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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Friday, April 28, 2006
Trying to get in gear
Last night was a frustrating night. I had ordered some new cables for my gears as well as a new headlight assembly, taillight assembly and a few other odds and ends. Everything arrived yesterday...

Taillight assembly - check (though it is plastic which was disapointing)
Headlight assembly - fail (though the invoice showed I ordered the correct part, I was sent an assembly for an Allstate)
Gear cables - check
Working gears - fail

I got the gears and at first I was thrilled. The gears were zipping through 1st, neutral, 2nd, 3rd and - rats it wasn't quite making it into 4th. So, I started playing around trying to adjust the gear cables. Now I can't get into 1st or 4th (well, I can, but not well enough). I'm going to have to play around with it again this evening. There as to be some simple secret to adjusting these things of which I am not aware.

Oh, Scooterworks is going to send me a new headlight assembly and then I will send them back this old one. The kind of torques me because they had me pay for the new assembly and they will refund the amount. But that means I'll have to pay shipping for their mistake - not to mention the hassle of the whole deal. They probably sent the thing by the slowest rate.

I'll try and describe how I adjust my gear cables. I remove the gear selector from the engine. It allows you to get to the adjusters easily. You can set the tension on the cables and get the handgrip to match the numbers. During this process, make sure that the cable outers are seated completely. After you get it all set where you want, reinstall the gear selector. I hope this make sense. Good Luck.


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