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    Quote Originally Posted by Mallard View Post
    I've always been a bit of a Norton man, but Commando's are a bit too modern for me

    I bought my '63 650SS as a jigsaw puzzle of a rolling wreck. Bought with the heart and not the head. Everything was totally knackered; - but you only fully discover that when you start the rebuild.

    The bore was +60 and knackered, the crank was -40 and knackered, valves, camshaft, clutch, etc., etc, and Jeremy Corbyn has more spark than the mag had

    Anyway, it now looks how I want it to. It has cost far more than its current value but its been great fun.
    That's lovely

    In 1966 I bought a new BSA A65L but deliberated long and hard over a 650SS, but I was a BSA man at heart

    The Lightning was a heap of trouble ... should've gone 'Norton'

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    You didn't make the wrong choice Micky. In reality they were all just as bad in those days. It just that now we see them through rose tinted glasses. I had an Atlas in those days; one of the pistons parted company with its gudgeon pin; - that took out the valves; - that took out the rod; - that took out the crankcase; - for a young apprentice that was fecking expensive!!

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    Yeah .... tell me about it. The Lightning 'picked up'n one of the cylinders, semi seized, three times. Each time when not really thrashing it, but rather just cruising

    I ended up having to get rid, took it back from me for what I owed

    Silly thing is that overtime it went in for repair I borrowed the old blokes Lambretta scooter from across the road .... that never missed a beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky View Post
    That's lovely

    In 1966 I bought a new BSA A65L but deliberated long and hard over a 650SS, but I was a BSA man at heart

    The Lightning was a heap of trouble ... should've gone 'Norton'

    I love my Lightning, but they are a heap of trouble until you get them sorted. Especially if you buy a basket case like I did, I had the choice of an A65L or a Commando, but either was going to be a wallet emptying experience... Mines just about done now and its purring like a loud oily kitten... Thinking about it I should have begged borrowed or stole the money and bought both....
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    I need to give myself a kick up the arse and finish off my MKIIA because I sent the head away to have the exhaust threads sorted out over a year ago and I've yet to put it back on.

    It's had a full rebuild but I fitted a pair of MK2 Concentrics and a single K&N air filter but I've never been convinced it was a good idea and might go back to standard and sell the carbs currently sitting in a box in my workshop.

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    [QUOTE=Shep;4613164]Mikuni, works well and its a very easy starter, the bike has a few mods done as I bought it as a wrecker with a blown up engine, the original engine was built by Mick Hemmings and was tuned up just a touch too much hence the grenaded engine, so i put it all back to stock (ish) but added a new oil pump and mk 3 timing cover, pazon ignition and single carb, as so much was altered i ended up building my own wiring loom, dead easy, i bought a standard new loom and stripped that to provide the correct colours in the right places, bit of a faff but i'm sure future owners might appreciate the effort.

    Great looking bikes there buddy
    My fastback is a real pig to start, it has mk1 amals and and old boyer ignition, I think it's time for a new ignition and to choose either the new Amal carbs or a single Mikuni carb

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    Its getting closer to being finished, tank and panels all painted by a nice man of this parish, hoping to have it finished by the end of this month
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...62#post4685462

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    Quote Originally Posted by inazone242 View Post
    Its getting closer to being finished, tank and panels all painted by a nice man of this parish, hoping to have it finished by the end of this month
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...62#post4685462
    wow they look mint

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    The end is in sight

    The end is in sight on my rebuild, although of late its been one step forward and two steps back.( the white tape is temp )
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    That looks really nice.....

    Crack on.....the sun is shining.......

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    The finished item, now just enjoying it but its hard work after 20+ years on a modern bike going back to an old brit
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    Lovely bike. well done on organising the sunshine to go with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotboxer View Post
    Lovely bike. well done on organising the sunshine to go with it!
    The sunshine was easy, building a oil tight Norton was a challenge
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    Quote Originally Posted by inazone242 View Post
    The sunshine was easy, building a oil tight Norton was a challenge
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    Nope. THIS is a Challenge ... http://www.odd-bike.com/2013/02/nort...tons-last.html

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    Thanks for posting that, I'd glanced at it before but have just enjoyed a cuppa and a proper read at it!

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    Oh Great and Wise Deity, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

    Courage to change the things I can! And the wisdom to know the difference!

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