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1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by michael_ingoldby at April 01. 2017

I have an 88 with matching engine, frame  and correct year stamp numbers. It is however painted white on the frame and forks with blue(similar to Tahiti blue) on tank, oil tank etc.

Initially it was thought that this was a re-spray by an earlier owner but on stripping everything down the blue paint covers all of the tinwork including areas that are not visible without dismantling the machine. I would like to use these colours if it is an original specification.

Any information on this would be greatly appreciated, a  picture would be most useful.

Mike Ingoldby

Re: 1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at April 01. 2017

Hello Some Export Norton twins were painted In light  blue and looked very nice in this colour   yours   anna j

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Re: 1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by michael_ingoldby at April 02. 2017

Thanks Anna, my bike has a darker blue see picture attached.

Mike

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Re: 1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at April 02. 2017

Hello That's None Original  blue  on the oil tank and petrol tank  the light blue on the fork headlamp bracket is more like  the colour of metalescent blue  for export Norton twins  some were post office  red has well a forest green  Some ES2 were Forest Green  too  in the wideline frame    Yours   Anna J 

Re: 1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by jonathan_newton at April 03. 2017

Previously michael_ingoldby wrote:

Thanks Anna, my bike has a darker blue see picture attached.

Mike

 Mike; I bow to others knowledge on colour, but ...   What a  great looking bike.  It stands well, has a lot of original parts and is one of Nortons finest models.  A  great ride when shes  running!

Thanks for showing it...

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Re: 1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by michael_ingoldby at April 03. 2017

Previously jonathan_newton wrote:

Previously michael_ingoldby wrote:

Thanks Anna, my bike has a darker blue see picture attached.

Mike

Mike; I bow to others knowledge on colour, but ...   What a  great looking bike.  It stands well, has a lot of original parts and is one of Nortons finest models.  A  great ride when shes  running!

Thanks for showing it...

Kind words, thanks. There is school of thought that the blue might be original, it certainly was on the bike in 1960. Is there likely to be an official record of the original colours on frame and tin?

Re: 1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at April 03. 2017

hello up dated silver blue Norton  wide line model 88  September 1957  for 58 year   this Norton is for sale now on  eBay yours anna j 

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Re: 1957 Dominator 88 Frame and tinware colours

Posted by richard_payne at April 03. 2017

It's worth asking the NOC if the factory records show any reference to special finish, but it's a nice period polychromatic blue that suits it.  I'd retain the colour if it was mine, original or not.

In those pre H&S and coshh days, many refinishers had a caustic dip tank and it's not unusual to find components that show no evidence whatsoever of original finish.

It could have been done for a dealer display or even an owner who wanted to match his car (or was pining for his old AJS !)

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