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    Posted: 18 Jun 2015 at 11:42
Well, not a restoration but a recommission. My old T3 California has sat around for a few years, so time to get it up and running again. Here's a brief walkaround. Needs a bit of work!



Edited by italianmotor - 18 Jun 2015 at 11:46
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Look forward to seeing the updates!
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Great machine - and glad you're only going to get it running & not ruin the "patina".   Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mopar Pete Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2015 at 19:34
Love it. Had one that age (when it was 1 year old) and rode it to death.....very jealous...........
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Oldrat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2015 at 22:00
Looking forward to hearing all about it Adam.

Glad that you are doing it 'your way'.
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Adam your bikes always stand out for me .  Re commission is the way to goThumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Grahame Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2015 at 17:13
Why not try some tasteful customising like the bike below? Wink

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I think I'm going to be sick!
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Originally posted by Grahame Grahame wrote:

Why not try some tasteful customising like the bike below? Wink

http://www.motoguzziclassics.com/Assets/Custom%20Bikes/okie2.jpg



That works for me Grahame. Easy on the eye and probably very good to ride.   NURSE!  NURSE!!!!!!!
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Someone must like it....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote italianmotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2015 at 19:01
No, won't be taking any 'custom' route, the T3 California doesn't require any modifications. I just have to find out what i did with the bits I took off it to get the S3 running properly - one of the downsides of part substitution between Guzzis. It'll end up looking like a used but complete 40 year-old Guzzi.
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Good man. I think the old Cali is like an old Jaguar. The designers got it spot on for looks and you can make it look different, fair enough, but never better. Just my boring opinion
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote italianmotor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jul 2015 at 18:46
Ok, so I've had a little time to look at the T3 Cali again. What best to do here? Remember, I'm not restoring the bike. I'm ok to touch some parts in but then it can start to look a bit odd with shiny frame here and duller frame there. Suggestions?




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hammerite smooth then when dry a light random rub with some fine wire wool to blend it in and remove the shine

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ado Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jul 2015 at 21:08
You owe that bike Adam,I mean seriously, it must of looked after you over the years,careful the guzzi police dont do you for assault.

Thanks for sharing though.How a rough old T3 can still look appealing I dont know,still in the right hands I am sure.
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