Yesterday (Saturday) was a Norton day, I have to split my time over different projects, or I would get nothing done. And as I had to pick up my hub from the machine shop, I spent the rest of the day in full on Norton mode. Now, I am really getting into the whole Norton vibe, the more time I spend around, and working on them, the more I come to appreciate what they are, and how they work.
So after collecting my hub, I dropped into the shop to see what was happening in old bike land…as usual there were one or two Norton’s floating about the place..
Norton Inter Clubman
Norton Model 18
Also there this time was an old Dommie, pulled from a shed where it had languished unused since 1979…
1979 Time Warp
So I gave the old thing a bit of a fettle, a good hot wash to remove some of the grime, I then removed the plugs, dropped the oil from the sump, before pouring it back into the tank, then kicked it through a few times to get it circulating. then it was a case of checking the carb filter, replacing the cork in the petrol tap, cleaning the points, and adding some fuel. Two kicks later it fired right up and sat ticking over like a watch.
Needs a Little Fettle
Also in the yard, is a metal bashing shop, the young guys who work there, make alloy tanks and things, in fact they are hand making my Norton Inter tank. But they also have another unique talent, they hand beat alloy car bodies from scratch.
Here is their own hand built Austin Ten sports.