Carl’s Restored 1966 Ducati Mach1

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Ducati Mach 1

September 10, 2002: Starting assembly!

Put on the swing arm and new shocks.

11, 2002

Put in the special steering roller bearings from See the cool press I built threaded rod.

September 13,

Time to start risking those nice painted This was the real emotional I was now committing myself to really the bike. Those perfect stay perfect forever up in the boxes, but you can’t ride So not much really happened day, but my mindset really to be: GET IT DONE!

The center stand on and the fender went in.

September 15,

Triple clamp, front clip-ones!

Here is some info on the clip-ons from

[Speaking about meeting Farne and Ing. Taglioni at the factory] He (Farne!) was the one who personally my Ducati 250 Mark 3 clip-ons out of a bin in 1979, at Taglioni’s behest, them up, and air-freighted them to the US for me. For the sum of $14 delivered! — Godfrey

16-20, 2002

The wheels! them out to have new tires the brand new (1995) but now old Avons had greasy in storage, so I purchased a new set of made Pirellis from and Race in Australia. I also had to the hub cover and plate the axels and Here, as like the engine, I polished till everything was and crisp. No mirror finish here: my Mach 1 is a rider!

You can see a of the plated parts and a shot shows some parts and after polishing. Installed the wheel and front fender.

September 20, 2002

One thing you see here is the dozens of trips I to the hardware store for bolts and I was often there 3 times a And hours bead blasting and parts with my plating Many of these were 8 hour days just to and plate parts and buy bolts to assemble a small bit. is a series of shots of me at 11PM in the garage.

You can see the bead blasting on the left. And in the front on the right a handy grinding and polishing And you can just make out a big white behind the front forks of the that’s the plating bucket!

21, 2002

Front wheel on and now the engine! You can see the jack stand the engine up, and all the frame padding!

22, 2002

WooHoo! It’s to look like a bike! I fit the stainless exhaust (nice! another Road and Race Fit the chain. Finished rebuilding and the brake switch.

Note the plated cover!

September 24,

Cables and ignition wiring. Big I had spent many, many, hours figuring out the wiring and the right ignition parts. You can see a coil and a modern regulator in a spot that will be under the seat. I fabricated and painted a mounting plate in the before this.

And put on that air (I’ve since replaced ugly filter with a stack).

September 25, 2002 The of truth.

I’ve put oil in the engine. up gas lines. Fabricated a temporary gas that I have place on a box, above the level of the Talk about a fire

I did place a fire extinguisher a few away. You can see the bike has a true system, there is no battery in the yet as the engine doesn’t need it to I have also installed a kick starter as opposed to the one you see later (the proper one really have enough to start the engine when Looks good, but doesn’t I push start the bike cold now.) Also the color of the exhaust in these

Brand new silver color no blueing. yet. I carefully the exhaust with alcohol to that no greasy fingerprints be burned into the finish. is an issue with polished steal exhausts).

Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, bumble. kick, kick, kick, kick, kick kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, Almost. kick, kick, kick, kick, kick. really I fiddled and for about 40 minutes and then: It runs!

See below, the freshly, exhaust header! And the whole is starting to turn that golden color! Excellent! Italia!

September 28, 2002

to work on the electrics. Note the it a real 3 cell wet battery. proves to be a problem later as it spit up a little acid due to the crude ‘charging’ system only has a diode as a rectifier and Since then, I have the battery with a shell from Domiracer that absolutely correct but is hollow and has a modern permanently sealed matt lead acid hidden inside.

I charge the modern battery a Battery Tender after Remember, the battery is only for the lights on this bike.

30, 2002

Test fit the gas tank and some padding for it. Headlamp goes in. More electrical Rear tail lamp on.

And the tach drive goes on! tach drive was cracked when I received it. I had this aluminum piece welded at a shop.)

October 1, 2002

go on. Finding the right gaskets for seems impossible until I up and use o-rings instead. Not exactly but it looks fine and works.

lens goes on, and the front great!

Another 10 hour day in the Really starting to push to get the completed. I know I need to get well in advance of the Oct 13 show, as I need a lot of time to debug and the bike before riding it 40 to Alameda. Started with the parts you see below and by the end of the day had newly parts installed. The shift and linkage, brake pedal and pegs were all zinc in my bucket!

Also mounted the and brake light switch, a little bootie made a bicycle tire tube.

3-4, 2002

Two more days working on the electrics and assembly. The electrics end up requiring thought and work to assemble and fit into the headlamp shell. You can see packed in there.

And everything needs to be solid, as I to really ride this it’s NOT a trailer queen. of work checking circuits the multimeter! I check everything

And then a little past on October 4, 2002 I finish the See the picture of me, proudly drinking a scotch in the garage with my new Ducati Mach 1! Hurray!

But moments after this I turn the ignition on. I had tested twice, but had never done it assembled. and this time a blows! At 1AM the ignition switch is all and I see it is a ‘make before break’ and this shorts out the system for a An hour of filing and modifying and fixed and reassembled! DONE.

October 4, 2002

Ducati Mach 1

The first Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick. Forget it; starting is impossible with the lever.

But I learned to push when I raced a two ….

run, bounce on the seat, clutch, coast to stop. back.

Push, run, on the seat, dump clutch, to stop. Walk back.

run, bounce on the seat, clutch, coast to stop. back.

Push, run, on the seat, dump clutch, to stop. Walk back.

run, bounce on the seat, clutch, coast to stop. back.

Push, run, on the seat, dump clutch, to stop. Walk back.

Push, run, bounce on the dump clutch, coast to Walk back.

Push, bounce on the seat, dump VROOM!

And I’m off around the I can’t even begin to this. Concern for the bike, how is it excitement! Here are pictures that happy day!

5-12, 2002

Tuning and I frantically work on the carb and the timing. The bike looks but runs horribly. This is a of endless carb changes.

do I realize, but the real problem is the timing is way off. But in the last I check it and figure out the problem and get the running. Poorly, but rideable. And it great!

I enlist the help of a good friend, Ralph, who follow me to the show with his just in case of disaster. But to I swear that I will get without his help.

October 13, All Italian Day, Alameda,

Push, run, bounce on the dump clutch, coast to Walk back.

Push, bounce on the seat, dump coast to stop. Walk Push, run, bounce on the dump clutch, VROOM!

off on the 40 mile trip to Alameda. like an …! Ralph behind in his pickup blocking as I learn how to ride the bike. about 70 MPH!

Runs but runs (it should make it 100). I pull into the in Alameda, feeling like a to myself, and really just so satisfied I could burst. I a couple hours there, with old friends.

But I leave as getting there was only the mission. I replace the spark as it is almost fouled. I put my gear on. And then I walk the bike to end of the lot. I’m concentrating.

I really don’t want to this up in front of the crowd! ON. Ignition ON. Twist the throttle fuel into the carburetor 3 Put the bike in neutral. Push. RUN. Jump on, bounce on the while dumping the clutch, It starts! Blip throttle. Woohoo! I’m off! Ralph tells me it looked Running through the crowd and starting the bike was apparently a of the show! I feel great!

Picture below of the bike and I at the and another showing my tiny hidden in the lineup between a 748 and a Moto Guzzi.


now April 2003. Shortly the show, my clutch failed. made push starts I garaged the bike through the and relaxed. A couple weeks ago I a new clutch, installed it and am now tweaking the and jetting.

The bike runs better, and will soon be a I’m confident. As I mentioned I changed the battery to a sealed and replaced the air filter with a stack.

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