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1974 Ducati 750 GT Restoration / Hot Rod
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Please notice each photo is numbered, and, the statements below have numbers above which correspond to the relevant photos for those statements.   Enjoy.

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I found this basket case 74 750 GT in 2006.

The original owner had purchased it new and put about 40,000 miles on it and then decided to rebuild it.
His brother disassembled the bike and they lost interest. So the parts went into boxes and the bike sat in pieces for close to 25 years.
The parts went through a couple of moves and parts were lost along the way as well as the title and memories of just how the bike was equipped from new.

After 6 months of work to acquire a new title I started the project...

I got three boxes of parts, the partially disassembled engine, and the body parts.

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I already have a nice original GT and I wanted a Sport but by 06 the prices for 750 sports were already through the roof.
This bike was a late 74 and although I had enough parts to put it back to original it had some of the undesirable traits of the 860's that were to be introduced in 75. So an absolute original restoration was not what I wanted.

I decided to make it a custom (sorry all you purists but it's my bike

I think I have more hours of polishing than in the entire rest of the restoration process.

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After we had the appropriate parts powder-coated and plated we started the assembly and rebuild of many components.
My wife Candie helped me along the way and she deserves a great big THANK YOU for her involvement, effort, and patience.

The engine was a joint project with an old-time Ducati tech because I didn't feel confident to shim the cams and gears but I still did much of the work. It got new Sport pistons and valves/spring and new bearings/bushes/valve guides etc.

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The suspension is Works performance both front and rear and Candie and I rebuilt the forks.

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I wanted something special for the brakes...

Parts for the bike were sourced from all over the world including US, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, and Japan, but Steve at Bevel Heaven was a major source for this project. His 996 superbike brake parts, the custom machined adapters from Germany, and the suspension, along with many more parts came from Steve.

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I found a set of correct Borrani Wheel rims locally - it was kinda like trippin over a gold nugget!
A lot more polishing and a new set of stainless spokes and we were rollin!

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I decided that because my favorite roundcase was a 750SS (who's isn't?)
the body work for this bike would be replica SS with an Imola tank and single seat.

Rick Covello in Canada custom made all of the bodywork and the tank to fit my bike.
He used a clear gel-coat on the tank so I could incorporate the fuel sight gauge into the paint scheme like the original Imola Race bikes.

My favorite colors are the black and gold of the 900 SS bikes from the 80ís. My favorite paint scheme of all the roundcase bikes is the "Z-stripe" from the 74 sports. So it was just a mater of combining them onto the Imola/SS bodywork.

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After a final fit and paint prep it was time to paint.

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A special tribute to Cook Nielson Phil Schilling and their historic Racing effort with the 74 Ducati was added to the paint scheme.

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Thereís still a ton of work to do  as the final assembly continues.

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Finally on August 29 2009 - three years after the project began, the bike rolled off the lift a completed bike for the first time.

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I was so excited I was shaking, after such a long and sometimes frustrating project itís hard to believe itís finally done. I have a few final touches I want to change in the next few days but for all intents and purposes it is finished!

Hope you enjoyed reading about my bevel odyssey.

Mike   mhurley222@comcast.net

PS. Next is a Ď65 Norton 750 Ė Steve, ever think about branching out?  

Note from Steve:  This is one of the nicest special resto-rod Ducatis I have ever seen.  Well done Mike.

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