160 Monza Jr

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160 Monza Jr

Post by DesmoDog » Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:52 pm

Latest Project - a 1966 160 Monza that's getting converted to bodywork I find a bit more appealing.

As delivered:
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An early Mock up:
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Later mock up with final fender and tail light;
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Painting started;
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Front end coming together;
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Project has stalled lately though... but it'll get done eventually.

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Post by DesmoDog » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:28 am

Well after being stalled for many moons, I'm finally getting back to work on this little beastie.

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In fact if I ever get off my lazy butt and start painting instead of surfing the net, I may even be able to finish painting the gas tank today!!! Well, the black parts anyway. Then come the graphics and clearcoat...

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Post by DesmoDog » Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:29 pm

Making progress. Now I need to start looking for a pinstriper who can smooth out my shakey lines... I want to have the line where the color splits done on gold.

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I'm wondering if maybe I should have done the tank in silver and the swoosh in black??? Too late. It's staying this way now. I put off painting the tank for over a year, I'm not going to redo it at this point!

The headlight is silver too... I may need to rethink that. Once it gets further along in the rebuild up I can decide which way to go on that one. I have anohter shell I can paint black and decide which I like best.

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Post by DesmoDog » Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:29 pm

DesmoDog wrote: I'm wondering if maybe I should have done the tank in silver and the swoosh in black??? Too late. It's staying this way now. I put off painting the tank for over a year, I'm not going to redo it at this point!

The headlight is silver too... I may need to rethink that. Once it gets further along in the rebuild up I can decide which way to go on that one. I have anohter shell I can paint black and decide which I like best.
The paint scheme isn't changing... I looked at some old pics and figured out the scheme I chose mimics what Ducati did back in the day as far as what parts are which color... I KNEW I got the idea somewhere.

It still needs work before it's done but I've made more progress this month than in the past year...

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So... the pinstripe between the colors. Gold? Red? I'm leaning towards gold, my wife thinks it should be red...
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Post by MartinMille BANNED » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:38 pm

Far out man when you start something you sure dont hold back do you ?
It will look nice once she is all done

Red pinstripe goes with the old logo better but gold flows well with the black
LOL why dont you have a poll on Red or Gold

ps;why is that we all call our bikes , "she" as in she is a beauty ?

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Post by DesmoDog » Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:59 am

I was playing around with stripes on a sample sheet and have decided on red. I dunno, looks more Italian or something?

As for the tank... I had it almost done, then went to spray the "last" clearcoat. basically a flow coat.

oops.

Major runs. I spent two hours fixing it last night and have another hour or two before I can try again. One of the many hassles of painting in a poorly lit, not very well set up "booth"!

I'm getting enthused about this project again after having basically let it sit for over a year. Problem is I've got three other bike projects vying for time with it. The work stuff really gets in the way of a guy's hobbies!

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Post by DesmoDog » Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:39 am

Ok, if you surf a lot of Ducati sites you've probably already seen these pics since I think I've put them on any site even remotely involving bikes, but I'm just that happy to FINALLY have the bodywork done on this little project.

Striping by Ray Smith:

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And that's it for the tank pictures, I promise. Now I'm working on rebuilding the seat.

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Post by nottonight68 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:35 am

sweet

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Post by Craig in France » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:48 pm

You know, Craig, this little project of yours is shaping up to be the best looking Monza ever ...

Keep on trucking!

Ciao

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Post by DesmoDog » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:44 pm

Thanks for the comments.

It's not hard to make a good looking '66 Monza.

The first step is to replace all the Monza bits. :lol:

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Post by DesmoDog » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:25 pm

Working on the seat now. I think I'm almost ready to have it recovered.

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Seat base is the stock one with the corners rounded off. Bought some foam, some glue, then went at it with a carving knife and a belt sander. I had my doubts, gave up on it at one point, but now I'm thinking it might actually work...

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Post by Slarsonroy » Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:26 pm

Outstanding! What a great transformation from the squarish bodywork! I want to do that to my 66 Sebring. Where did you get the wheels/rims?
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Post by DesmoDog » Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:13 pm

Slarsonroy wrote:Outstanding! What a great transformation from the squarish bodywork! I want to do that to my 66 Sebring. Where did you get the wheels/rims?
Thanks. The rims are some NOS San Remos off eBay. They aren't the ones you want though, they're 17". You want 18".

If you like these wheels, what you want to do is get some flanged Excels and stainless spokes - I'm not sure if Steve carries those here or not?

As for the squared off bodywork your bike has, I've seen bikes use it and it looks decent. Otherwise pretty much any other tank from a narrowcase can be made to work. You may have to modify the seat or you can just use an aftermarket fiberglass one like most people do.

Airtech carries bodywork too, but I won't use a fiberglass tank on a streetbike. There are also some Benelli tanks that will work. You don't need sidecovers but if yo want them, eBay is your friend or repros of some designs are out there.

I put a headlight on this thing last week and am picking up the seat tomorrow. I'm sure there will be updated pics soon.

I'm also just getting started on a 350 myself. Started out as a 250 Monza but then it got a 350 Sebing engine, an Oldani replica front hub, some flanged alloy rims and I'm going from there... it's starting to take over my attentions so I'm hoping there will be a mock up of it done in a month or two... stay tuned. 8)

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Post by DesmoDog » Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:08 am

Got the seat done. I'm not in love with it (the hump is too massive) but it'll work for now. Adding the trim helped a lot. The back of the tank needs to be raised a bit and I'm considering trying to lower the back of the seat a touch too... but it can't move too far before it hits the fender.

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Post by GT Pete » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:19 pm

That is looking real nice!

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