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paulcali3
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Oily rag condition

Unread post by paulcali3 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:19 pm

Actually I think this is rather beautiful...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Norton-Feathe ... 500wt_1202" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

scotduke
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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by scotduke » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:26 pm

Never tried an outfit, never felt the need. The VW motor is probably a good idea for lugging a chair around, not sure why it needs a Norton frame tho. The motor's not that light and the Norton frame was made for a smaller engine. It does seem a bit of a waste too putting a decent frame where it won't be exploited. I'm curious which Douglas geabox it has, surely a Dragonfly unit wouldn't be up to the job of swapping cogs for a lump like this? It has patina tho.

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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by Velton » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:57 am

I never thought I'd say this but.......

I quite like that!
Featherbed frame = ultimate roadholding.
VW Beetle engine = ideal for lugging a chair around.
Douglas (Dragonfly?) gearbox....... errrrrrr........ might not be up to the torque involved, long term.

(Quite like that = would probably like to borrow it for a weekend! not put hands in pocket to buy weird 3 wheeled asymmetrical contraption!)
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by Velton » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:57 am

I never thought I'd say this but.......

I quite like that!
Featherbed frame = ultimate roadholding.
VW Beetle engine = ideal for lugging a chair around.
Douglas (Dragonfly?) gearbox....... errrrrrr........ might not be up to the torque involved, long term.

(Quite like that = would probably like to borrow it for a weekend! not put hands in pocket to buy weird 3 wheeled asymmetrical contraption!)
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

paulcali3
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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by paulcali3 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:00 pm

Having said all that...Douglas did make some cars (in the Twenties!) so it could be a car gearbox. I was concerned about its robustness especially on such a heavy beast. Stretched featherbed..the builder may have found a damaged one that suited the project. It's never going to handle like a standard frame but riding the thing without the chair on it could prove me wrong. Brakes? Hmmm....

scotduke
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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by scotduke » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:30 pm

I wouldn't have thought a Featherbed would be the best frame for that. And given the motor, surely a Goldwing, Guzzi or BMW gearbox and shaftdrive set-up would do better.

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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by Velton » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:12 am

Advert says it was constructed "in the 1970s."
How early in the 70s?
If it was early 1970s then there would not have been Gold Wings around, BMWs were incredibly expensive, Guzzi V-twins only just beginning to trickle into the UK.
Maybe he just did his best with what was available and within budget?

Certainly people were putting all kinds of engines into bikes in the mid sixties when I started riding.
Featherbed is quite a big frame with lots of space inside - I've even seen photos of a Rover V8 3,500cc in one!

Beetle engine should be a good choice for a sidecar outfit.
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

scotduke
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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by scotduke » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:29 pm

Maybe he did Velt but I still think the Beetle motor will be too torquey for a Douglas gearbox. It's a good engine for an outfit tho.

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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by Velton » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:10 am

scotduke wrote:Maybe he did Velt but I still think the Beetle motor will be too torquey for a Douglas gearbox. It's a good engine for an outfit tho.
I couldn't agree more, Scotty.
See my previous reply last Friday! :lol:
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

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Re: Oily rag condition

Unread post by scotduke » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:31 pm

Velton wrote:
scotduke wrote:Maybe he did Velt but I still think the Beetle motor will be too torquey for a Douglas gearbox. It's a good engine for an outfit tho.
I couldn't agree more, Scotty.
See my previous reply last Friday! :lol:

Yeah I know, I was agreeing with you agreeing with me.

We could go on.

Dunno how much it'd take to re-engineer with a shaftie driveline from a BMW, Guzzi, Honda, Yamaha or whatever.

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