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A couple of rainy days have washed the salt off the roads, first chance to stretch the Guzzi's gambalungas. It started as a '79 Calfornia I bought 2nd hand in 1990. A work in progress ever since, it's now 940 cc, pinion distribution, Dyna III sparks and has a 2.1 Kg flywheel. Also stainless braided brake lines and my own attempt at drilling the front disks for better wet weather stopping, not conclusive. There's not a screw, nut, bolt or washer left that's not stainless. I used the original tank cap cover lid mounting points to rig up a "Tanklock" style system, no straps or magnets. The screen is a trimmed and re-angled version of the California I original. The exhausts are Lafranconi "competizione", the Stradivarius of mufflers. In the further interest of safety, I have two of the loudest 
bike horns you've ever heard, I call them the "Heart Attack Special" (Had to fit a relay, they'd melt the button !). It will pass the 300.000 Km mark this year, and why does NO ONE make decent T3 replica seats ? Cheers !


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Looking good! Thanks for the photos, and the details.
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That's a really nice looking bike.
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Very nice and welcome from a fellow newbie.

I hear you on the seats, I am about to start a restoration of a 75 T and am looking for a seat
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Thanks for your nice comments, and Fugly, to me the dream Guzzi would have the T's side covers and toolbox, the T3's brakes and the S3's flippable rear mudguard. Let us see pics of your restoration if you can, and LET US KNOW if you find seats or even replica covers !
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Hi JPC,
Nothing to show yet as the bike is about to leave Canada on a boat but have started a thread in "Restorations" but managed to title it T3 instead of just T.
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that is really groovy. Made to work, I like it
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Originally posted by Jerry atric Jerry atric wrote:

that is really groovy. Made to work, I like it


A  meeting of two minds, Jerry. A workhorse with a dash of Italian glamour if I may say so myself.
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Originally posted by jpc jpc wrote:



. It started as a '79 Calfornia I bought 2nd hand in 1990. A work in progress ever since, it's now 940 cc, 


That is lovely  , how many hours dare I ask !! although I guess   the answer will be in years or decades!
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Nigel, only the hours you'd expect for near 30 years of upkeep. The crankcase was only dismantled once to change the cylinders, pistons and big-end shells. Then around 200.000 Kms I decided to have the frame blasted and recoated, and to change the old black California color for this one. That was the longest "downtime". The rest were just "interventions" done to have it back on the road ASAP. Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rapheal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Mar 2018 at 13:27
if you want a seat made try this Bob at Moretti

He makes seats and bases, and supplies them to Italy
he also recovers and repairs seats
sound bloke, he sorted my breva seat out 



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Thanks Rapheal, I've sent them an email.  Thumbs Up
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Thanks Raphael,

I've also sent him an e-mail, I hope you are on commission LOL
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