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Tim

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This is the new project - picked it up yesterday. It's a 1974 Commando 850, with 17K miles, one owner (really!). It hasn't been registered since 1983. The engine is stuck, lots of surface corrosion, but basically complete. There is also a box with the seat, tank, brake caliper, and a few other parts. It was in a chicken coop, hence lots of chicken s--t to remove. I'll need lots of advice on this one. A total tear down, engine and trans overhaul, etc. The frame appears straight except for where someone installed crash bars with u-clamps and squeezed the down tubes. I'll need to send the frame someplace to be repaired when it is stripped. This will be a long term (2 to 3 years) restoration. My source of disposable cash dried up when Buell Motorcycles went out of business - I was one of their demo coordinators. I am now totally retired. I'll post pictures and comments throughout the restoration, and lots of questions for the experts on this forum. Wish me luck!
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Looks nice, not too coated with chicken soup.

Seeing as how this one flew the coup are you going to paint it yellow?
 

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RennieK said:
Looks nice, not too coated with chicken soup.
Seeing as how this one flew the coup are you going to paint it yellow?
Good idea! I might just do that. By the way, this stuff sure isn't soup.
Today, I put it on the lift and gave it a good soaking in Aerokroil, a really good penetrating oil used in the aviation business. I'll let it soak for a few, then start taking it apart.
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The good thing is, it appears to be "all there".

Too bad those Dunstall Decibell muffs are shot...
 
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Looks a little worse off then mine... I'd be interested in your VIN # to see how close our two bikes are... mine is: 319385 Manufactured in 08/74.

I too would enjoy lot's of pictures of your progress... and your stumbling points. :)

Best of Luck to you!
 
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Nice find Tim. Enjoy hearing a Norton coming out of hibernation. :D Good luck with your retirement project. Jerry
 

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PhiloMcGiffin said:
Looks a little worse off then mine... I'd be interested in your VIN # to see how close our two bikes are... mine is: 319385 Manufactured in 08/74.

I too would enjoy lot's of pictures of your progress... and your stumbling points. :)

Best of Luck to you!

The VIN is 314741. I'll check the build date next time at the shop.
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