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Question 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

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Thanks to Face Book I found a bike on my bucket list…68 DT1 12XXX!  Project yes but was only a few hundred to purchase and a few hundred more for delivery from a neighboring state. Motor turns over with good compression. Slide is free. First check no spark but ignition switch is a little funny and the spark plug cap has tape on it. Just arrived today and wanted to get pics out to you guys. Pretty happy! 

Am looking for speedo, air box, tail light, lower chain guard, head light ears (have NOS bucket), probably others too.

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1978 DT400E
1976 DT400C
1973 RT3
1971 RT1B
1968 DT1 (Project)
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Replied by Pedalcrazy on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

Took a closer look at the bike today and discovered the air box I believe is correct afterall. I thought it wasn't right because it had a lower front mount but I didn't see a place on my bike for that connection. Found today that the bracket has broken off the frame. The rough, original welds are still there. Luckily I have a donor DT1E frame and that bracket is still intact.
In other news...I cleaned the points with a little 600 grit paper and voila...spark. Yeah!
So, don't need an air box but discovered the kick lever is stripped and the P.O. Drilled and pinned it. More new parts needed...early kick lever. Thanks for your consideration!
1978 DT400E
1976 DT400C
1973 RT3
1971 RT1B
1968 DT1 (Project)
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Replied by MarkT on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

You might check with the guys on this recent thread:  yamaha-enduros.com/index.php/forums/want...8-chain-guide#137369
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Replied by Pedalcrazy on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

Thanks MarkT…PM sent to them…

Edit..he got rid of it already.
1978 DT400E
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1973 RT3
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1968 DT1 (Project)
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Replied by ksours on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

Bikeboneyard may be able to help out with parts.
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Replied by Pedalcrazy on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

Thank you Ksours I have made bikeboneyard a Favorites...however right now nothing listed for a 68DT1.
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Replied by Bigdog302 on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

Congrats on your 1968 DT1.  I have one that when a I got it had a ton of missing parts. it took lots of input from Enduronut which is the local 1968 DT1 Expert and buying some parts from him and of course keeping a sharp eye on Ebay
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Replied by Pedalcrazy on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

Well I found another 68 DT1...at least owner said it was (he has owned since 1975) but there are no stamped numbers in the steering head or engine cases. I looked very closely and there are no numbers in the usual places. I ran a little 600 grit sandpaper over the engine block where there should be numbers. No numbers and the pad is very flat like it should be with no grinder or sanding marks whatsoever. At the steering head the paint is thin and also no stamped numbers. Paint is really thin and no chance the numbers are just coated over. All the parts on the bike indicate 68. One hole headlight ears, one hole lower chain guard, complete exhaust with long stinger curved slightly towards rear wheel, magnesium oil dipstick, early gas tank (uses undertank mount strap (missing), gas tank included and pretty clean but badge areas mudded in and painted over. Square swing arm of course.  Motor has same setup as my first one...Head with one vertical plug no spare hole and stock cylinder. Has the red carb spacer and 214 carb with idle adjustment on top and rubber seal in place. Interesting that both the magneto cover (2-hole) and clutch cover are both smooth without the raised "Yamaha".  Both are weathered as owner hasn't touched the bike for 30 years he said. I bought it from him and he bought it the way it sits. Said it used to be a screamer. Has expansion chamber on it.

Thoughts on no stamped numbers and cases smooth?

Still looking for speedo, early kick lever, don't know when hollow front axle was used...all of mine (3) are solid. Need front brake lever...all of mine have the pin for the light switch which I believe no front brake light switch on 68 bikes?  Need taillight assembly.  Need tool box too as found the one on the bike is using a jar lid for the cover LOL!  Any other early 68 parts? Pre 13000.

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1978 DT400E
1976 DT400C
1973 RT3
1971 RT1B
1968 DT1 (Project)
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Replied by HouseofEnduro on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

No engine numbers is not uncommon, could be an over-the-counter motor assembly or simply a replacement engine case because somebody tore the sprocket cover bolt hole out of the old one. Easily reregistered even in a state like California that requires engine numbers inspected and appearing on title. More problematic is the unnumbered frame. I am not aware of there ever being offered such an item new, and even if it was produced that way you'd likely need some sort of chain of ownership documents to facilitate registration anywhere. Vermont is unquestionably the absolute easiest registration process, but even they will need you to provide at least a VIN number. Here in California the DMV would require you to establish some sort of proof of ownership and a trip to the CHP, where the CHP would assign a new (non Yamaha number) VIN and place a tamperproof VIN label on it. Years ago I acquired an old Kawasaki that had no VIN #s on it at all, I was never able to get it registered or titled, used it for parts.
Sounds like a nice find, don't put anything into it until you confirm that you can legalize it, otherwise at the very least it has a bunch of original '68 valuable parts that you could use elsewhere.
Regarding the side covers without YAMAHA logo - those were likely sanded off, I've had a couple off road race bikes where previous owners have done that for some reason. Factory didn't make them that way, but the raised letters are easily ground off and smoothed.
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Replied by Pedalcrazy on topic 68 DT1 rescued…parts needed!

Thank you HouseofEnduro…my thoughts exactly on the motor cases. I looked so carefully at the steering head and gussets where the numbers usually are. The gussets look like my other 68 so doesn’t appear to be altered. I bought it mostly for the parts my better bike is missing and with no numbers it will most likely be a parts bike as you mentioned. Thanks for the reply and didn’t know if there was anything special out there with no vin. 
 
1978 DT400E
1976 DT400C
1973 RT3
1971 RT1B
1968 DT1 (Project)
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