1968 Yamaha DT1 Treasure/Trash?

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Valleyrider, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. TheBigO

    TheBigO aka The Big Square Head

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    Oh the memories you've brought back for me. Thank you.

    Had one of these in my early teens and it was so dead reliable and fun. Keep up the good work.
  2. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    This is/was the original tank for the project bike. Looks like someone may have used a large sledge hammer to tune it up. I had a bad feeling about trying to save it... That is until I met Dave Williams.

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    Dave tried to tack and pull the dent, but it wouldn't budge. He then cut the side of the tank off (the outside!!) and used what is mostly a lost art these days... He hammered the dent out and welded the tank back up. Paint will be applied in the next week. Dave Williams is a true Master Craftsman!!!

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  3. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Just couldn't wait for the paint to get done...
    Used the tank off the "Donor" bike and fired the engine today.
    Real rich and 25/1 on the oil mixture just to be safe.

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  4. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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  5. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    It's alive !!!!

    And your neighbors will now have a new reason to despise you...:D


    Just my opinion: Man..first ride on a newly put together ride...take 2 seconds and throw a helmet on.
  6. killfile

    killfile 49/50

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  7. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    Really nice
  8. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Did I hear a chuffer? :clap
  9. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Good point!! I've out-lived my usefulness already...
  10. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks for the link!!
    Ed Burke hired me back in 1975.
    This was for my short (1 year) time at YIC.
    Thanks again for posting the link!!!
    Willie
  11. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Good ear!!

    AHHHHHHHHH....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Yup, had to make it period correct... right??
  12. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Just got the tank(s) back. Dave did superb work on the '68 tank. If you check the other photos, you will see that the right-hand side was caved in. This came out better than I ever imagined. The number plates were ordered this morning and the lower tank bracket was found in a dealer's "Old Stock" in Kansas. The bracket should be here by the end of the week.

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  13. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Well the bike is cool and all... well ok... very VERY cool..:tb



    But whats the dealyo with the funky wind job on your extension cords hanging off the pegboard in the background. I have never seen that before :huh


    Oh and thank you very much by the way. Because of your build... I know own 2 NEW nos Akront 19" wheels one of wich is destined for my BSA build. Just gotta find a rear now. So thank you very much... see what you did with those cool ass wheels
  14. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks!!

    The extension cord thingy is the result of my 24 years (19 fulltime) in the fire service... Old habits are hard to break!

    The "Old" Akronts are getting harder to find.
    Buchanan's http://www.buchananspokes.net/ has modern Excel, Sun's and others, but I prefer the original Akront. If all else fails, there is someone on ebay selling "Fakey" Akront stickers... Only you and I will know if you go that route!!:lol3
  15. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Yea I was pretty geeked to find theseAkronts. They were new in the wrapper still old stock.

    Send me that ebay link if you can on the sticker. I might need some new stickers. I want to polish and clear the wheels and might need new stickers to finish them off.
  16. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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  17. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Thanks for the link. Found that right after I posted..lol

    This is what I bought :evil

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    Still in the market for an 18" WM3 40 spoke. I did find one but its mucho expensive :eek1
  18. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Found mine (36 spoke 18" WM3) at the AHRMA races last April. It was new, never laced, but had some surface corrosion that gave it a very used look. I felt it was a bargain at $85.
    Not sure what prices you are seeing.
    I have not looked at any on Ebay since I found what I needed.

    Sorry for causing your obsession....
  19. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Ah its all good.. I needed rims anyways and those are just so damn cool.

    I paid $200 for the 19" pair and I am sure I can get at least 1/2 of that back by selling one of them. The 18" I saw though, granted it was new, was $175 shipped. Ouchy.

    I just picked up an issue of Motorcycle Classics magazine. Right there on the cover is a Triumph with my exact twin leading shoe hub inside a Acront wheel... Ohhh yea....so nice. :freaky
  20. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Paint is done. Proper lower mount/brace now secures the tank. Almost too nice to race... August 21 at Spokane Fairgrounds will be my first opportunity to try it on the track.

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