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1965 Lightning Rocket Build #787122 10/15/19 1:24 pm
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Traded a 71 Suzuki T350 for this 65 LR about 4 years ago and have been doing few things at a time between other bike projects.

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1974 Norton Commando
1966 Lightning
1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #787123 10/15/19 1:33 pm
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The first thing I sourced was the correct tail light. Found an nos one at Baxter Cycle. I had the reflector and lens for it. Here it is, assembled with original paint.

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1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #787124 10/15/19 1:59 pm
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Took parts to Bill's Chrome in Jeanette, PA. Had found a nice tank and decided to get it rechromed. It was pricey but did a great job.[Linked Image]

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1974 Norton Commando
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1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #787126 10/15/19 2:02 pm
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Wow! That is gorgeous, great job

Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #787128 10/15/19 2:33 pm
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Found these correct air cleaners at OVBSA meet in Toronto, Ohio. Even found the hard to find wire that prevents them from loosening while riding.[Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image]


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1974 Norton Commando
1966 Lightning
1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #787492 10/19/19 2:30 pm
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Getting frame ready to paint and the last item was to remove the swingarm. Of course the the swingarm pivot was rusted to silentbloc bushings. After several failed attempts, I decided to melt rubber with a torch and remove the inner parts. Then used a sawzall and carefully cut the outer bush , allowing me to split it and remove. Now to find a good set of silentbloc bushings.


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1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #787507 10/19/19 5:04 pm
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Nice work! Love the chrome work on the tank!

I have what I always thought was a 65 Lightning Rocket (rolling basket case) until recently based on the frame number A50B 8399 and the tank that came with it that looks just like the one you had chromed.

I asked the VMCC what I had and found that my frame started life as a 65 Spitfire Hornet. I may still restore it back to LR trim. The engine is non matching and it will never be "correct" regardless.

I will be following your progress with interest!


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #788031 10/24/19 3:29 pm
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Hubs are ready. Going to clean and plate original spokes this afternoon.

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1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #788560 10/29/19 8:48 pm
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Plated some parts the other day.[Linked Image]


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #788609 10/30/19 12:03 pm
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What finish playing is that Breeze?


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Allan Gill] #788610 10/30/19 12:37 pm
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Zinc plating with a Copycad kit. Have used it on 8 bikes so far with good results.


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1974 Norton Commando
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1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #788773 11/01/19 2:24 pm
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[Linked Image]Put together triple trees and instrument panel. Find it easier to keep track of parts and know what I am missing this way.[Linked Image]

Found correct long steering lock with keys.
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1974 Norton Commando
1966 Lightning
1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #789346 11/06/19 5:27 pm
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[Linked Image][Linked Image]Got the tank and sidecovers ready for some flamboyant red.


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1966 Lightning
1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #789421 11/07/19 1:52 pm
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I would have given you the correct tail light setup, if you had put out a request; I have a spare on the shelf that I bought knowing I wouldn't need it as I no longer have anything older than '66. I couldn't help myself, it just looks so cool it could be a decoration.

Looking like a great project, keep it up.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: GrandPaul] #789455 11/07/19 9:54 pm
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I know what you mean about looking neat. Like that taillight too. Can't wait to start putting it together. This one is a keeper.


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1974 Norton Commando
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1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #790162 11/15/19 7:43 pm
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[Linked Image][Linked Image]Checked on my tank and sidecovers today. Getting ready for decal and pinstripes.[Linked Image]

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1974 Norton Commando
1966 Lightning
1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #790182 11/15/19 11:53 pm
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Looks blooming lovely. What red is that?


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build [Re: Beach] #790183 11/15/19 11:56 pm
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You can't tell from picture but it is flamboyant red from Don Hutchinson. Gold base with candy red. I am loving it. Really sparkles in the sunlight.


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1974 Norton Commando
1966 Lightning
1965 Lightning Rocket
1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead

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