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Old 02-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #90
England-Kev OP
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Joined: Feb 2007
Location: England. Somewhere on the Canal.
Oddometer: 3,743
A little more Norton'ing

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you all, just not a lot going on here yet, I am waiting on some warmer weather so I can get out and play.

But. that does not mean I have done nothing, oh no, in fact I have done lots of nothing, and I am getting pretty good at it too I have also had a go at actually doing things too, so we shall talk about that.

Can you fit an overhead cam Norton Manx motor in a standard ES2 500 plunger frame?


I know this to be correct as I asked an expert on such matters, and as he just happened to have is Inter Manx clubman on the bench he showed me why. It seems that although the frames are the same, they are also different. They use the same basic components, but they are set up in a different way. The front downtube on my ES2 is 17" between the top and bottom spiggots, where as on the Inter frame it is 19 1/2" because the OHC manx engine is taller. Also the rear plunger suspension units on my frame are vertical almost (well they are now, but that is a different story) and on the Inter frame they slant forward at the top. There are other differences too, pedal positions, tank brackets, etc.

So while Mick had the bike on the bench I thought it only right to grab some pictures, well why not.

There is also a nice looking Manx rep ES2 on ebay right now too

Nice, but a bit too clean and shiney for me, I like them to look like a used race bike, and not a show bike, but it will sell I am sure.
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