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Things you learn while rebuilding yer' Norton....

Discussion in 'Norton Commando Motorcycles (Classic)' started by Whiterabbit, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. Whiterabbit


    Feb 8, 2019
    Chugging along getting my '71 roadworthy and half ass presentable to the general public (5-50 standard) and I've come to a few conclusions.......
    * No prior owner of a Norton has EVER serviced their wheel bearings and those that did used bacon grease and cold chisel to do it.
    * Anti seize must have only been on the retail market since only the past 4 years.
    * If you put that &%#$'n rear wheel spacer in backwards no amount of cussing or coffee will make that rear assm fit in the swing arm.
    * The cloth covering on the wiring harness holds more oil that the Exxon Valdez but doesn't come out of it as easily as the Valdez.
    * Mother's Mag Polish and polishing aluminum will stain your fingers till after you're big nite out with your better half. You will get the stink eye from her about it!
    * Y' gott'a love how the Factory leaves out info or just blatantly lies to you in the manuals. I can't believe the Britts are still holding a grudge against us since that whole Tea Party thing.
    * Apparently there are gold Krugerrands taped to the underside of front fenders.($$$)
    * Epoxy overspray will travel further than a caravan of immigrants and land on your wife's new bike's paint. :eek:
    * Ya' got to space out those big bike parts purchases over a few months or there will be questions. :(
    * Cleaning the patio furniture will get you another month of buying parts and spending all your free time in the garage.:cool:
  2. cjandme


    Feb 5, 2011
    Funny stuff, made me chuckle.
  3. Craig

    Craig VIP MEMBER

    Dec 20, 2005
    All true .... the oil in engine must find it’s way into harness before hitting floor .... the manuals meant for proper English speakers , no such speakers left .....
  4. bill


    Jun 1, 2003
    that is some funny stuff. i am in shady now so if you need anything don't hesitate to give me a shout. i have one coming up this sunday to work on.
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  5. lrutt


    Jan 16, 2008
    Somewhere there is a Norton Engineer who purposely put the full oil mark higher than need be, just so he could watch people fill it up and have the bike puke oil out to the half full mark, making a royal mess of everything.
  6. kommando


    May 7, 2005
    You do realise the manuals are the same both sides of the Atlantic Ocean ;)

    Now try using a Haynes manual as they are even worse.

    The oil level mark is to cover the rear of the bike in oil to preserve it, mine is rust free too.
  7. Craig

    Craig VIP MEMBER

    Dec 20, 2005
    Not sure if it the Haynes or Clymer book that comes with extra chapter at the end , covers speed mods which I suspect was a very popular section at the time , easy reading too ....
  8. Danno


    Feb 7, 2010
    You should check out the manuals for Japanese bikes. I always highlight the nonsensical translations.

    Americans and Brits are two tribes separated by a common language.
  9. jbruney


    Jan 5, 2019
    English is rather easy once you begin to grasp the Britt thought process, but Jap is not comprehensible even by them. If you have large hands and fingers don't even attempt it.
  10. rivera


    Dec 13, 2014
    Worst manual is a Haynes translated into German ...
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  11. rvich

    rvich VIP MEMBER

    Jul 25, 2009
    I was 18 and unsure of my mechanical skills when I got my first Norton complete with workshop manual. I remember working my way through various processes and always wondering if I was actually doing what the manual said I should. I'm pretty sure there were sections, like taking the rear hub assembly apart that I never attempted because just to read it scared the crap out of me. I also distinctly remember using Zig-zag rolling papers to get the points adjusted just right.
  12. ashman


    Jul 11, 2010
    Good on you but another thing to put on is always make sure the wife is out when you use the stove or oven for bearing removal and replacement and if she say anything about the different flavour to the roast dinner just say its the herbs and never tell her about the dish washer if you ever used that for parts cleaning, some how I think the list will grow lol.

  13. DogT


    Jan 20, 2009
    rvich, you realize that's the improper use of Zig-Zags? I wish I had some now. About the best I can do is go smell that old pipe, it's still around here somewhere, if I could just remember.
  14. jbruney


    Jan 5, 2019
    When I was 18 Those papers sure wouldn't be used on setting points I can assure you of that...Burning those up to a bit of Jethro Tull early work. Amongst others I favored, and still do. BTW....Where did the $1500.00 750's go & 100.00 kilo's?....Why is my hair grey & my belly big?
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  15. Mwood7800


    Jul 26, 2017
    I know now that electronic ignition is the best thing sense sliced bread. Also a single Mikuni makes life easier, and a gps speedo/tach is my friend.
  16. jbruney


    Jan 5, 2019
    You'll get no argument from me on the electronic ignition, but I'm fond of my Amals...
  17. Saber13

    Saber13 VIP MEMBER

    Dec 22, 2010
    Zig-zag papers are great for making prepackaged loads for your Civil War Remington New Army .44 black powder. Glad I never throw any thing away!
  18. lazyeye6


    Feb 28, 2014
    In the day, I opted for premium brand papers. They were oversized and a bit thicker than zig zags. Got so I could roll a pretty awesome happy stick. Alas, I threw my papers away. Think of the awesome black powder loads I could be rolling had I not lost my skills.
  19. 998cc

    998cc VIP MEMBER

    Oct 1, 2018
    I remember OCB brand papers from my highschool days. They didn't "streak" like most others. Can't remember much after that... :confused:
  20. Lineslinger

    Lineslinger VIP MEMBER

    Feb 26, 2017
    Well said WR...you nailed it.

    Zig-Zags would tear too easily when you licked the adhesive stripe. Easy Widers were too harsh, Bambu or Bugler were the best for "setting your points".

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