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Hello, new Norton owner here in Southern California. I just got a '66 N15CS basket case with custom painted tanks from a long time back and sitting on a shelf since. There is no battery side housing or cover, for some reason. At first inventory it looks to be mainly complete and not terribly beat up.

'66 must be the year for me, previous two British bikes were a BSA Hornet and a Triumph T120R.

Not sure of plans for it yet, as I have another bike project in the works and need to focus. Time to do some research is all I'll have for now.

 
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Welcome aboard
Have a look at post #50 in the: 'Lets have a quick hands up' forum.. An inspiring photo :)
 
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Yeah that's really nice, got that front disc brake and is using the bike, sweet. I have been on a bike buying binge, since March I've gotten a '82 Suzuki GS1100E with Mr. Turbo kit and restored it, it's throwing down 185 HP on the dyno, a '73 CB 750K being restored, a '94 Yamaha XT350 play bike. And I already had a '13 Ducati Multistrada. I love all bikes, but Nortons have always been one of my favorites. In the early 70s my older brother and friend rode all around Boston area, brother on a 71 oil in frame Bonneville and friend on a Commando. That Commando was the bomb. I couldn't pass up the N15CS for $150 :)
 

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$150.00????????????????????????????????????????
 
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Yeah my son keeps finding deals on Craigslist, hard to pass up for chump change.
 
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I'm wondering what this ghoulish looking instrument housing is from, any ideas? I don't believe it's from this bike per pictures I've seen.

 
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Yeah, what's crazy is that this year I've gotten the 3 best deals ever. Not sure what's going on but I'm on a roll.

The GS1100E Mr. Turbo was $1000 and has EPM Italian magnesium wheels and lots of go fast goodies inside. It was a 185MPH Bonneville racer from new, built by Don Vesco. It has plaques, time slips, pictures, and tons of spare parts, I've already made my money back selling stuff. Waiting on tire to be mounted and then I can finally ride it after a few months of spit and polish.

Then in June I got an 81 and 82 Goldwing for free plus a sidecar and made $1300 on them right away. Here's a pic of the Suzuki fresh off the dyno and a closeup of the motor, it's a beast. I cosmetically restored it myself.



 

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I'm wondering what this ghoulish looking instrument housing is from, any ideas? I don't believe it's from this bike per pictures I've seen.

Looks like a Royal Enfield to me, probably Continental GT, maybe.
 
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I removed the primary chain and timing covers to see how things look, seems fine with no damage, metal shards etc. I have no previous Norton knowledge, just experience from many other rebuilds. I need a manual.

The connecting rods and cam move freely for ~30 degrees of rotation then it meets resistance. I shifted the gears and spun the sprocket to see if I could find neutral and gears, thinking maybe the transmission is munched. Even in neutral the interference is there so I have to figure out what's binding. From my BSA and Triumph experience the Brits made good transmissions, I never had any issues anyway.

In the parts pile was a set of barrels, really destroyed at the bottom from a catastrophic engine failure, but they couldn't be from this bike, as I see no case damage at all. The engine is matching #'s with the frame.

I have a spare set of cases, no history so I have no idea why. They are decent and usable. I'll be selling them, maybe someone can use them.

This is sort of like archeology and it's fun for me. I am missing the top yoke, license plate holder, left side cover, headlight mount and probably other bits, but those are the ones that stand out.
 
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I suspected the Magneto might be locked as it wasn't a clunking interference sound, and that was it. I think the bottom end is healthy but I have to clean things up, it's been open for a long time and it needs a swish/vacuum etc. I may have to start a build thread haha.
 
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Hello, new Norton owner here in Southern California. I just got a '66 N15CS basket case with custom painted tanks from a long time back and sitting on a shelf since. There is no battery side housing or cover, for some reason. At first inventory it looks to be mainly complete and not terribly beat up.

'66 must be the year for me, previous two British bikes were a BSA Hornet and a Triumph T120R.

Not sure of plans for it yet, as I have another bike project in the works and need to focus. Time to do some research is all I'll have for now.

Hi, I have just bought a '66 N15CS and already have '68 N15CS I just love hybrids, got P11, P11a, Ranger 750 too. Keep posting your build. Roddy Allan
 
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Still on fence whether to restore it or not, I have another bike in progress taking my attention. Parts will add up on a one-by-one basis, some quite hard to find and I'm not sure of all the stuff I will need yet.

Hi, I have just bought a '66 N15CS and already have '68 N15CS I just love hybrids, got P11, P11a, Ranger 750 too. Keep posting your build. Roddy Allan
 
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