Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Ya done good enough .

Looks fantastic , from my house . ;)

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Brandon Weiss (Detective brandon to you) /

Wow, just wow. The tank story is great, always nice seeing people go the extra mile.

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Steven Bolduc /

Nice work,!

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Painted the back swoosh.

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The only thing left is the speedo. I have a really cool italian one, but the drive on the hub is backwards. Originally this bike used a Veglia speedo with the numbers on the bottom, and the needle going counter clockwise, and I can't find one like that. But I'll keep searching.

Everything works, rode it about 5 miles yesterday. Hand shifting sucks, but I've almost got that dialed in.

1st is good for about 15 feet, 2nd gets you to about 20, and third is pretty tall. I've hit maybe 35 and can feel there's a bit more, but haven't maxxed it out yet.

The Piuma Sport 50 that was exported to the USA boasts 50-55mph, but mine is the non-export, which claims 38. The sport has a bigger intake (they're cast into the cylinder) and a bigger carb. I found one on eBay italy, nos, for about 250. Not sure if I want to spend that. In pretty deep so far.

Anyway. It's pretty much done, and it runs good.

Here's a before and after if you don't want to go back and read the whole thread.

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Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Great job on your restoration! Not many people would take one such a difficult job but you did and it looks perfect!

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

> Bas Autowas Wrote:

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> Great job on your restoration! Not many people would take one such a

> difficult job but you did and it looks perfect!

Yep! All his restorations are top notch. Always enjoy his posts

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Thanks guys!

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

When I saw this popped up on craigslist, I knew I wanted it, and I knew what I was getting into with a full restore.

I love (re) building bikes like these. This one, a non export model, somehow made it to the US from Italy, and I wish I knew that story. Who, why, and how did it get here? Who knows...

And a bike like this, well, it's not like restoring a Puch Maxi where you can call up treats and order the entire bike brand new in pieces.

You gotta work for something like this.

And now I have, quite possibly, the only Ducati Piuma 48 in the states, and from what I've seen online, the best one (tooting my own horn, sorry...)

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Tri-ped Dave O.D.B. /

Keeping it looking original! I love it.

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

> baird co Wrote:

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> And now I have, quite possibly, the only Ducati Piuma 48 in the states,

> and from what I've seen online, the best one (tooting my own horn,

> sorry...)

Fact is fact . By yourself or otherwise changes nothing . ;)

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Matt Mahloch -- MBM Customs /

Nice job. I enjoyed the read

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

what is your process for cleaning, buffing, polishing the case? taking notes for my next engine refresh

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

If it's covered in inch thick hard grease and dirt, I use "gunk" degreaser (99¢ store has some off brand that works.)

Let that soak and scrub it off with a small wire brush (again, 99¢ store. They have some pretty soft ones in the auto section, 2 for 99)

If the aluminum is really corroded, I use the wire brush on the whole thing to get all the corrosion off.

Then it's wet sand with finer and finer grits, steel wool, and then a polishing wheel on the grinder.

That's if you want it mirror finish. If you just want it nice looking, after you get the grease and crap off, a green 3m pad and some steel wool will clean it up pretty good.

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Ohhhhh I’ve been looking how to clean the hubs of wheels good. Are you worried at all that the evaporust ate the zinc plating??? I’d love to see some more photos of the hubs! (edited)

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Really great build.

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

> Wolf Wizard Wrote:

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> Ohhhhh I’ve been looking how to clean the hubs of wheels good. Are you

> worried at all that the evaporust ate the zinc plating??? I’d love to

> see some more photos of the hubs!

There's zinc plating ?

I have some zinc spray . It's 95% zinc when dried .

Here's some that is close to what I have :

https://www.antiseize.com/PDFs/td17045.pdf

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Evaporust doesn't eat anything but rust. I've used it on painted stuff, brass, chrome, aluminum, etc.

My hubs are steel Grimeca. I didn't go all out on shining them, just cleaned them to a nice natural silver. They don't look like they were plated. (edited)

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Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Always top notch builds sir!

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Dave Pennell /

No worries dude, glad to help, it looks spot on. Bike looks ace.

Yea one of these days might take ya up on the offer 👍

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Ducati is still going strong.

The monthly Vintage Bike OC show was yesterday, and I was going to take the Hercules, but it's not running right, so I dug the Ducati out if the garage, put some fuel in it and it fired up first pedal.

Finally got the original little Ducati tail pipe, (need to get it rechromed) and an NOS Veglia Speedo, so I hooked those up.

Rode it to the show and back, about 15 mile round trip, with no issues at all. Rode like a dream. A very slow dream, but rode perfect (top speed is 35mph, and I was mostly babying it. Don't want to blow this thing up.)

Got second place by one vote. Beat out by a 1965 Harley Electra Glide FLH.

More pics at vintagebikeoc.com

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Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Beautiful bike! Are drivers out there pretty tolerant / respectful of an older bike cruising at 30-35? No one dive bombing you or honking or shaking their fist?

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Giuseppe Zappa /

Great job…What a super project ! 🇮🇹👍

-G

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Emil Kniemel /

> E BinOH Wrote:

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> Beautiful bike! Are drivers out there pretty tolerant / respectful of

> an older bike cruising at 30-35? No one dive bombing you or honking or

> shaking their fist?

I think if you're on a nice bike like that they will be more curious and patient. I was once on a stock hobbit and got the finger while he zoomed by to cut me off since I was taking the whole lane.

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> Emil Kniemel Wrote:

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> I was once on a stock hobbit and got the finger while he

> zoomed by to cut me off since I was taking the whole lane.

It wasn't because you were riding a stock anything .

Most likely it was because that numb suck driver was objectionable to anything in the way that might cost an extra second of time .

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

Yes, actually. All the drivers I encountered on my ride were pretty cool about it. Most of the trip has big bike lanes, and wide streets, but there are a few spots where I had to take the whole lane, and one hill that merges two lanes into one, with a narrow bridge over the freeway.

There was a guy in a mustang weaving in and out and passing traffic, and when he saw me, slowed down, and waited till I could get back over to pass.

And almost every driver was checking it out. Got a few thumbs up, and some polite honks.

When I'm riding slow, I'm using hand signals, obvious head turning eye contact, and giving up my right of way for my safety.

When I'm on my Cimatti doing 50+, I'm more of an asshole.

Re: 1962 Ducati Piuma 48 Restoration

> baird co Wrote:

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> Ducati is still going strong.

>

> The monthly Vintage Bike OC show was yesterday, and I was going to take

> the Hercules, but it's not running right, so I dug the Ducati out if the

> garage, put some fuel in it and it fired up first pedal.

>

> Finally got the original little Ducati tail pipe, (need to get it

> rechromed) and an NOS Veglia Speedo, so I hooked those up.

>

> Rode it to the show and back, about 15 mile round trip, with no issues

> at all. Rode like a dream. A very slow dream, but rode perfect (top

> speed is 35mph, and I was mostly babying it. Don't want to blow this

> thing up.)

>

> Got second place by one vote. Beat out by a 1965 Harley Electra Glide

> FLH.

>

> More pics at vintagebikeoc.com

That thing is beautiful!

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