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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #90 on: October 20, 2019, 09:06:50 PM »
A little more progress today!

Engine in the frame and the front end built up  ;)



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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #91 on: October 20, 2019, 10:16:16 PM »
That's going to look stunning. I seem to recall I had one of those years ago and the lasting memory of it was the throttle sticking wide open as I approached a roundabout in the wet. Oh happy days lol  ;D

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #92 on: October 23, 2019, 10:37:16 PM »
A little bit more progress from today:

Parts book is an essential for any rebuild! Wheels on, it is finally starting to resemble a DT175. The speedo drive was seized solid, out came the custom tool to fix that... New seal and it is ready for another 40 years!



Replacing all of the rubber parts on this bike has been a real expense, nice to have all of the orignal fasteners though:



A few more goodies on, including the exhaust:





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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #93 on: October 24, 2019, 09:10:04 PM »
A couple of little jobs done on the DT today:

Speedo drive removed, re-greased and seal replaced using a tool that I had made up. This was seized solid on this bike:





Had the footpegs and spring re-plated, to disassemble them I had to drill the rivet out. Purchased some new pins, and pressed them over onto the washers:

Love the flypress, one of the most versatile tools!







Some parts arriving tomorrow from Fowlers, which should help to complete a few jobs!

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #94 on: October 24, 2019, 11:21:34 PM »
It is really nice to see you have had the time to progress this build
It's getting ever closer

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #95 on: October 25, 2019, 10:55:23 PM »
Thanks Motty! It has been in boxes for a little too long  ::)


A little more progress from this evening:

Carb rebuilt, airbox and rubbers on, seatlock fitted, footpegs on.

Genuine tool roll and re-plated tools in:



Bit of bling at the back with the rack and rear light unit. In my opinion the racks and US spec taillights finish off these little bikes  ;)



A few more jobs done!



Where possible on the build I have used the re-plated fixings, some were damaged and have been replaced. This along with the genuine rubber parts is adding a touch of originality.

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #96 on: November 07, 2019, 10:27:00 AM »
The original oil pump from the bike was cream crackered from water damage:





Luckily a replacement was available online at a reasonable cost:



Oilpump back from Arrow:

What a fantastic service  :o







Another bit of the jigsaw complete

Still looking for a few bits before I can finish it off.

- Headlight rim (NOS/a straight one) as mine had a large dent in it.
- Plastic airbox top cover
- Handlebars: I had bought some aftermarket handlebars, but I am not happy with them so will have my old ones re-chromed after straightening them!
- Seat pin retaining brackets
- Fuel tank lock
- Kickstart (not worn!)

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #97 on: November 07, 2019, 07:35:57 PM »
lovely looking resto, the before and after photos will be amazing.

Dt175s are the bizz, everyone should have one alongside their RD!  Always puts a massive grin on my face when I ride mine

Im sure you already know but this is a good DT forum https://yamaha-enduros.com/index.php/forum/general-discussion
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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #98 on: January 14, 2020, 02:02:48 PM »
Thanks ajh. It will be quite the transformation I think!

I have been waiting for a load of parts to turn up. A lot of small bits and bobs that are holding the progress up,

I have just received an order from CMSNL. Such a good service as always, not cheap but I have found that the parts always turn up in great shape and fast!

This small part has been a right pain to source:



It is a small cover that sits ontop of the airbox snorkel. I assume many of these were taken off and thrown away as they are extremely hard to find. This prompted an order with CMS, and I managed to get some cables and an original brake light switch and the seat pin retainers at the same time.

I have also managed to straighten out the original bars, which have been sent off for re-chroming. And the kickstart has been chromed and re-asssembled and is now fitted.

I managed to pick up a NOS fuel cap a while ago, but the original bezel looked a bit tatty. When I took apart the original lock it was completely broken inside, DK had an original one which I will use for the internals of the locking mechanism and will send the lock boss off for plating.



The painter sadly left a load of left over sand from blasting in the oiltank and in the fueltank which I spent the best part of a day cleaning out  :-\

In am still looking for the last part (he hopes!):

- Headlight rim (NOS/a straight one) as mine had a large dent in it! - this is proving difficult to find.
- Plastic airbox top cover
- Handlebars: I had bought some aftermarket handlebars, but I am not happy with them so will have my old ones re-chromed after straightening them!
- Seat pin retaining brackets
- Fuel tank lock
- Kickstart (not worn!)


The list is reducing...
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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #99 on: January 14, 2020, 07:02:18 PM »
Blasting and tanks!  ::)  I did an oil tank years ago with vapour blast that I just could not get every bit of media out.  It would seem to be clear then, another few bits of media would come out in the rinse.  I gave up on that and bought another. So, I would only mechanical or chem strip a tank now.  Thanks for the update, it looks great!

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #100 on: January 15, 2020, 04:11:48 PM »
Great looking bike so far.  This is going to be fantastic  :)
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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #101 on: January 15, 2020, 04:45:24 PM »
5port - I know I have been there before as well with my 125 tank, used a different painter for this exact reason and asked him not to leave me a sandy surprise.... and it turned up full of grit  :-[

Fred - thanks mate!

Parts at the chromers and being done over the next two weeks  :)

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #102 on: February 01, 2020, 10:37:16 PM »
A little more progress today!

Oil pump fitted
Chain on
CDI fitted
Oil tank in and battery fitted
Pillion footpegs fitted (pattern but due to be replaced when a genuine pair are available)
Bars back from the chromers
Side casings on
Various breathers and pipes on

Super nice to bolt on the first bit of blue paintwork!







Excuse the mess! Lots of cables to be routed and small jobs to be finished off!



Also assembled the fuel tank latch. I stripped this down to be re-plated.









Tank and seat should be fitted tomorrow  :)

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #103 on: February 02, 2020, 12:18:17 AM »
It's nice to see this bike bring progressed.
Those engine cases are shiny

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Re: DT175 not so quick Restoration
« Reply #104 on: February 02, 2020, 10:14:45 PM »
Very nice indeed! It is a great moment when some body work goes on...she'll be a stunner when finished.