My Norton Clubman Update…

Posted: March 23, 2016 in Just Me
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My Norton is fast heading for the road, it is moving forward in leaps and bounds, but not without the odd compromise. The main problem right now, and one that I have agonised over is the use of the Inter oil tank. I have had this tank since I started the project, and it has been an integral part of the overall look I have been trying to achieve.

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On the bench

The problem is the fact the ES2 frame is different from the International frame, and so no matter how I try I can’t get enough clearance to mount the inter oil tank. So I am going to have to use the standard ES2 tank, which is a shame as it detracts from the overall look.

Another fine Jumble put on by Eric, and the guys from EGP, if you have never been, you really are missing a good day out. This is the Motorcycle Jumble by which all others are judged, and so very often fail.

I will show some of the items for sale in another post, but first I will show you a special that was parked in the car park. You always get some bikes that are worth seeing, but this was a step above the average special, and almost looked like a factory build.

Norton/Harley special, Nice work indeed.

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Narley, Norton Harley 45 special

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Norton/Harley Special

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Harley 750 “WL” series motor, Norton “Dolls Head” gearbox

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Norton ES2/Model 18, Garden Gate plunger frame

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Special? yes it is.

I wonder if the guy who owns it will see this, and drop me a line with a few build details? What a great build.

 

Shepton Mallet Jumble.

Posted: March 8, 2016 in Just Me
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Saturday saw me heading towards the South West, and the VMCC motorcycle Jumble at the Bath and West show ground at Shepton Mallet. But man was it cold! and to prove this point there was some overnight snow scattered about the hills as we got closer to the site.

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Nice little Benelli project

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Vintage Harley Motor, Model J?

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BSA Project looks good.

More here in the slideshow

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p383895562/slideshow

And if you fancy joining the VMCC then check out the website here… http://www.vmcc.net

Just a quick update … as of yesterday (Saturday) the Norton was pretty much all bolted together, except for the top end that is. The rear end is all complete, rear wheel, brake, speedo drive all in and working, lower engine, gearbox, primary cases and chains all bolted together and changing gear, foot rests and pedals all on and connected,

I have had two problems of my own making, through choices I have made on how I want the finished bike to look, and go! the first headache has been the choice of BSA B50 piston and Norton model 50 alloy head. even with a 3/16th spacer under the barrel, the piston still hits the head. But the barrel is bored out to 84mm, so I either needed to find a piston with a flatter crown, or get the barrel sleeved down to standard again, and use a normal Norton flat top.

After digging around and talking to a few friends, I managed to get a Vincent piston of the right size, it only has a very shallow dome, so cleared the head, but the skirt hit the flywheel, so it has had to be shortened just a little, but it does now all fit. but that is not the end of the issue, now I need to find or make some new barrel studs, because these are now too short!

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Norton oil Tank as found

The other problem is that damn oil tank!
Again this all comes down to the “look” that I am after, but now the whole engine gearbox assembly is bolted in the frame, I find that the main oil outlet at the bottom of the tank is obscured by the gearbox adjuster bracket, so I now have to risk ruining the new paint by getting a new outlet tig welded in. my fault again, because you should always do a dry build first before getting the paint done!

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Norton oil tank now..

So now I am waiting on some studs, valves, and my magneto, and it may well be fired up.

It will be five years in the making next month!!

Just a Junkyard Dog…

Posted: February 22, 2016 in Just Me
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I called round to see my mate Paul today, and have a look at a couple of his old junkers!

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BSA Rocket 3

and yes, that is a Maserati in the undergrowth!

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Junkyard Dog.

Paul also has a Nimbus, how very cool.

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Nimbus

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750cc inline four

 

Joining The Collection…

Posted: February 21, 2016 in Just Me
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Back in January I had a look at a 1962 Matchless G12 650 twin.  Well a week or so ago I managed to get a ride on the bike, and I have to say it was really quite good. So good in fact that I bought the bike. So this bike has now joined my little collection and I hope to get some good use out of it over the summer months. The AJS/Matchless club meet just three miles from me as well, so I shall drop in there when the evenings drag out a bit.

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62 Matchless G12

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Matchless 650

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Matchless G12

And another bike has also joined the fleet, but this is really just a hack to be kept outside and used as a general runabout. Yesterday (Saturday) I dropped into my local garage, and they had this Sportster in as a trade sale, no frills, no warranty, just an old bike that needed to be moved on.  just as you see it here. we cleaned the carb, put some air in the tyres, and took it for a short ride. it starts, stops, everything works, and it doesn’t leak any oil.
Is it an 883 0r 1200? now there’s a question! it is registered as an 883, but the garage were told it had a 1200 upgrade, but without pulling the heads you can’t really tell. so I am happy with 883, it also has the usual Screamin Eagle stage one kit fitted. low milage too for a 1999 bike.

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Harley Sportster

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Harley Hack

Ton Up Day…

Posted: February 17, 2016 in Just Me
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Ton up Day