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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #570 on: April 20, 2021, 08:13:34 PM »
Everything is ship shape again.
The rocker mounts only needed machining in these locations to fit including clash with the original valve covers.



I think it will be safe to say it will be the only Eldorado in my neighbourhood with California II rockers, 32 mm PHF's and Tommy Pettersen distributor.
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #571 on: April 20, 2021, 09:17:37 PM »
Les I think it would be safe to say your Eldorado is the only one anywhere with just about everything made better and prettier, details, details, details!  :bow:
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #572 on: April 21, 2021, 09:20:56 PM »
Thanks Jim.  :thumb:

The bike was running great but hope it will be even better.
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #573 on: April 22, 2021, 05:44:28 PM »
I still should have fit that AMR300 supercharger for the 'Worlds fastest Eldorado, to late now.

The new parts bolted up like stock but what to set the valve clearance to is a mystery.



Amazing how things can machine in a fraction of the time compared to the first ones.
New and improved versions that will make the 32 mm bore match to the carburetor easy with the shoulder at that ID.


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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #573 on: April 22, 2021, 05:44:28 PM »

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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #574 on: April 26, 2021, 05:31:25 PM »
For Valve Clearances my owners manual for the 1984 California II shows 0.009 inches for both Inlet and Exhaust!

Other have suggested 0.006 & 0.008 inches can be safely used.

I have also read on this forum that 0.005 & 0.007 inches is still very safe to use for the valve clearances.

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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #575 on: April 26, 2021, 06:00:09 PM »
For Valve Clearances my owners manual for the 1984 California II shows 0.009 inches for both Inlet and Exhaust!

Other have suggested 0.006 & 0.008 inches can be safely used.

I have also read on this forum that 0.005 & 0.007 inches is still very safe to use for the valve clearances.

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Thanks Peter  :thumb:
You are the only person in the world to offer any answer so muchly appreciated.
I will try .006" and .008"
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #576 on: April 27, 2021, 07:00:03 AM »
I hear you, it must be the most mechanically loved Eldorado in these parts.

IIRC this is the gas cap surround I machined and sent you for free via ADV Rider.



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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #577 on: April 27, 2021, 04:43:38 PM »
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #578 on: May 02, 2021, 07:10:19 AM »
No surprise, if there was a schedule its behind time.


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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #579 on: May 05, 2021, 04:03:16 PM »
Charlie misses nothing, maybe it was an omen, one step forward, two backwards then three forward..  :laugh:


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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #580 on: May 05, 2021, 07:40:16 PM »
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #581 on: May 06, 2021, 04:11:27 PM »
Oddly enough (or not) I would be to afraid to touch those decals which should be replaced with ones that do not have the Eagles flying backwards.  :boozing:

I think the last time I applied a deacl/sticker (Airfix model) was before New Zealand had colour television (1973)
Would they be a decal or some form of water transfer ?

How would they be removed and will hope the PO did not use some form of clear over them.
The tank is original paint so would not want to damage it, I am more at home drilling holes in crankshafts.

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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #582 on: May 07, 2021, 08:44:46 AM »
Kind of hard to tell from the photo what type they are. They look like water transfer without any clear over them, to me.
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #583 on: May 07, 2021, 10:31:26 PM »
No surprise, if there was a schedule its behind time.


That front brake is going to break your heart Les. I stayed true to mine for about a year and then ordered this from Don Pender:



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I also donít envy the poor lad that works on your Eldorado in 30 years with a shop manual in his hands. Your work is a pleasure to look at.
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #584 on: May 08, 2021, 12:55:16 AM »
Hi Ben, I put one of Don's sleeve kits in the master cylinder along with new SS pistons and seals in the caliper (The rotor got Blanchard ground) so will see how it goes.
I have the Brembo that I made a bracket for (full seal kit and new Brembo pads added) to try later on.



The Mk2a is all mechanical and to look as stock as possible besides the FullAuto cylinder head and 2.5" Excels (with radials)
The paint on the frame is original.
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #585 on: May 08, 2021, 06:44:09 PM »
Pesky drive chains and sprocket nuts needing 80 ft/lbs of torque.
Take the easy option and stand on the rear brake and guestimate it with a box spanner or..........
















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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #586 on: May 10, 2021, 07:02:38 AM »
I went the same route with sleeved mc and stainless black lines for the front brake Les. I wanted the bike to look completely stock. I couldnít get it to stop leaking fluid through the caliper. The new setup males riding easier since I can two finger brake while blipping the throttle on downshifts.

Your countersprocket tool is killer. Also, Iím interested in how the Fullauto heads feel. I have Combat heads and 2s cam and the power output is surprisingly strong. The engine is happiest above 4500 and pulls past redline.  I tend to back off at 6000.
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Re: Eldorado and the quest to ride a Moto Guzzi for the first time.
« Reply #587 on: May 17, 2021, 09:49:43 AM »
Les!
Very interested in how you will jet those PHF 32 (same as on my V7 Sport)...
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