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, September 10, 2006
I came home this evening and I just couldn't help it. I had to try and see if I could find out a way around this problem with the Vespa. So, I switched out the new engine's stator plate with the one that came with the Scooterworks harness that I have in my bike.

No go.

Then I decided to put the flywheel that was on the old engine. Sure enough, I was able to roll crank the bike and off I went -- lights and all! I have headlights, taillight, brake light, and horn. The taillight and brake light are both brighter than when I had it running with the newest stator and flywheel.

Now, I know that the flywheel shouldn't have made the difference. However, it was when I made that change that things started working. Could it be that the "newest" flywheel was not magnetized enough? The older one certainly had more magnetic pull than the one that SCOMO had on there.

It got to dark outside and started raining, so I had to stop. I closed things up having replaced the stator plate, flywheel, flywheel cover, and gear cables. I also fixed the clutch to be a little better.

I still cannot start the bike by kickstarting. I can only get it running by rolling down the hill and shifting into second gear. You can't start it by shifting into first. If you try it, it just stops with the rear wheel chirping.

I've made some progress, but tomorrow will hopefully see me able to get the bike to start when I kick it and I'll be able to shift through all four gears correctly. I'll post the results tomorrow evening.


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