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Old 12-30-2012, 07:04 PM   #37
hopskipjump
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Joined: Feb 2011
Location: This side of Motown
Oddometer: 41
New to me is a very low mileage Moto Guzzi LeMans 850 with 10k on the clock-

Notorious for crummy frame paint and even though it was indoors in California with its second owner for 32 of its years, there is rust on the frame and what appears to be battery acid leakage which caused some of the frame to "corrode". The engine and transmission castings are unevenly oxidized....

I believe that patina, to be nice has to be evenly distributed- not a shiny this next to a dull that- Also, scratches and rust and dents are not patina....
I also know that the unrestored perfect object is the most valuable, then comes the careful restoration that searches for the OEM parts and the hidden improvement parts- re-dos that correct poor engineering or manufacturing but that are very hard to detect....

I would post pics but I do not know how...
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