Old Yamaha dirt bike restoration

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Cat Daddy, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Great stuff, lots of attention to details. What powder coater are you using?
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  2. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it. I try to fuss over the details.

    I do all my own work except for zinc and chrome plating. I own a powder coating shop.
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  3. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    So a production box gun?
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  4. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    I use an old cup gun on most jobs. My other gun (for clears mostly) is a hopper feed.
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  5. cruiser58

    cruiser58 Cranky

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    Come on Cat Daddy, don't leave us hanging.:clap
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  6. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    It's almost done. I just need some time to do the color on the gas tank and put a chain on it. I'll post pictures when I do.
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  7. CHECK_OIL

    CHECK_OIL Been here awhile

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  8. eyedragaknee

    eyedragaknee McGuyver

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  9. Droz88

    Droz88 Adventurer

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    Very nice restoration work!

    The only thing that I would add is that you might as well get the autolube system working. It would only be a few extra lines/cables/banjo bolt and you'd have a much better fuel delivery system than just mixing. I have the factory service manual for your bike in a .pdf file so if you'd like it I can send it to you but it looks like you know what your doing haha.

    Would you be able to give me some pointers as far as the ignition system goes? I actually picked up a 1973 CT3 the other day and am in the process of getting it running The previous owner ripped out all the electrical and basically turned it into a dirtbike just like you are doing. I saw that you redid the magneto/ignition yourself so basically I'd like to do whatever you did.
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  10. cruiser58

    cruiser58 Cranky

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    OK, who do we have to beg for more pictures of this great project. It has gone stale and needs to be finished, I volunteer to take it off your hands and finish it.
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  11. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    Droz, no way on the Autolube. I went to a lot of trouble to make block off plates for the pump opening and shave the tabs off the frame. I knew before I ever unlocked my tool box that I was going straight premix on this bike.

    Cruizer, soon. I just need to paint the tank. Other than that, it's complete. I have the tank straight and thrice block sanded slick. It's in primer and I'm letting the bodywork shrink for one more final blocking then paint.
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  12. athomerecords25

    athomerecords25 Banned

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    Wow. Simply amazing. I think I better start paying closer attention to detail on my 1980 YZ465 Marty Moates replica rebuild. Man this thread is wonderful. Great work.
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  13. Droz88

    Droz88 Adventurer

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    Cat Daddy,

    I was going to start working on the 1973 ct3 I picked up and I wanted to re-wire the ignition just like you did since mine is also going to be a pure dirtbike. Can you show/explain how you did it because I don't understand the routing or what parts need to be involved. Thanks in advance.
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  14. Hunsta

    Hunsta Have guns will hunt

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    Im with you Cat Daddy. And I hope you dont mind, but I literally stole your block off plate idea for my `76 DT250 Flat Tracker, complete with hand cut gasket and gasket cement.
    [​IMG]
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  15. third eye

    third eye back road loon

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    cycle tech is right, remove the emulsion tube out of the carb and clean.
    Looking forward to seeing it done
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  16. awshouse

    awshouse Downwardly mobile

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    Did you ever finish this thing??? Looked like you got to 90% in no time flat.


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  17. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    It's all finished except the gas tank. I did some powdercoating work for one of my buddies who is a pro painter. I'm dropping the tank off shortly to have him spray it. Otherwise, yes, it's finished.
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  18. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    After nearly two months lying dormant, the project is back on the burner. I finally got the tank dropped off at my painter buddy's place last week, and today he texted me a picture. It still needs color sanding and buffing. I should get it back this week.

    [​IMG]


    Now all I need is to order new tank emblems (ouch, very expensive) and a new gas cap. It's 100 percent complete otherwise.
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  19. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    I gotta ask.... why didn't you powder coat the tank? Looka real nize.
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  20. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    It's a real nice tank but still needed some general all over body work. I can do some filler work under my powder but it's hard to beat what a pro can do with normal paint and body procedures.
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