GT380M Restoration

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GT380M Restoration

Postby Peter » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:34 pm

Hi All,

I have been lurking on here for a while and spoken to a few of the members but thought it was time for me to start a build thread.

I acquired my GT in 2015 from my late Uncle where it was shipped to me in Northern Ireland. In order to preserve the bike I am completing a full restore. I have built up some bits and pieces over the last few years but only got it into my one garage at the start of this year to begin the full strip down.

This is a pic of the GT (and a Lambretta that my Dad has since fully restored) before it left England.
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Then another pic of the bike before being stripped. At this point I have the tank etc painted so it's away for safe keeping.
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Once stripped I had the frame powder coated and have had majority of bits chrome plated. I then built a bench to work on the bike.
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So far, I have offered up the rear mud guard with the grab rail which seem to fit ok.
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Tonight, I went to fit the Hagon shocks but noticing a fit issue where the shroud is fowling the grab rail. Has anyone else had this issue or can see where I've went wrong?

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Thanks,

Peter

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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby Peter » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:38 pm

So, after trying to move the rail there still was not enough clearance. I spoke to Hagon and they are sending me out a different spring retainer that will push the shroud and spring down and give me the clearance I need. I’ll post more pics once I get that fitted.

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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby barney01 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:04 pm

Hi Peter nice bike you have a nice bike there which will look even better when you have finished the rest! I always fancied having a go at doing a Lambaretta but never actually got around to it.
I see you are fitting that lift rail behind the shock absorber instead of the outside. Have a look at your previous photo.
See if that work's?
IncidentIy i see your new shocks have the long shroud not the shorter ones that were fitted to the M Model
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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby Peter » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:12 pm

Hi Barney, yes hopefully I will do it some justice once complete!

I’m pretty sure the grab rail goes to the inside of the shock but I will double check.
Yeh, the long shroud is a problem for the M but Hagon only make them with a shroud of that length. It’s 82mm which is in between the factory short and long shroud.

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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby barney01 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:02 am

I was looking at your 3rd picture where it's on the outside :roll:
If you were feeling brave and bothered about it you could keep your original shrouds. Look here
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8548&p=64960&hilit=Shock+shroud#p64960
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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby stevewharton » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:56 am

I think Barneys talking about the lift rail, not the grab rail.
Look, my paintwork hasn't got "Fish scales" :x they're "Dragon scales" right!!! However, after some thought, I will accept "Black Marlin" or "Swordfish", but definitely not "Haddock" or "Cod".

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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby Peter » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:31 am

Oh yes! Question! Is that lift rail standard on a 380M? I don’t think I’ve saw another with this or else every pic is from the other side of the bike

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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby Peter » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:37 am

barney01 wrote:I was looking at your 3rd picture where it's on the outside :roll:
If you were feeling brave and bothered about it you could keep your original shrouds. Look here
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8548&p=64960&hilit=Shock+shroud#p64960


I will need to dismantle the hagons to put on the new spacer so I might do a trial and see if the existing shroud will go over the Hagon spring. Good shout!

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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby stevewharton » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:52 am

I have Hagons on my kettle and the springs are a bit beefier than on the original shocks, so I don't think the original shroud will fit over the Hagon spring.
Could be wrong, I have been many times before :roll:
Look, my paintwork hasn't got "Fish scales" :x they're "Dragon scales" right!!! However, after some thought, I will accept "Black Marlin" or "Swordfish", but definitely not "Haddock" or "Cod".

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Re: GT380M Restoration

Postby Peter » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:09 am

Yeh I think you are correct!

Do you know about the lift rail? It came on my bike but wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be there or not.


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