Posts Tagged ‘Classic’

Some recent shots…

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Just Me
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Blimey this year is running too fast, next week will be mid summer, and then it is all downhill to Christmas! and the older I get the less I enjoy winter. So some recent pictures from  Italian day.

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Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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Serious Carbs

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Ducati 750 Sport

VMCC Kent Rally…

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Just Me
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Kent Shaun invited me down to darkest Kentland for the annual VMCC Sittingbourne summer camp, So of course I loaded up the Guzzi Eldo Friday after work, and headed East, a couple of hours dodging thunder storms later, and I pulled into Newnham village down one of those little Kent lanes, and was met with a beer, while I pitched my tipi, and settled back for the evening with fish and chips. (well Friday was national fish and chip day)

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Loaded for camping

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Fish and Chips, a British tradition.

Not everything went to plan though, on the run out on Saturday, I had a bad knocking sound coming from the motor, fearing the worst, I pulled over, only to find my recently installed alternator assembly had broken its support bracket. leaving the whole lot to bounce around! so out with the cable ties to do a roadside repair. But the day was saved by another rally goer, who brazed the broken bracket back together for me. He did a good job too, as I made it back home with no further problems, but I will pull the alternator down , and make sure all is tight in that area, before the next rally.

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Mended alternator bracket

More Guzzi Ramblings…

Posted: April 11, 2017 in Just Me
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Rally season is now well upon us, and I have already missed one rally this year, but the next one is one I will not miss, the Belgian John Bull rally, a great rally hosted by the Belgian BSA-OC, for British and classic bikes.

This year I intend, well hope to attend on my 73 Guzzi Eldorado, and I am frantically trying to get it ready for the end of the month. I still have a few bits to sort out over the Easter weekend, and then with a fair wind it should be done. We shall see.

Those of you who own, or have owned a loop frame Guzzi, will know what a pain it is to replace the carb to airbox rubber. And after trying unsuccessfully to get it into place time and again, I finally came up with a plan that worked. Actually it worked quite well too. The successful method was to use two hacksaw blades positioned so that the rubber could be slid into place, and held while the carb was put back on, then the blades are pulled carefully out, job done.

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Eldorado air intake rubber

A couple of pictures from todays visit to my lockup, first up is the front wheel I picked up yesterday at Shepton jumble, as you can see the brake plate is nice, but the rim is shot, so I think I may well get a new rim fitted when I do the front end change.

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8″ twin leading shoe

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8″ brake plate

The Amal 930 carbs are to head for the ultrasonic tank, matched pair R41  L42

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Amal Mk1

And back at the last Kempton Jumble, I picked up a nice set of Craven Comet panniers, and an old rack that may well end up being fitted to the Lightning. or maybe they will go on my Guzzi, we shall see.

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Classic Craven Comet panniers

The next step is to remove the head, so we can check the condition of the combustion chamber, the valves, the bores, and of course the pistons. Somewhere in here is the reason for the low compression in the right hand cylinder, it is just a case of checking out the parts as you see them.

The valves seem fine, and have no leaking, so that really only leaves the piston or rings.

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Valves

Now we get the heart of the matter, the first look at the bores, and piston crowns, there was a fair bit of carbon build up, which I have started to clean off the pistons. There is slight scoring in the bores showing signs of previous trouble, a minor nip up, or a ring broken in the past.

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A65L barrels and pistons

The barrel just needs a light hone, and will be good to go, the piston crowns show +20 so there was a past problem hence the signs of previous scoring, and with the barrel removed we find the cause of low compression, the rings are all stuck solid in the right piston, nothing too major then.

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+20

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Stuck rings = low compression

Right time to strip and clean all the parts, hone the barrels, new piston kits, valves, valve guides etc, and start building it back up.

People Are Strange…

People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down

When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange
When you’re strange
When you’re strange (The Doors)

So said the Doors…. And in some cases it seems to be true, especially when you start looking at old bikes that have an unknown history, and just when you think you have seen it all, up pops something new that makes you chuckle to yourself, whilst at the same time makes you recoil in disbelief as you wonder what other little surprises await as you dig further into that “new” old bike!

Today I started pulling the top end apart to try to discover the cause of low compression on one cylinder, so the first thing that needs removing is the tank, which as had already been noted had the wrong fuel taps fitted….

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Oddball fuel taps

but what I discovered here left me speechless, in an amused bewildered sort of way!

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No it can’t be?

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Yes it really is, a Coaxial cable joint?

Yes, that is an ariel coaxial cable joining piece!

Update…

I have been informed that this is not a CoAx fitting, but is in fact a type of fuel tap specific to the USA, with a ball valve that runs on the nylon liner, but I was also told the flow rate was pretty bad, so they were often replaced.

It was a good day walking around Kempton Jumble today, I managed to get a few things for the Lightning, so I can now start to get this thing headed back towards the road where it belongs.
The first things on my list were the handlebars, and the Lucas rear light, well as you can see I found some new Triumph western style bars, and I also found a genuine Lucas rear light unit. These two items alone have transformed the look of the bike.

Before…

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Old style West coast bars, and smashed rear light.

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New bars, and genuine Lucas rear light

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Lucas tail light

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Triumph style western bars

I also have new gaiters to fit, new fuel taps, and fuel line. but first tomorrow I will be pulling the head to see what the top end looks like, due to the fact the bike has low compression on one side, maybe a stuck valve?