Laverda 3C owner Andy Pow­ell

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - MIRA FILES -

Andy Pow­ell, owner of the fea­tured Laverda 3C, works for the Force In­dia F1 team at Sil­ver­stone, man­ag­ing its en­gi­neer­ing work­shop that sup­plies con­sum­able com­po­nents and sub-as­sem­blies for the ve­hi­cles. Andy, 52, has long been a bike fan. “I started mess­ing about with old bikes when we were kids. Then my dad took us to watch the Transat­lantic Match Races and the Avon Pro­duc­tion bike se­ries, when I first saw a Laverda triple.” He bought the 3C in Au­gust 2009 from Richard Slater who had ac­quired it from an owner in Black­pool. Slater knew the bike well be­cause he had orig­i­nally sold it in 1975. It was “in a state, but im­por­tantly, it was all there,” Andy says, “I didn’t want to pay £10,000 for a bike that had al­ready been ‘re­stored’ be­cause we all know they never are!” (Andy paid much less than that and the bike is in­sured for £12,000). “I started with a com­plete strip down and rebuild which took a year. The en­gine and gear­box were all good so I just fit­ted new bear­ings, gas­kets and seals, pis­ton rings, and a light hone of the stan­dard bores. All parts were crack tested and ul­tra­son­i­cally cleaned (one of the benefits of be­ing at the FI team) be­fore re­assem­bly.” Andy’s tips for re­assem­bly: al­ways take time and care and use a tim­ing wheel when set­ting the camshafts. The fac­tory marks are not al­ways cor­rect. One of the key skills he uses is know­ing the cor­rect tol­er­ances and how to mea­sure com­po­nents. “Ac­cord­ing to Tim Parker’s ‘Green’ Laverda book the en­gine was all in tol­er­ance,” says Andy. Al­ways use a good (pre­mium) lu­bri­cat­ing oil, he says. “I use Silko­lene 20/50 Comp 4, and I warm up the en­gine care­fully. I change oil at about 1500 to 2000 miles and re­move and clean the oil fil­ter ev­ery sec­ond oil change. “Al­ways buy the cor­rect parts. Richard Slater has a re­ally good stock of parts and will al­ways help you out. He’s a top man! The frame and many parts were pow­der coated while the tank and side pan­els were fin­ished by lo­cal ex­pert Steve God­dard at SGM in Ban­bury. The seat was re­cov­ered by Leightons.” Long­est run so far has been to Slater’s place near Brom­yard, a 150-mile round trip. “I usu­ally get it out when the sun shines”.

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