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Norton 88

Posted by leon_brown at April 17. 2017

Good evening to all.

I have just become a member of the NOC, as I have acquired a project  Noeron 88 from a very good friend of mine. It had been previously been owned by his father and handed down to him once he passed away. I know he would love to see it all put back together, so I am going to take on the task myself. I am familiar with restoring classic cars and own/resorted a number of British classics. I am under no illusions  as to the task ahead but thought this would be the best place to start the process and hopefully will be able to get lots of advice and guidance from the knowledge on here. I have an engineering background  but that was a while back. It is a bolt up featherbed frame and it was the first year the subframe was bolted on. It is 1954 and all parts are present and labeled. I am now working out how best to start the rebuild and what resources, tools, specialists etc I should acquire. Any thoughts on getting started will be greatly appreciated.  If you need any further info or pics of the bile please let me know.

 

Many thanks

Re: Norton 88

Posted by Gordon Johnston at April 17. 2017

An excellent bike to restore. It sounds like you have all the relevant skills in spades so you should have no problems. A decent set of Whitworth spanners and sockets plus a workshop manual and you are off.

Welcome to the club! Lots of advice available here and of course a local NOC Branch would be just the place to go for help.

Re: Norton 88

Posted by leon_brown at April 17. 2017

Previously Gordon Johnston wrote:

An excellent bike to restore. It sounds like you have all the relevant skills in spades so you should have no problems. A decent set of Whitworth spanners and sockets plus a workshop manual and you are off.

Welcome to the club! Lots of advice available here and of course a local NOC Branch would be just the place to go for help.

Many thanks for the prompt reply Gordan . I have a Haynes workshop manual ( will that cover it)and have box load of spanners . I would love to get involved in a local club and I live in Bishops Stortford Herts.

Thanks again for the welcome and prompt reply

Re: Norton 88

Posted by John Shorter at April 17. 2017

Hi Leon, you have one of best Norton's, the last before AMC put cost before quality!   One small error in your post, the 1954 model was the last, not the first, with the bolt on sub-frame (also the last with an iron head).

Re: Norton 88

Posted by Neil Wyatt at April 17. 2017

Yes, welcome to the club. If it were my machine I would first check the frame for true. There are several ways you can do this, my favoured way is by using 3 or 4 solid straight rods about 2ft or so long, the widest 1/2 inch, the others 3/8" I think to go through the engine mountings and swinging arm mountings.  From front and rear tilt the machine up so that you can only see one rod.  If you can the frame is Ok, providing the headstock is true and the front down tubes are not bent on a visual check. Finally, turn the frame upside down and check the bottom frame rails are not rotten, this can happen if left standing in water.

Check that all brackets are in place and no welding is required and then have the frame blasted and finished.  I'll not go down the powder coating or paint debate as it is a matter of preference.

Once your frame is finished you can hang your restored parts on it as you go, though always a good idea to do a dry build of what you have first,  just to make sure.

Good luck.

Re: Norton 88

Posted by leon_brown at April 17. 2017

Many thanks for the replies and helpful insight to this wonderful machine. I am still learning a lot about them and would no doubt be calling on you form more assistance along the way. I am assured the frame is  true but will set about testing it using Neil's advice. I am considering putting the whole bike together as a dry run and then take apart and reassemble when I have everything in place and working. Appreciate the responses  and advice.

 

Thanks again

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