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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:09 pm

Danno wrote:Looks new!

It's close.

The seat, and the paint have not been touched so far. There are a half-handful of other original parts on it, but they've been totally cleaned up.

The new seat I got is for an Interstate, not Roadster. So, I need to get in a new seat cover pronto!

Paint is to be left as-is, per client specification.
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby Scout63 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:05 pm

Very nice build. It's unbelievable how helpful the pictures are for me in planning my build steps.
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:18 pm

My builds are generally similar, but it seems each one finds a pause at a different missed part that needs to be ordered!

Still, I've done enough of them to have the basic routine go in the same order. Also, I like to take pix of the bare rolling chassis before anything else goes in it or on it (most of the time).

I did real well not to install the bodywork 'till the last minute this time, I fought the urge more than once...
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby Cycle Goon » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:46 am

grandpaul wrote:Should be able to have it out for a proper test ride tomorrow. Thankfully, the weather is PERFECT.
Piss off. It's shitty here in WNY and I'm going to collect an R100 RT after work. Riding it home like a man in 30 degree weather

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby gortnipper » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:54 pm

Cycle Goon wrote:
grandpaul wrote:Should be able to have it out for a proper test ride tomorrow. Thankfully, the weather is PERFECT.
Piss off. It's shitty here in WNY and I'm going to collect an R100 RT after work. Riding it home like a man in 30 degree weather


An ex-girlfriends uncle used to ice race Ducati Diana's up in Ithaca. I tried to get one from him in the late 80s to no avail. You may want to do like he did and screw in some hex tech screws into the tires for traction! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby Cycle Goon » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:29 am

gortnipper wrote:
Cycle Goon wrote:
grandpaul wrote:Should be able to have it out for a proper test ride tomorrow. Thankfully, the weather is PERFECT.
Piss off. It's shitty here in WNY and I'm going to collect an R100 RT after work. Riding it home like a man in 30 degree weather


An ex-girlfriends uncle used to ice race Ducati Diana's up in Ithaca. I tried to get one from him in the late 80s to no avail. You may want to do like he did and screw in some hex tech screws into the tires for traction! :mrgreen:
It was actually a perfect nice to go collect the bike. Got it home and all cleaned up. Cold, but dry. I actually wanted to take it to work today, but, it's snowing like crazy. I've done some ice racing/winter driving schools in Ithaca NY on frozen lakes in an Audi Quattro-most fun I've had with my pants on

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby gortnipper » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:43 pm

Cycle Goon wrote:'ve done some ice racing/winter driving schools in Ithaca NY on frozen lakes in an Audi Quattro-most fun I've had with my pants on


My dad told me stories about how he learned how to drive on ice when he was a kid in MN. They piled three people in the front of a car (bench seats) on a frozen lake - all with no seat belts, their elbows intertwined, doors open with one foot out. I am not sure how smart that one was...

Then again, they used to hold raffles by parking a junker in the middle of Lake Minnetonka and picking the day in spring it would fall through.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:10 pm

Hey guys, not to be overly vociferous, but could you take your off-topic discussion elsewhere?

Thanx.

If one of the mods can delete the above off-topic stuff, I'd appreciate it.
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:28 pm

This seat has been a nightmare.

Seat pan was quite corroded on the edges, underneath the lip of the seat cover trim

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Definitely a problem...

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Received the new seat cover over a week ago, seat foam was in great shape.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:30 pm

My welder did a great job welding a complete new seat pan rim on the existing base.

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That's a whole lot of spot welds!

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:33 pm

Upholsterer did his usual excellent job; that's over 20 seats he's done for me now.

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Logo looks nice

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Not perfect, but definitely sturdy.

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Now just need to swap out the turn signal flasher, and it'll get delivered this weekend. Fires up at the touch of the starter button, hot or cold; idle is nice and lumpy. I've enjoyed riding it around the neighborhood, might just put my plate on it and take it for a blat out on the loop.
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby Scout63 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:46 pm

Starter button. I remember those from motorcycles when I was young.
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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby Cycle Goon » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:04 am

Lets see a shot of it now as it sits.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby lcrken » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:24 am

Nice job on the seat. I have one in similar, but not quite so bad, condition, for my MKIII rebuild that I was going to just replace, but now I'm inspired to repair it.

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Re: Ricks '75 MkIII Roadster resto/furb

Postby grandpaul » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:35 am

It rained early, but the sun came out later so I went out for a quick spin to try the new seat. A few other details done as well (grab rail, fork dust cups).

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