quality issues with a lot of the repop chrome.

The engine compartment got dressed up because a stainless gas tank makes sense - no more rust - and then I had to get the glove box to match. The anaconda exhaust is a stainless steel expansion chamber - that's more for go than show.

I also put a R6 shock with 185lb spring and Clauss bushings. Instructions for that are here.

 Serveta left side .
Left side rear - partially assembled.

The stainless fan cover? Well, I had come this far why not go all in. The stainless rims are tubless. The idea of a tube blowing out just wasn't working for me.

The gray-blue on the rear hub was supposed to be the color used on Specials but I think it's a bit more blue.

Anyway, it's coming along.

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