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Old 03-09-2012, 10:14 AM   #61
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I take it they had started putting the swingarm pivot in the cases by then?
You guessed it.

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FWIW the fork legs I got from Frank's worked out just fine.
Thanks. I'm inclined to just have them chromed though. It'll cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $40-50 and I don't lose hundreds on UPS fees. If for some reason the rechroming doesn't last I'm only down $50 by the time I give Frank a call.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #62
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Good luck with your project,I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun.Here's a link to my Ducati 750 Sport project.

http://forums.ducatipaso.org/viewtop...d370cc3c7a123f

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Old 03-09-2012, 05:39 PM   #63
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Not sure about old Ducati's but back when I had my 93 900SS SP I learned quickly there are 3 kinds of Ducati parts:

#1, the rarest: the part is actually at the dealer. You can walk out the door with it. Or, if it was FBF on the phone, you can order the part and it arrives in 3-5 days. I'd give this a 10% chance.

#2. The parts are in a container on a ship in the middle of the ocean somewhere between Italy and the US. That ship will not drive straight from Italy to the US of course but must visit S. American, Antarctica, and New Zealand / Australia on the way over. I'd give this a 60% chance.

#3. The parts are not yet made. It's either the month in Italy where everyone shuts down and takes their holidays OR the factory, or the truck drivers, or the boat loaders, are on Strike. I'd give this a 30% chance .

After two years of dealing with this I gave up and shined my Ducati on and got a new Honda VFR800 instead. The Ducati was more fun, the VFR was able to run forever with very infrequent trips to the dealer.

However, if a nice, not too expensive Darmah came along within 1000 miles of my house I think I'd get the truck and trailer and take a road trip. Or if my friend Willy with the 750SS bevel ever sells I am on the top of his list to be the recipient as well.

Watching this thread with interest.

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Old 03-09-2012, 07:27 PM   #64
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However, if a nice, not too expensive Darmah came along within 1000 miles of my house I think I'd get the truck and trailer and take a road trip.
Like this one Tom?

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...839013467.html
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:48 PM   #65
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Not a Darmah
Differences are .1 The Darmah has body work that looks good from all angles. And the 860 GT of '75 manages to look funky from all angles.
.2 The Darmah has a desmo valve train. The GT has screw and locknut adjusted conventional valve acutation. Not a bad thing in street trim IMHO.

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:20 PM   #66
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That ship will not drive straight from Italy to the US of course but must visit S. American, Antarctica, and New Zealand / Australia on the way over.
Tom
Hang on....we were told it went to the U.S. first.Must be a standard Ducati dealer response
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:45 PM   #67
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Not a Darmah
Differences are .1 The Darmah has body work that looks good from all angles. And the 860 GT of '75 manages to look funky from all angles.
.2 The Darmah has a desmo valve train. The GT has screw and locknut adjusted conventional valve acutation. Not a bad thing in street trim IMHO.

If that's your bike, I am so jealous. I've wanted a Darmah for a very long time but I only find expensive museum pieces or beaters for high $$. I just haven't met the right one. I almost got my hands on a Darmah with panniers and such that came in on trade at my local dealer 10 years ago. Missed it by 10 minutes. I raced to the dealer with my checkbook ready. I can't recall the model name of the touring one but I swear it came with factory panniers. I can't find any pics of it.

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Old 03-10-2012, 05:55 AM   #68
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Not mine, damn hic.
I bought a '75 860 GT in 1979 for the princely sum of $900. I rode it for years with the stock bodywork and then went to Syd' in Florida and bought a tank and fenders that resemble the 750 sport.and rode it for more years. I still have it ,it's sort of on ice.
I'll scan a pic of it someday.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:54 PM   #69
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I don't think there are any bevel 750 pistons left on the planet
http://www.bevelheaven.com/stuff-for-sale-engine.htm
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:35 PM   #70
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If you ever read Classic Bike magazine from England it is an every day, head down to the corner shop kind of deal to re-chrome fork legs...
Yeah, I've noted the same thing!

Anyone who rebuilds a bike in the UK seems to just walk down t the local drugstore and have the fork legs rechromed but over here, we replace em through FBF.

I've come to believe that we're missing an important detail somewhere.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:58 PM   #71
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awesome! thanks!
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:22 PM   #72
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Alright, some small progress. Today I removed the wiring harness and all electrical components in preparation for stripping the frame. I like how they put all the electrical pieces on a separate aluminum plate. Remove two bolts and the entire electrical system comes out. Slick.

This:



Minus this:



Equals this:




Anyone know what this broken sensor in the rear top side of the left side cover is?



The rubber tops for the timing belt tunnels are done. Anyone know what other models these parts were used on? I don't suppose they're still available new are they?

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Old 03-11-2012, 04:37 PM   #73
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Pantah explosion

I went at it this morning and didn't stop until the frame was bare. Getting the engine out SUCKED. Getting it back in is going to really suck. In tearing it down I found some fasteners that didn't belong and some minor hack work here and there, but all in all not too bad. A peak under the rocker covers showed that everything looks brand new except for a torn up valve seal. Everything was bone dry up high in the heads, so it got some WD to keep from corroding in the humidity here. Also, I made the mistake of assuming that the swingarm pivot rotates in a continuous sleeve going all the way through the back of the crankcase. Wrong. When using a socket as a mandrel to drive it through I got the pin most of the way through and then heard the socket drop down into the bottom of the crankcase. Shit. Luckily once I had the engine out I just tipped it back and heard the socket fall back into the swingarm pivot area where I was able to fish it out again.

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This thread is really lacking in picture content AW....
Alright, here you go.



More bits coming off:





Getting lighter:








Done (except for one of the rear shocks which needs some quality time with a hack saw):



Torn valve seal that needs replacing:
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:59 PM   #74
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You getting bored down there?
What beast are you going to ultimately make this thing into?
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:10 PM   #75
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I think that's not a sensor, but where your tach cable once attached

edit-. Doh, then I noticed the other pic where your tach cable was attached. I had a pantah engine powered bike at one point but I don't remember than sensor
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