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England-Kev 11-05-2011 11:18 AM

In at the (very) Deep End.. A Norton Story.
So there I was thinking to myself, winters here I could use another project:eek1 at that point I should have gone for a beer or something, But no! I went to my PC instead :D

Now like many of you, I love old Nortons, especially those old Manx style single cylinder race bikes, this sort of thing...

and if it had a fishtail exhaust then so much the better...

But have you seen the price of these things :eek1

So I got to thinking, why not build one from scratch, it doesn't have to be perfect, I mean, how hard can it be? :evil

What I need is something like this...

Damn I would be happy if I could make one look as good as that to be fair :clap

So I started looking..... :1drink

jbcaddy 11-05-2011 12:34 PM

that red one looks a bit like the AJS that I bought. it may be in better shape than mine however:D seems like we have similar taste:freaky good luck, Jan

LasseNC 11-05-2011 01:09 PM

Oh come on, don't be such a tease!

England-Kev 11-05-2011 01:24 PM

So where was I, ah yes, scanning ebay world for a Manx Norton, and would you believe I never found one!
Well about now a sane man would give up and hit the fridge, but me, well you know the answer to that one.

So what do you need to start a project, I suppose a frame would be a good start, well everything hangs off the frame, like a metal Christmas tree.

So I bought this...

Let the fun begin

Now where did I leave my sanity:norton

Cordless 11-05-2011 01:50 PM

Time to Rumble a Bimble to the Jumble and Scramble some Crumbles.

Photos much appreciated.

Your Public awaits your choice of engine, suspension, and trim.

killfile 11-05-2011 01:55 PM

I know both how you feel and your method of bringing these goals to realization!
I'm just finishing putting together an Atlas that has been apart in and out of boxes for at least 20 years, hoping to kick her over today for the first today. I'm definitely thinking that the next project of this magnitude should be a pre-50 Norton single...

Good luck, and as always keep up the amazing photos!

England-Kev 11-05-2011 03:12 PM


Originally Posted by Cordless (Post 17237530)
Your Public awaits your choice of engine, suspension, and trim.

So a little while back I was at a rally on the IoW (Isle of Wight) and visited a friends place where he had a load of bike related stuff that was dragged from a leaky barn. Well in that pile of rust was a complete'ish Norton 500 pushrod engine, so a quick call today secured that engine for $160. The price gives you an idea of the condition:evil

England-Kev 11-05-2011 03:25 PM

Just a thought, if any of you have pictures of plunger framed Nortons, race or street, please feel free to post them in this thread, as I will be looking for inspiration on this project.


jbcaddy 11-05-2011 07:37 PM

I sent you a PM, I have a few photos for you, but no hosting account. JB

Rob Farmer 11-06-2011 12:14 AM

I don't know about you guys but every now and again I make massive blunders and let bikes go that I should have fought tooth and nail for.

Factory Norton. Never registered for the road and documented as an official Norton trials machine (even pictured in a book) had been in a friends uncles loft for years. He's still got a few old bikes up there.

Fortunately it went to retired machinist (Dave Tyers) who did a sympathetic resto on it and shows it.

Bongolia 11-06-2011 12:28 AM

Hello Rob, lovely bike. If you've not been to that site, it's well worth a visit.

That Norton would be eligible for the Arbuthnot?

Rob Farmer 11-06-2011 01:20 AM

Wow!! That's a hell of site. Thanks for the link

Brunow - 007 11-06-2011 01:24 AM

What about some more pic's of the norton progress? :D

England-Kev 11-06-2011 01:28 AM


Originally Posted by Brunow - 007 (Post 17240703)
What about some more pic's of the norton progress? :D

This is the progress, I only bought the frame yesterday :eek1

I don't even have it here at home yet, so you have now seen as much as I have:rofl

Rob Farmer 11-06-2011 01:38 AM


Originally Posted by England-Kev (Post 17240710)
This is the progress, I only bought the frame yesterday :eek1

Well if your going to mess about like this you can't expect us to stay interested :lol3

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