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Old 07-02-2014, 03:44 AM   #1
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Wink '81 Fantic Caballero 125 rebuild

I'm finally going to finish the Fantic project that my dad started 10 years ago.
In 2004 my dad looked at a '81 Fantic Caballero Regolarità Competizione 125 (What a name) and after the seller did a wheelie out of his garage and some other tricks with that bike my dad bought it. It was dirty and not in good condition but also cheap and almost no parts where missing.
Back home after fixing an exhaust leak he noticed a clanking sound out of the engine, stripped the bike and found out that both the piston and the cylinder had many deep scratches. Looked like the bike had eaten a lot of sand during his life. So he decided to restore the bike.
He already did a lot of work, engine is completely rebuilt, many things are polished or painted or bought new. But there are also parts that still need to be done like rebuilding the shocks and fork, replacing every bearing, do a new wiring harness...
But because time and money never seemed to match the bike never got finished and now waits since 8 years to get reassembled and finished.

I'm going to finish the bike together with my dad. Its going to be a nice father and son project and in the end we want to get the bike registered and ridable for some honing around in the forest, some daytrips and maybe even hitting the mx track some times(we also have the parts for an mx setup of the bike). So yeah, I know it is a rare bike and I will scratch it up and maybe even break something but if I can break it I can repair it.

This is how the bike should look like when its ready.


And this is how it looks now:




It's not going to be a fast project. It has been sitting for so long that another few weeks wont matter but I hope that I have a running bike by the end of this year. But I'm going to post an update when ever we did something on the bike.

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Old 07-20-2014, 03:00 AM   #2
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I did have a bit of time today and started on the shocks.

After spraying myself all over with oil while checking the pressure in the chocks I decided to rebuild them.

Catching all the oil worked rather well..

..until the tape said fuck it and fell off.
Oh well, I wanted to clean the garage anyway.


I also made myself a face spanner as I didn't have had the correct size but ended up not using it as it felt like the thread of the screws dig in the aluminum cap of the shock.

Now I'm waiting for some parts and tools.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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Cool bike and good story!

Any more history on the model?
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:40 AM   #4
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Fantic is an old Italian company that started manufacturing bikes in the late 60's. Back in the day the bikes where probably comparable to a KTM today. Ready to race from the factory. They had a lot of goodies and high quality parts like powder coated frames back then.

In the mean time I only managed to check out the two airboxes and how I'm going to repair them. As they are made of fiber glass I'll laminate them over to give the airbox extra strength and to seal every leak.
I also made a new service cover for the airbox but that's pretty much all that happened.
I remember why the bike didn't got finished during the last few years...
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