Norman White restoration manual......

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If you are just beginning to, or are in the very early stages, of major work on your Norton the book could easily pay for itself many times over.

When I consider the tuition payments I have made in pursuit of learning the finer (expensive) points of the Norton, finding such a book and this forum have helped me upgrade my diet from pasta and rice...

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Totally agree. My comment wasn't the cost of the book in the UK (which is very reasonable for Norman's wisdom - sorry!) but the increased cost into $ for US folks.

Likewise, the VIP fee for access to this forum is a small price to pay to access to the vast experience here.
 

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Totally agree. My comment wasn't the cost of the book in the UK (which is very reasonable for Norman's wisdom - sorry!) but the increased cost into $ for US folks.

Likewise, the VIP fee for access to this forum is a small price to pay to access to the vast experience here.
Pretty sure only British members will have identified the pun...!

For your money you can have several pages of genuine wisdom (courtesy of Norman), or many more 'pages', some with undoubted and proven wisdom, and some without a trace of it!

The fun here includes the winnowing!
 
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Pretty sure only British members will have identified the pun...!

For your money you can have several pages of genuine wisdom (courtesy of Norman), or many more 'pages', some with undoubted and proven wisdom, and some without a trace of it!

and Norman Wisdom retired to the IOM, where I once spotted him watching the TT, near Ramsey, and was hugely loved for his films in Albania!!
 

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Norman's book is now also available from Andover Norton.

We helped Norman with some material and he spoke of that book for years. I am glad I lived to see the book in print at last!

And, yes, I have ordered my copy.
 

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It's arrived!

Just picked up from my local book shop (for local people).

At first glance it looks excellent. Lots of photos and step-by-step restoration info.

After an intro and preliminaries on finding a suitable bike for restoration, Norman covers 'Workshop & Tools', dismantling the bike and then on through the various component groups, e.g. frame, forks, engine, transmission. All this is very thorough with e.g. spanner sizes and relevant illustrations.

For the section on lubricants, this is obviously Norman's experience. In other words, he is unaware of Jim Comstock's work. Having said that, the engine multigrade he favours is Castrol XL 20W50, which did well in Jim's test.

Assembly of the restored bike is then covered along with maintenance and upgrades.

There is a list of recommended retailers - mostly based in the UK.

Norman has dedicated the book to John Mclaren. An 'ace metal fabricator' (understatement from me).

The book's title is, 'Norton Commando Restoration Manual' and that is exactly what it is. Wish I'd had one when I started on my Norton Commando road in 2015, but very pleased with this one produced now by an expert in his field.

Andy
 
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I was at Normans on Monday dropping off a tank he had lent me and also dropping off a mates fastback. He had just had some books delivered to him(the first ones he’d seen)so bought mine from him which he happily signed and wrote on it that it was the “very first book sold” which was nice. He was genuinely chuffed that I wanted to buy it! I don’t think he realises that these will go all over the world and anyone restoring or just working on a Commando will want to have one of these.
 
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I don’t think he realises that these will go all over the world and anyone restoring or just working on a Commando will want to have one of these.
Well I am not quite the world but it's the beginning. Delivery date for me is end of April 2021, now how did Norman know I go into early pension then. :)
 

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Well I am not quite the world but it's the beginning. Delivery date for me is end of April 2021, now how did Norman know I go into early pension then. :)
If your order is with Amazon (like mine was) cancel it, and order from AN (like I have). They have them in stock...
 
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