Gregory Bender

Machine work

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models



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Except where noted as being recommended by others, I've used each of these machine shops and have been very satisfied with the work performed and prices charged. These are not boutique machine shops. If you want a machine shop where you can sip your latte in a spotless lounge and pay inflated prices, look elsewhere. These are solid, trustworthy machine shops that do real work for real people.

The listings here should be considered good places to get solid machine work done at a reasonable price. However, they should not be considered the top-of-the-line, used by go-fast-racers everywhere, best of the best. If you are looking to squeeze every bit out of your engine, want to have your heads ported, and have the best of the best done, then you need to contact Mike Rich Motorsports. Mike Rich is fantastic. This isn't to say that the folks listed below aren't qualified. The ones I've used are and I've been happy with them. I mention this only because I don't want you to expect these guys to give you top-shelf heads for bottom basement pricing. They'll do a basic service (valves, guides, grind, shim for spring pressure, etc) and send you on your way without a lot missing from your wallet.

If you don't live near one of the shops I list below, you should probably find somebody local. There are good machinists everywhere and there is really no reason to ship your stuff across the country just because I mention that they've done good work for me. If you own an older machine, you are going to need a machinist. Best to find one local that you trust.


Thanks to Mark Etheridge of Moto Guzzi Classics for this recommendation.

Ali's Automotive Machine
784 St Louis Ave
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Phone: (562) 988-1565


I had really good luck with the NAPA Machine Shop. Knowledgeable personnel, good prices.

11716 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL. 33612
Phone: (813) 932-0758

When I had my crankshaft turned, I used General Crankshaft. They did a top notch job.

General Crankshaft Company
Owners: Mike and Jack
2540 25th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL. 33713
Phone: (813) 323-4205


If you live in Central Kansas, Peter Aversa (a.k.a., Pistol Pete) is the man to see for all your machining needs. He has a well-equipped machine shop and I recommend him without reservation. Give him a call and let him know that my brother, Ted Bender, sent you.

Timbucktoo Machine
Owner: Peter Aversa
10003 South Hertzler Road
Sedgwick, KS. 67135
Phone: (316) 772-0335


Thanks to Dave Otis for this recommendation. Dave used Automotive Parts and Machine for cylinder head work.

Automotive Parts and Machine
900 East Patrick Street
Frederick, MD. 21701
(301) 663-8866


Thanks to John Ulrich for this recommendation. I used Dick's Porting for cylinder head work.

Dick's Porting
Owner: Dick Snyder
16445 Valley Drive Northwest
Anoka, MN. 55304
Phone: (763) 427-7195


Thanks to Mac Dennis for this recommendation, specifically for cylinder head service.

Long's Mechanical Services
Owner: Randy Long
R.D. 1, Box 685-K
74 Risbon Road
Honey Brook, PA 19344
Phone: (610) 286-5870


Delta Camshaft is great at regrinding Moto Guzzi camshafts and tappets/lifters.

Delta Camshaft
2366 Tacoma Ave S.
Tacoma, WA. 98402
Phone: (800) 562-5500