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Author Topic: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred  (Read 6176 times)

Offline krafty

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Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« on: Apr 28, 2015, 12:16:38 »
I'm going to be picking up my '66 Norton Atlas in just about a month, so I'll go ahead and start the requisite thread on the subject. This is the bike with its current owner sitting atop it. The bike is still in that same garage several years later.  He had sold it to his uncle, who is now in his 70s and has no interest in the bike any longer. The bike was bought back and now I'm getting it in trade for some work I'm doing to another vehicle.



It is a fairly clean, generally unmolested bike that just needs a few things. I'm planning on keeping it as close to stock as I can, although there's talk of putting a small bikini headlight fairing on at some point. The mufflers aren't stock, but he has the stock pipes. The oil tank cover thingy should be painted and it is currently black - he thinks it is an aftermarket replacement but isn't sure. Additionally, the back of the rear fender has been chopped, but he has a spare front and rear fender for it as well.

I'm going to put fresh tires on it, get it running and driving this summer and then send the spare fenders off for de-chroming so I can weld up the cracks in them. Once they're crack-free I'll have them re-chromed and put them on the bike. The eventual goal is to have it look like it came from the factory:



...although I want to keep as much of the patina as I can. I've already found a nice '66 Michigan cycle plate for it and will register it historic.

I'd love to know if anyone has access to paint codes from these old Norton bikes. I've found a few online but nothing definitive. I have a very good paint shop who can probably match it, but the more information I can get the better.


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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #1 on: Apr 28, 2015, 12:29:59 »
Cool!  I'm about to get hold of a 65 Atlas-engined Matchless G15-CS (matchless/norton hybrid) myself over the summer. 

Watching to see what you do with this one...looks fantastic.

That rear fender's a bit sad to see, though.  Ouch.
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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2015, 08:55:00 »
Great looking bike...I have to admit that I'm a little jealous. There are t tons of top quality parts still being made for these machines and it is often more cost effective to simply purchase new parts rather than repair and chrome the ones you have (unless you are a stickler for keeping the original stuff on the machine). As far as the oil tank goes, I would't take it for gospel that it was originally red, so many odd ball machines rolled out of that Norton factory it's almost comical. I'm sure you will be pleased with the machine once you get it all sorted out....keep us posted please!
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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2015, 22:24:34 »
I finally had an excuse to go across the state and pick up the Norton today. Yesterday was a Weird Al concert that I had been dying to go to, so I borrowed a trailer, made hotel reservations and hit the road yesterday afternoon.  This morning at the crack of oh-my-god-I-didn't-realize-there-was-a-5am I dragged my butt out of bed and started heading southeast.



Headed to Ontario via the Bluewater Ferry which crosses at Port City, MI. Easy, fast border crossing, although a bit out of the way. Sadly they don't do vehicle importation at the border station there, so I couldn't use the ferry to come back.  I ended up taking this route primarily because I didn't think I could stomach having to go through Detroit twice in once day.





Loaded up and ready to go. Just in time, too, as quite literally as soon as I shut the door of my truck it started pouring and it lasted until after I dealt with the border crossing.  Nothing like checking straps for tightness while getting soaked.



Almost there... this was just outside Lansing, MI. And, I might add, just before a piece fell off the trailer ramp causing it to dangle precariously to the side. A nice rain-soaked, highway shoulder repair with bungie cords got me the rest of the way. I did have to fab up a repair piece once I got back because I was alone and couldn't get the bike off the trailer without a functional ramp!



Repair piece made, bike unloaded, tired, going home.

Once I'm rested I'll make a separate post on the border crossing (via Detroit/Windsor tunnel) if anyone is interested. It went pretty smoothly.

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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2015, 08:34:33 »
Sounds like you had a mighty long day...at least you got it home at last.
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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #5 on: Jun 08, 2015, 06:58:17 »
Beautiful bike and I am glad you are restoring it and not hacking it up. Enjoy!
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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #6 on: Jun 12, 2015, 17:24:57 »
Minor update -

Charged up the spare battery I had and got ready to install it. I pulled the battery cover and seat off to look at the condition of the wiring harness.  Sadly, the previous owner had purchased a new harness from someone in London, ON and it isn't anywhere near proper. The color codes are right but it isn't wrapped correctly, has lots of crappy parts-store bullets in and there are some broken/bad connections around the headlight area. It also doesn't have spark, so I have to track that down.

Fortunately for me we're friends with a shop in PA called British Wiring, which is a division of a company called Triumph Rescue. They do a phenomenal job sourcing proper harnesses from England and they had a harness for me in stock. It should be here sometime next week and I'm going to just re-wire this bike properly from the ground up.  Or grounds up.  You know.

http://www.britishwiring.com/MC-39-PB-p/mc39pb.htm

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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #7 on: Jun 17, 2015, 00:41:26 »
Cool bike krafty.  Following along.
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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #8 on: Jun 17, 2015, 07:42:22 »
Awesome. Love the British bikes. Not many of these around here. Glad you're keeping it stock too 🏼
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Re: Norton Atlas - shaken, not stirred
« Reply #9 on: Jun 17, 2015, 18:01:55 »
Super cool.