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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 18:47 #1

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Ok so all I have on this bike is in the intro section so I figured I would open up a thread on the official restoration.

Let me first give you some info on the bike. It is a one owner because my dad bought it. Brand new and put most of the miles on it. The title is still currently in his name. I guess once I swap it over to mine that will make it a two owner.

Here is a picture of the bike as my dad had it set up and right before I started tearing it apart.

So, this is also the bike I learned to ride on when I was 13 years old. It is a true Chicken house story (along with some other pretty cool bikes, but that's another story). I was 13 years old and wanted a bike so bad I couldn't stand it. We have a farm with some old chicken houses
And barns, no chickens in them though. Back in the late 60's early 70's dad used some of the chicken house for his play shop. So he had this old 73 dt3 he bought brand new and had just stopped riding. Sense I was so set on wanting a bike he made me a bet. "Son, if you'll pull that bike out of the chicken house then I'll see if I can help you get it running. Sometimes I wonder if he thought I wouldn't actually pull it out or he couldn't get it to run. So with the deal laid on the table and my young ambitious self riding to learn how to ride a bike, I drug that competition green dt3 out of the chicken house, flat tires and all! When I walked the 1/4 mile back up the hill I saw his look of amazement that I had taken him up on his deal. We drove the tractor down to the chicken house, loaded the Yamaha on the back of the bush hog and took it back up to the house. After my lesson on the fact that it had sit unused for 15+ Years and it might take more then it's worth to get the bike running we started in on our journey. Long story short, after some new gas, new oil, some marvel mystery oil in the cylinder, and a new battery she fired right up on the forth kick!!

I rode that bike up until I was 17 when I had an accident and broke the throttle cable and she was put up and sit around for another 16 years.

So now we start on the build. I'll put all the pictures in the next post. This is a build I start just to clean it up and get her going, then it turned into a full rebuild with the intent to ride.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 18:53 #2

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Here are some pictures of some of the parts that have been cleaned up, stripped, and painted. Please note. The paint on the gas tank is factory paint and I am planning to keep it.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 18:55 #3

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Down to the frame.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 18:59 #4

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Went back to the chicken house and found the original exhaust just hanging out. Most likely has less then 50 miles on it. Cleaned it up and good to go. Also did some wheel work.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 19:01 #5

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More front wheel.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 19:06 #6

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Rear finder painted, wet sanded, and cleared. Also painted rear swing arm and installed.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 19:10 #7

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I'm starting on the rear wheel now. Then on to the wiring and then the engine. Also waiting on the oil tank, headlight bucket, and brackets to come back from paint.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 15 Apr 2017 19:44 #8

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Lools like it's coming along nice how bad is it relacing the wheels? I want to tear mine apart to polish aswell so i can polish my hubs too .

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 16 Apr 2017 03:03 #9

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Jack48461 wrote: Lools like it's coming along nice how bad is it relacing the wheels? I want to tear mine apart to polish aswell so i can polish my hubs too .


Relacing the wheel isn't bad. Truing it up can be a little bit of a learner. Just take your time and you'll be ok.

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One owner dt3 restoration thread 13 Jun 2017 19:50 #10

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Back on the ground and on to the engine!

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