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    Posted: 23 May 2014 at 23:58
Some of you will already know that I'm rebuilding my V7Sport which I bought way back in 1978 when I was 20. I was continuing to use it as my only bike while gradually improving it but in 2007 I came of it and damaged it pretty badly. Such was the damage that it couldn't just be wiped over and knocked back into shape. Instead fairly major work was needed so I thought I might as well rebuild it properly. I'm not aiming for concours or anything silly as I intend to use it. Although it likely will still have some battle scars, it will have lost the patina it had.

Anyway, I started writing a blog to record my exploits. I don't intend to duplicate everything here but, if it's ok, I'll post a link in this thread when I add something to the blog so you can take a look if you're interested.

Today I've added 2 posts.

http://racingrhino.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/retracing-my-steps-part-1/ is about some engine work and http://racingrhino.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/retracing-my-steps-part-2/ is basically a clutch change.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldJohnboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2014 at 10:01
Thanks for this post. It's exactly the kind of thing I always hope to find on motorcycle forums, but rarely do. I learned some stuff I didn't know, and am feeling further inspired to get myself an older Guzzi to play with one of these days. Just as soon as I -
1. Finish studying (One year to go - I hope)
2. Finish two outstanding bike projects (as in standing still Confused)
3. Catch up with all the outstanding DIY jobs (yeah,right)
 
In the meantime, I'll enjoy reading more of the same Thumbs Up.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote v7john Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2014 at 20:48
I've written another piece for my Racing Rhino blog.

http://racingrhino.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/its-not-all-plain-sailing/

This time it's about fitting the distributor and roughly setting the ignition timing. There have also been some minor setbacks this week.
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When does it ever all go perfectly? But you appreciate it all the more in the end.
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1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
1972 V7 700cc "The Fire Bike".
1954 BSA M33

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Lovely thread. Keep it coming Thumbs Up
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Today I've got the tank and toolboxes from my painter. The link to my blog post is http://racingrhino.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/paint/

But I'm so pleased with the job that I'll post the pics here. First, in the shade

Then out in the sunshine

1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Oldrat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jun 2014 at 21:42
I've really enjoyed your blog, thanks for taking the trouble to picture and post.
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Great blog, bike looking good, jealous of the workshop Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2014 at 21:20
Can't beat a professional painter, them's look gorgeous
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I've done some more. Front forks this time, mainly.

http://racingrhino.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/front-forks-and-getting-ready-for-chrome/

Originally posted by garyr garyr wrote:

jealous of the workshop Thumbs Up

I am lucky to have the workshop which I built last year. It replaces a rusting corrugated metal single garage which was already there when we moved to the house in 1992. It leaked, in the winter condensation was a problem and in summer you got cooked. I remember doing some car painting and when I shut the door rust dropped from the roof! It also had cross beams at 6 foot height and I'm 6 foot 4.

This workshop is a wooden tandem garage (for 2 cars end to end), 3 x 10 metres. It's a kit built up in the same way as one of those garden log cabins and looks like one. It wasn't too difficult to do as the concrete standing was already big enough although not level and in 3 slabs. It's fire-proofed. I was retired from work because of ill health and it took me 2 years before I had a long enough good spell and was able to build the garage (with some help from her indoors). All along the plan was for somewhere to do my bike and when I got a pension payout my wife agreed to putting the money aside. I'm fairly handy and when well will turn my hand to most things but when not well...

An electrician ran the electricity to the workshop and installed the consumer unit. I took it from there and he came back to sign it all off.

The fettling shed.

Impressive, eh?
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Lovely job.
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1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
1972 V7 700cc "The Fire Bike".
1954 BSA M33

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Yesterday morning the replacement exhaust system arrived. So last night I trial fitted everything as the bike has never had an original system in all the years I've owned it. Obviously it's a repro system but it looks right and all lines up. The silencers are a better shape than the older, rusty repro ones I had and have less of a flair at the ends. The welding is also much better. They are just a little bit longer. The only negative is that the "shark fin" slots at the end of the silencers aren't open enough but I'm going to leave them alone 'cos I'll only have the chrome off if I fiddle.



Got to take it all off again now and put it somewhere safe.
1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
1972 V7 700cc "The Fire Bike".
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote v7john Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 2014 at 00:05
Latest installment although you already know about the exhaust. Cleaned up the carbs and put them on.
http://racingrhino.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/exhaust-carbs-n-other-stuff/


1972 V7Sport "The Racing Rhino".
1972 V7 700cc "The Fire Bike".
1954 BSA M33

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