Norton / Harley Ironhead Cafe Project.. Build thread

o1marc

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Bevelheadmhr said:
The acorn dome screws into the thread that would normally be used to secure the tacho cable. No idea where it came from, looks to be a one off, based on the way its made.
Looks like it might be a long shaft, acorn top lug nut someone may have modified to work.
Shaft like this with acorn top in brass:


 

Floegstad

between 8.30 and half past eight works well for me
Hoosier Daddy said:
You mean it costs 59,338.28 NOK to title a bike with a built from scratch frame?!? ???
Easy :( depends on the amount of hp in the engine!
 

Hoosier Daddy

Earache my eye...
Floegstad said:
Easy :( depends on the amount of hp in the engine!
$10.000 usd in taxes alone to title a new build is just INSANE!
Sounds like if you were to build a 400HP Street Rod you would need to take out a Mortgage! :eek:
 

Floegstad

between 8.30 and half past eight works well for me
Hoosier Daddy said:
$10.000 usd in taxes alone to title a new build is just INSANE!
Sounds like if you were to build a 400HP Street Rod you would need to take out a Mortgage! :eek:
I did some further research and the taxes depends on both hp and year of the engine +weight of the final product..
But the costs are insane if you dont have a title to begin with!
 

buckeyebike

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Regarding the frame finish . . . one of my favorite bikes below with what look like nickel- a link at least, not sure how to post the picture.

I did a CB350 frame in bare polished metal and then clear powder- it did not adhere correctly and cracked in lots of spots. The coater had never done one and the price was right so I went for it, trial and error, right? Maybe your coater has better knowledge. I did a bare polished metal tank and had my local body shop clear it- same thing and even peeled off on spots. The shop owner talked to his supplier before hand and he said the clear would not adhere well as it was too smooth and there was no primer or sealer I think it was. I had him do it anyway and it held up pretty well but not a long-term thing and you had to be very careful with it.

My opinion, as beautiful as a frame might be, it should be black . . . although the nickel below is gorgeous:

3rd post down:

http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-general-discussion/101574-kawasaki-w800-very-nice-2.html
 

o1marc

New Member
buckeyebike said:
Regarding the frame finish . . . one of my favorite bikes below with what look like nickel- a link at least, not sure how to post the picture.

I did a CB350 frame in bare polished metal and then clear powder- it did not adhere correctly and cracked in lots of spots. The coater had never done one and the price was right so I went for it, trial and error, right? Maybe your coater has better knowledge. I did a bare polished metal tank and had my local body shop clear it- same thing and even peeled off on spots. The shop owner talked to his supplier before hand and he said the clear would not adhere well as it was too smooth and there was no primer or sealer I think it was. I had him do it anyway and it held up pretty well but not a long-term thing and you had to be very careful with it.

My opinion, as beautiful as a frame might be, it should be black . . . although the nickel below is gorgeous:

3rd post down:

http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-general-discussion/101574-kawasaki-w800-very-nice-2.html
Not everyone has their post counts per page the same so when I go to the link I don't see what you are referencing. Which post # is it? I think you mean the Triton in post#12 (2nd post on page), Triton frames are almost always nickle plated.

 

o1marc

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buckeyebike said:
That Triton is the one . . . but, I haven't seen many featherbed frames nickel plated.
You're probably correct. I was thinking of Rickman and Trackmaster frames that are almost always Nickel plated unless you ask them not to plate it.
 

o1marc

New Member
buckeyebike said:
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.
 

3DogNate

"You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda"
o1marc said:
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...



buckeyebike said:
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.
 

downtown809

Trying to keep out of trouble
buckeyebike said:
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.
 

o1marc

New Member
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
 

rundown

New Member
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.
 

Mike Lawless

2006 HD Softail Deluxe - 2014 Triumph Bonneville
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?
 

Bevelheadmhr

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Mike Lawless said:
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/
 
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