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Old 10-29-2004, 08:45 PM   #1
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It's not a BMW airhead but....

My Guzzi project is SLOWLY looking like a motorcycle again.

The beginning

I heard about the bike a few years before I hauled it home, the initial asking price was stupid high so I let it sit for a while. I'd call back every year or so asking if he still had it and eventually worked the price down to a reasonable $1000...but he wouldn't pull the trigger....I had to pull out the big guns. I talked to his wife, who learned that there was $1000 sitting in the garage under layer of grunge and sawdust.

The next day I got the call and was there with checkbook in hand.



She aint a prom queen but to me there is beauty under the fugliness.
A teardown revealed a broken shift return spring and some electrical malevolence but otherwise she was an unexpected beauty.



The original plan was to put the footboards back on but I scored a set of LeMans I-II footpegs off eBay for $50. I'm going to take a step backwards and remove the board frame rails and paint up another set of for the pegs.



It's been a long haul (kids kinda take all the available time and money out of life) but there is progress in a glacial kind of way. Some guy named Chopperman is spooning on a set of cheap tires and I've started working on a new wiring harness which doesn't resemble any Moto Guzzi schematic I've ever seen.

My obsession for the last decade or so has been old Guzzis even though I primarily ride a Triumph Sprint RS now. The Triumph is a wonderful machine, technically better in every way than the Guzzi but Guzzis are in my soul. If I could have one motorcycle for the rest of my life It would without a doubt be a warmed over 1976 Moto Guzzi T-3.

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ps. I'm not sure how much pic hosting abuse my Verizon account can take...I guess we'll find out.

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Old 10-29-2004, 09:01 PM   #2
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man o man

get a smugmug account now so we can watch the T-3 come back to life.


Very cool bike.
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Old 10-29-2004, 09:06 PM   #3
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Keep it coming
I've never owned a guzzi, but I keep thinking I'd like one. A friend has a V7 sport, we call it the SS Mussalini. No brakes, won't turn, but that motor Torque every where, and the looks make up for all it's failings
Damn, I'm gonna start looking for a LeMans.
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Old 11-07-2004, 08:09 PM   #4
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yeah Matt, lookin good. damn fine work. funny how Guzzi's work into yer blood stream,
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:13 AM   #5
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Glacial progress or not, get a smugmug account, Matt! I blew my wad on bandwidth for my Ratuzki project pics. Now I can't retrieve any of them, and have to start from scratch. Do yourself a favor and spend the $30 for a Smugmug account. You'll be happy you did! Oh btw... nice score on that guzzi! I can't wait to see it come along!
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:36 AM   #6
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Some guy named Chopperman is spooning on a set of cheap tires
he's a freak.

sweet ride meng. keep us posted as it comes together
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:43 AM   #7
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The Ratzuki & Guzzi projects

may just get me through the winter. I'm counting on you guys
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:24 AM   #8
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he's a freak.

sweet ride meng. keep us posted as it comes together

Matt is an awesome dude. But loaded is correct. I am a freak. I got Matts tires under control. THose antique tires were a PITA to remove. The aged petrified rubber combined with the deep Borriani rims.....egad. I pulled the lag bolts holting my tire mounter right out of the floor. Then I puled a dipshit meneuver and pinched a tube putting the new tire on. I havent done that in a looong time.

I shoulda snarfed those bags from Matt when he was selling them. They would do well on my T-3 project.
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Old 11-08-2004, 10:40 AM   #9
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They would do well on my T-3 project.
t-3 project?
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:06 AM   #10
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another T3

Nice to hear of another T3 project. I've got a T3 that was my project for about 12 years. I found it up a canyon in Big Sur back in the early 90's. I got it for $200, and took it apart. Engine was on the kitchen table for over a year. Hung a sidecar on it with leading link fork. I finally got it sorta running back in 2000. Had major electircal trouble. Ended up putting Ducati Paso handlebar switches on it. Lucas headlight. (I didn't know it was a 6volt light. Went off like a flashbulb.) Then moved to AZ, and got it running pretty good. Trouble is the old biker I bought it from, has since passed on, and I never got the paperwork for it. So now, I can't register it here in AZ without a putting up a bond. So it's just used to bomb around the desert, and give rides to kids. Lot's of fun.
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:11 AM   #11
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Nice to hear of another T3 project. I've got a T3 that was my project for about 12 years. I found it up a canyon in Big Sur back in the early 90's. I got it for $200, and took it apart. Engine was on the kitchen table for over a year. Hung a sidecar on it with leading link fork. I finally got it sorta running back in 2000. Had major electircal trouble. Ended up putting Ducati Paso handlebar switches on it. Lucas headlight. (I didn't know it was a 6volt light. Went off like a flashbulb.) Then moved to AZ, and got it running pretty good. Trouble is the old biker I bought it from, has since passed on, and I never got the paperwork for it. So now, I can't register it here in AZ without a putting up a bond. So it's just used to bomb around the desert, and give rides to kids. Lot's of fun.
Any pics?
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:18 AM   #12
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Nice to hear of another T3 project. I've got a T3 that was my project for about 12 years. I found it up a canyon in Big Sur back in the early 90's. I got it for $200, and took it apart. Engine was on the kitchen table for over a year. Hung a sidecar on it with leading link fork. I finally got it sorta running back in 2000. Had major electircal trouble. Ended up putting Ducati Paso handlebar switches on it. Lucas headlight. (I didn't know it was a 6volt light. Went off like a flashbulb.) Then moved to AZ, and got it running pretty good. Trouble is the old biker I bought it from, has since passed on, and I never got the paperwork for it. So now, I can't register it here in AZ without a putting up a bond. So it's just used to bomb around the desert, and give rides to kids. Lot's of fun.

You should be able to register it as an "Ownership in doubt" without a bond. At least you can in wa state. If the bond is more than a grand, find another one that is really messed up and stranfer everything to the frame and case of that one?
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Old 11-09-2004, 01:28 PM   #13
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To do list:

Get a Smugmug account as per Pally's recommendation, CHECK

Change my user name to something less lame than MattH, CHECK

Hey, wanna see my munchkins.

www.geocities.com/milo850t3/soccer

www.geocities.com/milo850t3/hockey

That's why I never have time to actually do anything in the garage.

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