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Old 03-10-2010, 08:25 PM   #31
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Found a donor bike that might appear to be in better shape, but...
don't judge this bike by the exterior!!

Now to start harvesting...

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Old 03-10-2010, 08:30 PM   #32
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Check this one

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Old 03-11-2010, 06:31 AM   #33
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i learned to ride on bike that looked about that good
it was a differant time

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Old 03-11-2010, 09:41 AM   #34
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Found a donor bike that might appear to be in better shape, but...
don't judge this bike by the exterior!!

Now to start harvesting...

Interesting swingarm. Homemade?
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:24 AM   #35
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Interesting swingarm. Homemade?
No, the early DT1's came with the square tube swing arm. In '70 they switched to the round tube ones.
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:21 AM   #36
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Very clean restoration!!

Mine, on the other hand, will be barebones and a track bike.
After doing a partial resto on a 1974 TX650A, I lost interest in that kind of detailed work. My 1978 SR500E is only halfway done and has sat in storage for close to 2 years now. Someday, the desire to finish it will return...
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:29 AM   #37
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Interesting swingarm. Homemade?
As Zilla said, early models had a square swingarm.
Guy that had this for sale said it was a '70, but the frame number indicates it is a 1968. It came with a later year piston port DT1 motor and a complete RT1 motor.
This one has a later model rear wheel. Looks like a MX400 hub. The torque arm is homemade for sure!!
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:57 PM   #38
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Very clean restoration!!

Mine, on the other hand, will be barebones and a track bike.
After doing a partial resto on a 1974 TX650A, I lost interest in that kind of detailed work. My 1978 SR500E is only halfway done and has sat in storage for close to 2 years now. Someday, the desire to finish it will return...
I hear that

I just picked up another one from Craigslist and am going to make it into a lightweight woods bike beater. No lights or anything, premix,plastic fenders,anything to save some weight. These are just cool little bikes!!!
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:23 PM   #39
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I'm a lazy butt... Just too many other things goin on!
Finally got to cleaning and rehabbing some parts today.
Rattlecan job on the steering stem and triple clamp, drove the rusted up bushings out of the swingarm and did a salvage job on them. Drill the swingarm and tapped it for a zerk fitting so the rust hopefully will not return for another 40 years!!
Still trying to hunt down some S&W shocks. Everytime I see some on ebay, they go for a small fortune!

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Old 03-20-2010, 07:21 PM   #40
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My first bike! $425, DETROIT, November, 1971. Had about 600 miles on it. Had it for 18 months and sold it to a cop for $350. Bought a new '73 Bighorn 350 for $900.

Check the carb, Genuine Yamaha Tuning kits had a 30mm instead of the stock 26mm.

The autolube pump took a dump on me and wiped out the piston and crank bearings. Ran pre-mix the rest of the time I had it. Didn't have the tools or skills to pull it down and do the work myself. I think the dealer got $150 to fix it.

There are two gears that mesh in the pump, and the bigger one stripped out. You could actually buy the gears back then and fix it. Take it apart and eyeball them, bummer to do all that work and kill the motor.

I saw another one at the '02 Vintage MX race at Hollister. They wanted $1800 for it, no lights or instruments.
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:27 PM   #41
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Check the carb, Genuine Yamaha Tuning kits had a 30mm instead of the stock 26mm.

The autolube pump took a dump on me and wiped out the piston and crank bearings. Ran pre-mix the rest of the time I had it. Didn't have the tools or skills to pull it down and do the work myself. I think the dealer got $150 to fix it.

There are two gears that mesh in the pump, and the bigger one stripped out. You could actually buy the gears back then and fix it. Take it apart and eyeball them, bummer to do all that work and kill the motor.

I saw another one at the '02 Vintage MX race at Hollister. They wanted $1800 for it, no lights or instruments.
Yeah, it has the 30mm carb. When I started to notice the cylinder was different, I checked the carb. Just saw a partial GYT kit (cyl,head,piston & 4 rings) sell for $1025 on ebay last week. My cylinder is going out for plating soon.
I still have a weak spot for the smell of castor bean oil, so... no autolube for this one. I have a half case of Blendzall in the garage from 1975, so I'll put it to good use!!
Not sure this will be worth much when I get done, but it is bringing back a lot of old memories!!
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #42
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If you remember that movie, you gotta be old..
It was a great promo for Yamaha. They had some roadracers in the movie as well.

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Old 03-21-2010, 10:21 AM   #43
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No, not "Guilty"... "Vintage"!!!
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:23 PM   #44
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Great feature on these old Yammies in the new issue of Moto Retro magazine.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:54 PM   #45
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After a little research, it seems that this is a 1968 motor going by the engine number. There was no number stamped on the steering head, but it has the post on the lower frame tube for the front tank mount.
Spent a lot of the day scratching rust off of many small parts...
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