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Author Topic: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread  (Read 98095 times)

Offline o1marc

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #210 on: Jan 12, 2014, 20:34:53 »
Anyone know about what it would cost to nickel plate a frame the size of a wideline featherbed with swing arm?
Depends on the platers in your area. Trackmaster gets $350 to Nickel plate a frame.

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #211 on: Jan 12, 2014, 20:50:48 »
I know nothing about it- how does it compare to chrome?  Durability? 

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #212 on: Jan 12, 2014, 23:40:23 »
Depends on the platers in your area. Trackmaster gets $350 to Nickel plate a frame.
My buddy is building a cool Triumph Tracker with an original Trackmaster frame... I did the paint job on it...



I know nothing about it- how does it compare to chrome?  Durability?
Chrome is much harder than Nickel, it's a different look too... warmer in color. Nickel holds up well though... you can see the difference in the photos above between the nickel frame and chrome parts. That frame is nearly 35 years old and looks great in person.

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #213 on: Jan 12, 2014, 23:52:50 »
I know nothing about it- how does it compare to chrome?  Durability?

I am not an expert but here goes.
When parts are plated by a reputable shop they are prepped, plated with copper as a base coat to prevent rust, then a layer of nickel then a layer of chrome.
I have had two tanks done in nickel and there is a richness to it, not quite the shine of chrome.

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #214 on: Jan 13, 2014, 01:48:54 »
Downtown beat me to it , but like he said , a good chrome job is called triple plating because it starts with copper then the nickel and then the chrome which is much harder and brighter than nickel

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #215 on: Jan 13, 2014, 07:15:14 »
Cool, I like the look of the nickel plate.

Offline rundown

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #216 on: Jan 13, 2014, 10:49:15 »
Does anyone plate motorcycle parts in Nickel Boron?  This is used extensively with firearms, has the advantage of being thin, naturally lubricious, and easy to clean.  I use it in  number of rifles and it makes cleaning the "crud" out of a gas AR much easier.  Use on parts like swing arms sounds like a natural.

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #217 on: Jan 13, 2014, 12:03:49 »
Most of the chrome on the 305 was stripped and nickle plated.
Turned out really nice. Has a warmer tone.

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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #218 on: Jan 13, 2014, 12:07:32 »
I've been following this thread with immense fascination.

Question...
Are there any US outlets for the Norley frame or are there any comparable US made frames?
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Re: Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread
« Reply #219 on: Jan 13, 2014, 14:14:28 »
I've been following this thread with immense fascination.

Question...
Are there any US outlets for the Norley frame or are there any comparable US made frames?

Found this place on google.. http://www.norleycaferacer.com/