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Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:16 pm quote
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Raindrop : Good choice for spring and rainy days, but I guess it works for this time of year as well.
Sure it does. Just add ĎFreezingí in front of Raindrop. Thatís what weíre getting today. Yuck.
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Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:01 am quote
Well, it's raining here at the Central Oregon Coast so i figured it'd only be fitting to have Alexa play Raindrop by Chopin. I heard the raindrop, then the rage of all the raindrops, then the final raindrop.

Pretty cool, but I'm more of a Billy Joel - Piano Man kind of guy.

I am impressed though K32, if you can actually turn that sheet of music into what I just heard.
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Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:30 pm quote
Ours has a different song on it

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Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:08 pm quote
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Ours has a different song on it
Those look like rather youthful fingers tickling the ivories there. Good job, younginí. And lucky youíve got a piano teacher that lets you play fun music. My strict schoolmarm had no time for such ďgarbageĒ!

Cause, Qa, I really would have preferred Billy Joel, too

(Very impressed that you listened to Chopinís Raindrop. Itís nice in the beginning, but draaaaaaaags on forever like a rainy dull day).

And ďTRIM your fingernails!!!!Ē hissed the schoolmarm every week.
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Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:25 pm quote
Hi yíall. From my messy garage and dirty driveway. Aka, Blueís BeautySalon.

Iím out here in my coveralls, laying on my back on a big piece of cardboard, my head all the way underneath my scoot, getting a bad cramp in my right shoulder, and TRYING to address the significant undercarriage rust. This is not for the wimps or the weak! Ow!!!!

Iíve been a bit absent from MV this year, cause life just got so busy and COVIDcrazy and NOTHING lent itself to my scooter hobby.

My four kids have been at home all the time for the last four months. (with ME, a very unqualified homeschool teacher). Hub has worked from home since early March and has broadcasted many work videos and unintentional nutty family moments from our dining room table. I got furloughed from my job for the last three months and just returned two weeks ago. COVID-style symptoms came and went for all of us and lingered....... for a long time. My usual lakeside riding routes are still closed and reserved for Pedestrians Only....All these things were inconveniences, yes, and quite annoying, to be perfectly honest. But Iím thankful to be healthy and alive and still scooter-able.

I parked Blue last Fall with a persnickety fuel problem that needed to be resolved before riding again this Spring. A major roadblock for me and quite easy to put off for LATER.

So, Iíve just kinda teetery-balanced my life these last 4 months. It wasnít easy and I bet most of you have had difficulties as well. I hate to complain when I hear tales of woe that are so much worse than mine.

Now, things are stabilizing and Iím gonna gimp on back and see what everybodyís been up to while I was away..... will try, anyway.

Iíve actually been at work on Blue the whole time, since March. Some good stuff, too, if I do say so myself (no, I didnít do a total re-build. Iím a NOVICE, remember?). But, slow and steady turtle-like plodding has added up to some smaller nice improvements.

I did take some pics along the way if I can dig back and find them.....



Stay tuned....

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Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:27 pm quote
Rusty gurl

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Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:28 pm quote
Best scooter-working snak ever

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Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:29 pm quote
Delicate balance

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Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:30 pm quote
Check that vintage plate, yíall

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Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:34 pm quote
Thats a great looking scoot.
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Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:50 pm quote
Hi Kimono!

I was just thinking about you, wondering how you get along with all the kids at home. Must be a circus! Looks like you've put in a lot of time on Blue. Did you get the fuel problem fixed? She sure is shiny -- don't get Dorito Dust all over her!

Maybe we'll cross paths some time this summer. Meanwhile, keep the shiny side up!

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Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:21 pm quote
It's always good to hear from you. I don't know of anyone on this forum that loves the scooter life more than you. Keep it up.
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Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:59 pm quote
Thanks for the greets, guys. It is so nice to read up on the scooter projects going on around here, even if itís beyond my scope.... squish point??? Wha???

Anyway, JKJ, thanks for asking about my ďissuesĒ. I got PART of the fuel problem sorted. Last fall I couldnít get my scoot to even kick over, much less sustain an idle. Most people here on the forum seemed to think there was an issue with my fuel line or tap. Wasnít sure where to start, so with the kind help of a friend, I began to take a few things apart. The plan was to pull the tank and test all the parts, replace the fuel line, and rebuild the carb. Surely one of those actions would fix it......

First step, order parts. Not so easy because COVID had shut down most distribution chains. Managed to get parts from Scooterwest and felt real lucky.

Second step, siphon out a full tank of fuel. Never done before. Learning curve, but sheer magic to see the gas quickly shoot out of the tubing into the gas can. Giggle moment. Wheeeee! Thar she goes!!!! Just HAD to demonstrate the incredible siphon action to my kids that night after dinner. A very useful life skill.

Third step, remove seat and pull tank. Learning curves all over the place, but fun to see how it all came apart. And to view whatís in the bowels of Blue. Mostly dirty and empty, haha. I hung it by lantern hooks from a patio table for testing cuz I had seen qascooter do something similar last year. Nice method, qa. Worked great!

Notice the small black plastic tray and cute curvy little innocuous clip laying on it... evil devils, both.

This was happening mid-April and I had a big lofty goal to take a nice Spring ride on my birthday, very end of April......
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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:00 pm quote
Goodies from Scooterwest

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:00 pm quote
Siphon action

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:01 pm quote
Why not teach the kiddies while Iím at it?

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:03 pm quote
Bowels and stinky clip and tray

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:03 pm quote
Snake in the tank! Eek!

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:04 pm quote
Little Blue tank

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:05 pm quote
Is pink on the other side. Why?

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:06 pm quote
Dirty bowl

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:07 pm quote
And an April 14 snowman because I live in MinneSnowta

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:08 pm quote
About June we quit making them

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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:38 pm quote
vintage red matthew wrote:
It's always good to hear from you. I don't know of anyone on this forum that loves the scooter life more than you. Keep it up.
Thank you, VRM. I took a warm evening ride tonight and I felt in my little heart that every dirty garage and driveway hour was well worth it. SO SATISFYING!!!!
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Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:39 pm quote
Lynnb wrote:
Thats a great looking scoot.
Thanks, Lynnb. Sheís a keeper for sure. My Blue Beauty!
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Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:42 pm quote
I appreciate the vintage license plate! To me, that has always been the piece de resistance of any vehicle.

Also, Iíve found that that translucent green fuel line lasts about 6 months before it gets hard and brittle.
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Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:07 pm quote
Kimono32 wrote:
Bowels and stinky clip and tray
I see the clip that keeps the choke out sitting on that tray.
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Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:18 am quote
Wow, Kimono, your scooter just keeps getting better and better, the old paint now shines so nicely and sounds like you got it running much better now, but two Q's for you. Did you replace the little rubber tipped float needle in the carb and as mentioned, did you reinstall the 'stinky clip'?

Also, looks like your fuel tap may be missing a few pieces.



The 'prefilter' screen and the short tube that somehow gives you 'reserve' gas when you flip the lever to the reserve position. Notice that the newer style tap has no filter on the bottom and yours may not have had one originally. I don't THINK this is a serious problem if you don't run out of gas and given that you do have the tap with a filter on the bottom, but others may be able to say if it is.

Pink and blue gas tank, what??? Maybe the pink is the primer and Mario was lazy that day and forgot to paint that side blue? It doesn't really look like it was resprayed just on the one side.

PS Your late spring snowmen are just nuts!
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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:15 pm quote
oopsclunkthud wrote:
Kimono32 wrote:
Bowels and stinky clip and tray
I see the clip that keeps the choke out sitting on that tray.
Correct! That IS the little devil!

My choke has never stayed pulled since Iíve owned my scoot, necessitating me to always crouch down in an awkward position and keep it pulled out with my right hand while kicking it with my right foot. Very Stork-like balancing act.

So, I was pretty excited to think that quickly popping that little clip back into place would solve the issue. Hahahahaha.

It took at least 45 minutes of torquing and twisting and sweating and swearing and dropping the stoopid little thing ALL the way down into the dark bowels at least 34 times, all the while straddling my scoot backwards and trying to apply upwards pressure with a needle nose pliers, before I decided to just sacrifice my hand and push as hard as I could.

I might have been doing it wrong. I was trying to push it UP from the bottom of that spindle where there is a triangular outcropping. But it was so darn tight that I couldnít get enough pressure from my very non-ergonomic body position. When I finally did snap it on, it was pretty easy to turn it into place.

It has been one of the most satisfying fixes thus far. My choke stays pulled out properly. No more stork-girl.

Thereís probably an easier way, right?

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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:16 pm quote
Back-breaking body positioning

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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:17 pm quote
Kimono32 wrote:
Thereís probably an easier way, right?
Nope. But you passed the test.
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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:17 pm quote
I mean, really, why bother??

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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:18 pm quote
Sweet Victory!

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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:25 pm quote
Trying to remove that plastic tray was yet another two-minute job that got drawn out way too long. I kept trying to lift it out front to back. Not knowing that it has tricky little nubbins holding it in place side-to-side.

Aha! Apply SIDEWARDS pressure and pop it goes!

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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:26 pm quote
Tricky side nubbins

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Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:27 pm quote
Hey K - ScooterGirl coveralls - I love it!

This the first I've been on the forum for a couple of weeks. Blue is looking flipping FANTASTIC! Thank you for the pics!

For rust, I sometimes will use 0000 steel wool or a scrubby pad on stubborn rust spots, along with the Magic Compound that you're using. That stuff works wonders.

I think V oodoo hit the nail on the head with the tank being pink - probably primer and forgot to paint the whole thing. Unique

Oh that fun little (pain in the ass) choke clip - and you got it sorted. Right on! It is a rite of passage, that well designed little clip - ha!

And teaching the kids how to siphon - a very important life skill. I used to get a mouth full of gas cause I used to use a chunk of garden hose. Nothing like burping the taste of gas all day!

People keep saying that they have all this free time during Covid, but for parents, I don't see how that's possible. Kudos for finding time to work on Blue and handle the household. Making crazy snowmen with pineapple hair and can buttons must help.
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:13 pm quote
whodatschrome wrote:
I appreciate the vintage license plate! To me, that has always been the piece de resistance of any vehicle.

Also, Iíve found that that translucent green fuel line lasts about 6 months before it gets hard and brittle.
Thanks, whodat. I agree, vintage license plates add a nice bit of authenticity and style. My yellow 10,000 Lakes plate came with my scoot, though the previous owner had quietly removed it between the test drive and the sale/delivery. I begged for it back. He was kind and reluctantly returned it to me.

Unfortunately, the DMV said it wasnít legal to use it because my scoot is titled a Ď67 and the plate says Ď68.

But I decided to test the fates this year and slap it on anyway. Makes me happy every time I see it and I think itís a big aesthetic improvement.

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Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:14 pm quote
Needed a lil spit n shine underneath

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Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:15 pm quote
I minced around with q-tips for awhile, but a soft toothbrush worked much better and didnít seem to scratch the paint

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Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:16 pm quote
Ta-da!!!!

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