First paint

April 2004

I did all the paintwork in my parents garage – much to their chargrin.

Second coat of primer on the oil tank. I am using Sherwin Williams etch & filler primer. Inside of the oil tank.

Painted & water transfer applied. The oil tank photo comes pretty close to the actual colour (depending on your monitor of course!).

Engine cradle with second coat of primer. The surface of the bare steel is very lumpy and uneven. I don’t recommend stripping to bare metal – just sand off the top coat for a smooth surface.

Finished frame, ready for assembly – on second thought – not quite. Clean as a whistle. This spot on the top tube was badly rusted, but came up quite nice. The green is almost impossible to get an accurate photo of, but the oil tank is pretty close! The paint is VW Fresco Green as seen on the Passat.

I know my choice of colours will drive purists into conniptions, but I think most will agree that the ’70’s were not a high point in style.
Besides, I only have one Norton Fastback and it is after all, only paint. New certification plate. Boy is there is a story about this….

Plate on headstock – Tapered bearing seats in place.