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My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:02 pm

The is my 2016 Norton Atlas, it has gone through a full nut and bolt rebuild and modification. This bike has no numbers matching and is put together from several Norton models. In the next few posts I will take you back how this all came together.

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby lcrken » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:41 pm

Very nice. I like your breather catch tank.

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:21 am

Where it all started, I had a post on Kijiji looking to trade my 1983 Harley Ironhead for a British 650 or 750cc pre 70’s bike.
On Nov.2015 I received a reply from a Harley fan how had a Norton project he just couldn’t finish and wanted to trade. We traded pics and these are the ones I was sent and stole my heart.
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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:37 am

lcrken wrote:Very nice. I like your breather catch tank.

Ken


Here's a close up of the catch tank I went with.
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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:10 am

[quote="Bud64"]The is my 2016 Norton Atlas, it has gone through a full nut and bolt rebuild and modification. This bike has no numbers matching and is put together from several Norton models. In the next few posts I will take you back how this all came together.

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Jeandr » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:08 pm

Looks good Budd :-)

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby grandpaul » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:59 am

Not sure why the photos in the original post disappeared?
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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:24 am

Bud64 wrote:
lcrken wrote:Very nice. I like your breather catch tank.

Ken


Here's a close up of the catch tank I went with.
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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby oleblu72 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:27 pm

Very nice Bud that had some nice parts on it even the Atlas fenders looked to be in nice shape I would say you got the better on that trade.

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:10 pm

oleblu72 wrote:Very nice Bud that had some nice parts on it even the Atlas fenders looked to be in nice shape I would say you got the better on that trade.

Mark

Yes I did, but the major thing was that the Atlas was not a runner. So that was where I was taking a chance.
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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:19 pm

This is what I replaced the old twin carb set-up with:
A Norton Atlas Single Mikuni manifold VM34 Carb Conversion Kit and manifold.
I replaced the filter for a Carb Velocity Stack
I also converted the chock lever that was mounted on the side of the carb to except a cable connection, so I can open and close from the handle bar lever.

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:33 am

Been try to put a history together on my bike and it's getting really interesting.
I was told by the last owner that the bike was an Atlas, but from the Frame code 18/129550 this would make the bike a 1968 Mercury 650 (1 of 750 bikes built).
The motor code 20/1146714P (P= Plumstead) is from a earlier 1965 Atlas 750.
If anyone knows more about these two build codes, I'd love to hear about it.
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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby Bud64 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:57 am

Here's a closer look at the Joe Hunt Magneto that replaced the stock Lucus Magneto and ignition system. The Joe Hunt mag is a all in one unit that connected to the stock timing sprocket and cleaned up the ignition system.

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby oleblu72 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:06 am

I have a 64 Atlas that has some Dunstall mods on it one of the mods is the breather was moved to the timing case so they could run an oil line to where the breather originally was on the camshaft that is also run in needle bearings at least that's what the original owner told me. The original owner would be Bob Schontz (not sure if I spelled his name right) that use to own Domiracer or back in those days it was called Sunset motors in Cincinnati Ohio.

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Re: My 1968 Atlas Cafe Racer Build

Postby triumph2 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:34 pm

Bud64 wrote:Been try to put a history together on my bike and it's getting really interesting.
I was told by the last owner that the bike was an Atlas, but from the Frame code 18/129550 this would make the bike a 1968 Mercury 650 (1 of 750 bikes built).
The motor code 20/1146714P (P= Plumstead) is from a earlier 1965 Atlas 750.
If anyone knows more about these two build codes, I'd love to hear about it.


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