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Norton Commando #766134
02/22/19 10:13 pm
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Jon W. Whitley Offline OP

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Well, I have a few ongoing projects on this forum and time to add one more. I decided to build a Commando from parts and am now on my way. I have owned quite a few Triumphs and a couple of BSA's but after 34 years of messing with British bikes, this will be my first Norton ! I am pretty excited and am really looking forward to this build !

So, today I took delivery of my frame which was kindly supplied by fellow BritBike member franko aka Frank. I don't know what year it is yet but will hopefully be able to narrow it down with some help. Another BritBike member who has also helped me out is raf940 aka Alan, as he has generously given me a pair of Z plates, and a few other parts. I also scored a set of drum brake forks from BritBike member cheyanne which are enroute at this time and I scored a gas tank on eBay which should arrive tomorrow.

Here is the frame as I picked it up today from the Greyhound bus terminal which is located at the Burlington, VT airport.

Attached Files #1.jpg#2.jpg

Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

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Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766135
02/22/19 11:12 pm
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i have a norton sidestand i can donate, but it will depend on the year as to whether it will be of any use to you.

71-75, i think. this one:

https://goo.gl/images/uZAHhD

Last edited by kevin roberts; 02/22/19 11:20 pm.

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Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766136
02/22/19 11:25 pm
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Hi Kevin,

I don't yet know exactly the year of the frame but it definitely has the 1971/1972 and later side stand mounting lug.


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766150
02/23/19 3:26 am
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it's yours. pm me your address.

i bought it trying to get something to work with my 1970, and it's just gathering dust until it gets lost.


every day you do not take a chance is a day of your life that you will never get back.
Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766161
02/23/19 4:40 am
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I have a Norton diaphragm clutch spring compressor you're welcome to for the cost of postage. Isn't early 70's Triumph/BSANorton switchgear all the same? If so, I have quite a bit of it you can have as well, elbow grease required.

Eric


1971 T120RV (R.I.P.)
1973 T140V/TR7
1993 Ducati 900 SS
Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766163
02/23/19 4:52 am
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People on this forum are just the best


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I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later.
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Re: Norton Commando [Re: celtrock] #766196
02/23/19 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by celtrock
People on this forum are just the best




Hands down !!


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: BikeVice] #766198
02/23/19 2:16 pm
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Originally Posted by kevin roberts
it's yours. pm me your address.

i bought it trying to get something to work with my 1970, and it's just gathering dust until it gets lost.



Originally Posted by BikeVice
I have a Norton diaphragm clutch spring compressor you're welcome to for the cost of postage. Isn't early 70's Triumph/BSANorton switchgear all the same? If so, I have quite a bit of it you can have as well, elbow grease required.

Eric



Mega thank you's Kevin and Eric ! Will PM.


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766536
02/26/19 7:28 pm
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Jon, I have two books, "Norton, the Complete Story" by Derek Magrath, and "Norton from 1946" compiled by Cyril Ayton road tests and features from The MotorCycle and Motor Cycling. Both books are brand new. I also have the Duke video Norton, the full and in depth story and the two video set from John Hudson the Twin engine strip, and the Gearbox strip.

The drawback is the videos are VHS. They are an excellent resource for doing your own work.

The whole pile is yours, if you wish.

A "Thanks for your service."

If you would like them, pm me your mailing address. And, should you ever get the videos transferred to DVD or digital format, I would like to have a copy.


Hugh: Proof the Dodo is not extinct
1964 Bonneville
A couple others
Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766540
02/26/19 7:55 pm
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Wouldn't it be easier to buy a nearly complete project like this one:

https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/mcy/d/lake-peekskill-rare-1975-norton/6827804647.html

linked by Franko ?

Last edited by Adam M.; 02/26/19 7:58 pm.
Re: Norton Commando [Re: HughdeMann] #766542
02/26/19 8:04 pm
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Jon W. Whitley Offline OP

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Originally Posted by HughdeMann
Jon, I have two books, "Norton, the Complete Story" by Derek Magrath, and "Norton from 1946" compiled by Cyril Ayton road tests and features from The MotorCycle and Motor Cycling. Both books are brand new. I also have the Duke video Norton, the full and in depth story and the two video set from John Hudson the Twin engine strip, and the Gearbox strip.

The drawback is the videos are VHS. They are an excellent resource for doing your own work.

The whole pile is yours, if you wish.

A "Thanks for your service."

If you would like them, pm me your mailing address. And, should you ever get the videos transferred to DVD or digital format, I would like to have a copy.



Hugh,

Your offer is quite generous and very much appreciated ! I believe there is a firm in my town that transfers VHS to DVD or digital etc.. I will make it a priority to have those tapes transferred over and a DVD or digital information sent back to you cool

I'll PM you.


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Adam M.] #766545
02/26/19 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam M.
Wouldn't it be easier to buy a nearly complete project like this one:

https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/mcy/d/lake-peekskill-rare-1975-norton/6827804647.html

linked by Franko ?



No doubt, it probably would but now I'm committed. There is an old coot not far from me who has a basket case '69 Commando that I am going to try and get. Last time I saw him, he wanted too much for his pile but I will be hitting him up again soon. He chopped the frame, so it's no use to me as well as the 16" rear wheel but if I am able to get it, I'll make some money back on those parts.

And, the frame I have now should have an engine and transmission attached to it and not be relegated to sitting there doing nothing, so here's an opportunity to put another Norton back on the road and let someone else put that 850 back on the road. Plus, I like the challenge of building up a Commando from parts. Now, if I hadn't just got my frame and had a set of forks on the way, I would be seriously planning on a road trip to buy that 850.

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Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766558
02/26/19 10:31 pm
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Good luck John with your project. Just finishing my 75 850 rebuild. Nortons are a bit different than Triumphs-definitely more complicated. Waiting on the northeast weather to ride it.

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #766559
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Norton Access is another place to shop for parts and info.

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #769761
03/31/19 11:29 pm
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**UPDATE**


I just returned from Springfield, MA after meeting with a guy from Colchester, CT who had a pickup truckload of Norton parts for sale. Fellow BritBike member Franko spotted it on the CT craigslist and sent it to me. Well, to make a long story short, this is pretty much all from the same bike, which is a 1971 Commando. The seller is a Harley guy and just could not get interested enough in this project and was tired of tripping over it, so I made an offer and now it is mine....definitely worth the drive !

I will use this frame for the build since it doesn't need straightening of tweaked down tubes and the major bonus is that it has the build plate. I also got a bill of sale, so getting it registered here in Vermont in my name will be easy.

Now, as for the main components, I really only need an engine, tank and fenders !

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Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #769810
04/01/19 11:55 am
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Good buy, Jon--well done!
Now you "just" have to put it together!

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #769814
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if it is truly a 71 frame with the fixed pin side stand you will want to fix it with the 72 up side stand lug. these are available from andover or old britts.


windy
72 combat
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Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #769822
04/01/19 1:17 pm
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SCORE!


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Re: Norton Commando [Re: bill50cal] #769832
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Originally Posted by bill50cal
if it is truly a 71 frame with the fixed pin side stand you will want to fix it with the 72 up side stand lug. these are available from andover or old britts.



Yep, first thing I looked at !

http://www.oldbritts.com/38_200002.html


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: GrandPaul] #769834
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Originally Posted by Tridentman
Good buy, Jon--well done!
Now you "just" have to put it together!


Thanks Richard, I'm looking forward to it !

Originally Posted by GrandPaul
SCORE!


For sure Paul !


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project

Re: Norton Commando [Re: Jon W. Whitley] #769859
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jon do you still need an alloy taillight housing? did you get a motor?>
alan


1972 Triumph T120
1968 BSA A65
1968 MGB Roadster
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta
1969 Honda Mini Trail
1939 farmall f30 tractor
2004 Honda Shadow Aero
1972 BSA Thunderbolt
1975 yamaha xs650b
1972 Norton commando
2 olive drab WWII military bicycle replicas
Re: Norton Commando [Re: raf940] #769867
04/01/19 10:54 pm
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Originally Posted by raf940
jon do you still need an alloy taillight housing? did you get a motor?>
alan



Hi Alan,

I have not got an engine yet. As for the tail light, I am going to go with the stock 1971 type, so will pass on the aluminum housing but thank you very much for offering it to me.


Jon W.


1957 6T Thunderbird 650
1968 T100R Daytona 500
1971 TR6R Tiger 650
1970 BSA A65F 650
1955 Tiger 100 - Project


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