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 18, 2005
A step forward and a step back
Last night I spent some time working on the body of the scooter. Not a lot of time since I had some other things to do. Here are some pics of the progress -- or in one case the digression.

When you ride your Vespa with something in the side glove box, you will hear it banging around. Some people will wrap whatever they have in there in foam so it won't rattle. I had some nice packing foam from my laptop restoration, so I decided to go ahead and line the inside of the box with the foam. I think it turned out pretty well. In the picture it doesn't look like there is much room, but the foam gives.

Unfortunately, I also had some bad news. The leg shield trim on the bike was old and wasn't lined up correctly. I am sure the people who rebuilt the bike used the trim from another bike instead of new trim. So the fittings were gapping and the trim was cutting into the paint. Well, once I got it off I found scratches along the edges of the leg shield. The picture above shows one side. The other side doesn't look quite as bad.

I had hoped I would be able to take the trim off completely. Looks like now I will have to order some more -- new this time -- and take the time to do it right. I think I will wait a little while before doing that though. Let's get it running first!


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