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1962 Manx Norton, an autojumble and eBay special!

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A three week build - 1962 Norton Manx 30m 500cc.

From parts to running, including most of the painting too. Wheels had been built previously!

The engine in bits - not a strip but rather a “collection” build, parts found via eBay, forums, friends and contacts.

Most part pictures are ready for fitting, some still need deep cleaning but mechanical are 100%.

Crank rebuilt and ready to start "fitting".


Bottom end together

New old stock cylinder vapour blasted and ready to fit, piston is a 1962 small pin Cosworth 2 ringer.

Reg Dearden twin spark plug cylinder head rebuilt with new seats, guides and valves.

Chassis build up, forks in and ready but much of the rest is still finger tight. Engine just sitting in position ready for plates and gearbox.

Cockpit area finished, original fast action Wassel throttle handle.

Forks - Arty shot!

Engine and gearbox in, front engine plates and head steady not fitted.

Primary drive and clutch fitted. Engine now bolted in tight.


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Lucas racing magneto - 2MTT model, convert to twin spark. Easy if you've got the parts.

Magneto on but not timed. Still no head steady.

Then a sprint to the finish line.




Three things still to do: Exhaust brace, feed oil line from tank to engine and oil line to cambox then she's ready to fire up..
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Considering the bike has been scavenged from all over the world it has turned out nice.

The final build took me about 2 to 3 weeks but I had been collecting parts for about 4 years - if you take your time you can buy parts at your price but if you rush in you’ll get your arm ripped of at the shoulder. As parts turned up they were restored and a then packed away.

Most of what’s pictured is original stuff, but the front wheel isn’t correct and is a Fontana 210mm 4ls - a very good brake. Still trying to find an original Norton 7” 4ls.
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May I have a data of gear ratio of burman gearbox for norton manx 30 M 1958 ? regards Sergio
Gearbox was AMC in 1958. Prior to 58, all featherbed Manx pre 58 used lay down type gearbox. However ratios are the same, Norton did do some specials however.


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