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University of Woolloomooloo

Post  periodthree on Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:50 pm

Hi there,

Just joined from Sydney Australia, but sadly my name is not Bruce.

I'm trying to buy a Vega from a local lad, and have joined this forum to hoover up information on how I can get it running.

Any tips on what I'm getting myself into?

Cheers

Geoff
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  Scooter Paul on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:57 am

Welcome Geoff. What you're getting into is a bit of scooter querkiness. The Luna line was not that popular, relatively speaking, as it came when the scooter 'boom' had passed and folk were into Japanese brands for two wheeled fun or small cars for transport. Having said that parts are easy to source and due to fans such as ourselves the remade parts market is pretty good. At the end of the day they are a simple, no fuss, two stroke. As with all purchases, unless you fancy a real challenge, buy the straightest, less butchered example you can find. There are people here that know all there is to know so use the forum. New blood will keep it alive. Don't be put off if it takes a day or two for a reply, we're not that big a group.

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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  Thackers on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:07 pm

Hi Geoff, welcome  cheers  and thanks for using this thread page as your introduction to our band of Luna brothers and sisters  Cool 
I asked a similar question to you yours and some answers were "don't expect to do one on the cheap" And "buy one as complete as possible"
Good luck on prying the Vega away from the local lad, if you do post us up some photos and fire away with those questions.
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  daz.h on Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:53 am

as the others have said, a big warm welcome to a potential lunatic
there are plenty on here who can help, Siobhan ellis for one, she is also in oz  Very Happy
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  periodthree on Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:14 pm

Thanks all.

I am going to check out the Scoot on Sunday (praying he doesn't sell it beforehand). It has an aftermarket air filter by my untrained eye which suggests it has been loved and used.

Any pointers on what to focus on when I inspect?
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  siobhanellis on Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:25 pm

it should have indicators. They are difficult, but not impossible, to find.

The indicator/lights with is the key. Made from unobtanium.

Headlight surrounds again are difficult, but do appear.

There are a few things, but this care the biggies.


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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  Thackers on Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:01 pm

Like Siobhan says the light/indicator switch is the rarest of the rare part wise. It has a red rocker type switch for easy identification.
Give the engine a good listen to, a rattling that increases with the revs could be a worn big end bearing in the crank, not too bad as there are some new cranks over here, I don't know about availability in  sunny  Aus but the shipping cost out to you could be high.
If you do manage to but the bike they might have some spares to sweeten the deal
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  periodthree on Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:16 pm

Well I bought the Vega and I'm rather pleased.   Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy 

The hard bit is working out how to post photos of it on this forum.  The easy bit is that I've sent it to my local Scooter shop to get it looked at.  Their first bit of advice is that it is burning gear box oil so it will need new seals.

One of the reasons I bought the Vega was to start getting my hands dirty and learn about how to maintain and re-build two strokes.  I don't intend to commence my learnin' with a rebuild of the engine, but have to start somewhere.  Any advice as to what project to start on?

And is there a thread on how to post photos??
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  siobhanellis on Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:37 pm

That'd be Sandy you took it to? That's within walking distance of my home.

did he also tell you everything that's missing?

To do a proper job of the seals you'll need specialist tools and, I would suggest, a workshop manual (As you are beginner).

To post pics, if you look above the editing area you'll see a whole bunch of icons in 2 rows. Going from left to rift on the top row, the 5th block along contains the ability to share media. The first icon is to host an image (That means it is loaded onto the forum), you can click that and upload a pic. Or, if the pics are already on line, then the 2nd icon enables you to put in the web address of a pic.

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The goods...

Post  periodthree on Wed May 07, 2014 8:04 pm





At long last, a photo of my beast.  Needs a new carb, piston and crank.  I hope the repairs are easier than working out how to post a photo.  Laughing
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  Snails on Thu May 08, 2014 3:38 am

Nice. Seat looks in really good condition

What's the sticky up bit on the front mudguard?
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Hello from Oz

Post  Admin on Thu May 08, 2014 4:02 am

Nice looking scooter. I take it that's the number plate mount on the front mudguard?
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Re: University of Woolloomooloo

Post  siobhanellis on Fri May 16, 2014 3:17 am

Yep, that's from the good old days when we used to have front number plates in Oz.

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