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Old 02-08-2012, 02:05 PM   #91
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Picture update as promised...



It doesn't look like much is happening, but it is mostly finding parts at this time. My first priority is to get the front and rear suspension. And then look for a set of wheels.
As it happens, the laydown gearbox, although looking scabby, does seem ok, as you can select a gear or two, and all seems to be free. The engine cases are in great undamaged condition, but may well get used as a trade, as they are model 19 cases (600cc) and I would like to use ES2 cases, (500cc).
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All that rust and crust... your killing me...drool!
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:28 AM   #92
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Things have happened in the Norton world, first of all, I have managed to get a manx oil tank, not a copy, but a real one! that is where the excitement ends as what I have paid a kings ransom for is in fact severly rusted and damaged, and will need loads of remedial work done before I can even get to think about paint or oil. But it is going to look so cool on the bike when done. as soon as it arrives you will see it, warts and all, but it should end up looking like the one here..



Also I have finally managed to get my 19 cases stripped down and apart, so they will be off for vapour blasting this week. I was amazed to find almost "new" looking cams and oil pump under the cover. with no signs of rust or any wear marks, amazing when you think these cases came from a leaky shed down by the coast. one cam follower was seized, but some heat and plenty of penetrating oil soon had that free'd up and working again. Next is to pull the model 18 cases apart to get the crank out..

other parts bought this week...
Headstock bearings
Small end bush (NOS from the US)
Rear brake pedal.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:10 AM   #93
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:12 PM   #94
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:47 AM   #95
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Well where are we then?

Do you remember the "rust and crust" picture No? well let me remind you all, here it is...



And as you will notice the alloy parts are just a little crusty but things have moved on this week, my plunger units are polished, and I have a set of new black and chrome covers too. These aren't fitted just yet, as the plunger rods need to be shortened, but they may well be all done by the weekend.





And at the other end, we had this rusty old setup...



the dash panel is not going to be used, as I am going to fit a race style speedo holder, but the yokes are done now...



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Old 02-18-2012, 11:34 AM   #96
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It was a good day...

I painted the frame today, it is drying in my kitchen! it looks great though. I also had my Manx oil tank turn up today, and the ultra rare correct side stand.
So with any luck I may get the rear plungers fitted this week, and the tripple tree assembly, so it should start to look like a bike again.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:00 AM   #97
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I spent a little time tarting up the frame, well I had to do something about all that red primer that had been daubed (daubed = word of the day) about with what can best be described as a relish! but a morning of spray on oven cleaner, warm soapy water, and 400 grade wet and dry, soon had the frame ready for some paint.
And this is the result...



well that was yesterday, and my kitchen still smells of paint this morning! so as I was going to get some pictures, I thought I should see how the new oil tank will look when repaired, painted, and fitted, sometime in the near future.



I also have to find out how these tanks are hung on the frame, which probably means going to look at old Norton's, oh well, someone has to do it.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:19 PM   #98
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Love it how the bike looks mutch better than your garden!
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:36 AM   #99
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Today was a good day, today was the first "build" day, I now have a few parts, and today they started going together

I had the rear plunger rods machined, and so today I took the frame, plunger rods, springs, and covers, over to Mick's place to get some help fitting them on the frame, Mick has a homemade spring compressor just for doing the plungers, a job that would be tough to do without the use of a tool.





And when I got back home I fitted the headstock assembly with the new bearings that turned up this week. I also have the parts needed to put the Roadholder forks together, so things are moving in the right direction.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:40 PM   #100
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Love it how the bike looks mutch better than your garden!
He's got a fine collection of BBQ's though
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:05 AM   #101
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Busy, busy, busy...

So after building the rear suspension this week, my attention then turned to the front, and the Roadholder fork assembly, so here I needed a set of springs, as my ones had a couple of broken coils, and some new stanchions, as my old ones were badly corroded.

So today I set too, and sorted out the problem, and built the new ones up ready to fit.



Then as I continue to ride my luck, I asked a question in the right place at the right time, and I became the owner of a pair of cast aluminium headlight ears.
Now these things always suffer damage to the lower lip, and these were no different, the lip was missing, and there was a crack in the casting too. But a little time in the shop, and I soon made a new alloy lip, that was quicly TIG welded into place, before being shaped to fit using an old set of Roadholder yokes as a fitting rig.





So that took a couple of hours to get sorted, and as I had the camera out I took a couple of workshop shots, you can even see a Norton International motor on the lift.









A pretty good day as days go.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:30 PM   #102
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Now a few weeks back I bought an oil tank, in fact not just any old oil tank, but the real thing, Manx/Inter oil tank, now as you can imagine, these things are like rocking horse poo, and don't come up for sale very often. So when they do you can't really be to fussy about what you get. Sure you could hold out in the vain hope of finding a nice shiney one that needs no work, but hell, where is the fun in that?
So here is mine, just a couple of pictures before it goes to be repaired, actually it looks worse than it really is, and having the hole gave me a chance to clean out the inside of years of baked on oil residue.







If you look in the tank, you can see a previous repair, and while the tank looks rusty, it is actually very strong. And the hole, well that was where another tank was added for extra capacity when racing? Also while it is in this condition, I shall be adding a drain plug to the bottom, as they never had one fitted.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:42 AM   #103
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Following with interest, Kevin. Nice work you are doing here.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:06 AM   #104
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:43 AM   #105
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You've still got a little way to go before that's a usable tank.
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