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1962 Vespa Owner's Manual.pdf (Courtesy of Scooterstation,com)
October 14, 2018 - Some of the new
items are starting to arrive for Audrey - a nice all-weather cover and
Haynes manual came in from the UK yesterday, and stainless trim for the side
covers (also from the UK) showed up last week. I have a lot of
items due in from India over the next couple of weeks.
October 17, 2018 - UPDATE - The stainless steel side trim turned out to be no good - it is stainless rod bent to the correct shape, but not flattened like the original trim. Worse, it is discolored and deformed every spot they inserted a stud to hold it on. I have ordered aluminum trim from Scooterworks instead.
|October 7, 2018 - It was a clear, sunny day with very little traffic about, so I decided to take Audrey for her first real ride - about 3.5 miles to Chip's house. I also wore my shiny new helmet. The Vespa feel a lot faster than it probably is, but I was able to maintain the posted 35 mph even going over a railway bridge. It shifts great and runs very smoothly - good brakes, too. One new glitch cropped up last night - the choke cable is broken, so pulling the knob doesn't do anything. It explains the hard cold start and one-kick warm start. I have a new cable on order. In any case, Audrey was fun to ride!|
|October 5, 2018 - More goodies, this time from ScooterWorks right here in the US. Best bud Chip told me about them, and it turns out they have most of the parts for Audrey, including some nice accessories. I was able to replace the pretty terrible clamp-type mirror mounts with a solid bar mount that attaches under the headset, and also got a custom-fit mat for the floorboards to keep them from getting scuffed. The scooter got registered yesterday, and is already insured with Hagerty. I also picked up a new motorcycle helmet. She may get out for her first real ride tomorrow!|
|September 30, 2018 - And so it begins - though in truth there is not much more I need to get. The four items shown are on the way from the UK and India: cowl side trim (dented on the Vespa), Headlight rim (rusted on the Vespa), Speedometer (outer trim corroded on the Vespa), and a tool roll (nice to have). I have found over the years that I always regret waiting to fix something up, so now I take the plunge and try to get everything done right up front. So far I have been unable to find parts at a Vespa specialist, but eBay came to the rescue with every part I looked for . I should have it all in a couple of weeks. Next, I have to look for a motorcycle helmet - the bicycle helmet I have won't cut it.|
|September 29,2018 - The Vespa 150 motor scooter is one of the most iconic vehicles in the world, a standard for any movie or show set in Italy and sold all over the globe. I had one way back in 1975, painted blue and gray to match the base commander's car complete with stenciled Air Force letters and a little flag with an airman's stripe to match the General's single star. I stumbled across this gem a few weeks ago and went through my usual argument with myself: "You don't need another vehicle!" "But I like it!" "But you have too many projects already!" "This isn't a Project!" "You have too many cars already!" "But I like it!" Guess what - I always seem to win these arguments. Anyway, after some schedule juggling with the sellers, I was able to look at it today, no small feat since it was located about 60 miles away. Good neighbor John volunteered to go with me and even took his truck, as mine was back at Mom's while I got her backup van exercised. While the photos pretty much speak for themselves, the Vespa is a like-new scooter. It was remanufactured/restored by Vintage Vespa in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2017 and sold to an American consultant who brought it home.|
|Vintage Vespa is one of the leading restorers of Vespa scooters in the world, They completely strip a Vespa 150 to the bare frame and start over, rebuilding or replacing every part, nut, and bolt to create an authentic restoration. Only structurally sound Vespas are considered for restoration, the others are cut up for parts with the back ends made in matching scooter trailers! The owner had actually ordered a trailer for this one, but it was not ready in time for him to ship it home when he left Pakistan. The scooter has had very light use in the year since he took delivery, covering only 95 kilometers (under 60 miles). As he noted, it is still in the break-in period! Very few things can be done at all - the headlight trim ring has some minor rust, and the cowl trim strips are slightly dented, and there are some minor rub marks in the paint and a tiny ding on the side cowlings. To be honest, all of these are so minor that most people would not even see them at all! The owners had to point out the paint marring, and I was able to get most of it out with some Maguire's polish. I gave the Vespa a test run (luckily I searched the Internet for operating instructions ahead of time and only needed a few reminders to drive the scooter around.) The sellers were terrific folks - we had a great time talking (and scritching a beautiful Airedale) before we settled on the price and traded greenbacks for paperwork. In addition to the Virginia title, the seller had the Pakistani export paperwork and a small, worn red folder that had all of the original Pakistani ownership papers from 1962! The Vespa (now named 'Audrey' by neighbor/almost sister Kitty for actress Audrey Hepburn who rode a Vespa 150 in the movie 'Roman Holiday') has been added to my Hagerty policy and will be registered late next week, since the first of the month is a bad time to hit DMV. I need to get a helmet, as well. Internet searches have already turned up an electronic .pdf version 1962 Owner's Manual (see the links above) and exploded parts breakdown.|