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Steve’s 1938 model 18 Norton

OK – below is part of the info (taken verbatim) from Steve’s 79×100 Norton blog. For  a whole lot more detail, please go to Steve’s site HERE.

Well complete is a big word, but this probably as close as it gets .I’ll stick up some pics and some titles as well. I have no idea what this restoration cost and I suppose about three years of chasing parts and to be honest its a little disappointing when they are finished, still I have other projects to start and to finish .

I kind of like these pics from an angle at the rear and looking down .This shows a second hand muffler from one of the swap meetings the new K70 Dunlop rear tyre and the old style number plate bracket this one should have the tail light centred in a projection on the right hand top corner, if I pick up the correct one Ill swap them over .

The drive side  shows MO1 maggy this one has to be a clockwise one, hard to find for sure , well actually you just need a cam plate that is a clockwise one, hours of work have gone into the chain cases, they always seem to be badly knocked about, some by having a primary chain derailed inside . The old style battery cases are a bit more expensive than the later ones I got this one from the UK can’t remember the company . You may notice the footrest cranks cast in bronze by Manx Classic Spares I thought they looked so good I didn’t bother with the black paint  they won’t rust either .

This is the pretty side of most bikes, all that polished alloy, what a bastard to clean ! all those nooks and crannies with split pins poking out to rip at your hands .This is the famous Dolls Head gearbox that evolved into the AMC unit by the middle fifties the gears in this box are generally the same as the later lay down box the three bearings are interchangeable with their counterpart in the last 850 Commando and I think the lay shaft fits too although I believe the later ones are stronger .The gears fitted to the AMC box have a different profile and are not compatible with the earlier ones .Pre dolls head boxes [Sturmey Archer] have gears marked EIV  the dolls head lay down have gears marked with a N8000 number that is the part number like N8043 and the AMC gears are often stamped AH also some have a lathe ring through the dogs  The exhaust was purchased from Feked in the UK its actually a 500 T part that fitted up nicely

 FRONT END Indian copy of Webb girders 1950’s hub laced into Dunlop 21 inch mudcatcher rim with stainless spokes. Just fitted a new Avon rib tyre,  the mud guard was made  by Adam Higgins [THE EARLY YEARS]  who can make anything you want he’s at the Ballarat and Bendigo swaps his phone number is  03 5148 3207 This guy is an artisan and very well priced. I had to extend the brake lever and make up a heap of spacers to centre the wheel in the forks. The original would have had the QD brake and hub set which is much wider, Norton did fit a one piece hub/brake before the war but only in the Inters and some ES2’s and would have been combined with a cradle frame. The the clunkers were left with the open diamond frame the tractor mudguards the square oil tanks and the wide girders.

BACK END I managed to find the correct cotton reel hub a new sprocket and the correct brake plate. I pulled this alloy rim off my Commando and replaced it with a SS item, home made chain guard mudguard stays repro rear stand from Rod [Portland ]and repro number plate bracket original Lucas tail light actually still had olive drab paint on it .

I found this transfer and thought it would look good on the tank, I have no idea where they should be placed or on what model. The work on the tank was really an experiment because the primer /filler is a 2 pac paint. I then picked a colour that was a acrylic [Jaguar silver metalic ] then put the stickers on and put a 2 pac clear over the lot. I was expecting all sorts of trouble but it appears these products are compatible  

(Jules edit: Here is what the tank looked like when first repaired)

Jules edit: below is some video I shot of the bike running, but before it was completed.

 

 

 

 

 

Jack’s Beeza

Here’s another of Andy’s projects nearing completion. Just needs the tank painted and a few minor tweaks. OK, updated pics with tank painted.

Mandatory reading!

This must have been from the British division of Dellorto!

Below – warming up with the choke still on

Procrastinators’ first ride for 2015

As is our habit, the West Coast Procrastinators met for our annual first of January ride and AGM. Marty and I left Geelong in overcast conditions and arrived at Steve’s place (near Colac) to find Andy and Steve raring to go. Andy had brought his recently purchased 1973 GT 550 Suzuki along instead of his usual mount, a ’69 Norton Commando. After New Year handshakes, a picture of the motorcycles and some banter we headed off to Timboon, Vic.

Steve’s Commando

Andy’s ‘new’ 1973 GT550

Marty and my ZX14R’s

Unfortunately we were not that many kilometers down the road when Andy’s bike suffered a “failure to proceed”. Andy has not restored this bike and it illustrates the potential pitfalls of purchasing an already “restored” bike that has been restored by someone of unknown capability.

I took Andy back to Steve’s, where Andy had his car and trailer and he was able to load the stricken Suzuki and then continue on for lunch at the Timboon hotel.

After a few fleeting showers of rain in the morning the return trip was in sunny conditions. We stuck to a series of back roads and avoided the traffic associated with a public holiday and the general 12 Apostles area.

It was another grand ride to start 2015 with for three of the Procrastinators, however, it was a great get together for all four.

Steve’s model 18 resto

Steve has been making good progress on the restoration of his 1938 Model 18 Norton.

For the full story see his 79 x 100 blog

Below is a pic that I pinched from his site!

OK, after a visit yesterday, I have some pics of the bike near completion

Below – Steve going for a test ride

Better still, here is some footage of the bike running

 

 

Garage tour Nov 2014: Andy’s current projects & a peek into TK’s world

Except for the T500 Suzuki, Andy’s garage currently resembles a BSA production line!

At another enthusiast’s garage on the same day! TK’s 1930 Flying Squirrel

Below: a rare OHC Jawa road bike

There was also a 1927 two speed Scott being restored – just can’t find the pics I (thought) I took!

 

 

Procrastonators first Spring ride for 2014

Some of the Procrastinators gathered in Spring sunshine to take a run down to Timboon for lunch and a catch up. Not bad going for us, seeing how it’s only the fifth day of Spring! We rendezvoused at Steve’s place near Colac, with me coming from Geelong and Andy from Ballarat. Below is a map of our route.

Shiny motorcycles, getting ready to hit the road.

We usually dine at the Timboon Distillery, however, today we opted for some good old fashioned pub grub and ate at the Timboon Hotel. Three steak sandwiches and plenty of banter later we headed off to Port Campbell for some fuel. After a short run along the Great Ocean Road past the 12 Apostles we turned inland again to Simpson, and then to Carlisle River where we pulled over to chew the fat a bit more. (We are becoming so complacent about the magnificent coastline and Apostles that we didn’t even stop for a photo). There was virtually no traffic at all. The countryside looked magnificent and green, but unfortunately most of the roads were a bloody disgrace. The asphalt was consistently potholed and featured plenty of depressions or ‘slumps’, typically on the entry to, or exits of, nice sweeping corners. In a couple of the worst sections the speed limit was lowered to 80 kph (as it has been for 12 months or so) and there was no sign of any road repair work being commenced. We rode to the poor conditions and still enjoyed the ride immensely, but really, these roads are dangerous and not what you’d expect in a first world country! I wish I’d stopped and taken some pics of just how bad some spots were.

Below: A pit stop at Carlisle River – which consists of an infant welfare center, a public hall and a couple of farm houses – not much else.

Andy’s Commando gleaming in the sunshine

We arrived back at Steve’s and cranked up the shed stereo, dragged some chairs outside and then basked in the sunshine as we chatted some more. All too soon I had to head back to Geelong. It was a great day out ‘fellas – I thoroughly enjoyed the riding and your company. All the better of course for being a weekday and choosing the roads less traveled, with the consequent lack of cars. All up I did around 350kms – yet another grand day out, and in the true Procrastinator’s spirit – no decisions were made about anything!