Stopped by the body shop today to see how things were coming along on my Vespa scooter. I didn’t expect anything yet and was not disappointed. The scooter sat among other parts, pieces and vehicles awaiting transformation, much like droids in the original Star Wars where we first met R2D2.
As I looked around the shop I could see that body work is nothing like mechanical repair. It’s more of an art where the craftsman must find the path that best suits the situation. It’s sort of inspiring to see all the custom metal work, fabrication, welding and other activities going on to restore old vehicles. And brand new ones too.
I was told that they have a plan to do the work without pulling the steering column. The scooter would be hoisted into the air on the lift and they think they can access everything without any disassembly. That would save a few dollars.
Not being able to ride has led me to surf Craigslist and eBay for a used scooter. Found one exactly like mine with less than 3000 miles on the clock for $3000.oo. Same color too. As much as I daydream about motorcycles I should probably just buy a backup machine. With that in place maybe I can entertain some repair and maintenance myself when I retire.
Right now though, wish I could ride…