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New Project

Discussion in 'AJS & Matchless' started by BillT, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. BillT

    BillT

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    Now that the Commando is about as sorted as I can get it and the Ranger is close to perfect, I've been looking for another project.

    I found it today.

    G15CS/123xxx. Real basket case but mostly there and stored inside for 30+ years. With a title. Being a late '67, it's a distributor rather than Magneto. Only obvious things missing are the exhaust, tool box and front fender. Even has the air cleaner.

    I pick it up Saturday. Pics will follow.

    Glad the wife doesn't go on this forum :wink: I will have to tell her eventually, and may need to part with the Speed Triple :(
     
  2. grandpaul

    grandpaul VIP MEMBER

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    Looks like you now have an Amalgamated Motorcycle Collection...
     
  3. Paul W

    Paul W VIP MEMBER

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    Well done Bill, I am sure it will turn out quality like your P11.

    I have one in pieces at present as well so if I can assist in any way just ask.

    Kind Regards,
    Paul.
     
  4. BillT

    BillT

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    Thanks.

    Looks like it may be a while before it can come home. The boss says I have to redo the kitchen and master bedroom before I can even think about bringing another project in the house, and the Speed Triple may have to find a new home.











    Luckily, my company has a warehouse :wink:

    I can at least strip it down and start cleaning, chroming and cad plating stuff. That'll take a few months and I can start bringing in small finished pieces.

    Will still have pics this weekend.
     
  5. dave M

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    Congratulations on your new acquisition. Please post a photo of the spacers and engine/gear box mounting studs etc. if you getnthe chance.
     
  6. speirmoor

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    Congrats Bill best of luck with it it
     
  7. BillT

    BillT

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    Picked it up yesterday. Previous owner had it since 1972. Had been mildly converted, but nothing was cut.

    Serial number is G15CS/1235xx, which puts it at the end of 1967 production, and is titled as a '68.
    Engine and frame are matching numbers, gearbox is stamped MA19xxx, which would be correct for this year. Engine, gearbox and primary are pretty complete.
    No front fender or stays, headlight or ears, toolbox or oil tank cover. Does have the side stand, 2 center stands (stock and extended for the chopper), instruments, carbs, coils, tach drive, chain guard, seat, fuel tank, wiring harness.
    Came with spare seat and rear fender, which I recognized as P11A with the frame extension still on the fender, but an aftermarket tail light.
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    A little rough, but better than the Ranger when I got it
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    Here's the engine. That tan thing behind is a P11A seat with a leather cover
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    Oil tank with spare center stand, chain guard, P11A rear fender, spare damper rods and chrome external springs for long roadholders
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    Cylinder and head - no broken fins, threads look good, std bore on cylinders
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    Front view



    Wife's warming to the idea of a new project - might be able to bring it home in 3 weeks. In the meantime, I'll start oiling down fasteners for the disassembly and taking inventory of what's needed.
     
  8. grandpaul

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    Looks like plenty to work with.

    The fun never stops.
     
  9. speirmoor

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    If the ranger was worse that that before you restored it then I'm really impressed. Keep us updated with the progress. I'm trying to get a fifth bike in to the garage also so curious about you tactics there :)
     
  10. bwolfie

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    That's a great start you have there. It's going to be cool watching it progress.

    She who must be obeyed has put a 3 bike limit out there. Unacceptable.
    So 2 bikes are "hers" and only 1 or 2 actually are at my house at the same time,
    the rest are hold up in the barn out at my shop. (where she never goes)
    And if they are in pieces I don't count them.

    Current count:
    2 -Hers, Buell Blast, 1977 XS 360
    4 - Mine - 1975 XS650, 1972 Combat, in pieces, 1970 Dunstall, 1973 850 project
     
  11. speirmoor

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    I go by this formula
    The number of bikes one should own = N+1 (N being the number of bikes you currently own).
     
  12. bwolfie

    bwolfie VIP MEMBER

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    That's math I can live with.
     
  13. grandpaul

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    ...and all this time I thought I was no good at math!
     
  14. batrider

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    Get your digital camera out and take lots of pictures before you disassemble. You are lucky that it is still in large chunks. The Matchless parts books are listings mostly without exploded views - although the fasteners are usually listed in the correct order! I'm a Matchless guy and now half crazed after assembling a few ~M~ basket cases in my life. Good luck with it - More than I would want to go up against anymore.
     
  15. grandpaul

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    As are the Norton pre-Commando books. Just a few key exploded views in the later ones.
     
  16. Rohan

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    Norton parts books are way way way better than Matchless ones. !

    Matchy parts books just show pics of scattered random parts and numbers, the Norton ones show better than that.
    Heck, the Norton engine drawing looks like an engine, not an explosion.....
     
  17. BillT

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    I know a several people around here who have hybrids I can look at. Only thing is they're all magneto bikes, so they're not exactly the same.

    Went on a ride yesterday with Clive and Clare - him on his 19S and her on a '65 N15CS, with me on my Ranger.
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    I'll post up lots of pics once the project is underway.
     

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