Distributor drive gear pin removal
Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models
Thanks to Charlie Mullendore of Antietam Classic Cycle for providing me his methodology in a private communication.
The pin that holds the distributor drive gear in place can be extremely difficult to remove. Charlie shares his methodology:
Just removed two pins very easily last week doing this same exact swap. Here's what works for me:
- grind the peened head off one end.
- tap the pin in from the other end with a hammer and punch (helps you to see the pin on the ground end for the next step).
- center punch the pin and drill the remaining head off (I used a 3⁄16 inch bit IIRC). You don't need to drill very deep, more a countersink.
- using a good quality 1⁄8 inch punch, drive the pin out.
Re-installation is very easy, tap the pin in and peen both ends. Here's a few shots of the crude fixture I made for the job out of 3⁄8 inch thick steel.