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Old 04-13-2008, 08:26 AM   #196
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Calling MZRider to the white courtesy phone..................

I believe Charlie just did a conversion for a customer.
That was modifying a Convert engine for use in an Eldo (great upgrade for dead Loops).

If you have to keep your foot on the shift pedal so it won't jump out of gear, the "dogs" on the sliding sleeve are likely buggered, maybe their mates on the gears too. There's some debate as to whether you're actually supposed to shift between high and low ranges while in motion. The majority of Convert owners "just say no" to avoid this sort of damage. Check out this thread over on the Wildgoose Forum: http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=16315.0 Some pretty nasty pics of Convert trans guts and discussion of how to fix it.

Personally, I'd fix the problem in the transmission and ride it. You'll almost spend more money than the bike is worth sourcing all of the necessary parts to go five-speed, unless you can find someone who wants to swap. Better off to just buy a T3 or G5 if you want a five-speed bike and sell the 'Vert, IMO. You'll need to find a good trans. (not as easy as it sounds), flywheel, clutch, driveshaft, cardan joint, not sure about the swingarm??, rear drive and misc. bits.

Converts are great bikes, like a giant mini-bike or scooter. Bought one myself in '83 - it was my first Guzzi. 20 yr. old "kid" with a big old touring barge, kinda' funny thinking back!
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:33 PM   #197
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Thanks MZ Rider

Well Charlie, I guess I have some thinking to do. I got this bike with a sidecar for $2050 and just want to get it going.How much do you figure the dogs and gear repair-replace job will set me back?
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:53 PM   #198
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Well Charlie, I guess I have some thinking to do. I got this bike with a sidecar for $2050 and just want to get it going.How much do you figure the dogs and gear repair-replace job will set me back?
It'll depend on how much of the work you can do yourself. The parts are NLA from Guzzi as far as I know, it's possible the dogs could be be recut. You might consider joining the Wildgoose Forum: http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php...447b&board=1.0 and posting questions there. There's also a Convert Yahoo Group that could be a big help. If you don't have any manuals, you can download them here free: http://www.thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/tonti.htm Lots of other great info. on Greg's site too.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:05 AM   #199
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Thanks for the links Charlie. There seems to be a lot of good people in Guzzi Land .
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:27 AM   #200
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Thanks for the links Charlie. There seems to be a lot of good people in Guzzi Land .
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:43 AM   #201
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Question Bump and a request

Go here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...13#post6870513

Thanks, in advance!
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:23 PM   #202
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:08 PM   #203
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Thanks Greg

Greg Bender came through with a Tonti sump.
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:17 PM   #204
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you're going for it huh?

Good luck!

I tore my carbs apart, ummm, maybe 7 times this week. They're going back on first thing in the AM, and hopefully they'll stay there for more than a day.

If all goes according to plan, it'll start up everytime and idle where it should

Next: I'm moving onto the brakes. I've had 2 VERY close calls so far.
After that? Maybe I'll start putting some serious miles on it.

Did you get my loop_frame post about the shirts etc? They're going to be sweeeeeeet!
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:34 AM   #205
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you're going for it huh?

Good luck!

I tore my carbs apart, ummm, maybe 7 times this week. They're going back on first thing in the AM, and hopefully they'll stay there for more than a day.

If all goes according to plan, it'll start up everytime and idle where it should

Next: I'm moving onto the brakes. I've had 2 VERY close calls so far.
After that? Maybe I'll start putting some serious miles on it.

Did you get my loop_frame post about the shirts etc? They're going to be sweeeeeeet!
You seem to be getting her sorted well.

Have been busy with work and doing some riding. Haven't been in the loop

group loop for a bit. Will check out the shirts this w/e.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:01 PM   #206
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My "new" Ambos

Just bought this pair of beauties Friday. Sorry to say, they'll likely be parted out...
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:03 PM   #207
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Crusty...
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:07 PM   #208
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"Barney's" twin.
The whole series can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/3fr56x
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:47 AM   #209
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I see stuff I can use from here!

Keep me in the loop (punny, eh?) Charlie.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:25 PM   #210
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What's the story behind your guzzi find MZRider?
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