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Shipping the barrel

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by swooshdave, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. swooshdave

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    So I found the grey bin at Walmart. I think it was $6-8. Then as I was wondering how to pack around the barrel I looked in the sporting goods area and found the styrofoam cooler for $2. And it fit perfectly in the bin. Highlight of my day. But it got better. When I got home I had a cardboard box (probably Amazon) that fit in the bottom of the cooler. And the barrel sat nicely in the box.

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    The cooler lid was too high so instead I cut off the outside of the lid, inverted it and pushed it down on top of the barrel. I still needed a spacer.

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    An empty box proved to be a good spacer. Once the lid was on everything was super secure.

    The lid went on and I used the @grandpaul method and drilled holes and zip tied the lid on. I recently shipped a Triumph engine back east and the frigid temps cracked the plastic pin, luckily I wrapped the bin with Gorilla Tape. I did the same thing here but I think it's warmer in Colorado that it was back east.

    We'll have to wait for @comnoz to report how the packing job worked when he gets it next week.

    It might be overkill but I'd rather pay a little more to know the barrel will get there and back safely. They don't make them anymore, you know...
     
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  2. grandpaul

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    I don't like those wimpy tubs, I get the heavy duty ones from Home Depot, Black with Yellow top. When it's a bare cylinder, I pad underneath a bit more.
     
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  3. swooshdave

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    That’s what I used for the engine. Let's see how this one survives. I think I used the wimpy one to ship the crankcase and crank and it worked fine.
     
  4. grandpaul

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    Stranger things have been known to happen.

    I've had those wimpy ones break with not-so-heavy stuff in them, just from shoving them over to a corner. Have yet to have one of the corrugated / heavy-duty ones break...
     
  5. Hortons Norton

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    I just received my order from Andover with my new barrels in it, No where near that size.
     
  6. swooshdave

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    Picture of box?
     
  7. texasSlick

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    I shipped a head to comnoz in a 5 gallon plastic bucket, padded all around and top and bottom with 2 inch foam. The cover was secured with 3 #8 sheet metal screws. Worked out well for both of us. A barrel in a bucket would ship same way as well.

    Slick
     
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  8. Hortons Norton

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    I'll get back to the storage unit in a couple of days, I didn't even have time to open it. But I will get a picture for you, Chuck.
     
  9. N0rt0nelectr@

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    I have used a good quality cooler with a handle to ship heavy items such as a gearbox. Wrapped it in bubble wrap and packed foam all around it.
    Worked very well.
    John in Texas
     
  10. Hortons Norton

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    I am always really impressed when I get my parts from Andover Norton, packing is always done well.

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  11. swooshdave

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    Every inch and ounce matters when shipping overseas! So far it looks like two cardboard boxes, but what will be interesting is the next layer.
     
  12. Hortons Norton

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    It's three so far.
     
  13. Hortons Norton

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    I guess I should have opened it up, next time I get down there.
     
  14. seattle##gs

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    My method (and it has stood the test of time) requires a band saw and lots of cardboard. I cut many sheets about 6 layers thick (more is better) with the top and bottom being the biggest. For the bottom I cut two big holes to fit around the actual round cylinders so it fits on the strong cast iron base and rises at least 6 sheets above the cylinder. This requires finding the proper size box in the first place, usually a heavy duty one from UPS or FEDEX. Wrap well in packing tape. No broken fins yet. I have shipped heads, cylinders and crankshafts using this method. Takes a long time and the band saw is the best tool. SAVE THE BOX! The outer box will survive at least three trips back and forth. If you used a standard UPS box then a replacement is easy to find.
     
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  15. swooshdave

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    Sounds like the barrel arrived in one piece according to Jim. I'll call that a win.
     
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