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1953 ES2 plunger frame should wheel rims be painted or chrome?

Posted by george_roland at November 16. 2018

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Posted by Richard Tool at November 16. 2018

Roy Bacon's  book " Norton Singles " lists chrome wheels having silver painted centers with red lining for both ES2 and 18 for 1953

Re: 1953 ES2 plunger frame should wheel rims be painted or chrome?

Posted by roger_deadman at November 18. 2018

1952 and 1954 es2,s painted wheel rims and petrol tank

Regards Roger

Re: 1953 ES2 plunger frame should wheel rims be painted or chrome?

Posted by george_roland at November 19. 2018

Previously roger_deadman wrote:

1952 and 1954 es2,s painted wheel rims and petrol tank

Regards Roger

Many thanks Rodger , what colour do I paint the rims please

kind regards George Roland.

Re: 1953 ES2 plunger frame should wheel rims be painted or chrome?

Posted by richard_cornish at November 21. 2018

Hi George,

   If your ES2 is a plunger frame it will be a 1952 model as by 1953 the swinging arm frame was standard. As Roger says the wheels and the petrol tank were painted this year due to the nickel shortage. The nearest match to the original silver is Ford Silver Fox as used in the 1960s. Most modern silver paints seem to be metallic with the inherent flakes in the finished effect which I don't think was around at that time, and definitely not used on Nortons. The wheel rims had a thin red line each side of the centre spoke radius. The petrol tank has different pattern lining although still red and black double lines, to the chrome one and it will be best to find an original photo if possible, the oil tank is plain gloss black.

Regards,  Richard.

P.S. None of the Indian tanks are anywhere near the original finish.

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