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#1 El Exorcisto OFFLINE  

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 07:47 PM

So about a year ago I lucked into an old DB Super 3 for a song and dragged it home. The original Continental turned free but was a basket case, so I decided to repower. I had a 212cc HF Predator initially for the repower and it worked well. Then my grandfather's snowblower suffered a fatal failure, so I did some mods and bolted the 8hp Tecumseh on. It was always a problem, between not wanting to start and stalling under minimal load. In the early spring my father and I decided to dedicate the 212cc to a mud motor project, which left me needing a new power plant for the DB. Enter the 99cc Predator Kawasaki clone.

With the new engine I thought I'd be able to use the stock hood, but the air cleaner and muffler both stuck out too far on opposite sides. So I went to work on it with my jigsaw and made a magnetic hood retainer out of a long bolt and some magnets mounted in the gas tank bracket. I got the hood painted up today, the rear half was done a few weeks ago. Now I just need to pull the engine again to clean up and paint the front end.

I plowed and disced about 1200 square feet of garden between mine and a friend's operating at about half throttle. I used about a quart of gas between the two. I couldn't be happier.

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 07:51 PM

Sniff Sniff, poor ole DB, hack the butcher got you.

I may have found a Super 3 myself.

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 07:52 PM

It's used as a worker, so I can't knock you for your mods at all. Good looking unit to boot. Pretty big job for such a small person! LOL....... Your daughter is a cutie!

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 07:53 PM

I like it! It has a really sleek look to it! Nice work on the hood! The running gear will probably still outlast the new engine, but I'll bet you get a lot of work done before then! You're helper looks like she's having a blast too! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 07:56 PM

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. :)

The DB looks good, glad the repower is working well for you. Sounds like it has plenty of power and sips gas. Best of both worlds.

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 08:00 PM

Looks like a very nice user. And your helper is ready for more.

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 08:09 PM

Definitely never wanted it to be a showgirl. I have an old GardenAid that's almost all original, mainly because I got the DB before I did any mods to it. It still starts on the first choked pull every time, even at 15 below. I'm figuring I've got a few years before the wee one takes the DB away from me. I gotta get my dirt play out of the way quick!

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 08:23 PM

Looks good! You made mods to blend well into the look. Now enjoy it! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 08:47 PM

Looks good to me! Its not a show tractor, so who cares if you had to cut the hood some? I like what you did to it overall, thanks for sharing.

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 08:52 PM

Nice job on the transplant :thumbs: , thanks for the pictures , Al

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 09:21 PM

Personalized blending of old and new, made ready for the 21st century environment, I'll give it a :thumbs: may it serve you well!


...is it finished? :huh:

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 10:07 PM

It's not quite finished, Newpaws.

Stuff on the definite to-do list:
Pull the engine and paint the front end
Touch up around the lettering with a really fine brush
Fit a new throttle cable (stock one is too short)
Run a new handlebar kill-switch (had to cut the original to remove the Continental)

The maybe list:
More aggressive tires, cheap used snows of course
Rear mounted weight rack

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Posted May 30, 2012 - 10:24 PM

handlebars freshenup? I've got the kill switch on my list also, lookin' forward to your updates, Thanks for posting.

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 05:27 AM

Do you still have the old AU85 that came off of it?

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Posted May 31, 2012 - 07:59 AM

Looks good, you did a good job on the lettering and nice to see you have your family involved no matter how small athey are :thumbs: .




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