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Old 04-16-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Back in Oct 05 I was looking for a Triumph 650 Unit to start a project,got outbid on a few on ebay,looked at a couple locally,then I seen the blue Norton(pic below) in BSH,I really liked the engine,the same day I got the magazine a friend called and told me he knew where there's a Norton single motor at a local classic car dealer,so off we went and I came back an hour later with what looked like a big rusty,dirty lump of alloy and iron.A bit of research and I found out it was a 1949 Model 18 engine.Then it was on to Ebay and there as a 1955 Model 19 frame with title,so I placed a bid and won,I also won a basket case cafe racer with a 1955 Ariel frame with a 1968 Bonneville motor I had placed a bid on the same day,well my money was done.So I started to sell off the parts of the cafe racer I didn't want in order to rebuild the Norton motor.
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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All that in one day? You had a lucky day. Nothing ever falls into place like that for me. Shit, it takes me a week to find a proper stainless fastener let alone finding all the pieces to your puzzle in one day!

Good luck with your project and please keep us posted.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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The motor got stripped,blasted,barrel and head stove enameled,new bearings,oil pump,barrel honed,new rings,new valves,valve guides,springs and unleaded valve seats,a set of good used shafts and rockers,new pushrods and pushrod tubes and all assembled with new stainless fastners.
A laid down gearbox was sourced and totally rebuilt,nearly everything had to be replaced.
Then I sat back rolled a doobie and decided what direction to take.
Many parts were offered up,quite a lot of mistakes made.
Once I knew what I was going to do I measured everthing and made some scale drawings.
I had a lot of difficulty finding the right front end,eventually a set of extended BSA girders were dechromed and shortened to fit,which turned out to be a whole lot more work than first thought.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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So this is where I am now with it,kinda a spec sheet,lol,
'55 Frame hardtailed and stretched just enough,Thanks Briz
'49 Model 18 motor rebuilt
laid down gearbox rebuilt
Mick Hemmings Clutch and belt drive
BTH mag/alt(not in pics)
Original rear engine plates & footpeg hangers,Acme brass pegs
Stainless front engine plates,mudguard struts laser cut,thanks Dad
Aftermarket Mudguard(fender)
All new stainless fastners
Polished stainless oiltank
Stainless battery box
Old Harley Oilfilter
Homemade seat/hinge assembly
Wassel Peanut tank,pop up filler
BSA girders,Harley taper roller neck bearings
Sporty front wheel
Shovel rear hub,18" alloy rim,thanks bro
Tolle discs,Jay brake calipers,K-Tech M/cylinders
Amal concentric Carb(not in pics)
Aftermarket headlamp,sidestand,speedo,Sporty speedo-drive on rear wheel
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:38 PM   #5
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good days work for you til now

i wonder what is the piston fitted to your 18 engine

can you post any more pics ?

i think i have a 19 barrel and piston (squish) somewhere...
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:48 PM   #6
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A few more things to fab and mount,exhaust,primary guard,tail-lamp.reg (license)plate and bars,grips,levers,then wire,plumb oil and fuel lines,cables and brake lines.
No paint,chrome or polish this year,that'll have to wait to the winter,going to use Morris ankor wax the protect the bare steel so I can get a few months riding,a couple more pics.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:07 PM   #7
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good days work for you til now

i wonder what is the piston fitted to your 18 engine

can you post any more pics ?

i think i have a 19 barrel and piston (squish) somewhere...
It's taken a lot longer than a day,lol

The piston is the original Model 18 piston,just needed new rings and had the barrel honed,I have a NOS alloy head and a new BTH alloy barrel for a engine rebuild next year,going to go for Dave Newman cams,lightweight fully floating cam followers, lightweight aluminium guides and superlight rocker arms,probably use an Alfa romeo piston,should be good for 100mph+ and a cruising speed of 70-80 mph good for fast road work,nearly essnetial in modern traffic conditions.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:22 PM   #8
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Good job- I really like the direction you're going and great choice on the Norton mill. If I didn't know better, I'd say you got a Japanese style build going on there.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:26 PM   #9
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Love them old Brit singles....it's a curse, really.
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:41 PM   #10
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Loving British singles isn't a curse. Its one of the best diseases you can contract. I was going to offer you a nice pair of chrome pushrod tubes for an ES2 but I sent them to a firend in Dublin a few months ago. Sorry. The bike is looking great.
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:45 PM   #11
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I am in love. Not with the bike, tho it's looking good, but with that motor. I'm going to have to start looking for one like that, even if I can just come up with the engine. Now if only I could get a couple of my projects done.
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:33 AM   #12
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Man, I do believe this brit single disease is taking hold. Thanks for posting pics of your bike. Great looking set up.
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:45 AM   #13
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The ES2, Mod 18, 500T were all great motors and good lookers. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. This is a 500T I had in a featherbed a long time ago and it now has a Weslake 500 single in there.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:05 AM   #14
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nice bike. had a 600 single years back myself.

Check out this guy's website in UK... click on
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:38 AM   #15
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That's one lovely looking Norton. You got plans to bring it over to any English rallies this year? I'd love to see it in the flesh.

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Old 04-17-2009, 02:32 AM   #16
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Looking like a nice piece of work. Look forward to seeing it in the metal
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Thanks folks,No English rallies this year,too much involved,going to take all I've got to get her finished and get to a few Irish rallies, maybe next year.
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Old 04-17-2009, 05:20 AM   #18
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always wanted a es2, could never find one, ended up with a 120 panther,

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Loving British singles isn't a curse. Its one of the best diseases you can contract. I was going to offer you a nice pair of chrome pushrod tubes for an ES2 but I sent them to a firend in Dublin a few months ago. Sorry. The bike is looking great.
Anyone who loves these old machines as much as you do knows exactly what I mean. It's no different than being "cursed" with an affinity for hot little blondes....
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Anyone who loves these old machines as much as you do knows exactly what I mean. It's no different than being "cursed" with an affinity for hot little blondes....
Id rather say NOT having an affinity for hot blondes would be a curse
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