A Mexican Ducati rescue and rebuild

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Airhead Wrangler, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    A powdercoat shop in Guadalajara Mexico, what could possibly go wrong? :huh
  2. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    I could make you quite a list. :rofl That said, Guadalajara is eons ahead of what we have here in Manzanillo. Rattlecan is high class here. I just wish I took photos of what the local paint shop tried to charge me for. It was seriously sad. It wasn't even passable from 30 feet away.
  3. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    The new exhaust finally arrived from Italy. Not the prettiest welds, but I knew that going in. Looks like it'll fit the bill nicely. I'll need to find some kind of removable baffle to put in this thing as it's straight through as it is.

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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    As long as your hijacks look like that, feel free to hijack away. That thing is HOT.
  5. adventure950

    adventure950 Anglo-Saxon

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    Hi Airhead this site might help you its great for all the desmo valve info and set up http://www.ducatitech.com/2v/maint/adjust/ regards Jake.


  6. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    A little after work sanding and polishing today got one of the belt covers from a nasty mess of flaky chrome and oxidized aluminum to a perfectly presentable (but not perfect) condition. These two covers were in similar shape beforehand. I prefer polished aluminum to chrome any day. I started with 160 grit wet/dry to strip what was left of the chrome, then 320, 600, 1000, 1500 and finished it with mother's aluminum polish. I could've gone a little deeper with the 160 in a few places as there's still a little pitting from oxidation in places, but it looks fine as-is in my book. I think I'll go with this process to strip all the flaky chrome on the other cases. I'd do the other tonight, but my right arm is done. I need a polishing wheel.

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  7. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    Looks great Spencer. Looking forward to seeing it done (hopefully) the next time Randy and I are in town.
  8. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    ...in 2015. :rofl

    It's just going to be a big parts explosion in the guest house for quite a while yet.
  9. alister102

    alister102 Been here awhile

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    looks fantastic! makes me itch for a new project...
  10. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    It's easy to read about a project and see nice pictures of the finished parts. Projects are about all the stuff between the lines, frustrations, cut fingers, bruised knuckles, broken tools and parts, wishing the god of metal would come pick up the piece of shit and drop it in the almighty crusher. Yes, I've been there too, and still get that itch.


    Yes we are MAD.


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  11. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    And you left out - cursing the PO how he could have done such a dumb stupid ass thing. Or wondering where the hell to find another one of those. Or, " a replacement costs HOW MUCH!!!????" For THAT silly ass little piece??? Or, since I'm not going to spend that crazy kind of money, how can I fix this part? Learning a new skill, like welding, to be able to fix something nobody wants to touch. Buying new equipment - like a soda blaster - to make it right!

    It goes on and on...
  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    The one thing I have going for me here that I don't have in the states is access to CHEAP machine shops. They do pretty decent work and only charge me $8-10 / hr for their time. When I find something broken or missing I can just have it made for me. I already had a new set of 4 engine mount spacers made as two of the originals had been replaced by slices of black iron gas pipe and were cut horribly crooked. There are some pluses that go along with the numerous minuses of living here.
  13. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    motivation to get through all the sanding, polishing and painting. same model, same year, same heavenly racket (hopefully)
    :eek1:eek1:evil

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  14. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    Nice!
  15. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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  16. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Yeah, I know. Busy with work, ran out of parts, still no movement on the frame getting painted, etc. My girlfriend's heading back to the states in a couple weeks and will smuggle back some duc-specific tools I need to get the cams out, a gasket set, a stator, and a couple carb rebuild kits. Forward progress is imminent. No, really... I promise.
  17. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    :thumb
  18. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Same frame as yours modified to accept mono-shock.

    Keep the juices flowing.
  19. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    Schwing!
  20. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar fine beer sampler

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    Bad ass!!!:clap