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Norton Commando
Identification

Updated 08/25/19

Norton US License
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1974 Norton 850
Commando Rebuild

Updated 09/20/19

Used Parts For Sale
Updated 06/09/19

Norton Wiring Diagrams
Updated 07/06/19

1974 Norton Wiring
Updated 08/20/19

Norton Rear
Wheel Lacing

Updated 03/02/19

Norton Front
Wheel Lacing

Updated 02/21/19

1972 Norton 750
Commando Rebuild

Completed 5/15/2019
First Place Norton 5/16/2019


1972 Norton Wiring
Updated 07/22/19

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US Flag Saturday, September 21, 2019
August 16, 2018 While looking for parts, I noticed a non-titled 1974 Commando for sale. On a whim, I placed a bid not expecting to win, but I did. I paid way less than I expected. So, I now can build the numbers matching bike below and sell the rest.  See: 1974 Norton 850 Commando Rebuild

January 23, 2018 It’s a disease! Now I have a titled, matching numbers, 1974 Norton 850 complete frame, engine cases, and gearbox. There are way too many bikes in the queue.  At least I have the parts for the bottom end from the 1972 and I have everything for a gearbox.

2016 to early 2017 My stepson kept bugging me to give him my Norton so I found him an excellent 1974 850 Commando Interstate – it won Best Bike in the first show he put it in!

At the same time, I bought a 1972 Commando and most of another in a bundle deal. The story I was told is that the bike was wrecked in the 70s, a donor bike was purchased and used to rebuild the bike and the donor bike was left outdoors in a scrap heap. Here's what I knew soon after buying:
  • There were two bikes.  60% of one was left out in the rain in scrap heap since 1976. Other extra parts were stored in a pole barn.
  • When rebuilt, the bike received extended forks and a king and queen seat but fortunately, the neck was not cut.
  • The wrecked front end was partly discarded and the good front end was left in the scrap heap.
  • Here’s the issue: I have two engines with the VIN 201251 so one was changed. A much lesser problem is that the frame certification label (VIN) was taken from the wrecked bike and put on the good frame, but it was done very poorly.
  • Supposedly this was all done by the owner's son who was a Harley mechanic. The son could not get the battery charging to work so the bike was parked in the pole barn and he gave his father a Harley to ride – that was in 1976.
  • The original bike was a yellow combat and built on January 4, 1972.
  • The donor frame, gearbox and engine were used in the rebuild. The donor was 209458 and it was a black 1972 Combat.
  • The original frame, engine, and gearbox were left outside since 1976.
  • The serial number on the donor engine was changed.
  • The original head looks perfect except that someone tried to fix the spark plug hole on one side and didn't know that there is not enough space in a Norton head to use a standard repair kit.  So, the valve seats are damaged.
  • The spare cylinders look perfect and barely used until you turn them over and notice that they were dropped at some point. Both cylinder walls are cracked near the bottom.
So, I thought I would have an easily rebuildable, numbers matching, titled bike and a lot of good parts to sell. It is rebuilt now and there are parts to sell, but certainly not a complete engine. See: 1972 Norton 750 Commando Rebuild
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