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Dave Swanson

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  1. The 1980 T3 California has made it out! It has been a long cold Spring around here. Still cold!!
  2. This Daytona brochure is probably as close I will get to owning one of these beautiful beasts.
  3. Roper sloppage plate, LP extender, and Scud's spring. All finally in. And new rubber too!
  4. The GTS is going to remain in it's current state. It was restored about 20 or 30 years ago and has plenty of warts. It runs so well that I just can't bear to tear it apart. Plus the patina that the old restoration has acquired has grown on me.
  5. OK guys, the T3 California was completed in record time for me, 7 months. Usually it takes me 7 years! I have about 50 miles on it and it runs perfectly! A most enjoyable project.
  6. Not my Stornello, BUT I did add a single to the herd a few weeks ago! 1935 GTS
  7. Great shot of your ADV bike! Where is this?
  8. It is pretty crazy just how much work a puppy is, especially during potty training! But so worth it of course. Congratulations!
  9. A noble quest indeed. Good luck to you!
  10. Nick Sharp started out with the tank and an engine block for that tasty Lemans custom.
  11. The more of the video you watch the more you appreciate the build. All done in a Very modest shop and on a tight budget. Very nicely done. That YouTube channel is excellent by the way,.
  12. Here are a couple shots from last night playing with the Iphone photo settings.
  13. Mark Linkous was a true motorcycle enthusiast. Sparklehorse is a play on words for motorcycle..
  14. Sparklehorse has been receiving quite a bit of airplay in my little motorcycle shop the last couple of years. Sparklehorse is an acquired taste, but I have come around and enjoy the originality very much. I purchased a 93 1000S that had been owned by Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse until his untimely demise. I must be honest that I had never heard of Sparklehorse until I bought Mark's bike. I spent some time getting to know more about Mark and his band, Sparklehorse through internet research and was amazed by how many Sparklehorse videos there are on YouTube. I purchased a few of his CDs and started playing them while fettling his old bike. Listening to Mark sing and play while working on his old bike certainly added an extra dimension to wrenching. Here is a picture of Mark on his beloved 1000S. I have gotten to know one of his long time band mates a bit and he told me Mark absolutely loved this bike. Current state after an extensive fettling. I am recovering from hip replacement just 3 weeks ago, so the bikes are already in their winter hibernation mode.
  15. One year ago I purchased this 77 Lemans. It was a nice solid unit but had a few cosmetic issues. The most serious was cosmetic damage to the fairing, instruments, and instrument housings. When I got it home I noticed that the red gear lube in the transmission was leaking from the bell housing. This gave me the incentive to give it a complete going over. Here is the summary. ENGINE The engine was partially disassembled for inspection and found to be in very good condition. Rear main seal replaced, and gave the exterior a detail. CLUTCH Replaced clutch and upgraded to the deep spline. TRANSMISSION Disassembled for inspection and found to be in good condition. Rear and front main seals replaced. Front seal had been leaking. DRIVELINE U-Joint replaced and all spline drive shaft and couplings. U-joint carrier bearing replaced. The bearing felt rough and upon removal found the inner race had 3 cracks. Rear drive spline and mating drive spline on rear wheel replaced, along with new cush rubbers. BRAKES All 3 brake rotors were refinished by TrueDisk. All brake pads replaced with "best" Brembo carbon ceramic pads. New front master cylinder rebuild kit. Brake lines replaced with black steel braided lines. MISCELLANEOUS Damaged instruments repaired by Palo Alto Speedometer Service Damaged instrument cluster housings replaced New wiring harness from Greg Bender. A thing of beauty! Fresh paint by PaintWorks. Craig did his usual amazing work including the satin black finish on the fuel tank. New exact reproduction seat from Guzzibits. All rusty hardware was zinc plated at Manner Plating (local). Fresh Avon AM 26 RoadRiders and converted to tubeless. Fork seals and many other rubber bits replaced.
  16. Yes, I am very curious where all this new body work was found!! Inquiring minds need to know this!
  17. I stumbled upon this channel when I was fantasizing about a Vincent Rapide. I enjoy the content.
  18. I just picked up a Tonti I have always wanted, a T3 California. I like the funky 70s look they have. It is pretty rare to find these in the USA as the California T3 model was not imported. They were common on the Continent and the UK though. This particular bike was imported by a Brit when relocating to the San Francisco area. It will require a full up restoration. Hopefully I will have it looking like this in a year or so.
  19. I purchased this bike 13 years ago from Ken Johnson at Atlas Cycle in Tulsa, Oklahoma just before Ken retired and sold the business. Ken told me that it had been on display at the shop for many years. The bike hadn't been licensed for the road since 1977. All of the tinware retains its original paint. The frame and other black bits were re-painted, and the rusty hardware was cadmium plated. I tore the bike down, ordered a Gliardoni cylinder set and for the next 12 years the bike was in boxes. Last year I got serious about finishing it. Today I finished the wiring. I installed one of Greg Bender's fabulous wiring harnesses. I also installed his slick "relay solution" panel. Everything worked flawlessly. This was a very rewarding project!
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