Author Topic: Just pull harder?  (Read 357 times)

Online Anomaly

  • Gosling
  • ***
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 244
  • Location: Southern Tuscany (mostly), Rhode Island (sometimes)
Just pull harder?
« on: February 25, 2023, 02:24:04 AM »
Before I dig myself into a hole, thought I better ask for some advice/tips here. My 1981 T3 California came to me with a crack in the plastic gauge housing. It is totally an aesthetic issue as everything works fine but a replacement popped up online at a price I couldn't refuse. Here's the "new" one:





I removed the two screws holding the part in question to the other part housing the gauges and began to gently pull up on the part I was trying (hoping?) to remove. Then I tried not so gently. Then I took some photos and stopped to start this thread.... The "problem" appears to be that all the bulbs invoked are inserted into recesses on the underside of the part I'm trying to remove:




I can separate the two parts just enough to see in and see a mass of 40+ year old wiring and don't know how hard I should be pulling on things....

Is there a trick I'm missing?

In the good news department, while doing all this, I took the opportunity to remove the speedo so I could get a close look at the missing trip meter reset knob. Yay! It wasn't broken off, just not there and the threads look OK:


1981 T3 California, 1983 Piaggio Apecar P2
Sold: 98 BMW F650, 2012 v7 Classic

Offline Tkelly

  • Gaggle Mentor
  • ****
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 799
Re: Just pull harder?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2023, 09:00:37 AM »
My t3 has t gauges .The bulbs go in individual cylinders on the top piece,if you get that together,round nuts on the bottom screw on two bolts coming down from the new screen to hold it together with the bike.Maybe yours is different,good luck.

Online Anomaly

  • Gosling
  • ***
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 244
  • Location: Southern Tuscany (mostly), Rhode Island (sometimes)
Re: Just pull harder?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2023, 03:48:15 PM »
My t3 has t gauges .The bulbs go in individual cylinders on the top piece,if you get that together,round nuts on the bottom screw on two bolts coming down from the new screen to hold it together with the bike.Maybe yours is different,good luck.


Thanks. Mine is slightly different, the two plastic pieces that comprise the instrument cluster are held by two machine screws that thread into the larger piece from below. I have those screws out and can separate the two plastic pieces, but only just slightly. The piece I'm trying to replace houses the bulbs in cylinders like you describe and I think after 40+ years the bulbs are fairly stuck in there and I can't reach them directly to try to extract them from the cylinders. All I can do at the moment is try to further separate the two plastic pieces but that involves pulling pretty hard on the wires connected to the bulb sockets.
1981 T3 California, 1983 Piaggio Apecar P2
Sold: 98 BMW F650, 2012 v7 Classic

Online moto

  • Gaggle Mentor
  • ****
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 674
  • Potrebbe andare peggio, potrebbe piovere!
  • Location: Madison, WI
Re: Just pull harder?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2023, 06:25:19 PM »
I have exactly the same dash that you show, on my T3. It is a later version of the original T3 dash that adds turn signals and a brake fluid warning light. I donít remember any tricks involved with assembling or disassembling this dash. Iíd just pull harder, but my memory might fail me on this.
850 T-3
Griso 1100 corretto
2023 Royal Enfield Classic 350
Italjet Buccaneer 250 (ex-SSR) -- now sold
credit for 2500+ postings lost in the database meltdown of Feb 9, 2020

Wildguzzi.com

Re: Just pull harder?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2023, 06:25:19 PM »

 


Harper's Moto Guzzi : Go Ride, Break Parts, Call me!
Harper's Moto Guzzi. Where we still answer the phone, use the highest quality parts, and also do Transmission, rear drive, and carb rebuilds fast. Call us at 816.697.3411 and get your problems resolved.
http://www.harpermoto.com
Advertise Here