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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #180 on: February 07, 2021, 09:45:54 AM »
Outstanding!

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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #181 on: February 14, 2021, 09:29:04 AM »
I love the black&white contrast, especially on the seat.  :bow:
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #182 on: February 14, 2021, 09:48:12 AM »
Thanks guys! 

The final pieces of the puzzle arrived last week.  I needed the saddlebag locks and HMB Guzzi had them in stock.  Pricey but not sure if I could have adapted anything else.  I am no Les P by a long shot.   :grin:

She is done - done except for tuning. 
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #183 on: March 03, 2021, 08:16:26 PM »
This thread and build are so wonderful Dave.  The photos are very helpful in finding what I like in T3s.
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #183 on: March 03, 2021, 08:16:26 PM »

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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #184 on: March 04, 2021, 06:03:42 AM »
Sweet!!
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #185 on: March 21, 2021, 06:53:54 PM »
I had my first opportunity to give it a check out ride today.  I spent a bit of time tuning the carbs and took off.  It runs SO GOOD!  Love it.


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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #186 on: March 21, 2021, 07:02:45 PM »
Another fantastic job (Save) Dave.  :thumb: :thumb:
Better than new.

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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #187 on: March 21, 2021, 10:01:35 PM »
 :thumb: :thumb: If any of my bikes looked that good, I'd never ride them.
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #188 on: May 25, 2021, 09:36:35 PM »
Break in miles are coming slowly.  The bike is coming more alive it seems as the miles add up. 

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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #189 on: May 26, 2021, 11:18:37 AM »
Congrats! They are great bikes. However, I never got on with the windshield -to much turbulence. I finally cut it down so i got clean air to the head/helmet (see photos).
I always thought the police livery looked really cool so I got black stripes from Stein Dinse. And who says a motorcycle always have to be black?!
It had open Dunstall pipes on it. Ridiculously loud.
Now sold.







Beautiful who did your windshield decal?



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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #190 on: May 26, 2021, 11:27:50 AM »
Beautiful who did your windshield decal?


I was surprised to see it on the windshield. 
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #191 on: May 26, 2021, 02:41:05 PM »
Outstanding job once again as all of your rebuilds are.  Curious...if you don't mind sharing, what is your background?  I think you mentioned somewhere you're retired now...were in some sort of auto technician before?....I'm guessing an engineer as your bikes turn out perfect! 
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #192 on: May 26, 2021, 03:41:30 PM »
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Beautiful who did your windshield decal?
It was there when I bought it. I liked it, looked really cool!!

Dave! Your bike looks outstanding!!
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #193 on: June 01, 2022, 07:52:15 PM »
A year later and I can put the T3 California into the done-done category.  It took awhile to get to this point but there were some extenuating circumstances.

I had one last niggle that was recently solved with a new set of distributor springs.  With all the parts I replaced on this bike I left the old distributor springs in.    :grin:  The worn out springs did not allow the bike to accelerate smoothly and made it difficult to time with a strobe.  All good now.    I must say this bike is now  joy to ride!  The 850 isn't a powerhouse in this platform, but it sure is satisfying.  It purrs like a kitten, and rolls down the road so nice.   It is becoming a favorite.  I also replaced the "break in" headers with a new pair.  The old pair of headers got very hot even with 2 fans blowing when I was trying to time the bike with stretched out distributor springs.  I couldn't have that! 

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1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #194 on: August 08, 2022, 12:32:26 PM »
I just took delivery of aT-3. The side covers have a California decal on them but Iím not sure that that is what it is. I read that the T-3 California was made from 77 to 80, does anyone know if this is true or if there is a range of VIN numbers that would indicate if it could be a California. The bike is rather rough and has been sitting for a while, it has floorboards, the tall handlebars and just a speedometer (police type) in the dash.  I donít have any pictures yet, I took delivery late last night. Thanks in advance any helpful responses.
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #195 on: August 08, 2022, 12:45:23 PM »
I just took delivery of aT-3. The side covers have a California decal on them but Iím not sure that that is what it is. I read that the T-3 California was made from 77 to 80, does anyone know if this is true or if there is a range of VIN numbers that would indicate if it could be a California. The bike is rather rough and has been sitting for a while, it has floorboards, the tall handlebars and just a speedometer (police type) in the dash.  I donít have any pictures yet, I took delivery late last night. Thanks in advance any helpful responses.
Luke

I don't believe you can determine a T3 California from a regular T3 by the VIN.   Moto Guzzi may be able to help with that.  They are slow at responding though.

Since you have the sidecovers, floorboards, and tall handlebars I am leaning toward you having the California.   Does it have the police style side stand?

Pictures and VIN will help.  Start a thread in the general section when you are ready. 
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Re: T3 California Restoration
« Reply #196 on: August 08, 2022, 01:11:03 PM »
The Cal has the floorboards and decals on sidecovers.The plain t3 has pegs and 850-T3 on covers,according to photos in recent Book by Fallon.


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