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Old 03-02-2017, 04:41 PM   #81
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Time for another update. I think I may have already mentioned this, but this machine has a fibreglass seat pan...first one I've ever seen on a Norton. It was cracked in a couple of places and worn through in a couple more, but fibreglass being pretty easy to repair I got on with it. After the pan was patched up I made up a new seat mounting bracket...this one goes right across the seat pan rather than just being fastened near the edges...should make for a stronger mount. After that I removed the rotten sections of seat foam and replaced it with some of a similar density. The whole seat got a final coat of low density 1/4" foam to smooth up the whole lot...all this was done while waiting for the seat cover and mufflers to come in. They showed up this morning, so the seat cover was the first thing I tackled, then the mufflers went on. Started doing a bit of body work on the side covers and am preparing the fuel tank for a Caswell liner kit. Only a few more bits and pieces left to go!

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Seat cover in place! Just need to make a strap.



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Old 03-02-2017, 07:05 PM   #82
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Excellent work on the seat....looks fantastic !!
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:07 PM   #83
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I just bought another Norton. I'll send you my 73 so you can work your magic on it
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:36 PM   #84
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You can never have too many morotcycles, especially Nortons. If you send it to me, does that mean I can keep it?
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Old 03-10-2017, 04:51 PM   #85
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Things are slowing down as this project nears completion. Made up a seat strap and fitted that, applied a Caswell sealer kit to the interior of the fuel tank. Not much left to do at all...need to fit the fuel cocks, replace a bad front brake light switch and a couple of minor bits still left to tighten up. I'll have to wait until the weather warms up a bit before applying the paint and clearcoat (that's black primer on it right now). I've also decided to wait a while before the first start-up...I don't want to fill the oil tank only to have the bike sit in the corner for a month until some milder weather arrives so it can be test ridden. Anyhow, I'll continue to keep on posting any progress and when the weather warms enough, I will make a video of the first start-up.

Where it stands now

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Old 03-13-2017, 01:50 PM   #86
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Harden up! Throw some oil in her and take it for a ride


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Old 03-13-2017, 03:46 PM   #87
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LOL! Windy, -15 degrees, salt and ice all over the roads, snow storm on the way for tomorrow afternoon...I think I'll stick with plan 'A'. The only thing with two wheels and handlebars I'll be driving for now is a friggin' snow blower.
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:03 AM   #88
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I hear you on that.
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:25 PM   #89
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Well, the weather is warming up a little bit around here and I decided it was time to see if the engine would run. It started pretty easily all things considered. Did a quick carburetor adjustment and set the ignition timing. Engine sounds good, ran the transmission up and down through the gears and checked the charging system...the only other thing I had to do was seat the float needle in the left carburetor. Later in the day it was warm enough to spray a bit of colour on the tank and side covers. It now sports a nice deep shade of metallic green. I'll give that a few days to cure, then I'll apply the decals and give it a few good coats of clear. Once the owner gets it plated, I'll be able to take it out on the pavement and see what falls off of it. Here's a crappy little video:

https://youtu.be/6mLOdBChrLc
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:19 PM   #90
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Getting closer! The grass is turning green and the weather is starting to get milder. I got the clear coat on the fuel tank and side covers today...results are not too shabby IMO. Owner was out a few days ago and has the registration sorted out...just waiting for a license plate now, with a little luck it might be here before the weekend, then we'll get the rubber on the road!

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Old 05-03-2017, 04:04 PM   #91
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Wow, looks great!
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:19 PM   #92
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Old 05-08-2017, 04:44 PM   #93
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At last! Sun came out this afternoon and I got a chance to test ride the Commando. Spent the afternoon zooming around the neighbourhood and stopping back at the house about five times to adjust the carburetors and read the plugs. For now, I think I've got it! Runs very smoothly, starts easily, pulls like a Clydesdale. I'll keep riding it for a while to make sure the owner is going to be happy with it, but if things keep going the way they did today, it won't be too long before I turn it over to him.





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Gorgeous bike!
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:00 PM   #95
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'Sbeautiful.

Is that an Interstate seat? Looks chubby. Did the Roadster or Scrambler have a skinnier (less padded) seat, or am I misremembering or simply nuts?
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:14 PM   #96
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Thanks guys,

No Ratso, that's the original Roadster seat that the machine came with, but you are partly right too...the early Roadster's and Commando"S'' models did indeed have thinner seat pads.
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Well done Goldy and beautiful machine. Turned out super awesome !!
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:20 AM   #98
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Very nice first rate professional job.
My first motorcycle was an 850 Commando and I also have owned or restored a number of Norton's and British motorcycles throughout the years and purchased many parts from the Nicholson Bros. when there business was located in Calgary. I was fortunate enough to live just down the road from there warehouse.
I did a fairly good job but lacked in equipment and some of the finer points in the restoration of motorcycles that I see on here but I enjoyed the time.
I am presently working on an older Harley but know where there is a very original 850 that I might try to purchase.
Your thread has inspired me.
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:32 AM   #99
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Great execution Goldy!
Only problem is that you didn't charge enough for all that work you put into it.
I know its meditation and a labour of love and it shows.
Thanks for sharing, now get to that square four!

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Thanks for sharing, now get to that square four!

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Ha-ha! Thanks Lester. I'm still waiting for a couple of exhaust valves to arrive for the Ariel, but to be honest I could have fitted the pistons and cylinders if I wasn't so lazy. On the other hand I did use the time to work on one of my OWN projects that has been languishing in the outside shed for the last five years...AJS Model 20b. Those milk crates full of bits and pieces are finally starting to look like an engine!
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