This is the story of my '64 Vespa 150 - how it became mine and how it has given me a new vespatude.  I'll be recording the neat places I visit, the different things I do to make the Vespa my own, and - oh yeah - those reactions I get from both friends and strangers.

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Friday, November 04, 2005
Just sitting in my driveway
First, the good news.

The Vespa is here! It is seems to be in really great condition after being shipped halfway around the world. It was secured in the crate to survive an earthquake. It took the guys at Forward Air some time to get it out. Basically, the whole crate had to be taken apart.

Now, for the bad news.

It won't start. The engine has great compression and fuel is getting to the carb. The only thing I can't get is a spark for the spark plug. Since I didn't get it home until just before dark, I have not had a chance to work much on it. I plan to start by replacing the spark plug wire and then move back from there.

Everything is very simple. There aren't that many moving parts. However, electrical issues are always the hardest things to figure out -- on any kind of engine.

I'll get some pictures up later. Hopefully, I'll have some good news about the bike as well.


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