Thanks Deb....just bruised ego. I think my original post got lost in the shuffle. New tires, mold release, sand, too early on throttle, and well you know what happens next :'( I'm sending the tank to Norm and beating the e-bay bush. I suspect that I'll have to visit the local dealer for a water pump cover; but, other than that, I should be able to dig up the replacements I need. Hell, I may be able to fund at least 50% of the repairs by ebaying some parts that I have setting in the Ducati locker......at least I can hope.