Just Goosing Around... First steps into Guzzi land...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by England-Kev, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Do any of you guys have a parts diagram for the early v7 forks, my forks don't have an external drain screw? just trying to find out what I need to replace, as I have a fork oil leak...
  2. MZRider

    MZRider Neo-Luddite

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    All Loop forks have a drain screw (unless someone has plugged the hole for some stupid reason). It's located on the lug where the rear brace of the front fender attaches to the fork lower/slider.

    Places for leaks and what to do about them:
    - drain screw - replace fiber sealing washer
    - big o-ring at the top of the slider, where the chrome seal holder threads on - replace o-ring
    - around the crimped area of the seal holder - apply JB Weld to the inside
    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/...k_seal_carrier_leaks_spinning_at_crimped_area
    - fork seal - replace
    - top plug o-ring - replace

    Parts diagram: http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/mg_manuals/spare_parts_catalog_750_1aed.pdf

    Fork rebuilding:
    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/moto_guzzi_loopframe_forks.htm#gtb_fork_rebuilding
  3. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Aha! found the little sucker, it was hiding just where you said it was, and it was loose! I couldn't see it before because ...

    A. I am stupid
    B. I am an old git
    C. I don't have a bench so it is hard getting down that low to look
    D. all of the above.

    :D
  4. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    I bought my Guzzi some late model inlet stubs, the ones with the raised section, so yesterday I drilled and tapped these for use with carb balancer fittings. All finished off with nice polished 5mm dome head allen screws and copper washers.

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    I shall swap these over in a week or two, when I do the head gaskets.
  5. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    great thread.

    Kev, you know Joe Caruso in Loughborough? Not sure what he is like on ambos but he has a line on most things Guzzi.

    Also Gutsibits in Huddersfield.
  6. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    No, but I shall be visiting Rob Farmer of this parish in Loughborough next weekend, and he knows everybody:evil so I shall be asking Rob a few questions Guzzi related, and a few with regards my BMW too:deal:clap
  7. Roach Carver

    Roach Carver Been here awhile

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    Can you look at your bracket ( the head side)that the rocker arm assembly sets in? I just did the cylinders and heads on my 71 ambo and when I torqued the heads, there is a slight space where the oil passes up into the head rocker assembly at the top of the bracket. I can slide a thin feeler gauge under mine at the top. I have looked at mine and it looks almost like the area is not machined flat all the way to the top and I have looked at some on ebay and they look the same??!. Anyway sorry for the thread jack.
  8. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    I wonder if I am a little OCD, I don't mind using pattern parts on my bikes, but if I see the correct NOS part, then I will try to go down that road. Is that OCD? I don't know, it is funny as I am not a restorer by any means, I just like "right" or very near to right at least:evil

    So what has this got to do with my Ambo I hear you all muttering to your computers, well I recently bought a set of pattern grips for the bike, but no sooner had I fitted them (see previous post) than a set of genuine La sportiva Granturismo NOS made in Italy Brevettatta grips came up for sale, and they cost me less than the pattern parts I bought before

    I love hunting out NOS parts, I loved doing it for my Z1b, and I love doing it now for my Ambassador, a little OCD hell yes, but then maybe we all are:deal
  9. F_Sahms

    F_Sahms mostly paved

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    If they are comfortable, go for it. Sometimes NOS = rock-hard.
  10. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    An old git with OCD, do you have any friends Kev? :lol3

    Enjoying your trials and tribulations, keep the updates coming, nice bike.
  11. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    Geez Roach,
    As far as I can tell the rocker blocks need to be tight against the head surface. I was unaware of any gaposis.
    Something is not seating right...better pop it off and figger out what's holding it up.:deal
  12. F_Sahms

    F_Sahms mostly paved

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    Yeah, otherwise you'd have a loss of oil to that rocker pin. It's just steel-to-steel.
  13. Roach Carver

    Roach Carver Been here awhile

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    Thanks fellas. Sorry for the thread jack.
  14. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    Nice bike Kev! I am with you in taking the first steps into Guzzi land as well...
  15. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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  16. Rob Farmer

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    Kev,

    I'll take you round to see him if he's in when you come round. He's just round the corner from me.

    Joe knows his way round Ambos he got roped into sorting the clutch out on this a few years ago (just don't look at the lower frame tubes)

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  17. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares

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    Holy Shit! Somebody should have told him that isn't neccessary!
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    woodly1069 Long timer

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    What the !!!???
  19. Hairyjohn

    Hairyjohn Hairyjohn

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    Lovely Guzzi and welcome
    I am sure it will find it's place under your skin. Bought mine 23 years ago as a scrap bike bought in from the states. 6 month rebuild and she's been with me ever since. You see there are onlt two sorts of bike. guzzis and non Guzzi's:rofl:rofl:
    PS I will show you mine if I can work out how to add a picture
  20. Rob Farmer

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    That wasn't Joes work that was the handy work of the bikes previous owner. It was the most dangerous bike I've ever ridden. Chipped 1100 fuel injected engine with the standard eldo rear bevel drive. The front brake was a single leading shoe :eek1 Accelerated like shit off a stick.