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A D3 Restoration out of the American West!
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cocorico
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April 10, 2019 - 7:51 am
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GlenAnderson said
Don’t solder the H/T wire to the coil. It will fail, sooner or later, by breaking the little tag off the coil. Usually in the middle of nowhere. 

NoviceD3er said
...I live in Arizona, dampness is never a problem here!

I wouldn't replace the HT lead until you know it needs it - you can do as much damage unsoldering it as replacing it. You also have to remember that the magneto coil is possibly as old as the bike, so may be getting a little fragile anyway. Your dry climate (!) should help preserve it though.

The white lead is connected to chassis (earth), the red and green will be the ac output of the generator (I think!) and don't look to be original, so be aware that there may be some changes further down the line...

1956 D3 awaiting a new magneto. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners and a still in progress Morini 250

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Thanks Cocorico, yeah the old H/T wire was broken and a black sticky mess - but original. What you are seeing in the pic is a new H/T wire (which i had already soldered carefully before I saw the feedback!) and fresh wires that I put in as the first step in replacing all the wiring. I have no idea if that coil is any good, i figured i would lay out all the wiring and then trouble shoot. The bottom of the headlight switch came apart when I disassembled it, am going to try to use several single connectors in it's place. I saw someone on the site had done a clean job like that which looked robust with good connections. - thanks again all for the notes.

A small digression - i went out scouting sales and flea markets last Sunday looking for old bike parts, didn't find any - but i did find this! No idea why I needed it, just liked the look of it.

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Hmm, Land-Rover or Jeep?

1956 D3 awaiting a new magneto. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners and a still in progress Morini 250

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cocorico said
Hmm, Land-Rover or Jeep?  

Hmmm, I think it's a military jeep or sometimes small trucks had a cluster like this. Hadn't thought about an old land rover. Assuming the many coats of green brushed on paint - old US military jeep.

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Definitely not Land-Rover. 

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100 percent not Land rover.

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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Here is a little cool item (ebay) i finally received.

I ended up paying $20 for it, but I love the original tin, and I needed a double link.

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NoviceD3er said
Thanks Cocorico, yeah the old H/T wire was broken and a black sticky mess - but original. What you are seeing in the pic is a new H/T wire (which i had already soldered carefully before I saw the feedback!) and fresh wires that I put in as the first step in replacing all the wiring. I have no idea if that coil is any good, i figured i would lay out all the wiring and then trouble shoot. The bottom of the headlight switch came apart when I disassembled it, am going to try to use several single connectors in it's place. I saw someone on the site had done a clean job like that which looked robust with good connections. - thanks again all for the notes.

A small digression - i went out scouting sales and flea markets last Sunday looking for old bike parts, didn't find any - but i did find this! No idea why I needed it, just liked the look of it.

57575050186__49D9FF13-E4B1-4358-9FC4-2788B1A6884E.jpg  

Not Armoured vehicle...…………….But it does look a bit like a Hummer? I remember seeing these on excersise in the "top end" and the speedo in Km/h on an American vehicle is what caught my eye back then.

I'm probably wrong.

 

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Running and project bikes from 1912 -2005..........She hasn't said stop yet.........

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I am pretty sure its a cluster from an older M151 MUTT, Jeep. but just a cool look

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Slowing down with some travel in the Spring, but have gotten into replacing the wiring loom as earlier pics show. I decided to go with this approach after the base of the headlight switch came apart in my hand. As noted earlier, i live in arizona so moisture and rain are not going to be an issue. I have a work around for the rubber grommet in the base. I am going to probably relocate the rectifier, but for now i have the little postage stamp type on the chain guard location until I get everything working and hopefully running.

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hi its  a  shame  you  seem  to  have  a  1960  h/lamp  shell   with  an  odd   switch  the  older  shell  &  switch  with  screw  connection  woud  mack it  ezer   for      you        ,if you   tack  out  the  bends  on the old  rectyfier  bracket a  peace of  alloy  checker  plate   and  new   tiny   rectyfier  fits   nicely   ,  anyway   you  are  doing very  good  with  this  bantam    very  nice  job

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thanks Sunny, the headlight and switch are how it came, I will dig into that, appreciate it!

I gently reamed out the center hole in the tiny rectifier and just bolted it up to the existing hole, i will put a pic up!

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