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#635848 - 01/19/16 12:52 pm Modified Norton Featherbed Frame?  
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Hi all,

In the image you see a modified Norton Featherbed Slimline Frame which has a Norton Atlas 1964 framenumber (re-)stamped on the gusset plate.

The guy I purchased it from said it is a John Tickle frame but I do not know of any John Tickle Slimline frames and given the lines of the lower and middle frame tubes it rather looks like a Rickman style frame, or did someone do this in the shed in the backgarden with DIY-welding equipment?, since for instance the front mounting bracket of the tyre inflator is still there?

Do you have any thoughts about this frame?, if so, greatly appreciated and let them hear!

Best regards,
Edwin

#636264 - 01/21/16 5:45 pm Re: Modified Norton Featherbed Frame? [Re: TheDutchRider]  
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I'd have it acid cleaned and check those welds for strength, or clean them up and redo them. The lower one on this side looks shit.

I'm going to modify one of my A65 frames, which involves altering the rearward down tubes, after seeing how steel mig can break with fatigue/vibration or impact, I'm going to weld with stainless mig wire ( which I make stainless exhausts with) it goes sweet on steel and is stronger than the frame it's welding to.


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#636276 - 01/21/16 6:51 pm Re: Modified Norton Featherbed Frame? [Re: TheDutchRider]  
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Looks like a Slimline that some goon has tried to make look like a Rickman frame.



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#636379 - 01/22/16 10:33 am Re: Modified Norton Featherbed Frame? [Re: TheDutchRider]  
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Thanks for the thoughts, advice, and photo!

Since there is a bad weld there, the fact that the front tyre inflator bracket has not been removed, and the fact that the frame feels heavier than my other Norton-frames, for now most likely the frame then is not a special frame but a featherbed messed up by a 'goon with bad welding skills'. Still, the frame downtubes go all the way from steering head to back end, without any interfering welds, but who knows, maybe the culprit changed those downtubes as well and welded the engine mountings back on. Possibly in the days when these frames were less valuable than today.

Well, it is still a frame, now to decide what to do with it; Sell, restore, dump, or put in the back of the garage in its current form until wisdom and additional cash for engine plus gearbox come for building 'The Goon' (haha).

Thanks for the replies & happy motoring!

#648114 - 04/10/16 11:10 pm Re: Modified Norton Featherbed Frame? [Re: TheDutchRider]  
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#648453 - 04/13/16 3:07 am Re: Modified Norton Featherbed Frame? [Re: TheDutchRider]  
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And this is related to this thread how ??

The dogleg in the frametube just ahead of the swingarm pivot says its either something quite different to the Tickle frame - or had a strange bad accident !
If you see a bare Tickle frame, the top tubes are quite straight too, not pulled in like in the OP pic. (?).



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