Side cover bottom pin repair
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 the following information on the old Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group (which has now moved to Groups.io).
Thanks to Paul Hanks for sending me this information via e-mail. In Paul's own words:
My battery box cover had one pin corroded off. I used a piece of 4 mm all thread (SS) and nylocks. It's not for a purist but it will get the job done. My wife has since painted it black.
Personally, I like Paul's solution. In my experience, JB Weld never works to hold a new pin in place. Paul's method is unobtrusive and permits him to keep the original patina as long as he wishes to do so. Should a repaint ever be needed, the rusted area and drilled hole are very easily repaired to
as original condition. Nice.
To prevent any abrasion damage, a person could slip a length of small diameter vacuum hose tubing over the threads - particularly the horizontal portion that does not fit inside the protective grommet of the battery tray.