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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 6:36 pm Thread Starter
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Newbie —Identification help!

Hey everyone, new to the forum. I just bought a package deal of 3 70’s era Ducati’s. I’ve read up on some info regarding engine/frame numbers, but having trouble figuring out what’s what. I think the engine/frame don’t match, but I have no idea. Any help y’all could provide would be great

I can post some photos also. Super excited to get started. You can expect to see me on here a lot because this will be my first attempt at restoration.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 6:45 pm
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Hi Carter and welcome. where are you? please fill out your info that way if any of us are near by we might be able to give you hand sometime.


The first pic looks like an 860 GT that has been modified with earlier tank and seat. The conti pipes would not be original to this bike but are a common mod.

that bike would originally look something like this;





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On second thought it looks as though maybe an earlier 750 GT has been fitted with an 860 GT engine...
I can see that the tank badge area has been filled and alloy wheels are fitted. I think what you have is a parts bike special - all good parts though!

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Thanks for the help. That’s what my suspension was. 750 gt frame with 860 engine. I was tripped up because the shifter is on the right and was t sure if the square case 860 was in production in 75? I’ve got a tank that’s the orange and black—almost immaculate from the earlier 750. Since this is kind of a “parts bike”, is it worth trying for an all original restoration, or should I take what I’ve got and combo it up to have a good looking driver?

I’ve attached pics of the other bike— think it’s the 78 860 gt( although the tank and side panels claim 900) the motor is electric start and in a crate currently.

The other bike is a 450 scrambler (mocked up with a silver tank)
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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2019, 5:19 am
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Hi & Welcome!
Those are some nice projects you have there!
I can't offer too much on the twins, but that is a nice start to the Single! Good luck!

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Thanks for the help. That’s what my suspension was. 750 gt frame with 860 engine. I was tripped up because the shifter is on the right and was t sure if the square case 860 was in production in 75? I’ve got a tank that’s the orange and black—almost immaculate from the earlier 750. Since this is kind of a “parts bike”, is it worth trying for an all original restoration, or should I take what I’ve got and combo it up to have a good looking driver?

I’ve attached pics of the other bike— think it’s the 78 860 gt( although the tank and side panels claim 900) the motor is electric start and in a crate currently.

The other bike is a 450 scrambler (mocked up with a silver tank)

Squarcase bikes are all lefthand shift and the early bikes had a shaft through the frame to achieve this. But the 750's were all right hand shift so in order to make it left shift the frame and rear brake would have to be modified. I'm sure it was easier to just make the bike right shift when the engine was "dropped" into the 750 frame

In my opinion the 72 - 74 roundcase bikes are what most collectors and enthusiasts want and the later squarecase GT's have not become as heavily sought. Without a roundcase engine you're gonna have a hard time restoring the 750/860 GT hybrid. If it were mine I'd build that bike into a 900SS special. Unless you have pockets full of money the 900GT that you have would be best cleaned up without a full resto and used a rider. They are wonderful to ride.

That's what I would do with them. You can go as far as your ability and budget allows on any of these bikes - the sky is the limit.

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Thanks for the help guys! I have a couple fairings hat I could use to make up a decent 900ss lookalike. I’m thinking of parting out one bike to help fund the other.
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Quite a project to resusitate a bike that old. I'd imagine just getting info would be hard, let alone parts.
Good luck with it.
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The twins are super expensive to restore and often parts have to be sourced from all over the world. Right now I have parts coming from Italy, the UK and Norway on one of my restorations and that is a bike with good US resources. These bikes can test one's resolve...
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Hi Carter: Here's an old (83) picture of my heavily modded 75 860GT. I say make it whatever you want it to be. I loved the ride but hated the look of the standard 860GT and could not afford an SS or MHR. Made a lot of parts myself. It takes very little to make a great "racer" out of these machines. Looks like you are starting with a bunch of bits so just keep going that route and have fun. Post pics! Good luck.

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