Posts Tagged ‘Clubman’

I have been laid up now for three weeks, since my trip into hospital, so as such I have not done anything motorcycle related, which I find frustrating. The weather is what you expect this time of year, wet, windy, and getting cold. But mixed in with that are some real nice chilly sunny days, days like today when you would like to get out for a ride, and get some pictures of what remains of the autumn colours.

So, I have things to do on all three bikes when I feel better, and able to do it. my R80st has been with me now for five or six years, I forget which, but it was bought as a project back on an October day, and dragged back here in the back of my van.  Right now it needs a couple of pushrod seals changing, this will be the second time I have done these since the bike has been in my ownership. But I might wait to do this until the new year.

My R80st

My R80st

BMW R80st

BMW R80st

My Moto Guzzi Ambassador also needs a little work right now, and I shall put this one at the front of the que. I am waiting on a couple of parts to arrive right now,  one being a used cylinder head for the right hand side, as the one fitted has lost the exhaust threads, so the exhaust is glued in place! it has been working Ok, but it is a job that I have wanted to do for a while.  So I am debating on whether to do the valves and guides on both heads at the same time? I shall see when the replacement head gets here.

I also have some new springs on order to fit in the distributor, the small springs that go on the throw out weights, this should be a fun fiddly little job. I also want to change the front brake shoes, as they scream loudly when applied, working better than a horn, and surprising all around.

Moto Guzzi 750

Moto Guzzi 750

And of course my Norton project.

I still have a long list of jobs to do on this bike, and a long list of parts to find also.  But I have the wheels sitting here with new tyres fitted, so as soon as I am able to go and get it from the metal basher, I should at last have it up on two wheels. I can then set to with fitting the motor, and gearbox, and maybe even getting it all wired up. While I look around for the other main parts I need to get it somewhere towards being finished. I do however have a fairly long list of parts that I now need to concentrate on finding.

Chain cases, clutch assembly, headlight, switches, mudguards, stays, magneto, dynamo, carburettor brakes, both front and back, Now this may not seem a lot, but there are some tricky parts to find in there.  I also have some smaller parts that need making up on the lathe, steering stops, plunger caps, etc. I also want to get my oil and petrol tanks in to be painted, I have thought long and hard over this one, as there are so many different styles of paint on these bikes that have been done over the years. But I have scoured the internet for ideas, and I think I will go for something like one of these…

Norton Paint

Norton Paint

Norton Paint

Norton Paint

Norton and Kawasaki…

Posted: October 9, 2013 in Just Me
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I have two pictures from this week, one is of my new alloy tank, for my Norton Clubman project, the other is a nice old Kawasaki race bike, based around an A1 Samurai frame with A7 Avenger motor…

 

Clubman Alloy Tank

Clubman Alloy Tank

Old Kwaka Race Bike

Old Kwaka Race Bike

 

 

I got a call today from the metal basher, asking if I would like to see how the tank is coming on, so I did, and it is…

Norton Tank

Norton Tank

First Fitting

First Fitting

Nearly Time for Paint

Nearly Time for Paint

Norton Brake…

Posted: September 14, 2013 in Just Me
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Well the brake plate is done, all apart from one last rivet which I dropped and can’t find? (in case any of you are counting)  And although the finished result is not perfect, I am over all quite pleased with the result. and it should look the part when fitted to the bike…

Front Brake Plate.

Front Brake Plate.

 

Norton Clubman Project…

Posted: September 7, 2013 in Just Me
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Today I offered up the exhaust I found at Netley, to the Norton frame, to get an idea of what I will need to fix it on, and to see if it will fit, and of course how it may look.  At the moment I am quite pleased with it, but I will wait for final judgement until when the bike is built and running.

Exhaust fitting

Exhaust fitting

Race Can

Race Can

 

It’s A Scoop I Tells Ya!…

Posted: September 5, 2013 in Just Me
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Air scoops come in all shapes and sizes, some functional, some not, some have a little style, and some well let’s not mention those.

Ok then, now I have my front wheel built around the Triumph hub, it was time to think about getting a Norton brake plate to fit, some people will go down the Triumph/BSA conical hub TLS setup, these look great when done correctly, and give good braking with the twin leading shoe. Others will use the earlier Triumph TLS, these again look great, when done right, but I wanted “Old Style” so have gone for a SLS shoe Norton plate, Style over function I guess some would say. But single leading shoe brakes are great if set up correctly, and if you ride within their limitations.

The standard Norton plate needs a little machining to match up to the conical hub, but it is nothing too technical.

Brake Plate

Brake Plate

Machining

Machining

 

The next thing was to decide what type of scoop I wanted, time to hit the pictures…

I have often looked at this bike as a source of inspiration for the direction of my bike, and love the black hub with polished air scoop.

Norton Garden Gate

Norton Garden Gate

and of course my friend Mick’s Inter

International

International

Then you have something like this?

Scoop

Scoop

So I set too with a piece of card and some scissors, and came up with a suitable design..

Pattern

Pattern

Time to get out the shears as I transfer the plan to metal.

Cut Out Time

Cut Out Time

half an hour later and this was the result..

It's a Scoop

It’s a Scoop

First Fitting

First Fitting

Not too shabby if I say so myself, it now needs a good buff up on the polish wheel, and my brake plate needs drilling and turning black.

Not too shabby

Not too shabby

 

My Norton clubman project, I try to give it as much time as I can, but holding down a job, and sorting out my Guzzi Ambo, as well as keeping up with chores on the house and the BMW R80st, leaves me so little time, but I do my best. I guess with hindsight that I may have had a chance of getting it on the road this year, but I also really enjoy time out riding, so I am not too upset that it still needs so much work to get near the finish line.  But maybe it is not as much as it seems?

My next job is to convert this old damaged Triumph conical hub into a Manx style single leading shoe race hub, and although it won’t be correct in every detail, it will be close enough to give the look I am after.

Broken Fin, A good thing.

Broken Fin, A good thing.

I collected my rebuilt front wheel today, the hub is a little too glossy, but I hope it will dull down a little as it ages, it now also has a Norton brake plate that has been machined to fit, and some different bearings to match up the Triumph hub to the Norton spindle.

Conical Hub

Conical Hub

Rolling Chassis? Nearly

Rolling Chassis? Nearly

Front Wheel

Front Wheel

The brake plate still needs some work, it needs to be painted satin black, and an air scoop needs to be added, also the rim is not sitting centrally in the forks, so I shall have to get that adjusted, but these are small things, with some tubes and tyres I should have a rolling chassis by the end of the month. Well, if the ferrets play ball, that is!

A Norton Puzzle?…

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Just Me
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At the weekend I came across something I have not seen before, and have heard no mention of it previously in all my Norton searches.

I came across an old Norton 30, 500 International,plunger frame model from the late 40’s, that had been owned by the same old boy since way back when. But this one was different, the rear suspension had been modified, and on further discussion I was led to believe that this was a Norton “Works” modification?

Norton Works Modification?

Norton Works Modification?

So anybody heard of or have reference to this modification? and do any of you out there have an idea on where I could find these small rams so that I could do this to my project?

A Little Norton Time…

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Just Me
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A day off! Hooray !

As I did indeed have a day to myself, I dedicated it to some Norton time, a project that has taken a backseat of late, due mainly to work, and sorting through the Guzzi problems.
So with a pocketful of ideas, I headed over to Norton central, to put some ideas into action. first on the list was to take some assorted jumble finds, and turn them into an International Clubman tacho assembly, well at least a copy of one.

Here is the real deal, in situ on a Norton inter clubman…

Norton Inter Dash

Norton Inter Dash

Now the real deals are hard to find, as you can probably imagine, but I picked up a Cafe Racer speedo holder from Kempton for £5-00, a while back, and a Smiths tacho a little later on, I then set to removing the center of the holder so the clock could fit in, I then made the rubber mounting rings. And finally put the whole lot together…

Tacho Mount

Tacho Mount

Tacho Mounting

Tacho Mounting

While I was there in the workshop I spotted a box with a nice little motor for sale, now I wonder if I need it?

Manx Engine

Manx Engine

yes it is a complete Norton Manx engine…

Manx

Manx

I have also been looking for a short Norton International Clubman rear brake pedal, they are a different shape to the Manx’s, or standard ES2 pedals, and are around 5″ shorter in length, I had mentioned this to Mick a while back, and he had found me a good well used one, from an old racing bike, so it comes with added patina.

Lastly I also picked up my 1948 competition engine today, and dropped that into the frame when I got home.

Clubman Project

Clubman Project

ES2 Clubman

ES2 Clubman

I will be stripping the frame down next though, as I have to get some mounts welded on to take the footpegs, I can then start building it up in earnest.

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 Inter Clubman

 

Norton Model 18

Norton Model 18

 

AJS

AJS

 

Also there this time was an old Dommie, pulled from a shed where it had languished unused since 1979…

Dommie 650

Dommie 650

1979 Time Warp

1979 Time Warp

Norton Dominator

Norton Dominator

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

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.

Austin 10

Austin 10

Austin Special

Austin Special