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Old 10-16-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
rtwdoug OP
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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....

Doug
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