Anyone looking for a Norton Production Racer project?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by German Trick, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. German Trick

    German Trick Long timer

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  2. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    If anyone buys the Norton, I'll buy the Yamaha from you. I had a 1974 TZ250A. From what I can see in the pics this B-model is stock, except the swingarm and the clip-ons. It even has the four-shoe front brake we all threw away and replaced with a disc.
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  3. norton73

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    I'd say the condition of the right hand rod explains why he can't find the cylinder head. :huh

    Damn, I'd like to bid on these bikes, I had a aircooled yammy 250 in the mid 70s that I raced along side the Norton I had at the time.
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  4. norton73

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  5. wpbarlow

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    He should look under the gas tank :rofl


    Damn, this is tempting. I always thought the PR was the ultimate Commando- and probably the 1st from the factory licenseable race replica.
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  6. Steve G.

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    Other than the very rare short stroke 750 engine factory production racer, you can make any Commando a production racer. New bodywork is easily available through Norvil [Les Emery], or Mick Hemmings.
    Looking at this engine, and bike, it looks like a money pit. Anyone priced a new Norton rod lately? Machining/balancing? The piston was detroyed, and it's pieces quickly distributed throughout the cam, lifters, and into the oil pump. Claimed to be a 1972, the frame and engine numbers, off the top of my head, seem to be 1969-70, and not matching, as Commandos do.
    A production racer sure, a factory production racer, not!
    The TZ is on the other hand a special little bike, and noteworthy. Buy it, and part out the Norton.
    Ciao, Steve G.
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  7. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    My 71 750 is 144,246, so it could be a late 71 - early 72. The stated frame/engine numbers are only off by 40, so it could be a swap, or the guy just typo'd. There's a brilliant JPN languishing in a local shop with a $10K asking, so I agree about the money pit concerns.
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  8. Rad

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    All restorations are money pits :lol3
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  9. Steve G.

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    I very much agree!
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