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Author Topic: '72 Norton restoration  (Read 6563 times)

Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #30 on: Dec 24, 2016, 09:02:41 »
Progress slowed down a bit the past couple of weeks...bad weather, sick relatives and the Holiday season in general.
Did manage to get a bit of work done. Master cylinder was cleaned up and new seals fitted, front brake now working perfectly. Switch gear dismantled and contacts cleaned. Foot peg brackets bolted on, new headlight and brackets. Clutch, rear brake, tach and speedo cables fitted. The local chrome shop has changed hands (again), so I thought I would give them a shot at the fenders, but I can get new replacements for less than half the cost of having the originals rechromed, so that's the way I'll go...and the chainguard, well it bothers me, but for now it will have to be black, maybe later on the owner will free up a little more cash to do it right. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a healthy, happy 2017!!!
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #31 on: Jan 13, 2017, 07:55:41 »
No pics this time. brake light, ignition and headlight switches were all dismantled, inspected and cleaned, charging system components cleaned, checked and mounted. Couldn't get the old horn to work and didn't think it was worth the trouble of taking it apart, since I had a new one on the shelf anyway...so the new one is tucked away in its mounting spot and new fenders are on the way.
Meanwhile...I have a Kawasaki H1 engine being refreshed and a'49 Squariel to put back together, so no shortage of things to keep me busy.
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline NobleHops

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #32 on: Jan 13, 2017, 10:35:40 »
Fantastic build and craftsmanship, bike is looking excellent.
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Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #33 on: Jan 19, 2017, 19:52:43 »
Progress has been slow lately, but a few things got looked after. Got the carbs mounted and the cables hooked up. Tested the coils and cleaned up the brackets/ reflectors etc. Still waiting on the fenders...I'm sure they will be several weeks coming, but when they do, things will start moving again. Owner is concerned about a possible teachers strike so cash flow may dwindle, but ether way I'm sure it will be on the road sometime this spring.
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 #34 on: Jan 24, 2017, 10:59:39 »
Slow and steady wins the race...
It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #35 on: Jan 24, 2017, 15:19:59 »
Yep, so true. Owner came by last night with some more parts money, the teacher's strike seems to have been averted, he even brought along the side covers which he found hidden away in his basement. Looks like I'll be able to carry on with this thing really soon. Fabricating a few bits and pieces today and building a parts order list, while another nor-easter is pounding us.
1948 Norton ES2
1954 AJS 20B (project)
1956 Triumph TRW
1968 Triumph T100 special
1969 Norton Commando
1973 XL350 special

Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #36 on: Feb 03, 2017, 15:05:50 »
Some new bits and pieces arrived before last weekend, so that gave me plenty to do on this project this week. Fitting the air cleaner turned into a two hour job...had to remove the carbs to get the gaiters between the carbs and the air filter cover....this filter assembly is almost a half inch thicker than the one on my bike...no wonder it was such a bitch of a job to get it in there. The Ebay head steady came in and that fitted up easily. Electronic ignition was installed and I started work on the wiring harness...there is going to be so many redundant circuits on this harness, that I think I may have been better off just making one for it myself. Also picked up a really nice set of head pipes for a 1989 price...they are supposed to be scratched, but damned if I can see where.

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

Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #37 on: Feb 03, 2017, 17:08:39 »
Enjoying this build :)
Lighter, Quicker, Faster.
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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #38 on: Feb 04, 2017, 11:09:58 »
The MkIII sprung head steady is a great improvement.

If you think installing a ham can is a chore, you need to try one of the late style MkIIa / MkIII plastic airboxes!!!

Looks like it's getting close to a runner, mine too...

It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

Offline goldy

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Re: '72 Norton restoration
« Reply #39 on: Feb 12, 2017, 16:42:32 »
Been pretty busy taking family to medical appointments this week...nothing too serious, but it does suck up a lot of one's time. Anyhow, I now have a functional electrical system. Two beautiful hand made fenders came in from India...five days shipping time and delivered right to my doorstep. Got the rear one undrilled so I could make sure the holes were in the right places. One step closer to it being ready for the road...battening down the hatches for blizzard tomorrow...fun, fun, fun!

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