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Old 2nd October 2017, 11:23 AM
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Old 9th October 2017, 11:25 PM
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Old 10th October 2017, 12:38 AM
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Looks a rare enough model, tell us more m'lad
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Old 10th October 2017, 02:10 AM
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She's a 1959 Li150 series 1.
The first of the chain driven lambrettas and the basic engine layout for all subsequent large frame lambrettas. They aren't particularly rare but most of us turned our noses up at the fat series 1s and 2s in favour of the later slimstyle models when we were younger.
They still don't go for the daft money that Italian SX and GP models fetch but they're becoming more popular amongst scooterists.
This scooter came up for sale without any paperwork but I liked the numberplate so took a punt. Luckily it's a Cumbrian registration number and they still have the archives, a request was sent for the relevant page and happily both the frame and engine numbers were a match.
If I hadn't been able to prove that the frame and registration plate were linked then the scooter's identity would've been lost forever.
The bike was first registered on June 16th 1959 by a shop in Whitehaven to a Joseph McGill with an address in Daisy Hill, Newry.
Apart from being discovered in a shed in Co.Down a couple of years ago I don't know any more of its history but I fully intend to give it an exciting future.
Almost all of the bodywork has been salvaged with a useful glovebox, spotlight, phone charger and long range tank added. The engine has been modernised with electronic ignition a 186 reed valve conversion kit, 30mm phbh dellorto, JL3 expansion chamber along with a later type crank and clutch to cope with the expected 200% increase in power.
She's also got a digital speedo with rev counter and plug temperature guage.
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Old 10th October 2017, 08:27 AM
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Great looking bike - I love the colour!
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Old 11th October 2017, 12:00 PM
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Old 11th October 2017, 07:24 PM
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That looks class Marty!
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Old 25th April 2018, 10:33 AM
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Went for the 1950s picnic basket and Cork helmet look last Sunday
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Old 28th April 2018, 10:00 AM
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I've a px that was dropped in to me of unknown origin,I think it was bought on.the paint job alone

Maybe you lads might be able to help,it has an electric start switch but no electric start,also has 6 or more wires on the left switch board which indicates it's not an electric start model from what I gather? Running the CDI with built in coil,has 4 wires,2 earth's,a red and a white. No spark! Where do I look to pinpoint model type? And would I be correct in saying the right casing needs to come off to get at the pick up?
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Old 29th April 2018, 03:09 PM
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Think there's a list of frame and engine numbers on scooterhelp.com.
Not too uncommon for a different engine to be slotted into a frame if the original is wrecked or you want a 200 engine in a 125.
The pickup is on the stator plate under the flywheel so it's off with the flywheel cowling and out with the extractor. There should be a couple of green wires going into the CDI, one from the stator along with the red and white and the other from the main loom.
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Old 29th April 2018, 11:12 PM
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Went for the 1950s picnic basket and Cork helmet look last Sunday
How dya manage to get Vic Reeves to drive it for photo
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Old 30th April 2018, 07:35 PM
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well done and a lot of great work done
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Old 6th May 2018, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Marty LCI
Think there's a list of frame and engine numbers on scooterhelp.com.
Not too uncommon for a different engine to be slotted into a frame if the original is wrecked or you want a 200 engine in a 125.
The pickup is on the stator plate under the flywheel so it's off with the flywheel cowling and out with the extractor. There should be a couple of green wires going into the CDI, one from the stator along with the red and white and the other from the main loom.
I'll check it out, thank you
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Old 6th May 2018, 10:23 AM
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That's a cool reg no. on it Marty. '247' used to be the UK Radio 1 frequency back in the day.
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Old 11th May 2018, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Marty LCI
Think there's a list of frame and engine numbers on scooterhelp.com.
Not too uncommon for a different engine to be slotted into a frame if the original is wrecked or you want a 200 engine in a 125.
The pickup is on the stator plate under the flywheel so it's off with the flywheel cowling and out with the extractor. There should be a couple of green wires going into the CDI, one from the stator along with the red and white and the other from the main loom.
So the green for the pick up had been rubbing the flywheel and looks to have burnt out the pick up coil.. Ohms are way out of spec. New stator plate and we shall see
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