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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Thursday, February 23, 2006
The bad and the good
The bad news is that my little princess got an intestinal virus and had to stay home from school yesterday. Since the beautiful redhead had to teach a full load that day, I stayed home to take care of the little one. She seems to be doing better today though she is still weak and at home. She'll probably mend even better today because her mom is taking care of her.

The good news is that it gave me a chance to give one more shot at the valve problem. I learned that the reason this kept happening is that I thought I would have to guidle the switch rod through the hole. Somewhere, I had read that you needed to tape a wire to the end of it and pull it through.
Not good!

Trying to pull it through was what was causing the problem. Tuesday night, the redhead was helping me try to get the tank in and I was growing frustrated with my attempts to guide the rod through. She had to leave to check on something in the oven and I just gave up and dropped the tank down in the body. Guess what? The rod went right through!

So Wednesday morning I tried it again after repairing the valve for the third time. Sure enough, if I let the rod to its own thing, it went right through. It was a matter of making things harder than I had to. I then took it out for a test drive right before it started sprinkling. I was good to go. Unfortunately, it started raining later.

I think I will drive Heebie back to work after lunch today. It is nearing 60 degrees and it is supposed to hit 64 this afternoon. Looking at the 10 day forcast I realized that March is about to come upon us! Ooooo, it is going to be fun!


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