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Marks Norton Commando Rebuild

Postby Brownymark » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:10 am

Been lurking in the background learning a lot from a very knowledgeable and friendly group for some time now. Finally decided to take the plunge and try and upload some images of my project which I repatriated to the UK a few months ago from a very helpful PO in Texas.
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Postby Roadrash » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:29 am

That should shine up nicely. Great find. You'll have to change out those American height handle bars to bring it back properly. If you got that from Texas it's lucky it hadn't been chopped, mostly Harley riders there.
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Postby grandpaul » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:38 am

Welcome, Mark.

What a great way to start the new year!

Whereabouts in Texas did the bike come from? (I'm in south Texas)
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Postby Brownymark » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:01 am

Hello Roadrash & grandpaul.
Bike was from Coldspring.
I quite like the highbars, I'm hoping when I get the bike going they will help my ageing back :D

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Postby lcrken » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:35 pm

Great project bike. Also looks likely for a daily rider as is, if it runs well.

+1 for the higher bars for old guys with back issues. Much as I like them, I can no longer ride bikes with low bars or clip-ons more than a few miles at a time.

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Postby Brownymark » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:11 pm

It has not run for more than 10 years, already stripped down and what I have found upto now has been unbelievably good. Some damage to engine casing and fins (already repaired) and a broken ring. Usual - according to this forum - suspect 1971 side stand bracket which I have already replaced. Currently petrol tank is in the process of electrolytic cleaning.

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Postby grandpaul » Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:21 pm

It would be nice to see pictures of the project as it goes along...

(keep it up)
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Postby concours » Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:41 pm

Welcome, Great looking complete project bike. Enjoy! :mrgreen:
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Postby Brownymark » Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:03 pm

Cheers guys , will post more pictures - a long way to go yet but enjoying immensely learning from and trying to apply your expertise!

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Postby texasSlick » Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:24 pm

Brownymark wrote:Hello Roadrash & grandpaul.
Bike was from Coldspring.
I quite like the highbars, I'm hoping when I get the bike going they will help my ageing back :D


There is only one county between the one Coldsping is in, and mine .... it would be a nice ride.

Looks like a nice find. Your shop seems enviably spacious.

I have taken some flack for my high bars, but my back welcomes them.

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Postby Craig » Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:30 pm

Welcome .... good luck with your nice bike .... what is that line about X's in Texas ... :?:
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Postby MS850 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:54 pm

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wow 6500 miles, is that original? or is the 106500, :roll:
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Postby cjandme » Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:17 pm

Welcome Brownymark, I'm originally from Houston, Texas but sadly I am not there now. This is a great forum with lots of experienced folks who will be glad to help with info and or a laugh or two along the way. I look forward to following along with your build thread. Cj
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Postby elefantrider » Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:54 am

Welcome. Nice find. '71 is the best year, IMO. Texas has high humidity but much of the oxidation does polish out. I just bought a '71 from Texas also, has similar oxidation but cleaned up well. Looks like it might have been restored once before?
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Postby DevonNorton » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:29 am

Welcome Brownymark
A good looking start for your project. Hope the refurb goes according to plan.
I started my '72 Commando refurb just under a year ago and its been a frustrating and enjoyable experience in almost equal measure! :roll:
Lots of good and advice and quick responses on this forum as I'm sure you've observed.
IMHO it's also worth joining the UK Norton Owners Club - if you haven't already. Good for spares and local groups.
Plenty of good UK suppliers as well.
All the best on your journey(s)
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