True. Applies to many/most Ducatis imported into the USA in the '50s and '60s. All to do with registration requirements, state-by-state. Full explanation given in Tom Bailey's "Ducati Singles First Person", page 163.<snip> I had heard that some Ducati frames don’t have ID numbers ...?
+1. Apart from the visual pointers, your number also checks out with the engine numbers that Ian Falloon gives for 450 Mark 3 and Mark 3D production for 1969-1970.Looks like a 450 Mk 3 to me.
On the tank - No, that tank would be on any bike from 69 on so that would be the correct tank for your bike. I dont think the guys in india are making a Mark 3 tank and I wouldnt use one of their aluminum tanks anyway. That bike is very rare and should be restored properly and to original spec, anything else is going backwards. If you aren't up to the task you might want to move it to someone who can and will do it right and you might make a few bucks in the process. Please dont start the job unless you really know what you are doing, you will cause more damage than good. Your tank can be restored properly with the correct chrome with the right craftsmen.Thanks again, guys! Yes I’ll definitely check outthe blog, Flynbulldog. I’m assuming the tank is from a later year or from a 250 or 350. I don’t know whether I’m lusting after the chromed tank or not. I’ll measure the bore to verify size of the Desmo engine. Anyone you all would suggest for the crank work to use the broken engine?
I got some spares out of the whole deal, so those will definitely be on the block depending on what I need for my restoration. How do I check out the Indian tanks in case I want to go chrome? The white and chrome is a nice look and as someone pointed out, distinctive.
I do vapor blasting and I promise it would be much cheaper than buying a machineOkay, Flynbulldog and Ventodue, message received. I’d still like to restore thi, with appropriate help from vendors. I’m going to study the blog and look into parts washer and vapor hone machine either in the way back or loft of my smallish garage or maybe in my son-in-law’s barn.
Thanks again, all!