Posts Tagged ‘Project’

My Norton Clubman…

Posted: July 25, 2017 in Just Me
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Well what can I say, my Norton “Garden Gate” Clubman came back home today, the motor is all finished with the later head fitted, now it is just a case of tidying things up a bit over the coming winter…

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My Norton ES2 Clubman

BSA Wiring!…

Posted: July 10, 2017 in Just Me
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Oh what joy, BSA A65 wiring, does it match the wiring diagram? of course not, does it make sense, well I think you know the answer to that one. I guess I will get it sorted eventually?

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The Famous James…

Posted: December 7, 2016 in Just Me
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Now this may not be the most expensive bike uncovered by anybody, and I guess it was not really a “Barn” find, but more of a shed find, not by me I must add, but by one of my friends.
So I wonder what you will make of this sweet little James, totally original and only missing the original throttle, and fuel tap. That in itself is pretty amazing for a bike made in 1948, but look at the tinware, no rust damage, sure it has surface corrosion as would be expected, but this bike really wants just a rub over with an oily rag, it is not even seized, and does have a spark.

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1948 James

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Villiers 98cc

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The Famous James

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A little patina

Not bad for 68 years old.

One Last Step…

Posted: November 23, 2016 in Just Me
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One Last Step…

So I am nearly at the end of my journey, and have one last step to go, in the small matter of getting the Norton registered (getting a title for the US contingent). I started this whole crazy dream back in November 2011, with just a frame I found on Ebay….

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Norton project

And now here I am five years later, with a dating certificate telling me the Norton was built at the Norton works factory in Birmingham back on 26th June 1952, and was despatched to  Bennet’s of Southampton. Who knows what the bike got up to in the intervening years, but it is once again a fully working Norton, and ready to be out on the open road next summer. Just one final piece of paperwork, that is all I need.

The Lightning Project… part eleven.

Posted: November 10, 2016 in Just Me
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Now where was I?

With the head all bolted down, and the rockers installed, it was time for those new SRM tappet adjusters to be fitted…

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SRM tappet adjusters

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SRM upgrade

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Tappet angle

Next on the list was cleaning and refitting the exhaust system…

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BSA A65L motor

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Original exhaust re-fitted

So I am getting there slowly, I need to order a few small parts, rocker cover studs, headstock bearings, and I still need to find some forks, but so far so good.

 

The Lightning Project… part ten.

Posted: November 1, 2016 in Just Me
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My head having returned from SRM, was now ready to be fitted, and after a question asked in the competition section of BritBike forum, I equipped myself with some copper sealant, and a pair of small o-rings, so I was ready to go.

Barrel and gasket prepared and ready for the head to be fitted..

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Ready to go

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Returned head

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Copper seal and o-rings

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Coming together

Waiting in the Wings…

Posted: October 18, 2016 in Just Me
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A little while ago a couple of friends in the US uncovered a barn full of BSA’s in Arkansas, one of which, this 63 A10 Super Rocket, was offered to me, just 10,000 miles, fairly rust free, and full of faded glory. At this time it is located down in Georgia (along with my Guzzi), waiting on me getting it shipped over here to the UK. The motor is not seized, Compression is good, the chrome is in fantastic condition apart from the rims, and the inside of the tank is still fresh, such a cool looking bike.

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1963 BSA Super Rocket

Extra chrome, round tank badges, and bars, are all West coast standard equipment, and as you can see from the brochure below, no ball end levers. East coast bikes had a tear drop tank badge. one of the last A10 Super Rockets. It really is a cool bike, and even better up close and personal

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BSA Sales

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Waiting in the Wings