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1968 Norton Atlas time capsule #738622
06/13/18 5:58 pm
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Glenwood, Iowa USA
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I posted this in the Norton section but I suppose this forum is more fitting.

The story is that original owner bought this in 1970, crashed the bike with 455 miles on it, and never rode it again and parked it in the back of the garage.

Headlight lens was broke, tach cracked, right footrest broken off. I have found a replacement headlight bezel and lens, still looking for a footrest and trying to date the Avon Speedmaster tires.

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Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #738632
06/13/18 8:18 pm
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What a shame what happens to these bikes. What are your plans for it.

Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #738645
06/13/18 10:19 pm
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In the Norton section, there are pics of it with the gunge cleaned off it.
Really looks quite smart in black&chrome.
And with a full wax and polish even more so ?

We've been encouraging him to gently clean the more rusty bits,
when it would really look the ultimate survivor.
('patina' is good, but actual rust is going too far !?)
Perhaps that polish with aluminium foil .....

Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #738660
06/13/18 11:50 pm
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Thanks Rohan just checked it out, pretty neat. I to would elbow grease it and get it road worthy to just ride!!

Hey TBolt Eastwood company has all kinds of resto/cleaning products

Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #738765
06/15/18 1:43 am
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I tried some Evaporust gel tonight. Extremely hard to work with and comes out of the bottle like half cured rubber cement. It would not seperate! I used an old toothbrush to spread it around as best I could onto the rust. Leaving it on for a couple hours to see what's left. So far it's looking like $10 down the drain.

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Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #738782
06/15/18 9:52 am
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Al foil and elbow grease is cheap, better still is electrolysis, if you have a battery / charger,some wires to link up anode and cathode, croc clips, scrap iron for sacrificial anode, bucket , access to water and washing soda( sodium carbonate, not bicarbonate), then its silent and cheap, but not quick, needs a day or so.

Brown electric silent soup recipe.Frizzante con ferro .

Mix soda 1 cup to the gallon, ( you will need about 5 gallons if the bucket is tall), I use a magnet bar tool holder as the cathode, batt neg goes to the top of the bar via croc clip, just stick on whatever small parts are to be cleaned, an old stove bar for the anode. The magnet bar makes it very easy to remove/ inspect / swap parts around. Once its set up its very quick and easy to swap /add new parts, doing a few every day.

Immerse cathode in bucket, ideally hang so it is clear of the bottom, not critical though. dont let it touch the anode , thats important.
Set charger to low , or use a battery with a bulb in series with the cathode, my meter barely lifts off zero, it fizzes away, dont smoke over the escaping hydrogen. Clean parts with a brash brush in water after to lose the black Fe O3, it just falls off. Oil parts after or prep for painting. Paint is not harmed by this process , unless there is rust under it, a pretty benign cleaner..

This is best for discreet items, things like mudguards can be done one end at a time if the bucket is deep / wide enough.One of the time bonus features of electrolysis is that parts do not need cleaning before being put in the dip,sure it helps to get rid of caked grease first but no need for a deep clean , nice thing about washing soda, its a good degreaser, the muck falls off with the rust.

This guy does a good job of explaining it here, check out the result at the end.
https://www.google.com/search?q=diy+electrolysis+rust+removal.#kpvalbx=1

The same principle can be used to clean the tank, this time the tank is the bucket and the cathode, fill tank with electrolyte, make a round insulator plug ( pop bottle, wood, whatever) , hang a bent coat hanger or nails in the mix through the plug centre , make sure its hanging free from the tank metal, clip tank to neg, nail to positive and let it do its thing, the process is line of sight so give it time to get to the far corners of the tank, thats where the coat hanger is handy. Do not fill to the brim leave an inch or so for the brown foam that will develop, mask around the tank mouth in case this stuff spews out, it is messy.
Ten minutes with Al foil on the pipes and they will look like new from 20 feet.Wax after cleaning off rust.
Well, maybe not new, but pretty decent.

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Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #738957
06/17/18 2:59 am
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Glenwood, Iowa USA
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She's polishing up nicely.

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Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #739032
06/18/18 12:54 am
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Nice!


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Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #739068
06/18/18 11:13 am
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Good job! Quite a contrast from the "as found".


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Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #739075
06/18/18 12:45 pm
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Tbolt: do you have the right stuff????? Evaporust is a clear liquid, looks like water. Its not a paste or thick goo by any means. I've never heard of such a problem with it. I've used it by the gallon with great results. I can cause black staining, if left to sit for a long period of time in the solution.

Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: rocketscientist] #739079
06/18/18 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by rocketscientist
Tbolt: do you have the right stuff????? Evaporust is a clear liquid, looks like water. Its not a paste or thick goo by any means. I've never heard of such a problem with it. I've used it by the gallon with great results. I can cause black staining, if left to sit for a long period of time in the solution.


Yes, the gel is a new Evaporust product that the auto parts supplier talked me into. I went back and bought the liquid which DOES work much better. Almost every bit of rust came off the rims and primary cover, which was the worst of it.

Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #739239
06/20/18 4:29 am
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One thing about the liquid evaporust is that you can pour the used stuff through a coffee filter and back in to another jug and reuse it several times. I've done several pieces for almost a year with the same bottle.


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Re: 1968 Norton Atlas time capsule [Re: TBolt72] #739465
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I was able to drill out the broken footrest and tapped it. I'm proud to say even used BSF tap and die!

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I found an old tire iron wrench that was the exact diameter of the existing footrest on the left side and cut it to the same length..

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Footpeg rubber fits nicely. New rubber on the way.


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