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Vespa Scooters Owners Workshop Manual: All rotary valve models 1959 to 1978: No. 126 [Paperback]

John Haynes
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June 29 1997 Haynes Manuals (Book 126)
With a Haynes manual, you can do it yourself…from simple maintenance to basic repairs. Haynes writes every book based on a complete teardown of the motorcycle. We learn the best ways to do a job and that makes it quicker, easier and cheaper for you. Our books have clear instructions and plenty of photographs that show each step. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can save big with Haynes!

• Step-by-step procedures
• Easy-to-follow photos
• Complete troubleshooting section
• Valuable short cuts
• Color spark plug diagnosis

Complete coverage for your Vespa Scooters covering all rotary valve models for (1959 to 1978):
• Routine Maintenance
• Tune-up procedures
• Engine, clutch and transmission repair
• Cooling system
• Fuel and exhaust
• Emissions control
• Ignition and electrical systems
• Brakes, wheels and tires
• Steering, suspension and final drive
• Frame and bodywork
• Wiring diagrams

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3.0 out of 5 stars its small and simple, but so are vespa scooters Dec 27 2001
By Mr Chow
Format:Paperback
There arent very many Vespa scooter repair manuals out there that are in english. So why not get this one?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Books for the Price Jan. 17 1998
Format:Paperback
As an owner of several Vespa Scooters, I was looking forward to another source of information. This book does a decent job of covering the basics, and even shows some of the makeshift tools that we have all made before. Unfortunately, that's about all you'll get. As you wade through the British style of writing, you'll realise you just spent 5 minutes(trying to read British english, not because Americans are slow) and 2 paragraphs explaining how to remove a sparkplug. If you want specifics (especially on U.S. models, batteries and turn signals must be taboo in Europe), there are much better reference books in the same price range.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good resource....if you already know what you are doing June 10 2009
By Enrique Fernandez Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I got my first Haynes manual in 1995 for a 1974 Vespa 90. The book may as well have been written in Chinese because nothing made any sense to me. If you are expecting a step by step guide with photos that explain every single step, this is NOT the book for you. The writer of this assumed the scooterist already has SOME wrenching skills and SOME knowledge of the inner workings of a Vespa Scooter.

Fourteen years, six Vespas and several major repairs later, I can now say this book makes sense to me.

The difference? In that time, I've taken a few scooters apart, have installed larger carbs, Sito + exhausts, Buzz Scooter Stereos, drilled holes for chrome accesories, and have spent hours online talking to fellow scooterists. With good technical advice, [...] and a bit of guts, this book is a vital tool.

So, if you can already replace a brake cable on your own, know what a stator plate is and feel confident enough to take apart your scooter, this book is extremely helpful. Especially when combined with the "how to restore and maintain your Vespa Scooter", the online tech support sites and assistance from your fellow scooterist friends.

On the other hand, if your technical knowledge is limited, this book is basically a lot of confusing blurbs and photos that seem to "skip a step or two". This can be frustrating for a first time mechanic, as reading through these pages will make it seem as if scooter repair is a difficult thing to do. It's not.

The book is also written by a Brit, so a lot of the slang and terminology will not match up with what you may know an item to be.

To recap, I recommend this manual for those who have some mechanical knowledge of a scooter, or who know how to fix and tune up motor vehicles.

On the other hand, if you have no idea what a "carb rebuild" is, this book is NOT for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have maintence manual for your vintage Vespa... April 10 2006
By Alexander Cohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you own a vinatge Vespa from 1959-1978 you should own this service manual even if you don't plan on working on your scooter. It helps with routine maintence, trouble shooting, and just basic knowledge of your machine. Take care of you scooter and it will take care of you. Tons of pictures, parts and wire diagrams. A MUST HAVE!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that is needed for Vespa minor repair. Nov. 5 2006
By Gordon D. Janssen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for minor OR major repair to Vespa scooters. It covers vintage models of different styles. For the Sprint 150cc, I found the wiring diagram easy and helpful. It appears the diagrams for others were as complete. All were color coded as well. The book is well illustrated for most any job necessary.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Vespa fans Sept. 2 2013
By Chichi - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for early Vespa fans who want to restore or maintain an older Vespa scooter. This guy knows his stuff and has added lots of photos, good descriptions and helpful notes.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive May 2 2013
By tomsneath - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book does not have the level of technical detail required to perform mechanical repairs on a Vespa. While it illustrates some procedures pictorally, it lacks some very basic info. There are no torque tables, timing specs, technical data by year, etc..

Yes, you should own it but, more of a supplement than a staple.
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