A 33 year love affair. Part One

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Team Dennis, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. safetywire

    safetywire Been here awhile

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    Great thread, no doubt about it! :thumb


    Now, back to that paint. So it was spray can orange, and you were sanding it? Was that lacquer paint or regular enamel? Didn't know you could do that with enamel, thought they didn't make lacquer anymore, how about a little more detail?

    Thanks!!
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  2. PaleRider

    PaleRider gelande/strasse

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    Very nice job on the resto TeamDennis - I like the color choice and the tank details, hell, the whole bike looks great :thumb - P
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  3. Team Dennis

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    Regular enamel was used as lacquer is almost impossible to find. While lacquer is easier and quicker to use due to its fast dry time, enamel sometimes works better as mistakes such as sags actually have time to meld. The only key is to let it dry for at least a week. No dry sanding was done. Only extensive wet sanding with the different grits listed. Because you take a fair amount of paint away with the sanding, it is critical to have a lot of coats to begin with. Various grits of polishing compound will bring the luster back. I finished with hand glaze which has the same grit consistency of windshield polish.

    The front fender was smooth enough at one point in the process that it actually needed no sanding whatsoever.But the color depth changed with the additional sanding and polish and it matched everything else better.

    TD
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  4. SofaKing

    SofaKing What the fark!!

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    Great story Dennis and a great gift for your brother. I doubt he will be taking it apart.

    As a side note, I took a trip to GP Cycles in downtown San Diego Friday. They had both an orange and yellow Duc as you described. The orange one was up stairs minus the motor, but it had the toaster tank. I remember admiring it. In my youthful ignorace I didn't know what I was looking at.
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  5. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Absolutely awesome...... Need need need ..... want!!!!!

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  6. Team Dennis

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  7. Jinx

    Jinx Call me Renzo

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    Gorgeous Scrambler, TD, kudos on a great job! :thumb

    But it looks lonely. Maybe it Needs a Friend

    If I didn't have so many bikes torn apart right now I would be on this like stink on a monkey.

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    Those Laverda drums will pop an eyeball when they are set up correctly.

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  8. Jack90210

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    Great thread.
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  9. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    TD, You should contact the seller after the auction ends. I doubt that it will make reserve, and he may negotiable afterwards. Option 2 is we let Jinx buy it and store it in our safe, warm and dry climate, here in ABQ. Jinx? :ear :nod
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  10. Jinx

    Jinx Call me Renzo

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    A few problems, mate:

    1) To leave it anywhere in the SW is an invitation to the worst affliction a classic can be subjected to - Dry Rot.

    "well, it won't get dry rot if we ride it for you, Jinx. And we promise to ride it a lot so it will always be daisy fresh"

    2) Thanks, mate, I knew I could count on you. But that brings us to problem #2 "Dear Lord, stop me before I modify again"

    Because I have "The Catalogue". Yes, that Catologue: Catalogo Tecnio N.1

    If I and any Ducati come into unioned bliss under the same roof I am a ruined man. No more Aerospace career for me. Just a string of endless long distance calls to Italy and a credit card bill that would make the Dept of Defense gag. Picture me at the offramp, squeegee at the ready, with my little cardboard sign that reads "Need Frizione a Secco. Anything helps"

    And don't think the bike being in the SW and myself being here would spare you from the horror, as box-after-box of custom Italian goodies keep arriving at my command on your doorstep like so many Advriders at an unguarded keg.

    "Bloody Jinx is on the phone again, he wants to know if the CR Gearbox is shimmed yet?"

    "Er, tell that sod that it's got some dry rot. Now, my turn again? Where are the bloody keys"

    "Never mind, the tosser must have run out of quarters. I figure we are good for a few hours till he squeegees up another call. And, hang on, what do you mean your turn?!!"


    So, no, it is all too tempting, Eurobiker, but I have to let this one slide. But please help a mate out and somebody buy this Devil's Limb of a Ducati before another good man is destroyed. :evil :rofl :evil
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  11. Eurobiker

    Eurobiker Vintage Cat Herder

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    Jinx, old man, perhaps this is more to your liking. The advantage here is you get the rest of the bike to go with the brakes. :rofl
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  12. Jinx

    Jinx Call me Renzo

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    For pity's sake please, stop parading these devices of easy virtue in front of me. I am only flesh and blood. :rofl

    And I am already married (see below). And there is currently laying on the garage floor a new/used CR straight-cut g-box, new/used V11 Sport flywheel, new/used sump w/filter (WTF, if you are going to pull the trans, may as well pull the engine and machine the cases for the new oiling system. And while it's apart let's see.......). :evil

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    This (and one other Italian and three Spanish piles) is all I can handle, mate. I am hanging on to a squeegeeless existance by my fingernails as it is. :1drink :rofl :1drink

    PS - The point of this exercise is not to termpt Jinx further along the road to perdition. Nature and gravity will see to that. The point is we need TD to re-load and have another go so we can continue to enjoy his excellent threads. :thumb
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  13. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Jinx, why'd you hafta post that link for the Mk3? that wuz my holy grail years ago. You've got me lookin' at the checking & savings accounts, and thinking about how to break it to tthe wife I want yet another bike :nod
    Like I don't have enough to do this winter :D
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    Tell us more. Yours???? Known problems?? etc,etc.
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  16. arroyoshark

    arroyoshark Needing some space

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    Dennis, guess I really owe you an apology, after all. I hadn't snapped, when we first talked, as to your intense passion to refurbish old bikes, and your need for self abuse in this area. Further reflecting on the "spoke waxing" comment, up in Ouray, I now realize you have been deprived of adequate time for bonding (or perhaps, bondo-ing) with your CB400F.

    In that light, I happily offer to borrow your 'F' for a long weekend and give it a real proper thrashing, so you can have a winter project. :D
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  17. Team Dennis

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    Well, that was an easy re-condition. Strip the wheels off for the new rubber, paint the acid damaged frame and install the re-chromed rear muffler. The spoke waxing comment was meant to compliment you on your maintenance regime. Safely tucked away in the bedroom now, all future road tests have been cancelled. :evil
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