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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 11:38
I always use kitchen foil rather than Rizlas (not having any alternative use for them these days). The foil is around .001" thick and much stronger than fag paper.

Don't know about the Guzzi mag but Lucas condensers are buried inside the windings and really need specialised attention.
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Kitchen foil!! Good tip Ian, thank you.
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Originally posted by jpc jpc wrote:


I had the thrill to see my T3's odometer tumble back to zero last weekend. 300.000 km !

It's been maintained but not pampered, with oil changes at between 5 and 10.000 km and a new filter every three oil changes. The Gillardoni kit has done 180.000 km now, and unchanged parts include crankshaft bearings, oil pump, tappets, carbs, gearbox, bevel drive and much more.

The only times it failed to get me home in 29 years were a failed UJ, a stuck front fork and a few punctures.
Other bikes I've owned were better at a few things (mainly to do with horsepower), but this one has something the others can't touch. Keep on truckin' !!
Brilliant, totally contrary to the disposable society, keep it up.
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Today? Rang up Towzatronics to ask a question or two before placing an order for some components. What a nice, helpful chap. I can see why he comes so well recommended.
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300,000kms!!  JPC that really is humbling.  I wonder if a modern one would stand that mileage?

Now, back to this weird magneto thing that I don't understand.
Sounds like the condenser is buried within the device, so I think I'll leave that.
Points are on and gap set, but I can't for the life of me see how to adjust the timing (which is currently too advanced).  The points plate seems to be fixed to the body of the magneto and not adjustable.
Any wisdom to share?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 15:42
Presumably it's driven from the other end. I'd be looking for a sprocket or gear that you can remove from the shaft and reposition - usually on a taper. The points plate will be fixed (or at least registered in some way) as magnetos need to have the points opening at the point of maximum flux.

Does it have automatic advance? If so, you'll know without being told that normally you'll time on full advance and will need to wedge the auto advance in that position. If manual, of course time with the lever in the fully advanced position.
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Continued the service of the 850GT in preparation for my holiday. Fixed the oil leak from the neutral switch, cleaned up the mess created by the leak.Replaced the air filter.Adjusted the recently replaced dynamo belt which had gone a bit slack and fitted newly acquired throttle cables.
BUT,the cables have too much free length on the inners requiring the carb top adjusters to be screwed out to their last thread to obtain correct adjustment,no good at all! I wonder why after market parts suppliers/manufacturers can't get it right? The clutch cable is almost as bad,all adjustment used up on initial fitting.
You just can't get the staff these days. Bahh!!
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Thanks Ian, I'm sure you are correct.
It does have auto advance and the correct timing is 22mm BTC on the circumference of the bacon slicer, but this is fully retarded.
Measuring is very convenient with all the moving parts on the outside of the engine.  Only problem is that the points are opening around 40mm BTC.
Tomorrow I have a call scheduled with Singles expert Gordon de la Mare.  Gordon's a great guy and he's going to give me full instructions.  Thanks for your help.

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Derek, it could be that the key on the flywheel has sheared and the flywheel has moved. There is recent thread on this on the singles group. I've put my limited knowledge re. the mag. on there as well. No need to change the condenser if the bike starts.
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Originally posted by Glawster Glawster wrote:

Thanks Ian, I'm sure you are correct.
It does have auto advance and the correct timing is 22mm BTC on the circumference of the bacon slicer, but this is fully retarded.
Measuring is very convenient with all the moving parts on the outside of the engine.  Only problem is that the points are opening around 40mm BTC.
Tomorrow I have a call scheduled with Singles expert Gordon de la Mare.  Gordon's a great guy and he's going to give me full instructions. 

 Derek if you are interested in doing your own maintenance it might be worth your while contacting Mike Lacey of MGCGB. he has copies of user handbooks, workshop manuals and parts lists for Falcone and will copy to disc for a nominal fee. contact: email mike.moto@tiscali.co.uk telephone 01305 772629
Very helpful man

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Thanks George,
Actually I do have all the manuals which a chap called Dave Thomas gave me.  Dave is the guy who got the manuals translated from Italian and gave them to the Guzzi club.  I met him in a pub one night quite by chance and a couple of day later about 10kgs of documents arrived!
Problem is, they all seem to gloss over timing adjustment, probably because everyone who understands magnetos knows how to do it!
Strange thing is, I decided I’d try to see if it would start.  Fired straight up and I put the strobe light on the HT lead.  It really is firing way advanced according to the flywheel marking.  The auto advance is working ok.  The TDC mark on the flywheel really does seem to be at TDC so it doesn’t seem like the woodruff key has moved.  I’m really flummoxed, but it does seem to run ok!
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