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76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« on: August 06, 2022, 05:39:41 PM »
Hello Folks, about a month ago, I was lucky to be contacted by a member on the Convert Group, after I posted a wanted add. This long therm Guzzisti, had a beautiful red convert in east Texas that had been parked in a museum in Indiana ( Jim Minnise's motorcycle museum) for over 20 years, and had less than 10K miles. The PO bought it when contacted by the museums owner about 3 years ago, then changed out the stamped flywheel, and hardy rode it. The bike is featured in a hard cover coffee table book( Motorcycle Classics by Doug Mitchell, and the editors of Consumers guide) .
A new copy of the book came with the bike, along with the original sales receipt from Ace's Motorcycle Sales, of Oakland City, Indiana A Guzzi, Norton, and Ossa dealer where it sold for a whopping $ 3289.73 out the door!
I have all the original registrations on the bike since new, as well as the sales documents,a red tag that hung on the handlebars warning about the "Freno Integrale" or integrated braking system. I have a stack of documents covering service, etc. on the bike for the last 46 years. The PO kept everything in perfect order in a 3 ring binder.

I have started the job of replacing all the fuel lines, ATF hoses, full service to the brake system, and general all around cleaning, painting, greasing, etc.
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2022, 05:52:31 PM »




all new atf hoses, oil cooler cleaned and painted, mounted with new grommetts, and spaced away from frame a bit.
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2022, 05:54:55 PM »





fuel lines replaced, new braided oil feed lines to heads, rubber lines  "Dowdy"sealing gaskets used on all fittings.carbs cleaned, and kits installed, along with new choke and throttle cables.
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2022, 05:58:58 PM »



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ATF tank removed, cleaned, and new hoses/ sealing washers installed. So far everything I have found on the bike is completely unmolested, and seems like opening up a "time capsule" from 1976. All the wiring, connectors, etc. are not hardened or modified at all.  What a pleasure it is to bring back a bike like this as opposed to some I have wrenched on where there were many stripped and or wrong fasteners, with things "cobbled up" everywhere you look!  :thumb:
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2022, 09:52:27 PM »







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This is the coffee table book where my Convert is featured.It was really cool that the previous owner provided that with the bike!
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2022, 10:49:55 PM »
Nice attention to detail Rick! Your Convert is getting the TLC it deserves.
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2022, 09:43:38 AM »
This will be a nice reference when I dig into mine.  I have that book also. 
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2022, 02:18:06 PM »
This will be a nice reference when I dig into mine.  I have that book also.

Thank you for the kind words, Dave. Compared with the work you do, my stuff is all "amateur hour" level of quality. When your Vert is finished , that will be the yardstick others are measured by.  There is just no comparison to the quality of work you turn out!  :bow:  :thumb:
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2022, 02:40:34 PM »






Here is the original sale receipt from the dealership where the Convert was purchased, and the handlebar tag, describing the integrated braking system, its written in Italian on the flip side.
Does anyone know if  Ace's motorcycle sales , Inc.  was owned by Ace Mallott, who is mentioned here from time to time, or is this a different "Ace"?
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Re: 76 Convert restoration/refreshening.
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2022, 02:50:10 PM »






Working today on prepping pacifico pathfinder fairing for new paint. The 40year old enamel is super thick,brittle, and has poor adhesion to the primer, so I cant use it as a sandable base, since it would be very chip prone.

I am taking all the paint off by" shaving" it with a single edge blade. Then its epoxy primer sealer, to smooth things out. The PO hit a big buzzard at speed, and the windshield flexed down, hitting the gas tank, and broke. I have a nice new clearview  windshield for it.

I plan to paint it red, probably with a metalflake in it, but using a modern, flexible automotive urethane basecoat/clearcoat. Or I may do a "candy" translucent red, with a gold base underneath for effect.  Painting is my favorite part of the resto, the final product is so rewarding!   :thumb:
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