Air filter boot for Amal carburetors
Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models
Thanks to Alan Comfort for sending me these images and description. In Alan's own words:
I could not source a replacement for the perished rubber boot that connects the Amal carbs to the air filter on my loop frame Guzzi. Here is a solution that can be made with hand tools from off-the-shelf materials if you have some basic metal fabrication skills.
I TIG welded the joint in the tubing but it could be joined with a MAP gas torch and some low temperatureAlumi-Weldrods. The oval aluminum plate fits to the existing air box and I found that the rubber unions that are meant to join 2 inch plastic pipe to 2 inch iron pipe make the perfect interface between the Amal carb and the 2 inch aluminum tubing. The rubber seal is made from auto body fender welting and is fixed to the welded tubing with blind rivets and washers, It takes a bit of filing to get the fit just right, and no original parts were harmed with this modification. I am thinking that this would also work with Del'Orto carbs. I painted it black so it will look OEM to the casual observer. Pod filters would have been easier, but that would have been like dressing Sophia Loren in a polyester track suit.