MV ex­pe­ri­ences

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Re the MV 750GT (OBA 61), I was the owner of one, pur­chased from a place be­hind Col Craw­ford Mo­tors in Brook­vale, sec­ond hand, in about 1978. It had 800 miles on it and I was told be­longed to a chi­ro­prac­tor (de­ceased) who used to live near the wa­ter in Bal­main. The bike had been stored in a car­port near the wa­ter and as such had quite rusted chrome and ex­ten­sive al­loy cor­ro­sion. The mo­tor was also seized, I think I paid $1,200 but I’m not sure as I have owned over 200 bikes. Any­how I took it home and started strip­ping it, I was liv­ing with my girl­friend at the time (now wife) and had the mo­tor in bits un­der the bed, with the frame and tin­wear in a cor­ner of a garage. I stripped the tank and seat base, these were both hand-beaten items from the fac­tory, dressed them with filler and re­painted them. The bronze paint was a spot-on match for a Nis­san Dat­sun colour and the cream was a Chrysler Sigma colour. I stripped the rims, the spokes of which I sent to Premier Elec­tro­plat­ing in Sur­rey Hills. I got him to also pol­ish some of the al­loy parts. Star Enamel, also in Sur­rey Hills, did a great job of sil­ver baked enamel, maybe with a cou­ple of blue pin stripes. I worked for ages with Pen­e­trene and with a block of wood and a ham­mer was able to coax the pis­tons from the bar­rels. The mo­tor is a tremen­dously well en­gi­neered en­gine. You could take the head off in the frame, gear drive to the camshafts, in­di­vid­ual bar­rels and the whole ro­tat­ing assembly crank and rods se­cured in a cra­dle

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