Guzzis, Mustangs, Triumphs and other Projects

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by mach1mustang351, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. mach1mustang351

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    I was instantly happy with my decision to look into the engine before trying to put the bike in service. I haven't measured anything, but both pistons look pretty rough. May have to look into replacements.
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    Hey mach1mustang351, Like ajardineh, I just stumbled onto your thread recently and have only skimmed so far, but I see a lot of parallels with my own experience. I agree with him that you have a good thread going here, and I understand your journal of progress concept as far as posting goes. While you were busy with your Guzzi, I was busy with my BMW R90/6, and did a long thread about it.

    I also have an old Triumph TR6R, and I recently dragged home a 1968 A65L that makes yours look pristine! Mine has a similar stance to yours though. :lol3

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    My Triumph engine was stuck when I got it too, and I did the same thing you did to free it off. That turned out to be a mistake in my case, since a valve was stuck open and got bent when the piston smacked it. It's all good now though. In fact, here's the way I found my pistons, which looked a bit like yours do now.

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    One ring was stuck and I very gently pried it out of the groove. After a soda blast, they looked like this:

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    The pistons and the bores measured up quite well, so I ran a ball hone and put in new rings. Color me stupid, but that was over 7,000 miles ago with no smoke, and good running. It's still on standard bore size from 1964. I rode it this morning with those original pistons still in there. Sweet ride!

    I also had a friend who bought a new Mach 1 in 1969. I remember it well.

    This is looking like a hijack of your thread, so I will butt out now. I just wanted to tell you that people are indeed interested in your thread, and I am one of them. I will be interested to see what you do with the Triumph and the BSA.

    Ray

    p.s. #1: You know you can anneal and reuse that copper head gasket, right? I'm still running mine, to go along with the original pistons.

    p.s. #2: You are doing the right thing going in after that sludge trap -- split those cases and clean that thing out! Here's how I found mine -- remember that all the oil that gets to the big ends has to make it through there or else!

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    @fxray

    Thanks for that. I don't mind "hijacks" I kind of look at it like talking around a camp fire. Sometimes there are great side stories and related things that add to it.

    I really want to get into my Mustang, but that is such an undertaking it has been very difficult to start. I have some parts on order for the old Beezer but that is last on the priority list, quite frankly, I'd rather get the Triumph going, and a clutch in ths Guzzi before investing a ton of effort in the A65. The BSA is going to be fairly impractical to fulfill my vision. I want what I want, and for a street bike, it wont be that great. Wide 19" tires front and rear, means poor handling. The engine will be mainly stock for reliability. My goal is to have a cool looking you bike that rides to a show occasionally and maybe does a wide gravel road so I can flat track slide around a bit.

    Thanks for the reply. I like to write about bikes and I appreciate you sharing

    Sam
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    Nothing too crazy here, but I got my front wheel pieces for the A65 street tracker.

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    I plan on lacing the wheel up soon. I was going to powder coat the hub black, but I think with the black com legs, there may be too much black. The polished hub could be a good contrast.

    Something like this....

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    My dad happened to have this wheel laced up for his TR5T project... I guess the apple doesnt fall far from the tree. :lol3
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    You should be happy with your buys from Buchanan. That anodized rim looks great. Some Motion Pro rim protectors would help keep it that way as you spoon on your tires.

    Since you are not going to use them, how's the condition of your A65 stanchions, both the long ones and the standard ones? Are they rust pitted or bent? Will you be selling them?
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    I only have the extended tubes. I do not have a standard set. They do not appear bent, but they are rusty, I havent tried to clean them up, but they don't appear pitted to badly.

    Here are A65 things I don't plan on using

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    I also don't plan on using my front wheel or fender. Let me know if you need something. I think I have a chain guard too.
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    Hi mach1,

    Yep, for the right package price, I might maybe be interested in the tank, the front fender, the side covers, the seat, the pipes, the headlight ears, the chain guard, the speedo drive, and the misc. smalls on the rug in your picture. Figure out what you would want, including shipping to central Illinois, and shoot me a PM. As far as the standard stanchions, I was thinking of back in June, where you said, "stock forks". What did you mean by that -- maybe the lower sliders?

    So . . . I can't talk you out of all of it, but maybe the part you don't want. Why have one pile of crap in AK and another one in IL, when there could just be one big pile of crap here? :lol3 :lol3

    Ray
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    I thought the pile would come with stock forks. It did not. You could probably put stock length tubes in the sliders. I can remove to save freight. Did you want and or need a front wheel?? I don't have a seat either
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    I don't need the front wheel. My pile of parts is a 1968 A65L, so I have the first year of the twin leading shoe hub. I am right now doing a quick side-by side comparison of the 1967 versus 1968 parts books to see what they show as same or different. I also have the lower sliders, but the choppa-dude PO chrome plated them back in the day. Your sliders may or may not be the same because of the different hubs -- I think I have read that the '68 was a one year only setup, but I will continue checking and figure it out. If your sliders are not chrome, and if they would fit with my '68 front end, I would be interested in them.

    Ray

    p.s. Those long tubes will make you a great pair of cheater pipes to slip over a wrench and free up a stubborn fastener. They're always handy to have around. That's what I'll be using my pair for.
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    Perfect, I'll start putting something together on the pile and let you know. The take is a bit rusty inside, but looks workable. I'll keep you in the loop
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    ^^^Thanks. There is no hurry at all. My pile of stuff is in the "inactive" back burner mode.
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    The 500 is just about all the way down, still have to extract the sludge trap, but it is apart. I didn't destroy anything major, and I have high hopes it can go back together.

    Next steps, clean assess, make a parts list...

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    Nothing really today. Removed the A65 swingarm. My possible donor swingarm should be here tomorrow so I can see if I am close on my estimate.

    I also stared at the frame a while and worked on a plan of attack on the motor mount relocation. That is down the road, but I like to have ideas rattling around in my head.

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    Obviously I won't know exactly how much offset I need until I get the swingarm and wheel worked out, but it sounds like 1/4" to 3/8" to the left should be what I need to run my tires.

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    Why am I going through the effort and not just running a vintage tire size?? I don't want to... I figure if the look I want, ends up working out, I get exactly what I want. If it handles way too much like crap, and isnt great to ride, I can always downsize tires and correct it... I will just have an offset motor which is a non issue.

    So here we go...

    And I ordered mustang parts, so maybe we will finally get mustang posts and updates too.
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    Pretty productive, yet boring night. I cleaned up the front hub. I didn't take an official before pic, so I used the second hub I had as comparison, they were in about the same condition.

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    The hub looks pretty good now, and I'll get it laced up here soon. Then I'll ship the wheel off so my front end guy can get the dimensions he needs for the axle, and brake spacers and adapters.

    Honestly, this is moving a bit faster than I thought. I probably need to refocus, slow down, and concentrate on the Triumph and the Mustang.... Or just keep going... Stay tuned to find out
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    Got my wheel laced up today. I think I got a bit jacked on the cost. Got billed 1.25 hours shop time. But the wheel is beautiful.

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    Gonna ship it out to get an axle, brake adapters and triples machined.
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    I also had this crazy thought today. I was discussing with a coworker flat track racing. I have never actually raced other than carved out clearings when dirt riding with friends, but it is a passion of mine, I love to watch racing etc. We were discussing the prospect of one of the local circle tracks opening to motorcycles. He asked if I would go run, I said "I dont have a bike even approaching appropriate for that"

    Then I thought, what if I setup the BSA to have quick detach street stuff, so I can go run it on the oval??

    Anyway, with the big brembo in the front, and such, it'll be a street bike, but it's a fun idea anyway
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    Had a revelation today, I need to install some of the new tires from my parts pile

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    1030171923.jpg 1030171924.jpg 1030171931a.jpg Went after the sludge trap today. My bit I got today didn't have enough grab on it to twist out. I drilled 3 holes through the plug, and hammered the bit in all the way. I hit it with my impact gun and it spun right out. I then used the tap and hammer method to get the tube out.

    Next step, order parts, clean up and start going back together.
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    Tried to mockup the Katana swingarm I got. It won't just work as is. It will need some work. It hits the frame near the pivot. I took a pic to show the with difference versus the stock unit.

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