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facundoxxxThu May-05-11 04:42 PM
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"I found a 52 Norton Dominator model 7 and I am lost!"


          

Hi there. I have just found a Norton Dominator n. 7 1952 in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I need some help from you guys.

I am not going to restore the machine to it's original shape. I have a mechanic that will do for me, but the extense of the damage made into this bike was so big that I decided to do a bobber: I have the frame, the tank is in bad shape but I can restore it, headlight maybe I can use it and the motor is missing parts. Other than that the bike is not original or it's missing parts, that's why I decided to go bobber.

We are still making a shopping list for it, but I would like to hear from you guys if you have any recomendation of upgrade kits sold to a Dominator. Or kits to change entire parts of the bike: for instance, screws and bolts are in bad shape. I would like to change them all. Do you where can I find kits of bolts and screws?

As I am a brazilian and english is not my first language, how should I ask to Norvil (if it's the best place to buy parts) this bolts and screws for the Dominator? Screw and bolts kits? Do you know any company that sells fastener kits for a Dominator restoration?

Do you guys think I should restore the motor to it's original condition or upgrade it? Which type of upgrade you recomend? Any other recomendations? Any other upgrades I could do i.e. brembo brakes to this bike? How would you guys handle it?

I posted the photos of the Norton I found below. Many thanks again!

http://gallery.me.com/facundoguerra#100023

Any lesson that I can learn from you guys will be apreciated. As you can see, I am kind of lost down here. Many thanks!

  

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dynodaveFri May-06-11 02:18 PM
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#1. "RE: I found a 52 Norton Dominator model 7 and I am..."
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The domi is a nice riding bike but was not built as a hot rod. It has an iron cylinder head and will suffer from heat if you try to tune it up. Stock is best for good long life. It does not have to be kept pure stock on the body parts and they are very difficult to find the correct sheet metal parts.

Most of the best parts sources are probably in the UK since they were not imported into the USA very much.

I have a 52 that blew up the engine last summer, and a second basketcase 1951.

The 1952 did not have the chrome tank or rims (korean war era)...they were painted silver.

Dave

  

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facundoxxxFri May-06-11 03:38 PM
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#2. "RE: I found a 52 Norton Dominator model 7 and I am..."
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Hey Dave. Many thanks for your reply. Instead of going bobber, I decided to restore it. Do you have any tips for a beginner? Is Norvil the best source for parts?

Thanks again!

  

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