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Author Topic: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign  (Read 56698 times)

Offline milehigh

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #10 on: Dec 15, 2011, 16:25:59 »
first off, you basically stole the guzzi at that price.  so at least you can expect to get your money back if you decide to sell it down the line, especially if you put some nice resto work on it.  If you end up ditching that front fender, let me know and i'll happily pay you for it.  good luck with the build!
so a dolphin is driving and his car breaks down...he takes it to a mechanic...the mechanic says its going to be a few hours if he wants to wander around the town...upon his return, the mechanic says "looks like you blew a seal" to which the dolphin replies: "no sir, it was a walrus"

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #11 on: Dec 16, 2011, 14:27:54 »
Milehigh,
it always great to hear some outside confirmation that you got a good deal.  I think I will be ditching the fender along with some of the other body parts.  I'm going to wait until I've found or made suitable replacements before I part with anything, though.  But, you have first dibs on the front fender.

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #12 on: Dec 16, 2011, 14:45:30 »
Did quite a bit of work on the bike last night, and it's now down to just the engine, transmission, fork and wheels...and it looks great like this.  So, clean.  By tomorrow it will be all parts. 

Check out the pic of the wiring harness laid out after removal.  It has an appropriate resemblance of entrails.

Also, check out the nifty little hose clamps from the brake lines.  They clean up quite nicely with a little wire brushing, and I bet I can even give them some luster at some point.

I had to get a little innovative to remove the stuck bolt on the front caliper.  The 6mm allen was clearly just going to slip if I applied any more torque.  The bolt had already been sitting for 3 days saturated with a rust breakdown compound and wasn't going to get any looser; so I didn't have much to loose in trying alternative solutions.  From torquing on the bolt with the 6mm key it was pretty clear that the bolt's was made of a pretty soft alloy.  Using this to my advantage, I added a little bit of a chamfer to a torx bit that was slightly larger in diameter than the allen key socket, and tapped the torx bit into the bolts socket.  The hardened steel of the toque bit right into the bolt and provided excellent purchase. With the bit tapped deep into the bolt it was no problem applying the necessary torque to remove the thing!

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #13 on: Dec 16, 2011, 14:51:21 »
Some picks of the bike almost completely disassembled.

I love the way the transmission mounts actually constitue a structural component of the frame, and that the frame separates on the front end to allow the v-twin to drop out.  Cool stuff.

Btw, has any one ever seen a rear fender that is mounted to the sway arm instead of the frame?  If so, how did it look?  Cool?  Lame? I was looking at the rear sway arm and there is a nice contour at on the inner part of the arm that could easily be continued into a full fender.  Might be kind of neat to have a floating fender and to build a recess into the seat to accomodate it on full suspension compression. Just a thought.

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #14 on: Dec 24, 2011, 13:27:45 »
The worst part about the holidays....the project lies in waiting until the new year.  Can't wait to get my hands dirty again.

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #15 on: Dec 24, 2011, 13:36:49 »
I love the way the heat coming off the engine has blued the stainless exhaust tubing.  I really want to incorporate the same look, which I guess means I'll be doing a total rebuild on the exhaust.

Also, the Italian color theme is very well appointed on this bike.  Looks great!  Not sure I wan't my bike to be that bright, but the royal colors of this bike's mother land is a theme I'll be adding somewhere.

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #16 on: Jan 10, 2012, 18:06:14 »
We'll the holidays are over, and I'm back at the Guzzi project.  I built a trestle that allowed me to finally get the bike off the ground, and with that things started coming apart quickly.  By 12:00 AM Sunday evening the bike had been reduced a pile of parts.  The question is: what now!?!

I suppose the clear answer is to start working in reverse, and cleaning, modifying, or refurbing parts one by one until I'm back to a full motorcycle.

Step one is going to be figuring out what to do with the engine.  I really want this thing the be not just as good as new, but better than new before I bolt anything back on to it.  But just what should I do to it?  Valves? pistons? rings? rods? crank? cam? flywheel? any work on the block itself?  And who should I have do this work?  Is there one shop that's ideally suited for working on this little Guzzi power plant?

Check out the pics of the various pieces.  I've been using the old gas from the fuel tank to cut through the layers of grease and grit caked on this thing (in the vodka bottle in the pic).  Also, note that the bottom fork crown is still attached.  It looks like I need a Guzzi specific wrench to remove the headset.  Any recommendations on where to find this?

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #17 on: Jan 26, 2012, 20:35:26 »
Good...

Pictures from here: http://lecontainer.blogspot.com/

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #18 on: Jan 26, 2012, 20:36:37 »
Better!

Updates on my project to follow soon...

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Re: '82 Moto Guzzi v50 Rebuild/Redesign
« Reply #19 on: Jan 26, 2012, 20:39:07 »
Oh, and the last pic is from these guys:
http://www.moto-mucci.com/search?updated-max=2012-01-19T08:41:00-06:00&max-results=10

Thought I'd give credit where credit is due