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, April 30, 2006
Out of the frying pan...
Don't let the pictures fool you! Things are not all good in Vespaville.

At the time these pictures were taken (by my eight-year old daughter), the scooter still would not go into fourth gear (at least it wouldn't stay in fourth), "the clutch actuating pad was toast" (as Trace rightly deduced from the picture in a previous post), and the wiring to the side car was not working. Even though things were not working, I decided to go ahead and put the sidecar back on so I could take my little kids for a ride around the block like I had been promising them for weeks now. They had a blast even though I never got out of third (that is probably just as well because I wouldn't want to go fast with them anyway).

I even got the beautiful redhead in there! That was a major feat. Riding in a Vespa sidecar is not her speed. It was fun though to have her in there as we tooled around the neighborhood. I need to get her one of those Keiser helmets and big black googles... NOT!

So, where things stand now is I need to order the pad, some new cables (I broke one trying to adjust the gears, and I probably need to order a new shifting cross as well. I dread going back into that engine, but I don't know if I have another choice. If only I had the cash right now, I would buy a new engine...

This question may be out of subject, buy I was referred to you because of your extensive knowledge.

I wonder if this bike is a good deal? This guy says hes from california but he now lives in Indonesia and he restores bikes for a living. he says he will gie it to me "as is" for 2500 free shipping, and will supply me some extra parts so i can finish restoring it myself.

is this is a good idea or not, this would be my first bike and i want a cool vintage vespa to work on as a summer project (w/out much engine work).


Chris, here is the post I put up in response to your question...

Of course, it is up to you. However, if you decide to get the bike, expect to spend a lot of money getting it up to speed. The paint job alone will set you back a good amount. Good luck!

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