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Old 10-16-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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Dickin Around in Doug's Garage

It was suggested to me that instead of having 20 something threads with different projects, to just do one thread, & lump everything in here.

Seemed like a good idea to me, so here it is.


This will be something like the poor redneck version of 'jays garage' hahaha

I have many projects to fool with this winter, from old unfinished ones like the VW powered guzzi, to new ones like next years touring bike, a 75 harley flh, also have a WW2 wla project, a 35 Indian chief bobber, and many more....

So anyhow, today I worked on the 54 Guzzi Airone I got at Barbers.
I got it to make spark, so I thought I'd see if it would run.
Has an odd magneto, the points spin, & the cam is the inside lip of the mag body. I saw this once before, on a 1919 BSA I worked on once.


next, I checked the oil. only thing in the tank was some sludge, so I pulled it out to give it a good douche. I usually use diesel, but didnt have any, so I just used stale gas. Took about 20 flushes to get it clean. I'd flush the motor also, but I dont see any kind of drain plug anywhere. I'll just change the oil often I guess.


the carb wasnt too fulla crap, but I need to find the correct one for it later, as I dont think the original carb would have 'made in czechoslovakia' cast into the top. But it should run with it. Slide was real sticky, so I chucked it up in the lathe & gave it a good polish.



clutch wasnt working, was missing a couple parts for the adjustment, so I found a couple doodads & made em work. seems to be ok now.

I really like the frame, its made from a bunch of flat pieces hand rivited together


but I hated the seat, so I snagged one off of a panther, & stuck it on here. it mounts too far forward, but it sure looks 1000% better.
They were available with solo seat & p-pad, so Im gonna be hunting for that also.



I only had enough fresh gas to fill the carb (all my gas went bad while I was gone, its all crap nowdays) so I filled the carb, & gave it a few kicks, & got a pop. A few kicks later, & it fired up & ran! No smoke, no funny noises, so I guess I need to go get some gas, find a tire for the front (they had inflated the tire for the auction I guess. the next day, the bike was at my vendor spot, & the tire just decided to blow. 2 guys were right next to it emptying trash cans, it scared the shit outta them! )

then see if it'll go down the road....

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Old 10-16-2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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way better than Jay's garage. You make me feel like such a panzy for riding a G/S

I can't wait to see the flh pics. A friend's got a '74 (that he got in '76) and I drool over it every time I see it.
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:32 PM   #3
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That Guzzi just gets more and more interesting. I applaud your resolve to keep it as it is but make it mechanically sound. It has more pizzaz with less sparkle.
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:11 PM   #4
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Damn, I guess that bike wasn't in the auction area on friday when I went through. Probably just as well 'cause my wife would have wanted to bid for it as she is a closet guzzi fan.

Nice work getting it running, unrestored is always more interesting than a freshly restored one.
I got to take a '28 Norton Model 19 for a spin at Barber, always fun to ride something new.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:49 PM   #5
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Wow! That was quick. You already got it running.
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:16 AM   #6
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infinitely cooler than any project i'm working on.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:36 PM   #7
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heres a video of the guzzi running. it actually runs pretty good. Tomorrow I will try to stick a tire on the front & take it for a spin




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Old 10-19-2009, 05:41 PM   #8
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Awesome bike and sound. I want one.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:41 PM   #9
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I like how close the fuel line is to the bologna slicer
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:48 PM   #10
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Post how the ride goes.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:53 PM   #11
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that is one cool sounding bike you have there. sounds like it is about to stall but it just keeps chugging along. very cool.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:37 PM   #12
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Awesome Doug,

Can I borrow that? I need someting with a smooth tire to rub on the shaft of my electric motor to get my generator started............. wait, this seems familiar.

Now I'm gonna have to start buying every piece of crap on CraigsList just so I'll have something to bust knuckles on this winter.

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Old 10-19-2009, 09:06 PM   #13
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Farking Beautiful!

And I love the soundtrack even when the bike wasn't running
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:33 PM   #14
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[quote=rtwdoug]It was suggested to me that instead of having 20 something threads with different projects, to just do one thread, & lump everything in here.

Ya know you can ask a Mod. to merge all the threads you want into one thread- like both RTW rides or all the threads you have if'n you want- give it a new name or whatever. Mods can do that stuff
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