EricgGallardo wrote:Congratulations, you've found something very unusual.
To reply to FastEddie comment on P. Godet, as a Frenchman I don't think Patrick is using a special time table specific to the French, he's just using a Vincent time table. For various reasons a Vincent project is always a very looonng one. For example when I did send the crankshaft of my own Norvin project to Bob Dunn (one of your fellows britons FastEddie) for a complete rebuild he did quotes a five weeks delay. That crankshaft finally came back to me after 18 months!
Patrick wouldn't be of much help for you anyway as he won't deal with you unless you buy a complete machine or send your project at his shop for a complete rebuild. The VOC would help you no end though.
With regards to the carburetors please keep this fine special with all its nice period parts free of any Mikuni or other oriental bits. New Amals are available and works great or you could use those Dellortos. I can't see the point of fitting these fines old British machines of ours with modern Japanese carbs, forks, brakes, etc. Why not buy a Jap in the first place if one wants a machine that goes, handles, sounds or brakes like a soulless modern?
My own Norvin is in a "mild" state of tune with 8:1s Omegas, MK2s, D ignition, 932s, Carrillos and 2in open pipes and as a '68 Commando and T150 engined Triton owner I can tell you that both bikes would run out of steam by the time I get to top with the Vin. In fact it feels like one and a half Commando. To cruise at 80 mph with the tacho showing less than 3500 is just great and you'll still have 2000 safe rpm to play with!
Yes, the engine will be slightly higher in a Featherbed compared to a Vincent frame, but at the moment I have a real Egli (EV3) in my garage for some work and as it sits by my Norvin it's evident that its engine is fitted two inches higher so a Norvin is better at this point and to my eyes it looks better too.
Good luck for this superb project. Hope you'll keep us updated with pics along the way.
Eric in France
Fair point Eric. The Bob Dunn story has me beat!
And please don't let me miss-quote myself re Monsieur Godet, apart from his time management issues, I have absolute respect for him. The Vincent's that I was lucky enough to own that had been through his hands were simply fabulous.