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Old 06-11-2012, 05:24 AM
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I am currently getting my merit badge in Vespa cable replacement. After messing with the horribly simple to adjust cables that were making me want to end my life for a few hours, I realized the simplest solution is going to be to replace the clutch, and shifter cables. Got the clutch cable done. Now I need to order the shifter cables. Fun. fun.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:37 AM
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Sweet mercy!! Vespa cable replacement was the easiest, yet at the same time hardest task yet on this scooter. But I won in the end.

After a few weeks of messing with all the adjustments, I finally got it right today afternoon. Turns out I was screwing an adjuster the wrong way blah blah blah.... The important thing is that I figured out the correct way to adjust the shifter and clutch cables.

Once that dilemma was dealt with all that was left was to mount up the gas tank as well as a few other little things.

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Yup, after all I went though with the wiring and the cable replacement, it was almost time to fire up this beast!

So, in goes the gas, properly mixed of course with the finest of 2T oil. Find neutral and cross my fingers.

Starts on the second kick. Like a boss. Even with the carb essentially dry, this Vespa is possessed or something.

I took it out to the street as beautiful puffs of blue smoke were filling the garage...
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I also installed my mirrors....

Moment of truth number 2. Would it shift? Would the clutch work? Ohhh yes, yes it did.
I putted around the neighborhood for a bit before I got brave and took it out on the big mean streets of Glendora. Being that I had the scooter registered AND insured, I figured that if something were to happen, I'd be okay.

It ran good for a few miles, people stared, people laughed, but all in all, it was a good ride. As soon as I pulled onto my street, it started sputtering in 2nd gear. So now not only did my scooter get me home, it wait to have a problem until I was on my street. How thoughtful of it's little Italian heart.

I took a victory picture anyways, look at it so proudly sitting under a tree!
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So a small victory for me today. Tomorrow, I learn about carbs and all the magic behind their adjustments. Thanks for tuning in m|u.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:06 AM
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Nice to see that seat cover and mirrors being used for the first time in fifteen years
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:19 AM
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I know right. I put that seat cover on this afternoon before start up to give the scooter some good vibes. The mirrors are of MUCH better quality that the one that I had on there too. They actually stay in place when adjusted! How bout that!!!
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Awesome Glad to see this one on the road
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:20 PM
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:45 AM
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Why oh why do I smell like gasoline?

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Oh, that's why.

After a few weeks of scratching my head on why the little scooter was sputtering about I decided to go ahead and rebuild the carb. Having rebuilt a few VW carbs with the help of my father and friends, I had a small idea what I was getting into.

As I was tearing the carb apart I came to the fuel filter, and the most likely cause of my problems.
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How embarrassing! That's day one stuff right there. As the carb was off and I spent money on the rebuild kit I went ahead and tore it down and cleaned all the garbage that I'm sure has been there since before I bought it.

I soaked what I could in gasoline and then used compressed air to really give the tiny parts a cleanin' After dumping the gas I used to clean the parts in my neighbors yard (kidding, but not really) This is what was left over...
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Of course, that stuff DOESN'T belong in a carb. Reassembly was straight forward. All told the kit I bought would suffice for a few different Vespa carbs. I used a new float and needle, 1 o-ring and two gaskets.

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This is a happy little fella!!!

Got the carb back on and all needed part hooked back up. I was getting excited to see if my work would have made a difference.

It started raining. Yippeeee!!!

Vespa starts on the 2nd kick. Like a boss. Sounds a shit-ton healthier too. So out to the wet streets of Glendora I went. Never has this scooter been this happy. Ran like a champ.

I rode around for a bit as I haven't earned my "Rain Riding" merit badge yet, and I couldn't take all the little bullets.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:20 AM
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Awesome!
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Nice work!
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Might be time to flush out the rusty Fuel tank sir.
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get yourself an ultrasonic cleaner for that carby
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i saw that on reddit and thought of paul too
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It's totally true.
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