It's not a BMW airhead but....

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Nessman, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    My Guzzi project is SLOWLY looking like a motorcycle again.

    The beginning[​IMG]

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Matt
    PUI

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

    mutineer pierpont lives

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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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  3. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Keep it coming :thumb
    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 :thumb Torque every where, and the looks make up for all it's failings :nod
    Damn, I'm gonna start looking for a LeMans.
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  4. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    yeah Matt, lookin good. damn fine work. funny how Guzzi's work into yer blood stream, :1drink
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  5. Pally McGee

    Pally McGee Eater of Sandwich

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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! :thumb
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  6. Loadedagain

    Loadedagain making chips

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    he's a freak. :loco

    sweet ride meng. keep us posted as it comes together :clap
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  7. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    may just get me through the winter. I'm counting on you guys :clap
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  8. Chopperman

    Chopperman I am dead

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    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. :pissed 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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  9. Loadedagain

    Loadedagain making chips

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    t-3 project? :ear
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  10. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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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.
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  11. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Any pics? :ear
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  12. Chopperman

    Chopperman I am dead

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    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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  13. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    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.

    Matt
    Pokeyman (also no great shakes in the creativity department but hey...)
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