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So here I am just trying to keep up with Swooshdave on my rebuilld (I believe he is ahead of me right now but not for long) crank getting reground, some welding on the cases, new cam, and the 940 cylinders getting honed. So I figgered I would work on the small stuff that neaded to be done. I had repainted the left and right control switches (thanks LAB for the tip on the flat stick for the white lettering) and was putting the second control together when I was checking out the funtion of the switch when the ball bearing and the spring went flying, it took off so fast I could not see where they went. I found the spring but the small .157 ball is still missing and I still cannot find it.

Does anyone know where I might buy a .157 steel ball or where I might find one. Things like this are not on any list of replacement parts for the Nortton that I know of.

Thanks for any help, and stop laughing

Chuck
 
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Gday Chuck, yep youre not the first and wont be the last to have that happen! Spring loaded contraptions are a trap for new (& old) players. Youre first option I believe would be a local bearing dealer as they sell loose/singular ball bearings of various sizes. As you only need one, Im guessing they would give it to you because of its size. The paper work value would be worth more than the ball. Rgds Foxy
 
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ChuckW said:
So here I am just trying to keep up with Swooshdave on my rebuilld

Sad to know I'm the benchmark. Did I mention the fork retaining bolt washer that I dropped right in front of me and never found?
 
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I don't think the size is too critical, however I used a magnet and wiped down all the hard to reach areas in the shop when I lost mine. You can be looking right at it and not see it.

Picked it up under the work bench, of course you will pick up a lot of other stuff too.
 
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Yes, Dave you are the "Benchmark", I only have the carbs that came with my bike that need to be reworked, not like the box of carbs that you got! And I have no pictures of the rebuild yet.

I am still smilling about the new guy that was here a few days ago that you told him he needed to post pics.

"One thing that doesn't make us laugh is the serious lack of photos in your first post."

You do have a great sense of humor.

So I do not have a photo of the missing ball, If I did I would not be asking.

Chuck
 
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Diablouph

I was rebuilding it in the kitcken when it went flying. I move the fridge but not the stove yet. I have no clue where it went. If it was in the garage I would not even look for it, too many places to go/

Chuck
 

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If the Volcano had not slowed up the post, I would probably be getting my bottom end rebuild kit about now, and when the bottom end goes together, the gearbox and cradle goes into the frame and that means I can put the swingarm on which means I can center the rear hub, etc. You get my drift.

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ChuckW said:
Yes, Dave you are the "Benchmark", I only have the carbs that came with my bike that need to be reworked, not like the box of carbs that you got! And I have no pictures of the rebuild yet.

Multiple fails in one post. Nice. Stop worrying about your balls and post some pics!
 
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1. Take the other switch into the kitchen.

2. Open the switch.

3. Watch here the little ball goes when it and the spring fly out.

4. Take a picture of them as they go to shut everone up.

5. Both your balls should be together now.
 
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LOL. Thanks for the help. If I can not find it in the next day or so I will have to buy for McMaster Carr. Meanwhile the wife will be very happy that I will get the kitchen realy clean and the stove moved out and cleaned out. But now onto the rear fender and back wheel.

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Maybe try a bicycle shop. They should have loose ball bearings the right size.

Auto supply maybe for detent balls.
 
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I went to a bicycle shop as Diablouph and Jeandr suggested and they had one the right size (5/32). Spent a number of hours cleaning all the contacts, now all of the switches work.

Sometimes it's the little things that take the longest.

Chuck
 
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