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850-T Project build

Discussion in 'Custom Guzzi Builds' started by stomp944, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. stomp944

    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    Hey, all. I recently started a project build with a 1975 850-T. I began with a well-running, fairly intact example which strikes a balance between too 'basket case' to bother and too restored or stock to ruin. Link to detail I am capturing in a blog is below. Good bones; the plan for this project lies somewhere between restoration, refurbishment, re-freshening, re-imagining and a 'factory' cafe. A reliable driver with a clean, understated aesthetic.
    At this point the frame is about to come off the engine; I estimate that completion is at least 6 months away.
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Welcome to the Forum. Hope to see your progress here. Thanks for not linking away from the site, post here.
     
  3. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

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    Hey Stomp!
    Welcome & please post pics. Love the old T's
     
  4. stomp944

    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    Thanks, Trout, and anyone else who viewed.
    All photos and text documenting this project are posted elsewhere. While I thought I might derive the support and interest to warrant a few informative, enlightening and entertaining exchanges, I'd not anticipated having to duplicate the build record. Since the link was removed you may ignore the original post and return to your regularly scheduled programming.
     
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    Tonerjockey High Miler GT Contributor

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    heheh

    I am in the final (I hope) stages of refurbishing a 74 Eldo LAPD. I bought it new in 74 and this is the 3rd refresh I've done on it.

    I don't know 'bout no informative, enlightening, nor no entertaining, but this here is at least an exhange... I think.

    Something I am seeing is that it takes a couple days (maybe) to dissasemble, but much, much longer to assemble. At least now-a-daze we have simple(er) international access to parts thanks to the omnipresent internet. Parts 'n pieces are more expensive tho...

    G'luck,

    Alex
     
  6. stomp944

    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    More than worth a lot of laughs, Tonerjockey, and as entertaining and informative as anyone has a right to. Esp a whiny suckhole like me. Appreciate the post.
    For sure, the disassembly has proven almost too easy. Documenting properly takes time. I'm here (below), with essentially the triple, the swingarm and cataloguing the wiring before lifting the frame about all that's left to get to the engine.
    Parts, yes, not so much a problem yet either.

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  7. stomp944

    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    Final look and direction for the project is already set. Paint is done (as below); chopped front and rear fenders. New seat is in the mail. Some chroming and frame paint not far off before sorting other bits, followed by reversing the process with reassembly.

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  8. john zibell

    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    I will say an 850 T made me learn how to release a rear wheel lock and not high side!! Also the last of the round heads not to have an oil filter. Just change oil a little more frequently Oce you get her back on the road. When you do get to the internals, go with the updated cam chain tensioner (MG cycle or Harper's) and 4mm clutch spline system.
     
  9. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

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    Lookin good Stomp. You doing the paint work?
     
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    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    No, I cannot take credit for the paint (Robert Prayther, pro local to me). The lighting in those photos does not do it justice. Badges yet to be cleaned up and refitted (and re-positioned). I cut the front and rear fenders down myself, however, which was a first; Robert didn't scoff and was actually reasonably impressed, so I think I did pretty good. Except for paint, chrome and the like, I'll be doing the rest.

    This is what I started with:
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    Trout GT Reference

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    Dirty little bugger, hey?

    It's amazing how much abuse these bikes will take & keep on going. Then someone comes along & it's beauty from the beast.

    Good to see another one rescued.
     
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    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    Yup. It's a great runner, however.
    The seat pan is too clapped out to save. The dented tank I used to an advantage and had knee 'cutouts' sculpted to look as if they belonged. Had to go with Tarozzi rearsets since one peg bracket is bent and the footpeg missing (and they weigh a ton). Otherwise keeping other stock and aftermarket bits as is, and refreshing all rubber, seals, springs, wiring, fuel lines, plug wires, fluids, chrome, paint, surfaces, etc, etc, before reassembly.
     
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    RKS_DK Just got it firing!

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    The tank and fender paint looks nice, what colors are those ?
     
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    T Bill Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    Um, have you actually worked out how the rearsets are going to go on? I looked into that early on in the fixing of my 850T and found that none of the off-the-shelf units will work due to the control arrangement on the T. Guzzi arranged it with axles that go all the way from one side to the other so it could be set up for either left or right side shifting(with different parts). The only 850T (T3 is a different ballgame) I've ever seen with working rearsets was owned by a machinist from Wisconsin who made his own. Maybe he's listening? We talked at the Viking antique meet, but I've already killed off those brain cells and can't remember his name.

    Also, make sure you pull the rocker pivots and blow them out, making sure they aren't plugged. When I tore down my T, the pivots were completely plugged with bits of rubber and aluminum which I think came from the timing case where the useless stock chain tensioner was deteriorating and allowing the chain to mill away bits of case. I think the oil pump is allowed to scavenge oil from the timing case that doesn't come through the sump screen. So the rocker pivots sort of act as an auxiliary filter. Oops. So John's advice to put in an updated tensioner is really sound!

    Also advise replacing the oil feed hose to the heads with a high quality piece. I bought a budget feed hose unit from Harpers in about 2008 for my SP that swelled shut in a few thousand miles and filled the pivots with flakes of rubber. Caught it before it went on too long. So stay away from those! Hope they didn't sell too many. This is another testament to the ability of the Guzzi motor to absorb abuse. Both my bikes have survived this treatment and run great.

    BG
     
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    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    Hi - sorry, have not checked back here in a while. The paint is actually a Jaguar color, metallic grey; the white was custom mixed to contrast/compliment the grey.
    Regarding the rearsets, yes it required a lot of thought and fabrication. Nothing off the shelf fits the 850T. For the shift side I ended up drilling a 16mm hole through the left side plate/block to accept a spline shaft. I made a bushing to keep it tight and each side of the spline shaft includes a linkage arm to transfer the shifter motion to the gear selector shaft. It still required some other cutting and drilling but looks decent and works well.
    For the brake, I'd initially planned for a 14mm spline arm to attach to the stock brake shaft to the aftermarket lever arm. I ended up deciding to toss the Tarozzi brake lever and cut the stocker in half and attach the toe piece from the Tarozzi to the stock brake lever. Testing by hand there appears to be plenty of leverage to adequately apply the rear shoes. Finishing that up today, but I think it will look and work well.
     
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    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    So the project is now off the stand, supported by its own two wheels, and has seen the light of day for the first time in 5 or so months. There are a few things still on the list, but I've done a short test ride around the block.
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    RKS_DK Just got it firing!

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    You got the color code for that grey? looks awsome
     
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    Trout GT Reference

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    Transformer!!!! Rust to Righteous! Very Nice Work.
     
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    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    Thanks, all.

    The paint code is PPG#921085. Jaguar slate grey metallic. On XJ's from about 10 years ago.
     
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    stomp944 Just got it firing!

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    The headers had a lot of pitting (years under pipe wrap), and after much work still are not presentable enough.
    Will be painting them flat black.

    speaking of paint, the brake light wasn't working. traced it to no ground through the paint on the fender and the powdercoat on the frame. will either Dremel to metal somewhere or run a separate ground wire....
     

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