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TOPIC: 1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer

1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 02 Oct 2018 17:50 #1

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Hello All!

Here we have the latest new project, this bike comes from a heavy history of MX racing. I received the bike for free from the original owner with the intent to restore it to its original racing form, as if it was its first day of racing.

The bike is in remarkable shape all things considered, lots of spare parts. It may looks rough, but after minor exploration the stuff that looks to be nasty is not rust but old caked on grease! so alot of stuff looks to be in pretty great shape!

Things that are gonna need added to the bike:
  • Handlebars
  • Cables
  • All/most rubber bits
  • Rear sprocket
  • Various internal bits
  • Guages
  • Gaskets
  • Who knows

Mechanically, the bike turns over and has pretty good compression with a solid ca-thunk, if you guys have any questions or want screenshots of some of the original promotional material included with the bike feel free to ask!
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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 02 Oct 2018 17:53 #2

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Some pictures of the paperwork that came with the bike, includes the original bill of sale from dealership, the original tax document, some clips from a era correct magazine and the OG registration. Also an original service manual!
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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 02 Oct 2018 18:00 #3

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Here are some more detailed pictures.

For all curious the VIN is DT1-07*** making this a pearl white bike!
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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 02 Oct 2018 18:21 #4

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Nice find, looks like you got a '68! 50 years old this year!
You have the hard to find small tach, even though it's installed on the wrong side. Wonder why they did that?
2 bolt mag cover, I'm guessing the tank has the correct bolt on lower mounting bracket setup?

What exhaust did it come with?

Look forward to more updates!
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The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient.....

1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 02 Oct 2018 18:33 #5

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Ctune80 wrote: Look forward to more updates!


My garage is remote so i cant take a picture at the moment, but there is a bracket on the bike's tank that goes between goes underneath the frame, one side is attached and allows it to rotate around.

Unfortunately no exhaust came with the bike, apparently it was a period correct aftermarket exhaust but when it was put in long term storage it got lost in the junkpile, there is a ongoing search for it apparently, so I am in the market for a new exhaust in the meantime!

If the small tach is indeed hard to find, is it worth trying to save? Looks like theres a bit of rust on the outside casing of the guages, chrome peeling off and whatnot.

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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 02 Oct 2018 19:52 #6

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Lets put it this way, don't throw it away! Deet can restore it, and even if you have no interest in making the bike correct someone will want it.
Same with the extra top end parts you have in the picture.

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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 03 Oct 2018 05:55 #7

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Ctune80 wrote: Lets put it this way, don't throw it away


Will do! theres a ton of stuff I need to take a lot more detailed look at. Ill pull the gauges and take a lot closer look at everything.

Meantime Ill talk to DEET and see if he can work his magic!

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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 06 Oct 2018 08:31 #8

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Good news!

After pulling apart the carb , the inside rubber bits are immaculate! I suspect someone went through this thing a while back and replaced some bits and bobs. take a look! after removing the good stuff the main body of the carb has gone into the bath to remove some slime.
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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 11 Oct 2018 06:17 #9

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Some quick questions (Hoping someone can point me in the right way)
  • For the exhaust:
  • Is the exhaust, are these pieces shared with the early 70's models? Also in the market for an acceptable alternative, if nothing I might just go to my local fabricators shop and see if he can make one for me.

  • For the forks:
  • I might be able to save the boots, but the tubes are probably beyond saving, it seems like these forks are similar between model years as well. Hoping that I would be able to buy some forks from a different bike.

  • For the rear shocks:
  • Probably same story as above, I know there are tons of aftermarket alternatives out there for these rear shocks but is there a go-to alternative for rear shocks?

  • For the paint
  • This weekend Ill be bringing the oil and gas tank to my local body shop to get the dents pulled out and try to prime and get ready for paint, does anybody have a good source for "Pearl White" paint?
Ill also see if I can save the fenders, were they chrome, silver or paint matched to the bike?

Thanks to any answers in advance, this is a huge project with alot of pieces .

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1968 DT-1 250 MX Racer 11 Oct 2018 07:17 #10

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The 68 exhaust is a one year only, the one on your bike is 69 to 71. They are tough to find. They had a very small diameter stinger.

Fork tubes for 68s can be obtained from DC Plastics or Forking by Frank.

Rear shock that are similar (Red Wing) can be found on ebay.

I used Lexus pearl white on my 68 (in the late 90s), but search the website and I think there are some pearl white options. I will give it a look and see if I can get you a link.

Mike

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