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TOPIC: 1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration

1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 11 Oct 2019 22:48 #51

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Thanks for that, I’ll take another look at the horn, didn’t realise it was upside down :)

Maybe be the tail light looks upward pointing because of the angle the bike is in the bench, I’ll look into that one, the grommets are the same dimensions as the ones that came with the bike...... could be someone fitted the wrong ones years ago though?

Thanks again for taking a look, appreciate the help :)

EDIT: Couldn’t wait so changed the horn over breakfast :)
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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 12 Oct 2019 00:05 #52

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Flip wrote: Ayup Ted, it’s not a bad match at all, take a look in D&K Motorcycles for a 360, they seem to have everything from basket cases to minters in :) Thanks for the paint tip


Yep, got a few bits from D&K myself. HOWEVER!, take great care, as they often list parts as being for the wrong bikes - nothing malicious (it's actually served me quite well!), but they get very confused over the various models. Therefore best to familiarise yourself with pictures of the parts that you need and arm yourself with these when looking.

Don't be afraid to put in daft offers either - they can only say no.
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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 12 Oct 2019 00:06 #53

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Flip wrote:
EDIT: Couldn’t wait so changed the horn over breakfast :)


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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 12 Oct 2019 06:35 #54

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Hi Flip glad your enjoying your 360, I love mines she runs so sweet for an old girl just doesn't like no throttle.....:)
Here's my baby ticking over, as you can see I like my baby looking old and original, each to their own.
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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 12 Oct 2019 11:39 #55

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i was wrong about the colour names it's HSILM15 made by Holts.
It's a Honda colour
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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 12 Oct 2019 11:44 #56

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Yes that's true regarding parts .
Ah yes the offers thing.
I put a bid in on a HT1B oil tank for twenty quid. They had it at twenty five plus postage . They knocked my bid back so i tried again and they knocked it back again.
That was a month ago and it's still for sale. How many HT1Bs do they think there are in the UK?
So yes i would like a CDI model bike that looked like the RT 1. Black with red stripe . Oh yes . But i'm not fussed. The 360 on flee bay would do right.
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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 12 Oct 2019 12:06 #57

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Dave, just bear in mind that those early DT360 (and probably DT400 as well) cdi pulsers were not very reliable, which is why so many bikes had points retro fitted. Saying that, there are a few aftermarket cdi conversion kits knocking around now (I'm sure that you've read the posts about these already).

I reckon it depends on which member of staff at D&K reads the offers - the YTS employee with no experience or authority knocks everything back, whereas an experienced one just says yep, move it on out.

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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 13 Oct 2019 01:26 #58

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What you up to today then Flip?
Have you done the motor yet?
what are you doing with your exhaust as far as refinishing goes ?
I painted the front mudguard and fine finished the rear on my build yesterday.
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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 14 Oct 2019 22:43 #59

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shyted wrote: What you up to today then Flip?
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Motor is done and in the frame BUT really struggling with the decompression valve. Ordered a new one with correct part number and it’s slightly shorter so won’t clip into the mechanism!

Any ideas? I’ll pop some pictures on later....

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1973 Yamaha RT3 Restoration 15 Oct 2019 00:35 #60

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Once the photos are up I'll try and compare it to mine.

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