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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #90 on: November 04, 2019, 05:10:26 AM »
The paint looks up to par with the rest of your work!  Excellent
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #91 on: December 10, 2019, 09:42:34 PM »
Installed the clutch lever and cable.




Brake lever and throttle installed.


Speedometer and tachometer cables installed.


Working on the fuse block. Drilled the heads off of all the rivets and removed the fuseholders and terminals.


Rear brakes assembled.


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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #92 on: December 12, 2019, 08:25:49 AM »
Front brake assemblies done.




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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #93 on: December 12, 2019, 06:56:17 PM »
Working towards building the wheels. Polishing nipples and spokes. Bought this little grinder/buffer at Harbor Freight for $24 to do smaller pieces like this, seems to work pretty well.





Test spoke and nipple, looks pretty good.




40 done :azn: , 40 to go :sad: .


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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #93 on: December 12, 2019, 06:56:17 PM »

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #94 on: December 12, 2019, 09:35:06 PM »
Polishing .. a thankless task, but it's details like this that makes all the difference :thumb:

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #95 on: December 13, 2019, 06:24:08 PM »

What a nice restoration here.  Wow. 

And I have only ever hired out wheel lacing, a friend here recently did both wheels on a Norton project that he did and it came out great, tempeted to try it one day.

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #96 on: December 13, 2019, 06:35:53 PM »
What a nice restoration here.  Wow. 

And I have only ever hired out wheel lacing, a friend here recently did both wheels on a Norton project that he did and it came out great, tempted to try it one day.

Guzzi wheels (with straight-pull spokes) are super simple to lace, but I do outsource truing.

I did a pair of wheels for a friend's Kawasaki KZ1000 - the rear wheel used four different spokes, the front two. Even though I took a bunch of photos before I delaced them, it was still a challenge to get them laced back up correctly.
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #97 on: December 15, 2019, 08:21:05 PM »
In anticipation of the replacement/donor fuseblock arriving, I experimented with different rivet materials to see which grips tightest without cracking the plastic. Stainless is perfect.

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #98 on: December 16, 2019, 08:55:35 PM »
The donor fuseblock arrived today, removed all of the terminals and fuse holders and cleaned it up.



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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #99 on: December 18, 2019, 08:25:03 PM »
Finished up the fuseblock this afternoon.








The cover has a scorch mark on it and a few cracks from the screw being over-tightened, but it'll work fine.

Installed:




 
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #100 on: December 19, 2019, 01:25:48 PM »
 :thumb: Nice work, definitely worth having the stock fuse box in a V7 Sport

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #101 on: December 31, 2019, 09:21:19 PM »
For the last few hours of 2019 working in the shop, I started work on the parts I need to mount the turn signals. The rear brackets were still there, but nothing up front. So, I ordered up four stainless steel 7/16-14 threaded studs and some rod for the front mounts. Canuck750 had sent me a bunch of the tabs (and rear mounts) a while back, so that was one thing I didn't need to make.

First up was making the studs hollow. Slowed the lathe way down and took my time, and eventually got them done. I'll be using stainless steel jam nuts on them, so no chance of them rusting like the original.







Then, I cut two sections of 15 mm mild steel rod, 63 mm long, drilled them through at 1/4" first, then with letter drill "U" for the proper i.d. to thread them to 7/16-14. All that's left is to tap them.






A little welding and then they'll go off to be chrome plated.
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #102 on: January 01, 2020, 09:36:30 AM »
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #103 on: January 03, 2020, 06:33:56 PM »
More signal fun. Modifying the repro Lucas signals so that they mount like the originals. Genuine Lucas signals would need to be modified the same way.

The original. The body is threaded 7/16-14 to accept the hollow stud.






New one disassembled. The stem is a slip fit into the signal body.




Getting ready to tap it.




Done.




Hollow stud in place.




Front one goes like this.




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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #104 on: January 16, 2020, 09:28:20 AM »
Finished polished the other 40 spokes and nipples the other evening. Went much faster on my big polisher. Need to do the edge of the hubs next.

Last night I worked on the main wiring harness. It's in good condition over all, just needs to be cleaned and few terminals replaced.


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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #105 on: January 19, 2020, 09:05:30 AM »
This is going to be one SUPER nice V7 Sport!  :bow:
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #106 on: January 19, 2020, 06:14:01 PM »
Installed the harness on Friday and Saturday. Still have a few connections to make - horn interconnect, signals and front brake switch. The rear main feed will need to be trimmed to length and the terminal crimped on once the battery is in place. The underseat light is dangling loose until the toolboxes are installed. The signal flasher is just a place-holder.




Blurry photo of the bundle up front.




Headlight connected...




...and the warning and gauge illumination lights too.


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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #107 on: January 22, 2020, 06:35:13 PM »
Working towards getting it back on wheels. All 80 spokes and nipples are now polished as are the edges of both hubs. My arms are aching from holding those big chunks up to the buffing wheel.



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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #108 on: August 30, 2020, 10:09:54 PM »
I started polishing the rims myself, but the results were underwhelming. Decided to take them to a nearby company that does chrome plating and metal polishing. "Two weeks" they said. Unfortunately, "the $hit hit the fan" (COVID) about then and the shop had to close. A little over a month ago the rims were done, along with the signal mounts I had them chrome. I finally made time to install the bearings and seals, then lace up one wheel. One down, one to go.









My customer Mark (with the three Morini 3 1/2 Sports) is bringing me engine number 3 to strip down sometime soon. While I'm doing that, he'll true the wheels up for me. Maybe I can finally finish this project before Winter! 
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #109 on: August 31, 2020, 07:21:37 AM »
Those wheels are looking great, worth the unexpected wait time! Looks like you are definitely keeping busy and building some muscle  :evil: 
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #110 on: August 31, 2020, 08:00:49 PM »
Beautiful wheel!!
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #111 on: August 31, 2020, 08:57:19 PM »
Thought I'd posted this over a month ago when it happened, but apparently not. Right after I got the parts back from the plater/polisher, I installed the signals. Still need to connect the front ones though.






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« Reply #112 on: September 01, 2020, 07:43:50 AM »
Wow. Just wow. Worked my way through this thread over coffee. To call your work and attention to detail impressive would be faint praise. You, sir, are inspirational.

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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #113 on: September 01, 2020, 08:25:44 PM »
Front wheel laced up.


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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #114 on: September 02, 2020, 05:14:32 PM »
Very cool.  Those wheels look great, Charlie.
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #115 on: September 03, 2020, 08:56:46 AM »
That does look great, on/off topic question, can those hubs be laced to say a tubeless rim off of say a 98 EV?
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« Reply #116 on: September 03, 2020, 05:15:39 PM »
That does look great, on/off topic question, can those hubs be laced to say a tubeless rim off of say a 98 EV?

No, the spoke angle would be totally wrong.
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #117 on: September 14, 2020, 08:41:33 PM »
More progress! Customer Mark came over on Thursday for me to disassemble his Morini 3 1/2 Sport engine number 3. While I was doing that, he was busy truing the wheels. Labor exchange.  :azn: I'm stalled on another project, waiting for parts that are being held captive by the postal service.  :wink: So, today I sat the tires out in the (sort of) sun to warm them up, only it really didn't help. Then I realized that *someone* had used the front tube on another project and didn't replace it. Oh well, at least I got the rear tire mounted.




Checked the balance, no weight necessary.




Greased the drive splines and installed the wheel. One down, one to go.




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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #118 on: September 15, 2020, 08:17:19 PM »
After a ride into Hagerstown to buy a tube, I got the front tire mounted, balanced and the wheel installed.








Cleaned and lubed the brake cables and installed them, did the initial adjustment.








I'll need a helper to get it down off the blocks under the sump, but then it'll be on it's wheels again for the first time in a long time. 
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Re: '73 V7 Sport restoration
« Reply #119 on: September 28, 2020, 08:53:36 PM »
Test fitting the mufflers.






This was the first time I'd unwrapped the mufflers. Unfortunately, the left one has a pretty noticeable blemish.  :sad:


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