It sounds like the OP and I have a similar background, with the exception that I still have a couple of basket case Jeeps I drive everyday. My favorite Jeep is a 2003 Wrangler I bought in 2003 with two rods through the oil pan that I still own and drive. I didn't think this complete DT250 would be a basket case, but it sure is. It has been a $400 mistake that has consumed at least that in parts over the past couple of years and it is still in pieces in the shop. Something in its previous life fried every piece of electronic equipment on it. Bulbs, switches, points, condenser, coil, even the horn was fried. Sourcing parts has been an exercise in patience and daily scouring of the web...and I haven't pulled the jug off the case. Here is a twofer. Basket case Jeep hauling basket case Yamaha. It is fun working on these things with no deadline since there is no stress. However that can also result in a project that takes up a lot of space for a long time. You also have to come to terms with the fact you will have more invested in the bike that it is worth when done.