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Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by Andy Marks at August 08. 2017

Last week I received a phone call from a friend of ours who we’ve known for years. To cut a long story short, he’s in his 70’s and has finally accepted that he will never finish his Norton that has been in bits for 30+ years. He took it off the road in the early 80’s to do a few jobs on it, one thing led to another and it never got done. Would I like to buy it. There’s no rush. It’s not going anywhere else in a hurry. He’s more concerned about it going somewhere that it will be finished and used than getting the absolute top whack for it. He doesn’t want it disappearing into a collection or the back of someone else’s shed to never see the light of day again, and the thought of it being bought as an investment doesn’t bare thinking about!

So the following day I rang him back and said I’ll take it. ‘Don’t you want to come and look at it first, it needs a lot of work’. Didn’t really matter, no matter how much work it needs, this was the best chance I’ll ever get to own one of these. So that afternoon I went and picked up my new (very old) 1928 CS1.

Fortunately his idea of a lot of work is slightly different to mine. For those of you that remember my Inter project, this one doesn’t need anywhere near as much doing to it. And what’s really great is that it really is all there. He’s taken the engine plates off, then put the bolts, washers and nuts back in the plate – so not only do I have everything I can see where it all goes rather than just having a box of lose nuts and bolts.

Having said it’s all there it does have a few incorrect bits fitted. A Norton 4 speed gearbox instead of the 3 speed Sturmey Archer it should have. There is most of a Sturmey box with it but it needs a fair bit of work to get that up and working. I’ll probably put the bike on the road with the Norton box and then swap them later.

It also has an Amal carb instead of the Binks. Again, it can go on the road as is and if a Binks turns up later I can swap them. It is currently fitted with alloy mudguards but the correct D section ones are there, I’ll have to make some new mudguard stays if I decide to fit them.

A few other bits need making/repairing and the engine and gearbox will need going through before I use it. But what a lucky purchase! For now I am going to try and keep the ‘patina’ and just get it mechanically sound and on the road. It may get restored at a later date but I’ll wait until I have all the correct bits and know enough about them to do a good job before that happens.

So here we go again – if anyone has one of these, or knows anyone who does I’d love to hear from them. Get ready for a load more questions on this forum and I’ll keep you posted on progress.

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Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by Andy Marks at August 08. 2017

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Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by Ian MacDougall at August 08. 2017

Who could say no to that offer? You lucky lucky man, I am insanely jealous! You should have that up and running in time for the Manx. A perfect application of the N+1 formula, where N = Number of bikes already in the shed.

Ian McD

Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by Dan Field at August 08. 2017

Yep you're a lucky so and so! and the workshop isn't bad either!

all I can compare is that I saw a model 50 engine for sale and couldn't resist, I have a frame, gearbox, forks, front hub and oil tank so am part way there, anyone got a spare pre featherbed rear wheel/hub they don't want?!

Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by Andy Marks at Saturday 09:03

Hi Ian - Not the Manx, but hopefully next summer. A lot will depend on what I find the engine to be like I guess. Are you going to the Manx? I'll be there on my 1934 Inter.

Hi Dan - Yes, we are very lucky with the workshop! I have a featherbed model 50 rolling chassis and an engine that I intend to short stroke and make a special out of. Funny enough though, that has just fallen down the list of priorities...

I have a plunger rear wheel - any use to you?

Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by robert_tuck at Saturday 09:12

I was very "taken" by the 88SS on sale by a member recently,  if the Rudge was not  filling the remaining space in the midden (garage) it would have been mine already, thank god for garages designed for Austin sevens!!.

Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by Ian MacDougall at Saturday 12:55

Hi Andy, All being well will be there on the '37 CS1. Need to get moving and lavish some tlc before then. Nothing major but I think the float height (TT) may be a tad low. Can be reluctant to start from cold, and even more reluctant to pick up. OK when warm. Hope to see you and George Phillips there. Ian McD

Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by michael_sullivan at Saturday 18:49

Andy:

You better check on the value of the persian carpet on the fl;oor of the workshop.  Some of these can be worth a lot of money.

Bike looks good too!

Mike

Re: 'I don't need any more bikes' to a new purchase in 24 hours

Posted by susan_harris at Saturday 21:46

Patina! LOVE it!

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