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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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Fuel valve problems
It has been a hard week. I had hard drive failures, sickness and cold weather. It all put me behind on the Vespa. I thought everything was good to go last week. I made some adjustments that really had the bike running well. After making the adjustments I had just a little time to give it a test ride. Man, it was running great! Then I got home and noticed gas pouring out beneath the bike!

What had happened was it was necessary to take the tank out to fix the cowling fastener (the nut, washer and spring came off). I had a problem getting the fuel valve switch through the body of the bike. It compressed a spring washer that caused a gap. Fuel leaked out when the valve was turned to on or reserve.

I finally got back out there tonight to try to fix it. I took the valve apart and retorqued the spring washer. Everything worked fine when I had the tank out of the bike. When I tried to put it back in, I thought I would need to pull the switch through with a wire. Doing so once again stressed the spring.

So, the Vespa is still sitting out there waiting for me to make this simple little adjustment - simple except I have to remove the take and the fuel line. It is a mess trying to get that fuel line in correctly. The good news is that I have figured out how to get the switch through that hole without stressing the valve.

The only problem is that it is supposed to rain for the next several days...


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