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Quite a project Bernie. Look forward to seeing the progress. Best of luck to you and your knuckles!
Hi Bernie... nice project. I'm also not restoring my Guzzi, a 76 T3... bought as a running bike, but standing for the last 30 years. I imagine we'll be dealing with lots of similar issues! Rode mine today for the first time... not very successfully but after having the heads off, it's a milestone!
Nice project! Do you know why the bike was crabbed before you bought it? Weird that your bearing carrier of the rear wheel expaned when pushing the bearing in? The paint on the wheels look extremely good, is the rest of the paintwork in simmilar state?
This is totally my kind of thread.
dont worry about the air bladders in the forks , they were a gadget , in theory they should provide a additional air spring to adjust the ride height, but they dont. if the damping is still Ok, there is no reason to change the fork dampers. new ones will be just as good/bad as the old ones of course a modern cartridge will improve damping enormously , but those take some modifying. ( the XS500 did not have damping cartridges. )
When the float pivot pin is in too deep to grab, simply slide the float over to the closed side, clamp down on the float "tube" with vise grips, move it to the open side, repeat until the pin protrudes enough to grab. I set float levels on PHFs to 18.5 with the carb inverted and spring loaded tip of the float needle fully compressed. This works out to around 22 mm when the carb is held on it's side and the spring isn't compressed.
I thought about that, but I was concerned that I would crush the tube, making it unusable. Admittedly, that would be less expensive than a new carb body! Thanks I will defer to your experience and set the float levels as you do. The Haynes manual actual only describes disassembling the square slide (name escapes me here.) carb. There is a a blow apart diagram of the PHF carb, but it is a crank top style, and it's unclear if the float settings apply to it. So I'm glad you are here!
Continuing with the wheels:Luck was with me....Installed all the disks and voila! This baby is ready to roll! Well after I reassemble the rest of the bike, that is.
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