I think I thrive on being busy.
This week was half term, so I didn’t have college. However, instead of having more free time I seemed to have less. I’m borrowing a camera from college so I can get to grips with it before I have to use it in anger and I’m shooting a mini documentary about my family. In the process I found loads of old footage of my brother and I riding uncicycles that is almost 10 years old, so I’ve been busy digitizing that.

This looks like a good Friday night in to me. Capturing footage from the XL-H1 while drinking beer šŸ™‚
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While shooting the documentary I’ve got loads of funny clips and gems of information from each member that I’ve interviewed so far. Here’s a sneak peek of a tiny snippet of Mums interview.

Vespa rebuild

I feel like I’m a really bad friend. Years ago, my friend Sara asked if I could take a look at her Vespa for her. She said it was ridiculously slow and she wasn’t wrong. She bought it up to my workshop so I could take a look at it and when I rode it you could actually scoot it along with your feet faster than it could pull away.

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The problem was a broken exhaust stud but we decided to make it a bit faster at the same time. I sourced a cylinder kit and set about dismantling the engine to fit the kit.
I got stuck at removing the clutch. It requires a special tool which I didn’t have, and that’s where the project has been ever since. Recently, I’ve felt so guilty that I still haven’t done it, I decided to buy the tool and get on with it.
So, this week I ordered the tool and when it arrived I removed the clutch. It was the last thing to do before I could completely disassemble the engine.
Here is the engine just before I removed it from the scooter.
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I’ve been trying to clean all the engine components as I go. The entire engine is caked in oil and road crap.
This is how the engine casing looks now. It’s almost entirely disassembled. I’ve decided that I may as well replace all the bearings, oil seals and gaskets while I’ve got the engine this far apart.

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I’m looking forward to building it back up with all shiny new parts šŸ™‚

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