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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Monday, August 07, 2006
This could be the week...
I am told that I should find out this week if the engine is complete. Perhaps as early as Wednesday it will be put in a crate and delivered. I had hoped to go pick the engine up, but the timing just isn't working out to do that.

Enough time has passed since the frustrations I was having this time last month to get me excited again about working on the scooter. More than that, it is exciting to think about the fun to be had when it is running again! Not to mention the fact that there is loads of construction going on right now on campus and parking is at a premium. With students arriving soon, it will be nice to have easy parking.

Stay tuned...

Hi there, I just read this blog from start to finish... sounds like it's been an ordeal. I always started with sort of junkpiles of scooters that were basically sound and needed some work; sounds like you came at it from another direction.

I just wanted to mention that the DR kit is possibly a better bet for you than the pinasco (I've had both). The DR is cast-iron, and the pinasco is nicasil-lined aluminum. The nicasil/aluminum combo is great for dissipating heat, which is essential for a racing setup. That's not what you have, though, and the DR kit is extremely reliable. Additionally, it requires no porting modifications on your engine cases, whereas if I recall correctly the pinasco kit does. Also, the pinasco kit is designed for racing, as I mentioned, which means that it's more efficient (powerful) at higher RPMs, but the DR kit has a lot more low-end torque (a polini kit would beat it off the line but there could be reliability issues there). The torque is very important for your setup - you'll need it for the sidecar.


Stephen (sjalex on the scooter bbs)

Make sure you do a nice break-in for the new engine. If Chelsea doesn't offer instructions, ask for the proper break-in method. If you don't it could sieze up.

Thanks guys for the advice. I know that they are doing somewhat of a run in up at the shop. Either way, I'll be good to it. Also, the more I find out, the more pleased I am with the DR kit.

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