Zundapp Bella R203 Restoration Project
March 17, 2011 § 6 Comments
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This Bella R203 frame and engine isn’t much to look at but it’s all there. It’s not clear what state the engine is in. There was a lot of dirt and grease covering it. The photo was taken shortly after being power washed. It cleaned up pretty well.
If it seems odd, that’s because fork is in in the frame upside down. That made it easier to clean. I’ll remove the engine in about a month. My plan is to use this frame with the R203 sheet metal that recently came back from the paint shop. The green color turned out to be a good choice. It looks great. The frame, fork, mudguard, center stand, and chain guard will be media blasted and powder coated in a semi-gloss black by a local shop. The original Bella frames were painted, but powder is much more durable – resistant to rock chips, wet weather, etc.
The engine for this project was finished almost a year ago. I’m undecided what to do with the engine that’s in this frame. I may keep it as a spare – or sell it. Parts for Zundapp scooters are scarce in the US. For that reason, it is very important to bag and tag everything when you take one of these old scooters apart. Some of the hardware and small parts are impossible to replace, so you have to be careful not to lose or toss out items that can’t be replaced. There have been occasions when I had to fabricate lost or missing parts for a restoration project. It’s fun and challenging, but very time consuming. Lately, my time is not in surplus.