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, December 04, 2005
Quick work
I got home from church tonight and after getting the kids in bed, I just couldn't stay away from the new parts that came in yesterday. It only took a couple of minutes, so I'll be able to get some other things done before I hit the sack. Here is what I accomplished:

This was the more important job. I took a heat gun and heated up the case around the rear axle area until it was hot to touch. Then I took the new rear seal (it is the one installed in the picture above) and gently tapped it into position. You can't tell from this picture but the old seal (the one to the left axle) is torn. When they put the rear wheel assembly on the axle they did not seat it correctly, so it kind of smashed the seal and allowed oil to come out on the brakes. Can you say, "Not good"?

Here is the new chrome leg shield trim I ordered. This is really scary stuff to work with because it is very stiff and you have to slowly force it onto the legshield. If it doesn't go on straight, oops! You just scraped your leg shield! Thankfully, I got it on without doing that (though it was already scratched from when the old ones had been put on). I really would prefer not to have the trim, but then the old scratches would be visible.

This is all I can do for now. I have to wait to get my crank back. Then I will assemble the engine and get the timing set. At that point, I will get it back in the bike and give the old kick start a try...

Have enjoyed following your saga and can't wait to spot you zipping around Greeville weaving between the Harleys and monster trucks.

Just curious-Do you regret your purchase since this has become a huge project? What do the wife, kids, family and co-workers say?

yea, can't wait to ride it!

What about the South Carolina registration required for all motor vehicles with > 50 cc engines?

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