The Aermacchi Project, Part 6: In Which the Motorcycle Angels Come Through


Margie Siegal's mystery tool
Hallelujah! The mystery tool works!

This is the sixth installment of a series detailing Margie Siegal's restoration of a 1973 Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint. Start at the beginning with Part 1.

“There's a special cherub for motor-cyclists.”

— Dorothy Sayers, The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag*

The top end back together, it's time to start in on the clutch. As delivered, the clutch took two hands to operate. Some of the problem had to do with the clutch cable, which was stuck in the housing, so I ordered a new clutch cable. Yes, Virginia, you can just call or email and mail order businesses will send you Aermacchi parts. Parts are available because all these folks are out racing Aermacchis. This is why you should support vintage racing.

Figuring the clutch cable was only part of the problem, I got out the service manual. The service manual says to take off the cover (not a problem, no rusty bolts) and then use your Special Tool No. 94670-66P to unscrew the five spring holders. After a little calling around I find out that there are five Special Tool No. 94670-66P in existence, each one owned by a crack shot with a bad temper. It's obvious that my chances of getting one of these things is about as good as finding a live passenger pigeon.

7/25/2019 3:43:03 PM

I like these post but I don't see a way to read them in order. When you start a part 1, it doesn't seem possible to go all the way thru the series. Is this my bad computer skills? Could someone explain how to read all the parts

Johnny Ro
5/22/2019 6:32:27 PM

Margie, this is truly an outstanding series. Thanks.

5/16/2019 7:16:08 AM

LOve those bikes, just wish they had gone to a 500cc. But 350 will do to, anybody?

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