My Second Tourist 103A-0
A few years back, I found a second 103A-0. Since I already own an A0, I decided upon a restoration for someone else.
One goal of this website is to resurrect as many of these old scooters as possible. This will be my second A0 restoration.
To do this properly, you must find sources for chrome as well as paint. The early Tourists had chrome handlebars which must be chrome when finished. Paint won't suffice.
As with most 50 year old machines, the scooter was missing a few parts. Unlike later models, a few spares are difficult to locate. The hardest part was the blanking plate where a clock might reside.
Clocks are very fun to have, but I think the blanking plate is far more stylish. The first one found was a poor reproduction. I could not use it. The second arrived several month later, and in very nice condition.
The new owner requested an accurate restoration based upon period colors. The A0 model was originally Atlantis Blau (Atlantic Blue). Volkswagen produced buses in the same vintage under the guise of Sea Blue. The colors are very similar.
The undercarriage was powdered coated with period correct colors as well. Silver for the fenders, kickstand, spare wheel bracket and a few other small bits. The remaining pieces are a light beige - the factory color.
I knew chrome would be a challenge. Finding a reliable source is difficult. I used two for my 103A-0, and the first chromer destroyed many of my pieces.
Luckily the new owner had a shop. Start to finish required only 5 weeks, and the chrome was flawless. Perfection comes with a price, and the price was something north of $1000 for handlebars, rack, seat strap hooks and headlamp bezel.
My goal is to complete the restoration by July 1, 2016. The owner plans to bring it to HeinkelFest 2016.