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, September 22, 2006
Clutching at cables
Time to order some cables. My engine issues seem to be working themselves out. I've been able to drive the Vespa to work without too many issues for the last several days. However, yesterday I ran into a problem.

I was going to kick start and noticed that when I put the lever down it just kind of "mushed." The gears weren't meshing. I then tried to move the clutch arm it wouldn't move.

I then checked the clutch lever on the headset. I noticed that it gave a little more than it should have. So, I depressed it and looked to see the status of the cable within the channel running through the headset. Sure enough the cable was fraying. This caused the cable to get stuck and it was holding the clutch engaged. Which, as you know, would not allow the engine to turn over -- thus the mush.

Chelsea at SCOMO had told me earlier she would credit me for the stator plate that I had to replace. I asked her if I would just get the credit towards some misc. parts that I need. I'm waiting to hear back, but I think I will go ahead and do a complete cable replacement -- cable housings and all -- for the entire cable set.

The thing I dread most about that is having to take the fuel tank out. The two things I hate about it are 1) fitting the fuel valve rod through the hole in the frame, and 2) running the fuel line between the frame and the carb box into the little grommet. Oh well, a small price to pay for better cable operation.


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