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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby Deets55 » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:29 am

I think it might be possible to reshape the front top corners to give the side panels the look you want. The ignition switch hole might be an issue. I you trace out the panel on a piece of cardboard and tweet it to the shape you want I might show you if it is do-able.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby freefly103 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:12 am

The seat was too long for the Norvil tank. Had it shortened and re-covered in black. Looks good on the bike:

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Side panels just don't work despite putting a fair amount of effort and expense into Dzus mounts etc. Had to sand back the panels to fix a crack with fibre glass repair kit. Colours underneath were bronze and green with the last colour orange. I think they've seen the inside of a few paint shops or at least the working end of a few rattle cans.

Thinking about fitting flat panels like the NYC Norton Schoolbus Bike.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby freefly103 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:08 am

Took the cutter to the side panel, then repaired the cut with a fibreglass kit. The fit is much better:

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Matches the other side panel angle and gaps:
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Cut the rear fend short to match the length of the rear hoop and installed a cafe style rear stop light:
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Just about time to send it to paint.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby grandpaul » Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:31 am

Much better.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby Fast Eddie » Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:41 am

Bingo!
Well done sir.
A lot of effort that most folk will never notice.
But its worth it. You now know its right!
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby freefly103 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:00 am

Thanks Fast Eddie.

Now just to find a spot to mount the ignition switch.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby Danno » Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:11 pm

Nice job on the side panels, Joe. That's what I had to do to the Indian-made metal ones I bought, only a vertical cut and a wedge removed from each one. The kid who tig-welded them back together did a great job with zero heat warpage of the metal.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby gortnipper » Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:46 pm

freefly103 wrote:Thanks Fast Eddie.

Now just to find a spot to mount the ignition switch.


Something like this might work hanging where the coil bracket was or off the frame tube somewhere else.

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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby grandpaul » Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:28 am

One small bit of scrap aluminum (or mild steel) is all it takes. Drill two holes, bore the keyswitch hole, all set.

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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby gortnipper » Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:48 pm

I did the same thing using the original bracket that had busted off the old ham can.

But he has those twin horns mounted there.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby freefly103 » Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:26 pm

I'm going to drill the left side panel for the ignition switch to keep the original look. Will work with the standard wiring harness lengths of wires to the switch.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby freefly103 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:37 am

First time this bike sees the light of day is on the way to the paint shop to make sure the decals are put on straight:

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Turns out the painter is a Brit Bike fan too:

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He even has a book on Norton restoration:

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Tank decals look good:

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Wasn't happy with the side panel decals, they are gold with black edges, so ordered a gold set from RGM. Oh well, at least the painter can finish the tank while I wait for the other decals to arrive.

The paint is matt as the lacquer has just been polished. It will be shiny once all done. Pretty happy with the job the painter is doing. Another old school craftsman.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby grandpaul » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:01 am

The flipped shifter will take a bit of getting used to. I prefer it that way, 1-down, 3-up. Once you ride it a while, shifting will be easier, it's just fidgety to get used to, as the leverage is limited in that orientation.

Those are really nice A10s (A7s?) that your painter has. I like the scrambler.
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby freefly103 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:17 am

Thanks GP. I have the same shifter config on my Roadster and really like it. Just like a modern bike ;-)
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Re: 71 Roadster rebuild

Postby Fast Eddie » Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:42 pm

freefly103 wrote:Thanks GP. I have the same shifter config on my Roadster and really like it. Just like a modern bike ;-)


Is it a standard gear lever? If not, what is it, PR?
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