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, March 14, 2006
I feel your pain
If only I had a little more time, I would work on the electrical system. Unfortunately, there are lots of other things keeping me busy. I will get to it though...

I am enjoying riding. As a matter of fact, I used only the Vespa to get around today. I drove it to the university office and then to my office downtown for a meeting. Little Bimmer never got moved from the driveway.

I got this interesting email today as well.
I am located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The reason I am contacting you is we both have purchased scooters from Bram in Indonesia. I was less than impressed with the condition of the restoration and am now considering what upgrades i will tackle. I was wondering if I might consult you about some of the hurdles you have hit along the way.
I'm going to try to help him as much as I can. I also asked if he would mind me sharing his troubles and tribulations with us here at Vespatude. Us Indonesian dudes need to stick together! I feel his pain and promise I won't talk down at him for buying a scooter from Jakarta.

I replied to your latest post on the bbs. at first I admit I felt some smug satisfaction knowing your scoot was no different than any of the dozen or so asian "restorations" I have worked on.
I have just finished reading most of your blog and I remember the first Vespa I ever worked on and how unfamiliar it was to me then. It sounds like you have done an amazing job on your scooter and you've put up with a lot of disappointment.
I have rebuilt a lot of Vespas now, and electrical problems are sort-of my specialty. I would like to help you free of charge. Call the store anytime. The Scooter Lounge 801-434-4536. My name is Dave. I posted as elvis on the bbs.

I woke up this morning with a brainstorm about your scooter, looked at pics of your engine and confirmed my suspicions. I believe your motor is a p-series motor. This is a vespa model from the late 70's/early 80's. that's why the stator and flywheel electrical upgrade wouldn't fit. That would explain a lot. What is the VIN on the engine swingarm? I'm guessing it starts with VNX.

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