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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #60 on: September 18, 2017, 10:31:36 AM »
Last few parts now in:

Finally sourced the rear carrier rack and indicators  ;)

Let the build commence!

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #61 on: September 18, 2017, 08:12:36 PM »
Looks concourse to me, fantastic. Love it.

Who did the ally polishing?  wow.
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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #62 on: September 18, 2017, 08:39:50 PM »
Looks concourse to me, fantastic. Love it.

Who did the ally polishing?  wow.

Hi Chris, I am aiming for a good quality finish across the board, I could not resist restoring it to be honest, it was in desperate need!

The polishing was done by a friend of mine, his work is superb. If you need any polishing doing I can put you in touch. It would take me weeks to achieve the same finish as he does, and his prices are very reasonable. I don't usually like to farm out work unless it's specialist, but his service is second to none.

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #63 on: October 24, 2017, 08:54:48 AM »
Progress has sadly slowed on this as I have been super busy with other projects :-\ However the rack is currently being re-chromed and is going to hopefully come back super shiny  :D

I have never had a complete bike in kit form that I have not had time to build up before, then again it should make for a busy weekend  ;)

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #64 on: October 24, 2017, 07:34:29 PM »
I am rapidly becoming very happy with my first 2 stroke, a 1973 RD250/350 ,that is nearly fifnshed, I have just been and bought a 1975 DT400 as well, picking it up on Thursday, never even sat on one, fingers crossed.

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DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #65 on: November 03, 2017, 02:09:39 PM »
Nice to have a quick catch up on this too :)
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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #66 on: March 26, 2019, 12:13:18 PM »
After a very busy year and a half I have finally got back into this at the weekend!

I have five bikes to build at the moment, but this has been in bits the longest  ;D

Engine back together, just waiting on a few bits. Always nice to assemble with fresh casings, new bearings and seals. Had the crank built and the top end bored a while ago:






Also popped the tyres on, and started building up the rolling chassis at long last:







Coils and points are in need of some TLC:



Gear selector mechanism is very worn, and needs replacing:




Managed to find a fair few NOS parts online, as well as the other bits needed to move the build forward. Looking forward to getting this little beast back together!


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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #67 on: March 26, 2019, 10:32:33 PM »
Nice to see this one continuing!

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #68 on: March 27, 2019, 09:33:36 PM »
just read the lot, brilliant work as usual, sunspecks needed as well. 8)

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #69 on: March 27, 2019, 09:57:11 PM »
Hi Kawa - same here it's really nice to pick it back up  ;)

Alvin - Indeed the polisher did go a bit crazy! They are starting to tone down!

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #70 on: March 29, 2019, 09:00:57 PM »
Started 'polishing' up the fins on the barrel and head today. It has had two coats of quality VHT. I am hoping that with the last coat I can wipe the excess off on the fins with thinners and fine wet and dry, I always find that masking leaves a bad edge...

Always a tricky one with these edges especially when they are often not that flat. I can't say I have a good process for doing this - any tips?



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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #71 on: March 29, 2019, 10:12:21 PM »
Yes. I use a Dremel with a coarse grinding tube on it, then use a finer one to finish. Looks superb and takes moments!

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #72 on: April 02, 2019, 11:55:20 AM »
Yes. I use a Dremel with a coarse grinding tube on it, then use a finer one to finish. Looks superb and takes moments!

Hi Kawa,

That sounds like a good plan, I have managed to finish the fins no problem with different grades of sandpaper and scotch bright, it is the masking/post painting polishing that is a bit of a pain! Do you grind through after the final top coat?

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #73 on: April 02, 2019, 10:20:40 PM »
Yes do it after you've painted it all. I did try sandpaper and it took ages!

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #74 on: July 22, 2019, 04:22:57 PM »
I’m finally back on the DT175 build.
Headstock in the frame, forks built up and on, as well as the rear shocks! Wheels all ready to go in just waiting for a few seals.




Dropped a bit of black enamel in the side case lettering as well.






The engine is awaiting a CDI ignition that I have worked on to develop, just a few tweaks needed on that before the engine can go together.
A load of rubber parts have been ordered ready for the next assembly weekend.
Further progress coming soon!

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