Some time back I posted pictures of a Norton build I am working on. There's a story that goes with how I acquired this particular bike. My girlfriend's brother is Evan Wilcox Evan Wilcox Hand Crafted Alloy for Motorcycle Enthusiasts and when I told him I was looking for a vintage bike project, in particular a Norton, he offered tips on what to look for. When I told him the trouble I was having finding the right project he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Sitting in his shop for some 25 years was his father's 1972 Norton Commando Interstate, he said if I would get it back running he would built a tank set for me. How could I refuse. With Evan's shop now in Big Bear, my girlfriend, Sue, and I went to pick it up. The Norton looked terrible from years of sitting in the dust generated from Evan's metal working. We loaded it up and brought it to Sue's family business warehouse where there would be room to work on it. When I started tearing it down, 18 months ago, I could see the challenge ahead of me as there were a lot of missing components and wiring that looked incomplete. I labeled what I could and made diagrams of what was coming off. The start of project was slow as I had two car projects in the works at the same time. Then last summer I finally got going on the bike. One of the first things was getting the frame and some other pieces powdered coating. I also figured I would update some components causing me to rewire it completely.
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