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#126427 - 10/16/07 7:44 pm Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Was offered a good deal on a good engine. I need to know if the 73 5 speed engine will fit into my early 72 frame without much drama.

Sorry if this is a goofy question, but my last Brit bikes were Nortons......


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#126428 - 10/16/07 8:17 pm Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Hi Jake, ( have 1971 T120 OIF with a 1976 T140v motor, has you can see from the pic it looks more like a 1979 T140D special but it is not of course, so I don't think you should have any problems with your setup.
I presume your frame is an oil in the frame type.





No doubt the more knowledgeable will correct me if I am wrong.

Good luck norman.


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#126429 - 10/16/07 8:38 pm Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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this is kind of bassackwards but my bike is a 73 T140 frame and 72 T120 engine so i dont see why not


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#126430 - 10/17/07 3:15 am Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Jake,

The 1973 engine will fit into the 1972 frame......as if it was made to do so. The dimensions are the same. You may have to use spacers for your top end motormount ( to bring the bracket up to a level height )...but that's about it.

beerchug


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#126431 - 10/17/07 4:30 am Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Thanks all!


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#126432 - 10/17/07 4:35 am Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Hmmmmm....could there be an issue of the shifter and brake being on the same side? When did they change.


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#126433 - 10/17/07 7:46 am Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Buster,
'73 still had the shifter on the right and brake on the left. This makes the '73 T140 motor kind of neat since you can even drop it straight into a 1964-'70 pre-OIF chassis. '74 models got the shifter on the left.

I did this same '72 T120 chassis -'73 T140 motor conversion some years ago and, if I remember correctly, there were some alignment or reach issues with the rubber airbox boots not lining up quite right with the carbs on the 750 motor. Something about the '71-'72 high frame model airboxes and the 1/2" shorter 750 motor comes to mind. It still panned out somehow. Just be prepared for some fettling.
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#126434 - 10/17/07 12:37 pm Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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The later left side shift engine will fit in all 650 and 750 Unit frames from 1963-up.When doing so, you can convert to right hand shift.....a fairly easy-straight forward operation. If wanting to stay with the left side shift, swap the drum brake swingarm for the disc brake swing arm and appropriate parts.This swing arm swap only applies to the 1971 and up OIF frames wink

beerchug


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#126435 - 10/17/07 1:05 pm Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Quote:
Originally posted by Bret Edwards:
'74 models got the shifter on the left.
IIRC, the 750 twins went to left-hand shift in the '76 model year.....

And wouldn't the short-rod 750's fit better in the frame than the long-rod 650's??

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Steve


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#126436 - 10/17/07 2:44 pm Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Actually Jubee,
We both were off the mark a bit. 1975 was the first of the left side shifters. But since not very many 1974 bikes left the factory due to the worker's cooperative blockade, most right side shift T140 motors found will be 1973 models.

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#126437 - 10/17/07 3:09 pm Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jon W. Whitley:
The later left side shift engine will fit in all 650 and 750 Unit frames from 1963-up.When doing so, you can convert to right hand shift.....a fairly easy-straight forward operation. If wanting to stay with the left side shift, swap the drum brake swingarm for the disc brake swing arm and appropriate parts.

beerchug
Jon,
Most here know what you meant, but just to clarify for any newbies. The reference to swapping the disc and drum swingarms and brakes is only for the 1971 and up OIF chassis. The OIF disc swingarms will not install into 1963-70 pre-OIF chassis. Anything is possible with enough work, but it's not a 'plug and play'.
Cheers, Bret @ Glass from the Past


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#126438 - 10/17/07 4:32 pm Re: Will a 750 5speed engine fit a 72 frame?  
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Thanks Bret,

I have edited my post to include that disclaimer! It didn't even cross my mind to add such a thing,taking for granted that everyone would know I was referring to the OIF frames, but then I pictured a guy trying to fit a later swing-arm onto a 1963-1970 frame, puzzled and cursing the guys giving advice on the board! beerchug


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