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Nice score finding the manuals + the original tool kit is icing on the cake! I think matching manuals and tool kits to a vintage bike really adds to the value, they complete the bike.
I cleaned extensive rust from the rotors, flushed the brake fluid and put in inexpensive pads...a road test will determine if the rotors need to be skimmed on a lathe. The valve clearances were within specifications...Ne w timing belts from Gotham Ducati parts.The engine started ok and ran long enough to warm up with no smoke or funny noises,but didn't idle reliability unless the choke was on. Above it was smooth...I cleaned the carbs by soaking them in cleaner for a few hours but not much better. They may need more sophisticated cleaning.It did not seem to have intake air leaks. Looking through the spark plug hole while hand turning the engine the valves were fairly clean. I statically checked ignition timing after rewiring the pick up....when the left side engine cover was off there was no debris to be seen. Same as when the oil was changed...I believe the engine is sound. If you put the bike in gear , pull in the clutch, it does release, but didn't road test it.. I really wanted to keep I but a 61 BSA A10 deal seemed more my type of bike....Charlie will make this Ducati all good again...
That sure is a nice looking bike. Even with the imperfections, are you planning to leave the bodywork paint and decals original (that's my vote) or repaint?
Yes. Having all of the bodywork parts painted would cost much more than I plan on spending right now. So it will wear it's "patina" proudly. One sidecover (squarish piece, half black, half light blue) has a big chunk missing around one of the grommets where it attaches to the frame. I'll be rebuilding that missing area with 'glass and touching up the black paint that surrounds it. I will be painting things like brake disks, chain guard, fork lowers, etc. as well. Wheels will likely be powdercoated in as close to the original gold as possible.
I'd check with Eastwood and see what they are using to do this finishhttps://www.eastwood.com/holley-sniper-efi-2300-self-tuning-kit-classic-gold-finish-550-851-58635.html
Ducati parts prices are silly expensive!
https://www.italianiron.com/products/ducati-pantah-conti-exhaust-mufflers-set?variant=48240617491ughhh. original is pricey. A BUB 2-1 does sound amazing Long shot... have you tried Ed Milich ?
When I had the bike running it was not too loud with the bobbed mufflers..Not the best look but they are better than nothing until you find a reasonable priced replacement....Damn, we all hate those exhaust prices.
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