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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby mudplugger » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:41 am

are these reed valve breathers in place of other breather, will they work on other bikes ie T140, I have the sump plug breather fitted on commando but couldn't fit it to the P11 as it poked out underneath, would the reed valve work instead, how are they fitted please or direct me to the forum page. cheers Neil

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:40 pm

mudplugger wrote:are these reed valve breathers in place of other breather, will they work on other bikes ie T140, I have the sump plug breather fitted on commando but couldn't fit it to the P11 as it poked out underneath, would the reed valve work instead, how are they fitted please or direct me to the forum page.


These typically fit on the backside of the timing chest, where the distributor or magneto used to be on early Norton big twins.

P11 can have a similar type reed valve plumbed in-line with the timed breather hose if the timed breather isn't working properly (or if omitted previously). I don't have these type of valves with both inlet and outlet necks.
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:37 am

Picked up the re-coated parts yesterday...

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These folks do a real nice job of wrapping everything in foam sheets, then shrink-wrapping.

Unwrapped everything and ready to start going back together.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:32 pm

THIS was how it originally looked when Mark & I first finished building it to his original taste... "Beach Bum"

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Definitely an "acquired taste"...
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:57 am

Lots of stuff happening at the same time, but slowly rounding up bits and pieces to start back together with this project.

One man's trash...

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..is another man's treasure!

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These original Lucas "beehive" lenses are fetching ridiculous money these days.

Hotwing Glass' Cafe Racer 3 seat on order, should fit the styling well.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:05 am

Nice box of parts arrived mid-day yesterday: headlight shell & rim, headlight ears, wiring harness, decals, throttle cables, front brake cable, and set of isolastic gaiters.

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Yesterday evening, the seat arrived. Seat will get painted along with sidecovers and front fender.

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JPN is moved out of the way 'till the fairing is done, so now there's a space to begin re-assembly which starts today.

Front wheel is off to Buchanan's for re-lacing to a new alloy rim to match the rear); new tire & tube standing by...
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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:17 pm

Got the forks done up with nicely lubed tapered roller bearings, and new headlight ears. Lots of irons in the fire, so that was it for today.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:58 pm

Had to remove some paowdercoat due to improper masking, but it was no biggie. Shot some Rust-O-Leum gloss black on it and let it dry while I moved on to other things.

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Stripped a decent pair of original Commando shocks with good damping, masked and painted the bodies.

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Rebuilt shocks ready to go on the bike.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:01 pm

Used a 4" bolt and some heavy washers to draw the swingarm bushings back in; pice of cake. Cleaned up the rear isolastic and installed the cradle & swingarm, then the shocks.

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Both ends done.

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Flushed out the tranny.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:07 pm

You have to install the tranny BEFORE installing the engine power unit. Also, you can't install the tranny adjuster assembly till the tranny is in position in the cradle, or else the nut that holds the adjuster doesn't allow the tranny to rotate into position.

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Rear wheel cleaned up and installed.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:38 pm

Power unit in place with new isolastic gaiters front & rear. Ooh my aching back!

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For some reason, I removed the bottom case bolt when the lump was sitting on the floor. Had to pull the front iso bolt, lift the engine with a tie-down strap wrapped over the frame and hooked in the exhaust ports, replace the bolt, then re-install the front is bolt. 20 minutes of extra work.

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Primary in place, all properly shimmed out. Also added an extra friction plate to optimize stack height. Sure enough, clutch pull is MUCH lighter.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:41 pm

Head steady in place.

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Oil tank steam cleaned internally, new oil filter, re-connected all the oil lines. Carbs were already overhauled when I did the make-run; new throttle cable assembly.

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New headlight shell sure looks spiffy. Now to find that ammeter, it's around here somewhere...

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:42 pm

Cleaned up & re-installed the Dyna coil.

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Z-plates, footpegs & exhaust installed. It's really starting to look like a bike again. Hard to see here, but I trimmed and cleaned up the electronics mounting plate. Now to modify the new wiring harness to function properly.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby grandpaul » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:35 am

Rear fender & tail light installed, seat set in place not yet installed

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Sidecover set in place for photo, needs some bracket work, then seat, sidecovers & front fender go to paint w/ new decals (Black)

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Rear brake cable, chain & chain guard installed & adjusted. Rear wheel done.

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Re: Alistair's 1970 Commando resto/mod project

Postby Danno » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:52 pm

Ever figure out what you'd have to get for that truncated seat you removed?
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