Drug home my first Vespa! Lots o' pics

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  1. The Virginian

    The Virginian Long timer

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    Super glad to see you and the Vespa bonding. It's a different ownership experience, that's for sure. Love the pictures!

    Eric
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  2. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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  3. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    What seat cover is on your sweet looking Vespa ??
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  4. sro99

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    The seat cover is one of those mesh ones. Gives a little bit of air under your bum. I barely notice it's there compared to the wooden beads or Airhawk I have because it's so thin.

    It's a $5 Chinese copy of a more expensive version that I can't remember the name of right now. Ordered the largest size they had, think it was 3xl or 4xl last year for the Forza but it didn't fit. Just barely fits on Noa.
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  5. sro99

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  6. DandyDoug

    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    If you remember the name of the company you bought it from please let me know. I used the beaded seat but would like to try something a bit more butt cheek friendly.
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    You know that saying, don't go grocery shopping when you are hungry.:D

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    Should have tossed some ice in there or at least lined it. Temps in the pet carrier get hot enough to damage that wine.
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    DandyDoug Been here awhile

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    I was just thinking the same thought :beer
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  13. sro99

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    Ice would have been epic! Show up at the party, pop the seat and say; Who wants an ice cold beer or glass of wine? :D
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  14. Ride2Live/Live2Ride

    Ride2Live/Live2Ride On the road again Supporter

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    When I was in college over 50 years ago one of the most popular fraternity brothers had a Corvair. His popularity was in part because the front trunk of the Corvair had a drain plug. With the spare tire removed, it would hold 8 cases of beer plus 40 lbs of ice. He was also a good guy.
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  15. sro99

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    Noa has me wrenching on her instead of riding on her...One of the exhaust studs snapped off in the head so I decided to remove the motor and remove the head than to try and drill it out from under the bike.

    Full stud unscrewed easily with some vice grips. I've been soaking the snapped off stud for a few days with penetrating fluid. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to drill a small hole and use an extractor bit or phone a machine shop and pay a few bucks to get it done. Ordered new nuts, studs and gasket.

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    Filled the exhaust port with water and a little drop appeared at the top of the left valve. Filled the intake side and they sealed well. Guess I'm just going to clean it up and reinstall. 4 new valves and springs is $130usd. Ordered a new .4mm base gasket, head gasket and cylinder head stud o-rings.

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    Might as well pull the cylinder head and look at the piston and rings now that I'm here.:D Bike was burning a little oil so now is the time to try and fix it. Ordered a new piston and rings for $80. Rings alone would have been $40 so might as well spend the little extra now that I'm here.:D

    The oil looks to be coming around the piston based on this burn pattern?
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    Burn mark at about the eight o'clock position looking down from the top. Removed the rings to measure them.
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    Light scoring of the piston skirt at the 12 o'clock position.

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    Light scoring of the cylinder wall at the 6 o'clock position. Going to reuse. New cylinder is $120usd.

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    Atleast I get to do the repairs in the climate controlled spare bedroom. Could never get the Forza up here.:D

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    $190usd for the parts and gaskets delivered including some 10 gram Dr Pulley sliders. Waiting on parts which will hopefully be here next week.


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  16. The Virginian

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    Well damn... I'm super sorry to read that your Vespa is giving you grief so early in the game. I will say you are way, way above my pay grade on repairing so much respect from me. Please keep us posted.

    Eric
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    Wentwest How's that work?

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    If it was me, I'd have a machine shop get that broken stud out. I've failed the easy out solution too many times.
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    A suggestion. This item can drill a broken extractor bit so it will see the stud as warm butter...

    https://www.theoriginalrescuebit.com
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  19. sro99

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    It's actually kind of fun.
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    I've googled a place near me and will give them a call. What's a fair price? $30?