Got this a coupla weeks ago locally.
Cleaned and rebuilt motor and carb. Got the missing side cover on eBay. Has spark, but can't start it without having pedals and clutch cables hooked up. Three speed, hand shifter.
Very cool. Have you found the tank for it yet? I hope so since you put so much work into it.
Ducati made 5500 of these from 61-68. The export ones have 4+ hp, and the non-export ones have like, 2.5 or something. This is the non-export, straight from italy.
They have a rear drum brake operated like a coaster brake by pedaling backwards, but I haven't figured out how that works yet.
Still need a tank and taillight. There's a tank in italy, but I don't wanna spend 250 bucks and wait a month or so for delivery, so I'm just putting everything else together for now.
I said it in the other thread. Absolutely beautiful.
This thread does not disappoint...love the before and after. Can't wait to see it finished.
Looks really similar to the aermacchi Harley m-50 component wise, I wonder if some of that stuff would swap, those seem to pop up pretty often, at least in the Milwaukee area
Looked into that. Some parts are close, but not close enough.
The ducati motor is similar to an early Morini 3M. But the Ducati cylinder has the intake cast into it, and the push me pull me shifting is totally different, as well as the rear brake.
Gotta hook up cables and a chain to figure it all out.
I mentioned it earlier, pedal backwards, some how it pulls the cable for the rear drum. Weird.
Welp, I've pretty much done all I can for now. Found a tank, taillight and headlight lens in Italy, but haven't bought them yet. It's more than I want to spend, and it usually takes at least a month to get stuff shipped here.
I could rig a tank and try to fire it up, but I have a potentially major problem.
The pedals don't engage. They just spin. So I'm gonna have to crack open the motor and figure out what's wrong. Hopefully it's something simple, like a woodruff key. If it's missing a gear or something else is broken, I'm pretty much screwed, because those parts don't exist.
But it's got spark and compression, so I could always push start it.
Anyway, here's where I'm at:
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Thats awesome and excellent resto work. The tank from a Wards 250ss moped would be close.
That’s super sick dude. Awesome job on the restoration.
I always see that old ford truck in the background. Is that yours also?
The autopart store 4 inch round trailer tailights will pass as an Italian one, the stud mounts are the same and you can paint the plastic housing and stick an 1154 in it.
It's my buddy/landlord's. Doesn't get driven much.
Thats a pretty unique tailight. I like how the airbox tucks right into the frame. Is tne carb a Dellorto ME16?
Thanks Papa! I sent you a PM.
The ultimate shifty fifty.
Cant wait to see it with the tank painted and on it. That is way beyond sweet.
Maybe you can find the missing piece and weld it.
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