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1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby qside » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:04 am

Here is what it looked like when I got it... Partially restored. Color is wrong so I will either go stock green or red.

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Here are some pics as i do the assembly. The bike came unassembled... 5 boxes of unlabeled parts. Here is some of the progress that i am making.

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My bike is number: 128453

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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby L.A.B. » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:43 am

qside,

I've split your post away from Dean's thread so you have your own rebuild thread.

Please edit the thread title if you wish.
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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby cjandme » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:05 am

Hello qside, Is it a good strong professional type, thick paint job, or a cheap thin rattle can? The reason I ask is that although it may not be a correct factory color, it might end up looking good with the right pin striping and accents on the finished build (like maybe white or maybe black pinstripes/accent lines). The repaired headstock seems like it should be okay even though it is not precisely as per the frames that later followed yours out of the factory. Anyway just my 2 cents, thanks for posting. Cj
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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby Dean » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:30 am

Hi qside

Looks like a good base to start with.

Our bikes are only 81 numbers apart so were probably pretty close on the assembly line. Mine is also a US bike so may have been on the same boat.

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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby pierodn » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:31 am

Hi.
Nice the Commando.
But i love the first picture with the N15 in the back.
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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby grandpaul » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:44 am

pierodn wrote:Nice the Commando. But i love the first picture with the N15 in the back.

hee hee

I spotted that, too!
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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby qside » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:16 pm

Ya the N15 will be my next project.
For those who asked, The green paint was done professionally. The previous owner picked the color. I am toying with signal red.
assembly is coming along. Some parts are missing. Some are wrong. Past owner mounted Dunlop K81 on front and back. The 4.10 tire on front is too wide to fit under the fender so I have to swap that out for a thinner model.

I just received the wire harness and will start to run that. Hope to have pix soon

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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby Cycle Goon » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:51 am

I personally like the color. With the right color script, I think it would work. And you're not too far down the road from me so head West when you want to get some break in miles on it

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Re: 1968 Commando Rebuild

Postby frankdamp » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:31 am

I had the impression that all the 1968 bikes were silver metal-flake and didn't have the depression in the tank surface for the Norton badge. I left for Seattle in early July that year and was so busy getting into the Boeing way of doing business and adapting to driving on the "wrong" side of the road, I didn't keep a close watch on N-V.
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