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    36 years later......

    I've brought my old Norton 850 Commando out and begun the arduous task of bringing her back. I was wise to kick it through every now and then so nothing is locked up.
    The tank and side covers are primed and ready for me to paint. Got new shocks and bars on. Cleaned up the exhaust and wrapped headers in black fiberglass...Sand, wire brush, degrease, paint. Repeat and repeat some more.
    Seats are really pricey, as well as many of the other items eaten by rust bugs and grease worms. Tomorrow brings the enviable job of rebuilding the Amal carbs to be followed by relearning Lucas electrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbruney View Post
    I've brought my old Norton 850 Commando out and begun the arduous task of bringing her back. I was wise to kick it through every now and then so nothing is locked up.
    The tank and side covers are primed and ready for me to paint. Got new shocks and bars on. Cleaned up the exhaust and wrapped headers in black fiberglass...Sand, wire brush, degrease, paint. Repeat and repeat some more.
    Seats are really pricey, as well as many of the other items eaten by rust bugs and grease worms. Tomorrow brings the enviable job of rebuilding the Amal carbs to be followed by relearning Lucas electrics.
    Cool. Sounds like a fun project!

    Pics?
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    Lucas..... that made me clench my teeth. Good luck with the carbs!
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    Hey I have one too, what year is yours? Mine has been off the road since 2001. I am very interested in how your project goes as my son and I are going to tackle getting it back on the road next. My seat is also shot and last made in England replacement I bought was of low quality. I only have the pan. Was bike drained and stored dry?
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    I'll look around, I may have 1 or 2 Zenner diodes if you need them. I don't even know if those are available anymore. Welcome to them if I find them.
    I'll also look in the cabinets and see if I have any Amal parts.

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    should be a interesting long term project. looking forward to seeing the pix as you go!
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    Mine is the standard roadster. 1974 was her birth year. And no it was stored wet which is no issue on the oil end, but it did create problems with the fuel tank. Got most of the crud out, but still going to line it with the Casewell epoxy treatment.
    There's great news if you're going to have to paint yours....I found a gentleman on the bay who has the decals, and they can be put under the clear lacquer. The Amals aren't a big issue because you never forget once you learn them. Ignition was the part I never liked, though I'll never do electronic.
    It'll be a good while before I'm done and there'll be some pics then. I'm getting old and slow, and the shakes make everything a time consuming ordeal.
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    Take your time and enjoy it.
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    Good luck with the Amal's. When I bought mine the first thing I did was replace those with a PWK35 before I even tried starting it.

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