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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Sunday, November 20, 2005
Pulling out the nervous system
This weekend I became a neurosurgeon. It was time to pull Heebie's wiring. I can tell that the pulling it out was the easy part. The hard part is going to be putting it back in!

I had to pull everything off -- I mean everything. There isn't a piece left that isn't welded. So, this weekend was time to get the front "fork" off. This was necessary in order to get into the frame to effectively pull the wire.

This is the front "fork" -- it actually isn't a fork. The front suspension is basically an airplane's landing gear. This harkens back to the origins of Piaggio as an airplane manufacturer.

This is the Piaggio Aero Avanti. It is a pretty cool plane. I have flown on one a couple of times. It is the weirdest sounding plane from the outside. On the inside, it is pretty nice because the props are behind the primary passenger compartment.

Finally, I was at the store getting some wiring and the associate asked me what I was getting the wire for. I told him and that launched us into and extended coversation about scooters. Turns out he had one of the Harley Davidson scooters as well as a Cushman. He didn't have any bikes now, but...

Hey Jonathan, just wanted to let ya know I enjoyed reading your blog here. I just bought a 1964 Vespa GL this past Thursday and it went into the shop on Friday because it was slipping out of 3rd gear and the lights weren't working well enough for me to be driving at night. Anyway, they told me the cruciform probably needed to be replaced so I've been looking around trying to learn a little about what they were talking about. (I'm a computer guy, not a mechanic). Anyway, I plan on continuing to keep up with your little project here. Best of luck with everything. Oh, and I'm from Atlanta, GA. You can see my bike at imperial SC forums here

Anyway, I'll keep checking back to see how the repairs go. --Casey

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