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Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build #611059
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I first built this rolling Commando project for sale from leftover parts after completing 7 Commando custom builds, 4 restorations, and 2 major refurbs. Some parts came from Kenny Dreer as he was selling off his VR stuff, then as he liquidated his entire inventory before moving from one end of the country to the other end. Some parts came from lot purchases, some from other projects entirely (like the front end, from a Triumph restoration).

After trying unsuccessfully to sell the rolling project, I have decided to build the bike and sell it running and street legal with title.

So, this thread will chronicle the build, and I am going to post page-by-page references from the shop manual instructions and specifications as the build progresses.

As I am on a budget, the specifications and finish will be moderate; if a buyer steps up early enough, that can all change to whatever the buyer wants (and is willing to pay for).

As it sat up until last week:

Frame - 1973 Commando
Swingarm - VR880 box-section "big bearing"
Tranny cradle - VR880 "big bearing, with mounts for Spyke e-starter
Front end (complete) - 70s Yamaha XS650, single disc brake
Rear wheel - 70s Honda CB750 four, drum brake
Isolastic mounts - MkIII verier adjustable
Cases - VR880 strengthened primary side, pair is cerma coated VR880
Head - RH4, no cracks, good threads, good seats
Pistons - J&E dished-top w/ Total Seal gapless rings
Clutch plates - Sureflex fiber friction plates, composite stuffer plate
Ignition - Lucas RITA electronic
Regulator/rectifier - Tympanium
Shocks - DOT, standard length
Gas tank - VR880 fuel cell with fiberglass cover, Aero gas cap
Seat - VR880 "Boat Tail" original VR880 Green paint scheme (tank & sidecovers will match)
Headlight - Ducati 900 Monster
Handlebars - Chrome clip-ons
Foot controls - Chrome rearsets with shift linkage
Crankcase breather - BAB reed valve (mounted behind timing chest)

All else in the power unit, primary & transmission is standard Norton 850 Commando.


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611062
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I can't wait to see the project happen.

I'm stocking up on popcorn, and butter.

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It's probably been 5 years since I bought the first lot of VR parts which represent the unofficial beginning of this project.

VR880 cases, cerma coated (note how much beefier the primary side case half is, it's almost always the side that explodes on stressed Commandos





The abutment area for the primary chaincase has an additional 1/4" of thickness



These cases also represent the single most expensive component on the build.


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611100
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In that same parts lot came the box-section swingarm with big bearing accommodation for the spindle, and the big bearing transmission cradle with accommodations to mount a Spyke electric starter (won't be used on this build unless buyer wants it).



I'm using a 70-something Honda CB750 rear wheel with drum brake, and anchoring the torque arm to the tranny cradle.

About 2 years ago, I pulled this 70s Yamaha XS650 front end off a Triumph Bonneville as part of a client restoration project; it's in great shape and the single disc is a good stopper



Headlight is from a Ducati 900 Monster, clip-ons are garden variety non-adjustable

There is a bit of Britbodger represented in this build, when we were selling off all his parts to donate to AHRMA & BMOA, this was one of the leftover bits - a Lucas RITA electronic ignition



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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611101
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I got this complete rearset package already mounted to the Z-plates either on AccessNorton.Com or here (I seem to have forgotten)



Same goes for these AMAL 932 Concentric carbs



These J&E dish-top pistons with Total Seal gapless rings came from Kenny Dreer, along with a matched set of bored out 850 jugs (they need a light pass with a hone to freshen them up)





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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611102
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It's been several years since I picked up this bare RH4 head...



The shiniest bit on the bike - a VR880 seat in original Green-



This is one of 2 remaining VR880 plastic tanks, with a 'glass cover that will be painted to match the seat. It will all be the same as my Blue monoshock bike





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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611104
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Back in early March, I loosely assembled everything to a rolling mockup, in a frame I bought from MikesVintageParts; he actually shipped it U.S.Postal, wrapped just as you see it here. Postage was only $35!



Still missing lots of parts...





At that time, I had not yet acquired the donor engines for all the internals, transmission, and primary. I used a modified MkIII primary case just to get an idea as to how it would look



It's got decent lines...

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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611117
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So, anxious to source all of the bits and bobs that take up space inside the engine, I bought this 750 engine-



You can't quite make out the broken rear section of the timing chest; FedEx refunded me the shipping cost and approximate repair cost, which brought the net cost down to a very reasonable level for a good crank, pair of rods, rocker gear, primary cases, timing cover, rocker inspection caps, and a few other bits.


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611119
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Never mind the rusty cam drive bits, I ended up with a 2nd donor engine. Here you can see the broken cases which won't be used anyway



It was a royal pain to remove the frozen bits, I had to borrow my friend's POSI-LOCK 4" puller, my 3" puller wasn't up to the task



The pistons were well and truly frozen in the bores. It took a lot of persuasion to free them off. Already sold the cylinders along with a set of old but new Hepolite .020 over pistons (non-slotted) with rings.



This is the main bit that this particular donor engine is contributing; journals are in great shape (note the crank pinion extractor tool, it worked a treat)


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611123
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Cam followers won't be used on this build, I have another set of 880 jugs & pistons that they wil go to.



Tranny is one of the more important components that will be used in it's entirety. This one came without the clutch rod lifter assembly, but everything else is in great shape with no chipped, brinneled or broken teeth





Primary cover has a weld repair that looks good but needs to be dressed before the cover goes to polish.


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611129
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Picked up a second donor engine last week in Houston; this one came with a spare frame, so now I have ANOTHER bike worth of leftover parts!



Improper crankcase ventilation



Either this engine was being used as a trash can, or the previous builder left something behind...



Either way, the end result was catastrophic.


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611133
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Good thing I made popcorn.

Man o man what a mess of messed up parts. I can picture the beautiful end result tho.
The only one critique would have to be in that Monster headlight. I don't know if thatey are appropriate for the bike but it is indeed a monster.

I don't think I could take my focus off of it in a finished bike..

I can't wait to see how this progresses. It's very exciting.

Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611168
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With the meters in place, the headlight will have a diminished prominence. Anyway, there is a huge crowd that the large headlights appeal to, perhaps an eventual buyer will be one of them. Otherwise, I've got several classic chrome shells to chose from...


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611245
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THIS is my inspiration: one of Kenny Dreer's VR880 Sprint Specials. The bike that results from this build thread will look similar when complete.



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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611247
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Rocker assemblies extracted from 750 head.



For extracting the rocker shafts, I have varying lengths of pipe with I.D. slightly larger than the rocker shafts. A also have a thick hardened washer, and a few old crankshaft studs and nuts.

Simply screw a stud fully into a rocker shaft, slip on the longest pipe bit that will fit with the washer and nut turned at least two full turns. Turn until the nut bottoms on the thread, then switch to a longer section of pipe and keep extracting.

Typically the rocker will slide free by the second "pull"; if not, I go to the longest pipe and that's about all it takes.


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611249
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Started dressing the chewed edge of the inner primary cover oil fling lip. I'll dress the perpendicular edge then drop it off at the welding shop later today.



Most of the parts ready to send to polishing; just need to pull the forks apart to get the yokes & lower legs, and then the rear brake plate and ignition cover cap (c'mon J, get with it)


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611250
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I have a couple of options on the carburation. I had a friend (jeandr from AccessNorton.Com) build me a set of manifolds for some CK carbs off a modern 4; turned out the overall manifold/adapter length put them way out past the frame web, so no-go. Plan B was to simply chop off a set of standard manifolds and voila!



Option C is one of these 2-into-1 manifolds, with one of several Mikumi round slide carbs I have on the shelf.



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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611251
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I do have a few other choice bits, but they are reserved for my 880 build that will eventually replace the stock 850 engine in "Blue", the original 952 monoshock prototype bike.

These are one of only 3 sets of carbon fiber primary cases ever built for Kenny Dreer. Total weight is about 3 ounces.



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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611529
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I'm spending some time to reverse engineer the box-section swingarm and big-bearing / e-start tranny cradle before they get installed and sold on. I've got materials sourced to build 2 cradles and one swingarm, and I still have one more swingarm on the shelf.

I'm also considering building another monoshock swingarm and welding the two tabs to the frame "just in case" a potential buyer would rather have a monoshock setup. It's a real easy swap, so I can mock it up both ways when I get to that stage.

Meanwhile, more disassembly and parts washing, today it was the forks, front brake system, and rear brakes.

One set of bits clean, next set about to be-


Disc brakes were well and truly STUCK! I had to tack weld a bolt into one of the pucks to pull it free, the other one had already popped out once I was able to get fluid pressure in the system. I chiseled the bolt out and dressed the puck on the belt grinder, good as new.


(same trick works for stuck main bearing races)

Really scrungy inside the caliper...




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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611530
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This is an old photo, but same typical Commando parts roundup for powdercoat:

(Black)
-Frame
-Swingarm
-Tranny cradle
-Front iso mount
-top mount
-coil mount
-battery tray
-kickstand & sidestand

(Silver)
Fork yoke pair

Of course the frame & tranny cradle will get fully "nutted & bolted", and several critical spots will be heat-taped off then lightly painted with Rust-O-Leum after powdercoating



This is the final roundup of all the parts to be polished (also typical of a Commando)

-Primary cover
-Timing cover
-Tranny cover
-Rocker caps
-fork legs
-Z-plates
(rear brake plate is non-typical, would be powdercoated black if Norton/Commando)



Finished washing all the nuts, bolts, washers & small bits that will go to Cad plating; I'll be paying a bit of a premium due to the fact that they have a minimum charge for up to 166 pounds, and I've only got about 10 or 12 pounds!

If anyone wants to split the cost, you are welcome to load up 100 pounds worth and get a great discount. Heck 2 or 3 folks could get in on this; the key will be carefully inventorying your stuff so it gets sorted after the plating is done. They don't do any sorting whatsoever.


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Re: Norton Commando / VR880 replica - custom build [Re: GrandPaul] #611531
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So much info! I like the tacked in bolt idea on that puck. I take it pressurized air wouldn't budge it...

I never thought CF case covers were a "thing" on these bikes.
That is the sort of fabrication that I do for a living. I could easily take a mold, and knock those out by the dozen.
Let me know if there is any interest.

I am still considering a two into one intake for my build. I like the idea of easy tuning. For a bike you are selling anyway... I think it might be the best route. Less cost to do, and easier.

Looking forward to the next roundup!

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Crank from donor engine 1 (750). Journals should polish out at standard size.



Not too much sludge in one side, but you CANNOT leave old sludge in a crank, as it will dissolve and trash your big end bearings and/or the crank journals.



This sludge was pooled at the bottom of the flywheel



Other half of the crank, similar sludge buildup. Ready to have the crank boiled and polished.



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I made a trade of the 1st donor engine's 750 cylinders and a set of formerly new OEM .020 over pistons & rings that had been in their box as it perished over who knows how many years; they'll clean up by hand with a detailing brush.

What I got was a set of very nice Roadster sidecovers, an ignition cover cap, and a tach drive (the last 2 bits will go on my personal 80 engine build)



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I'm nowhere near the 166 pound limit for the Cad plater's minimum charge/batch; only up to about 30 pounds and I've already cleared through 3/4 of the shop, digging through bins and shelves...








Complete set of original lug nuts for my son's '75 Corvette that match the original rally wheels & trim caps stored in my garage








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More stuff for the Cad platers...














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