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Here you go Jason:

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Oh Jason I hate to be the one to tell ya, but your missing a fender brace and that brake thingy is on the wrong side. Did they do mark three's in yellow I thought they all were Black and Gold?
 

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Jason Curtiss said:
Well, that obviously didn't work.

Jason,

It's the *IMG Code* shown right next to the photo on your Photobucket album page that you need to copy & paste to show the actual photo in your message, not the address bar line etc..

Then use the message *Preview* button to check the photo shows OK (is of a suitable size and in the position you want it to be) before posting.
 
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Loose kickstart bush


Hey, thanks Deb and L.A.B.. I was trying to copy the "href" code instead of the "IMG" code. So, how do I size the picture?

Check out the old Jaguar steering wheel I got for Christmas - I think it's as close as I'm going to get to having a complete car. Please forgive the non-Norton content here.

Norbsa - I actually prefer the earlier front fender with the top brace, but as you know, it won't work with my caliper positioned on the left. And for an old guy like me that has to switch from riding a road toliet, that's it in the background, to a Norton, having the brake lever on the right-hand side on both bikes is sure "convenient".

I'm hankering for a parts and grocery getter like a an old Vespa scooter, but people close to me say I will look like and idiot on such a small bike; I'm 6'-1". So, I guess no scooter for me, although it seems to make a whale of alot of sense from an economic standpoint - over 50 mpg and lots of room for a milk crate!
 

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Jason Curtiss said:
So, how do I size the picture?

It would appear that you have uploaded your photos to your Photobucket album at the *message board* 640 x 480 maximum upload image size option, which is fine to use here for a normal photo, but you can choose to upload images to your album at other sizes (see *options* in the upload box on your Photobucket album page) other photo hosting websites may work differently to Photobucket, so it is a good idea for everyone to check that any images are of a size that reasonably fits the forum page before posting.

If anyone feels that they need to post a larger than normal image in order to show close-up details of something, then OK, or use the *Direct Link* option instead if the IMG code. Of course the image could be cropped to show only the important area?

But photo cropping is really another story...
 
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Back to the original topic, I obtained a tube of Permatex Sleeve Retainer compound and will give it a try tonight. Hopefully it will do the trick.

I had to try two places to find it. The first was Checker Auto Parts, a regional chain store. The helpful clerk had never even heard of it, and indeed the Permatex aisle was bereft of its presence.

So I went to the local NAPA store. The clerk there was not the brightest individual I've ever encountered, and I got the all-too-familiar "deer in headlights" look when I told him what I wanted. :roll: They had it though :D

It's never easy...

Debby
 

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So I went to the local NAPA store. The clerk there was not the brightest individual I've ever encountered, and I got the all-too-familiar "deer in headlights" look when I told him what I wanted.

I really miss the old style parts counter where there was some one there who knew what you wanted. One of the best things about walking into DomiRacer on a Saturday morning was dealing with Bob or Jonathon who knew what you were asking. It's unfortunate they are both gone.

Auto parts stores are going the way of the local hardware store. Stocked by the suppliers and operated by green kids for minimum wage.
 
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You're absolutely right, Ron. Gone are the auto parts stores of yesterday where a knowledgeable person with a cigarette clenched in his teeth, usually named "Mack", would thumb through the greasy pages of a parts catalog, looking for the part number of a fuel pump for your 1960 Plymouth Valiant. Those were the days of gritty, no nonsense parts stores that had raw cement floors and honest-to-goodness auto parts and accessories. No silly scented cardboard Christmas trees at these places by golly.
 
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Jason Curtiss said:
Gone are the auto parts stores of yesterday where a knowledgeable person with a

At least "Mack" knew what he had hanging on the shelves! And he didn't have a brain seizure if you couldn't tell him what year, make, and model automobile your request (an o-ring, a tube of loctite, a box of Autolite spark plugs) was for.

Where's that time machine? I wanna go back!

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Anyone have a TARDIS?

What's a TARDIS? :?

The kickstart bush is no longer loose, BTW. The Permatex Sleeve Retainer did an excellent job. 8)

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A Tardis is really just an old Police Telephone box. Only sad old Sci-Fi bofs believe that it really does anything ! :D

Now that I'm an old git, I rather relish the shops with ignorant staff. Makes a change from years ago when I was embarrassed at how little I knew and had to explain that I wanted the "bit that goes on the end of the thing that goes round and round" to the old boy behind the spares counter at Pride & Clarke's on a saturday morning. He had smoked so many roll-ups that they had converted him to speaking through a tube in his throat. He used to scare the life out of me and it was all made worse by the knowledgable queue standing behind me (well they used to act as if they were knowledgable and some of them must've been at least 18 so they'd had bikes for years !)
 
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L.A.B. said:
Ever heard of Doctor Who, Debby?

Oh, of course! :oops: I used to watch the Doctor Who shows on the telly. Back in the days when our Nortons were new, they used to be broadcast on PBS stations. These days all they seem to have on our local PBS stations are pledge drives :?

The TARDIS was cool!

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Jason,

I just picked up a Vespa to get the better half on two wheels - brilliantly simple design and parts are so cheap it makes my head spin.
Here it is keeping the Nortons company, kinda like keeping a goat in the stall to calm the race horse.

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Congratulations on your new Vespa there fastback!

It looks like you got the one with the big, 200cc engine - a P200E model. Great choice; that's the scooter I was considering. Vespas just seem to make sense for short commutes and errand hopping.
 
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Close Jason, it is actually a '77 P125X but I am going to bump it up to 177cc, new cylinder, piston and head for the princely sum of $199! It is nice to get the metal body with blue smoke - these new 4 stroke plastic jobbies don't really interest me and I didn't think the 850 was a reasonable starter bike!

The P series is pretty much unchanged from '77 to current and engine bits are swappable. Yes, I live in the heart of Toronto and the 750 is overkill for errands, bike and rider get overheated and grumpy.

I heartily encourage you to get one, simple, practical, economical, almost everything a Norton isn't! :p

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Hi Phil.
If the engines in 125's and 200's are similar, why not go for the 200cc?
My brother started out on a P200E in 1984.
It was a wheelie monster as it only weighed 250 lbs (?).

MAKE SURE YOU GET GOOD GRIPPY TIRES! I remember my brother and friends ended up on the pavement a number times when braking in the rain. This happed with fairly new tires, so I would get the best available.

I'm from the hammer. Do you go to the T.O bike show?
Years ago there were some Vespas displayed that were part of a racing class. Some had turbo's and the simple expansion tuned exhaust. They raced at go cart tracks, scraping their knees and such.

(Make no mistake, they are still for school girls)
Steve.
 
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