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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Monday, January 16, 2006
Celebrating too soon
The last post I made was from work on Thursday. I had gotten the Vespa running and drove it to work with no problems. What you don't know is that I went out to start it up for the drive home and kaput - nothing. I could not get it to start. I tried roll starting it and everything I could think of - nothing. I ended up pushing the bike back home. Thankfully, it is only a mile and some of it is downhill.

I am at a loss. I shortened the fuel line - I was afraid it might be too long. I played around with the wiring trying to see if there is a short. I took a look at the timing again to see if that might be the culprit. Nothing I did seemed to make a difference. I did get it running again - enough to take a short spin, but it just ends up dying or I get it back turn it off and then when I go out to crank it after sitting - nothing.

What to do...

I have a vintage Vespa that would run for a while and then suddenly die as if it wasn't getting gas. I would still spark too. It turned out that the HT coil, when hot, wouldn't produce a strong enough spark to keep it running. It would start again after it cooled off though. I changed the coil and that solved it. I'm still running points ignition on this scoot. Some of the electronic ignition kits use a standard external coil. If yours looks old, you may want to try that.

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