Saturday, April 22, 2006|
Still only the pilot light...|
I spent a good amount of time on Heebie today. Some other things came up so it ends up not being enough to get it done. I am kind of stumped.
Here is where things stand:
- I have all the wiring in.
- The bike starts on the third kick nearly every time I have a cold start and starts on the first kick on a warm start.
- The horn works.
- The kill switch works.
- The pilot light works when the light switch is pushed to the far left. It will not work in any other position.
- None of the other lights work at any time. I have checked the lights to make sure they work. I have double-checked the wiring diagram and looked for possible shorts. None have been found at this point.
So, why? I have tested the wiring with a meter. I get current through every wire. The only really wierd thing (and I don't know if this is just a Vespa thing or what) is that the ground wire and the light wire seem to be connected. In other words, I will touch the meter to the a terminated end of a ground wire and then go to a positive wire and touch there - the meter moves. Now, in any other electrical system, I would say that means I have a short somewhere. Can anybody tell me how it works on a Vespa?
What could be going on here?
Not only that, but I have another problem. The gasket on the fuel tank valve switch seems to be leaking. I think there is a little curved washer that pushes the gasket to form a seal. Well, when I try to get the tank in the body, it will sometimes pull on the stem and compress that washer to the point where it isn't asserting enough pressure. When I go to close the valve gas just pours into the frame of the bike.
I have to keep taking the tank out and putting the tension back in the washer. When I get it into the body without stressing the switch everything is okay. Problem is, you can't know every thing is okay until you start the thing up. I hate to buy a new valve because I just bought one.
Overall, things are doing well. This time I took the bike completely apart and had the opportunity to put it back together with knowledge of how things went last time. I was able to do a better job on some of those things. So, even though the wiring and the gas tank aren't where I want it, there was some success today.