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, April 11, 2006
Somebody give me a big box!
Okay, I'm ready to ship this piece of Italian metal back to Indonesia! I have just spent the last two hours trying to pull a wiring harness through the body of the bike. Getting the old harness out was easy enough. I was even smart enough to pull a line through as I pull out the old wiring.

The problem is that I have a harness I purchased from It is a nice harness - all put together and all. However, the fact that it is all connected makes is very hard to pull through tight places.

First, I tried to pull it through without removing the front "fork." Not doing. In the process, my line disconnected from the harness. Arrrrggggghhhhh!

I then took the front fork off and started trying to fish a brake cable through the body to get it up to the fork. Man, that must be a SMALL hole in there! Finally, I got the cable through and even got the harness to the opening for the horn. However, it just is not wanting to fit all of those wires through the little opening at the base of the handlebar.

Probably tomorrow I'll give it a try and it will go right through...

Running the wire is tough. The key is to stop when you start getting frustrated. Once you get tired, things start breaking. Take it slow and easy. Deep breaths, count to 10, etc.

This is always a pain in the neck. I use electrical tape to connect the cable I am pulling with to the new harness, and I tape up the new harness so that everything is as flat and smooth as possible. Sometimes I have to knock off the top bearing race on the headset to get a little more room. It's a very tough job to do. You are on the right track. Just be patient. By the way, did you find out what was going on with your engine cases?

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