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Ben's '72 Interstate Rebuild

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycle Rebuilds' started by Scout63, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. L.A.B.

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    I have a feeling the date was possibly added on the production line after the plate was fixed to the frame which could account for the partial stamping on the curved surface and haphazard way it was done.

    It is just a date stamp. Why not just overstamp the '0' with '9', the second 'P' with 'R' and add the 'A'?

    After all, if it's too neat and tidy then it doesn't look authentic! :)
     
  2. MichaelB

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    Just to confuse matters more, my 2064XX has a MAR 1972 date, updside down.
     
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  3. gortnipper

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    I did the same thing in the 90s. Which is partly why I have a bucket of bolts now.
     
  4. Scout63

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    Great idea L.A.B. I really don’t want to try to get those nice shiny rivets out of my freshly painted frame. I’ll try that. I went back and sorted out which nuts and bolts I wheeled and have ordered replacements from Ella. I’ll re-plate the iso bolts.

    My disk came back blasted, painted and ground from True Disk today. Great service, quick turnaround and not expensive. Tom was great and friendly and packed the disk beautifully for the return trip.
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    First snow here on the Cape this week. If I weren’t spending every penny on the Norton I would consider finally buying some heated gear. I installed a 450w charging system in my /5 about three years ago and should probably utilize it.
     
  5. Richard Tool

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    Another heads up Ben - make sure you put the sub harness (really just two leads) on the horn before installing it . I didn’t thinking I could put it on afterwards and now it looks like I have some disassembly to do - PM sent re:same
     
  6. Scout63

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    Thanks Richard. Wiring will come next after the engine install. Should I install the horn as well?

    Forks torqued and oiled. Front wheel fitted. It was a bear since the front axle had some burring on the outer spindle. I finally realized this and lightly filed it. Then it all came together. I’ll have to recheck everything a few times.

    I must say that BMW airhead forks and wheel assemblies are much simpler. Maybe I’m just used to them.

    The distance between the brake disk and right fork leg seems very small - maybe 2-3mm to the naked eye. The caliper is a ways off but that installation will show me if the wheel is spaced right.

    Starting to look like a motorcycle. Tank and side covers off to the paint shop tomorrow
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  7. Scout63

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    Cradle, rear wheel, gearbox and engine in. Center and side stand on. I dinged the frame quite a bit and will have to touch it up. It’s nice to see it standing on its own.
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  8. gortnipper

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    The locating tab on the brake plate needs to go in its slot for the brake to work!

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  9. Richard Tool

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    Looking good Ben - at the rate you are going you are going to beat me to the finish line . The horn installation is tied in with battery tray & rear fender . I did manage to get my horn sub harness on by dropping the forward end of the rear fender.
     
  10. Scout63

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    Thanks for the kind words Richard. Things are slowing down and getting more expensive. Order of assembly and worry that I missed a seal or whatnot in the engine are also taking up too much brain space.

    Gortnipper - many thanks for the tip. I completely missed that.

    Tonight I started on headlight assembly. Of course I lost the mounting bolts. Also disassembled the right side carb and put the body and jets into the sonic cleaner.
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    Also lucky to have a good friend with an original 74 850 that he bought new and has never disassembled. It is a great resource
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  11. Richard Tool

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  12. Scout63

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    Carbs rebuilt and installed. These are the original Amal’s with gasket kits. The jets cleaned up nicely and the actions are good. I thought about getting a set of premiers but wanted to use these if possible and also I got temporarily cheap. Parts are adding up quickly.
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