Hi, New to the Norton Bulletin Board but am assisting in a very small way in the resurrection of a 1971 Commando. The machine hadn't run since 1981 but with the installation of a new battery and a cleaning of the carbs this baby purrs like a kitten. It is in remarkable original condition and the thought is to try and keep it that way. The first owner bought it in England and toured Europe on it before selling it to the present owner, who stored it in a barn. There is a lot of rust to contend with and a few minor issues such as a very heavy clutch, but other than that it just needs a major cleanup. Hence the question. The reserve petcock is leaking slightly. Can this be rebuilt to keep the bike original or should we just start searching for a good NOS part. The petcock appears to be very similar to the one on my 70 TR6 and I would think it should be readibly available. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Skeet
Skeet Enjoy life....it has an expiration date.. 1964 Hornet 1970 TR6R 1971 Norton 1972 XLH
Depends on the exact petcock but yes. (I'm assuming you're talking about it leaking "out" of the petcock & not "through")
If you have the one I think you simply need to take it apart with an ordinary snap-ring pliers and replace the o-ring inside. If you take it apart and don't have an o-ring inside go shopping for a new one as it's not worth the hassle trying to get it to seal - IMO (someone will disagree)
I'm all for keeping something original, but will anyone really notice?
Re: Can You Repair A Leaking Petcock#65113 05/03/061:49 am05/03/061:49 am