V7 Sport crank saved:
A year or two ago, I helped my buddy Tom Liberetore find a bunch of esoteric motorcycle bits. He found out that I dig exploded motor shrapnel. So he loaded me up! Including what had been declared an utterly destroyed V7 Sport crank. It was fully ready for a 5th undersize bearing set on the rods, and close to that on the main journals as well. Yep, it was toast. A big paperweight. These are merely challenges that one must have will to overcome. Or money*
Fast forward a year. So, I know this guy… He has some sort of machine tool business in Florida, but really loves machinery of any variety. Mostly, he likes /2 BMWs, but the Guzzi bug got to him, so he is now restoring an Eldorado. I helped him figure out a few technical quandaries for his bike and through some connections made in conversation he tells me about his machinist connections. He mentioned he was carrying his crank shaft with him on his next biz trip to a machine shop he contracts with in Bangkok. One of the shop’s specialties is a lathe welder/grinder. He offered to take mine as well. Thus, I now have a V7 Sport crank reset to blueprint specs. (Yes, I sent them along) It measures up just right. I’ll polish the journals, but that is just nitpicking.
If you ever want to learn how to make lots of little parts out of big ones while releasing a lot of energy, adrenalin, and sound, then check out Tom’s site!
* The fuel of the Garaj Mahal is not money or cunning, it is sheer wil