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Author Topic: '72 Norton restoration  (Read 6536 times)

Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #20 on: Nov 23, 2016, 20:59:19 »
Finally got the new rings and put the rest of the engine together. I have heard that the frame is almost done...good timing as I am just about ready to make this thing back into a roller.
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline cxman

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #21 on: Nov 23, 2016, 22:16:39 »
nice j3
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1980 XS650
1980 cx500  The Beast
1983 GL650 i
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 CB450
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1977  gl1000
1976 gl1000 LTD
 1983 GL1100 Nekid
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Offline Maritime

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #22 on: Nov 24, 2016, 13:18:16 »
nice work Goldy.
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Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #23 on: Nov 29, 2016, 07:40:56 »
A freshly powder coated frame etc. showed up around suppertime last night! Exemplary work for a very reasonable price!
Got the carbs cleaned up while I was waiting...they were very dirty, but show very little wear, they should work well.
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline JohnPeter31

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #24 on: Nov 29, 2016, 22:01:56 »
Dude! Great job!


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Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #25 on: Dec 02, 2016, 17:33:32 »
Well, here's where I am this week: front end back on, transmission and engine back in the frame...new isolastics. Swing arm in place and shocks refreshed and I found a hornets nursery...luckily nobody's home!
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline grandpaul

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #26 on: Dec 02, 2016, 18:36:31 »
Unless there's something I don't know, you'll not be able to install the swingarm with the bushing faces on the transmission cradle powdercoated. They should have been masked off per Old Britt's tech support page on powdercoating. You will also have issues getting the fork tubes in the yokes if they have even a hint of powdercoat overspray in the bores. Same goes for the isolastic tube ends, you need to dress back 1/8" or the caps will never go on. ...and so it goes with all areas that accommodate bearings, bushings, etc (swingarm, steering neck)

I noticed you went with grade 8 bolts on the cases, that's fine. Your problem will be that your powdercoater didn't mask off all the engine-to-frame bolt holes, so you will constantly be fighting snapped bolts and loosening hardware until the mating surfaces scrape themselves clean (the day before never). Check out Old Britts Powdercoating tips

Good looking project otherwise!
« Last Edit: Dec 02, 2016, 18:38:25 by grandpaul »
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Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #27 on: Dec 03, 2016, 09:09:59 »
Wise advice from a sage builder/ mechanic. Thank you! No worries though, this isn't my first time at the rodeo and as I said the guy who does my powder coat does exemplary work and knows Brit bikes inside and out, all the holes were plugged and the swing arm went on without the slightest trouble.  I'll be going over all the critical fasteners after the bike comes in for its first servicing. Love your work, can hardly wait to see how the latest Norton comes out. Thanks again, sound advice is always appreciated!
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline grandpaul

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #28 on: Dec 03, 2016, 12:47:52 »
Going back and looking at the swingarm, it looks like the old bushings were left in place; that's the best way, then just chuck 'em out and put the new ones in clean bores.

My usually very trusty powdercoater had a new person doing the masking (well, NOT doing the masking, actually). It's a BIG nightmare to have to go back and clean everything up, but I've already started on the process. I'm looking at two wasted days JUST to clean the parts properly! Proper masking was included in the price I paid, so I need to go back and calculate what kind of discount they'll apply on the next batch.

Oh well, none of us is perfect.
It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #29 on: Dec 09, 2016, 08:22:27 »
Things are coming along nicely, clutch fitted with new friction plates, primary installed and buttoned up. After checking the cost of a new tail fairing, I decided it was worthwhile repairing it...came out pretty decent. Reglazed the instruments and fitted new bezels. Oil tank was in terrible condition on the outside, but it was almost spotless inside, it cleaned up well after applying plenty of elbow grease and several coats of gloss black paint. Both wheels are fitted, so I can roll it around if need be.

1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special