I’m Rebuilding My Vespa P200E All By Myself… Part 8
For the first time, I felt like I might just pull this off.
My shaft-side motor case came back from Vespa Motorsport, along with a smuggled bottle of Indian Head gasket goo and a palmed tub of grease.
I had the repair video up and running, Hayes Manual open, and I just went for it: kickstart pieces went into place, oil metering gears slid right together, gaskets all gooed up, case halves married, everything torqued down to specs, and no extra pieces. But then I second-guessed myself. It seemed better to take the motor down to the shop just to double-check my work before I went any further. Besides, I think my motor was really enjoying riding shotgun in my Jeep.
Once I got the green light I was ready for reassembling the top end. Best part: I finally broke down and bought a nice pair of Snap-On circlip pliers, precise, durable, functionable. No more flying snap-rings, no more lifespan-shortening frustration, easy peasy. Preserving my sanity was worth the $25 price that had seemed so unreasonable just a couple of weeks ago.
I keep having to learn this lesson over and over:
- Invest in good gear. (The adjunct lesson: If you take care of your gear, your gear takes care of you.)
I thought this part was going to be so difficult, and it took two minutes to put the top end together. Barrel, piston, head, wham: engine.
One day left.