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This is a discussion on Guzzi V50 within the Project Builds forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; Originally Posted by steveo Thanks knappy.... I've got more than a few concerrns over this one. Even if I can get the engine running, and ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo View Post
    Thanks knappy.... I've got more than a few concerrns over this one.
    Even if I can get the engine running, and the electrics work (which I doubt) it'll cost an arm, and a leg to sort everything out.
    I think the owner would be much better off to forget about the Guzzi, and buy something a bit more modern, as she wants to use the bike daily.
    When I suggested that she didn't seem too keen.

    Spent a few hours today putting the wiring loom on, just half a dozen chooped wires to sort out, and order a battery.
    Got a bit fed up with the electrics, so thought I'd take a quick look at the brakes, and promptly put all the parts back in the box.
    The alternator's seen better days.
    It's probably a good thing that she is attached to it, so you don't end up owning it. How festered are those caliper bores? I have to pull some apart that have been sitting for over 35 yrs and not looking forward to it. Have you figured out yet why your son helped you out without moaning or money? He wants a tattoo? Has a letter from the headmaster? I'd be concerned if I were you.
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    One of the calipers is shot. The bores/pistons on the other 2 look fine, but will need new seals, pins, pads, and bleed nipples.
    I'm guessing that the master cylinders are going to need attention too.
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    Can't say that this is going particularly well.
    Spent the last couple of weeks trying to sort out the wiring. Replaced quite a few connections on the the loom, the rest of it cleaned up okay.
    Managed to get hold of a NOS alternator sub loom for reasonable money, also had to get new coils, diode board, regulator which cost a few quid.
    Thought I'd taken a step forward until this morning when I went to fit new base/head gaskets. One of the pistons, and bores look well shagged, which won't be a cheap fix.
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    is there a budget for this, and how many times its worth are they willing to spend?

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    V50s are great little bikes, but can have "issues" as you see. I bailed out on my first one, loosing $3,000 when I sold it non running(it went to shop running but not well).

    BUT, a year later I bought another, this time a III, ran great but now needs a new ignition switch. I still like it better than my V7 Stone IIz
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad black View Post
    is there a budget for this, and how many times its worth are they willing to spend?
    I've tried to talk the owner out of going ahead with this a few times, but seems determined to carry on.
    I dread to think how much it's going to cost. If there's no other major issues my guess would be £2500-£3000.
    My advice to her was sell the Guzzi for parts, and buy a decent Monster, save some money, and have a more reliable/safer bike.
    When I agreed to take the project on I was under the impression that it was pretty much a matter of bolting a few bits back together....Live and learn.
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    yep. and you'll still get screwed.

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    I would put her on a pay as you go plan unless you really like V50's.

    What are those bores made out of? Hopefully just a lump of cast iron.
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    Unfortunately the bores are chrome, so one is going to need replating.
    There's a couple of companies over here that can do the job for about £130+vat and p&p, with the added the cost of a new piston and rings it's not going to be cheap.
    She's already paying installments btw.
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    It's been a bit nippy in the shed today.
    One of the cylinders got sent off for replating last week so while waiting for that thought I'd have another go at cleaning the engine.
    This time fine scotchbrite mops seem to be doing an okay job.
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