Complete Spanner’s Manual: Lambretta Third Edition – win a copy | REVIEW
Seven years have passed since Sticky updated the first edition of his 2004 Lambretta workshop manual. Last year our lanky friend left ScooterLab to concentrate on writing and researching the Third Edition. An amazing 30,000 copies of the first two books had completely sold out by April 2018.
Read on for a book review, how to buy a copy and the chance to win 2 signed copies.
48 extra pages
Not only was there a worldwide Spanner’s shortage, (which lead to oily copies changing hands on the black market earlier this year) but so much has changed in the Lambretta world since 2010 that an update was well needed. In fact, the additional 48-pages contained in the Third Edition of ‘The Complete Spanner’s Manual: Lambretta Scooters’ only just manages to fit it all in.
The technology, tuning, new engines and casings, a wider and better quality variety of aftermarket remade Lambretta parts, electrical advancements, new tools and workshop practices means that this update is well worth buying and adding to the other two manuals if you already own them. To be honest, ‘update’ doesn’t really do the Third Edition justice. This is more like a new book, with literally hundreds of revisions, updates, photos, a whole new layout, tips, parts, practices, tech and equipment. Most of the new stuff wasn’t even conceivable back in 2010.
The whole feel and layout of the book, even down to the design of the adverts within it are all top quality. It looks great and is worth keeping an unsoiled copy in the house just to flick through.
- Leak-down pressure testing
- Dry building
- Modernisation & Safety
Fully revised chapters
- Aftermarket parts (new cylinder kits, casings etc)
- New Appendices
- Advance Retard Ignition Maps
- 5 & 6-speed gearbox Appendix
- 3 additional wiring diagrams including full-DC ‘Wassel’ conversions
- QR code links to useful videos (gearbox assembly, ignition timing, cabling etc)
Tips and help
The colour coded page corners make identifying each chapter at a glance very easy, for instance, green for the engine, pink for wiring. As with the Second Edition, ‘new advice’ sections are easy to spot as well, they’re laid out in yellow boxes. Handy icons throughout the 336-page book also make it easy to identify ‘Another way’ to do a task or an alternative product, tip or suggestion.
New tools and methods for:
- Fork building
- Ignition timing
- Port timing
- Layshaft fitting
- Crankshaft fitting
- Stud fitting
- Carburettor testing and cleaning
- How to reduce clutch lever strain
New electrical products covered:
- High output CDIs with diagnostic LEDs for stator output
- CDIs powered from the lighting coils
- New ignitions
- Full DC conversions – how to convert your AC stator, wiring diagrams
Buy a copy
Naturally, you can buy a copy of the Spanner’s Manual through our online shop. Everything you buy from us (or our advertisers) helps to keep this site up and running and also keeps the content FREE.
If you want to order a copy just click this link, the book costs £24.99 and can be posted anywhere in the world.
Useful whatever your experience level
When the first two editions were released I was purely a Vespa man, so although I owned both books I didn’t really need to study them in great detail. Since then I’ve been fairly well converted to the Lambretta side of the fence and as a ‘newbie’ to the world of scaffold-tubed machines, the books have been invaluable. I’m no natural mechanic, but I do like to have a go and get my hands dirty.
Sticky’s manual gives easy to read and clear instructions for most tasks you’ll need to perform when stripping, building or living with one of these lovely temperamental machines. It’s invaluable late on a Saturday night when you’re building a scooter and you’re unsure whether that rubber ‘O’ ring goes in before the rear brake cam goes in, or after. It’s also worth having a copy to hand when you pick a vaguely familiar looking spring out of the block paving on your drive and wonder if it’s a coincidence it was there, or might actually be out of your dismantled choke mechanism. Being able to suss those two issues out makes the £24.99 cover price of this book worthwhile straightaway.
Keeping the missus quiet – priceless
I’m just finishing off an engine swap and rebuild on my other half’s Series 2, she’s been getting stuck in as well and enjoyed learning how things go back together and what goes where. Being able to see everything clearly, in colour and with easy to follow instructions has kept her quiet for hours (again worth the £24.99 cover price).
If you visit the workshop of pretty much any decent scooter shop you’ll also find a copy of this manual lurking in a corner, there to give a mechanic a helping hand should he or she need it. It’s a book for all abilities. If you own a Lambretta or are interested in learning about what makes them tick (or not as the case may be) you need to own a copy of this book. It’s an invaluable workshop essential.
Win a copy – tell us what you’d SLUKin’ like
Sticky has kindly given us two signed copies of the Third Edition to giveaway in our free to enter competition. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is tell us what you’d like to see more (or less) of on ScooterLab. Maybe you’d like a series on restoration, a nostalgic road test, a tuning guide, a SLUK forum, or something completely different.
Sharing is caring
Just let us know as a comment (below) what you’d like to see more of on SLUK, then share this link on your social network (just copy and paste the link to Facebook/Twitter etc.) and we’ll pick our two favourite suggestions/best sharers on Monday 15th October. Your idea may well make it on to SLUK over the next few months.
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