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Name of scooter: The Modrod. Model: Lam­bretta Li Se­ries 2. Date pur­chased: Bought in 2002 for $1700. Time to build: Steadily built over a pe­riod of two years.

Mugello 186 small­block kit, 28mm Del­lorto, BGM crank and fly­wheel, BGM elec­tronic ig­ni­tion, Casa Lam­bretta dual-tip Club­man ex­haust, Ri­mini five-speed Cy­clone gear­box and AF Rayspeed tube­less rims. Cruis­ing speed: 60-65mph. Paint­work: Duffy’s Auto Body, Chelms­ford, MA. Pin­strip­ing: Char­lie Decker of One Arm Ban­dit Pin­strip­ing, Hart­ford CT. Spe­cialised parts: Cus­tom en­graved ‘5’ shifter by Carte Blanche, an orig­i­nal Su­per Catalux rear tail­light lens, mod­i­fied Ral­ly­mas­ter in­stru­ment panel with Smiths clocks, and all the one-off parts too! Chrome: Charles Si­hilling of Si­hilling Pol­ish­ing & Plat­ing, Santa Ana, CA. Over­all cost: To be hon­est, I’ve al­most lost count and I don’t charge my­self for all the pieces I cre­ate. Hard­est part of the project: Pa­tience to wait for things and to push through the frus­tra­tions, such as sorting out all the wiring work, etc. Ad­vice for any­one start­ing a project: Lots of pa­tience, dry build like crazy first, and al­ways use tape/ bumpers when re­build­ing and don’t force any­thing to fit. Favourite dealer: Ri­mini Lam­bretta Cen­tre, they are the stan­dard.

Aside from once again thank­ing Aaron Hecker of Hub­speed, I also need to thank Dean Or­ton of Ri­mini Lam­bretta Cen­tre for help­ing me ac­quire cer­tain rare parts and pieces. Also Mark Duffy, my gra­cious painter for his pa­tience and ex­cel­lent paint­work, and most of all my wife Diane for her en­cour­age­ment and sup­port with my pas­sion for the hobby!

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