I’m Rebuilding My Vespa P200E All By Myself… Part 3

So I got stood up… On a Saturday night…

I know, right?!? I couldn’t believe it, either.

Engine's out of the bike.



Anyway, I decided to channel my irritation into doing the scary part: dropping the motor out of the Vespa. Since the rear wheel was attached to the motor, I was pretty sure something exciting would happen when all of that came free from the frame. This part was supposed to take two people, but I had the frustrated strength of ten men. If you’ve seen the pictures, you’d know why I wasn’t worried about the probability of dropping the bike, as this Vespa has kissed the ground on many an occasion.


Yay, clear motor! Boo, way, way more grime to clean off now that the whole P200e motor was exposed. More scraping, more caustic cleaners, more meditative, slow time in my garage.



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2 Responses

  1. Victor says:

    Raven, I can relate. I had just completed my p200 rebuild when I met you at the scooter shop. I tore it down where it was parked. In my back yard under a tree. A true shade tree mechanic! All I needed to fix was the kick starter but Steve at the shop sold me the whole rebuild , gaskets, bearings, seals, rings , and I commenced to getting it done. It took about 3 days and when I kicked it over and it started that was very cool! It hadn’t ran since 1994 and I picked it up for 1100$! See you at salton sea! Victor

  2. Chris Calvert says:

    I’m a little late to this blog, but A) What kind of asshole would stand YOU up, and B) I’m only on Part 2 and already I’m super inspired.

    Also, in answer to your query above: I don’t remember ever being stood up, but, after some of my “dates” when I was younger, I wish I had been stood up. Suffice it to say that I didn’t have “mad skills” as a dater in my teens and early twenties.

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