Settle in, this is a long story!
I'll finally be rid of that curse of an engine, the dreaded laura M56! It has bee replaced with a Morini franco (some malaguti parts). First off, I cut off the stock undercarriage and took another off a donor bike (Gloria intramotor Verona). The bats frame tube was slightly narrower than the donor so steel rods were used to fill in the gaps on either side.
The bullet style headlight got ditched...you can probably guess why *has traumatic flashback to dealing with speedo cables* and replaced it with a puck style one. The original Batavus sidecover mounts were kept, I want to keep it as stock looking as I am able, though for reasons of protecting the wiring, I'm modifiying the verona left side cover to look as much like the original as I can. The rear fender was swapped out for the one from the Verona as the forward end was more complete than the Bats.
Having painted everything after welding came the reassembly....That body housing is just no fun to put on.
Since it is a blend of two rather different designs I'm currently having to rework the whole wiring harness for the horn and lights.