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, June 18, 2006
Where has Vespatude been?
Sorry there have been no posts for several days. Until Friday, I was unable to get Blogger (the blogging service I use) to connect to my Web site. So from about the 13th until then, I was unable to update the site. Things worked themselves out (though I don't know how) by Friday and I was able to post the entry I meant to put up on the 14th.

This weekend has been very busy and I didn't really have much to post about. I had hoped to take my tank to cphilip to have it bead blasted. Unfortunately, some other things came up during the day and I was unable to make it. That might not be a bad thing because now I may need to take the whole engine down there to him!

Friday things really started to go south. Not in a drastic way. The engine had compression and nothing seemed ready to explode on me. However, my gear situation started getting worse and worse. It seemed as though no matter what I did, it just degraded.

I discovered that one of the gear cable adjusters had broken off in the selector box casing. This is the second time that has happened. I assume it is because I have overtightened the cables and it put a strain on the threads. The next thing I discovered and what became my major problem was that both of the pinch bolts holding the cables in place were stripped. So, the cables were slipping something awful.

I had to park the bike and I ordered more of everything! I hope to get it all soon. Some of it I ordered from Scooterworks and the other from SCOMO. Wonder which one will get to me first?

Well, I'm back up and next week I hope to start making a splash with my "Penny-a-Pixel" engine restoration project. I also have some nice pictures to put up from a reader in Germany. All that and more as Vespatude gets back on line!


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