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Norvin. does anybody know if unity equipe is still in business?

bsaowner

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I'm looking for a set of engine plates for my Norvin Currently it's possibly the world's most horrible norvin but I aim to change this! I've tried calling Unity several times but no-one answers, have they closed? Does anybody know of an alternative source? I'm in the USA but I don't mind where they come from...they just have to be good! I could copy the ones that are on the bike now, but they are so poorly made that I don't think they are a good starting point. BTW it's a slimline frame.
thanks in advance.
mark
 

Marcus Bowden

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It used to be run by a BIG fella called Peter Lee and rode a Vincent and sold me a pair of MK1 concentric's in the late 60's they advertised on the front page of Old Bike Mart. Sorry just noticed your in USA I'll see if I can find an "old bike mart" wait for a moment.
 

Phil Arundel

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Hi Mark,
Sorry, just checked the Unity Equipe website and their latest catalogue is dated 2015 - so looks like they are no longer trading!!
Phil
 

ericg

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Why not make your own plates?
It's not that difficult, plus it would be cheaper and more accurate, you'll just have to measure several times before cutting/drilling.
 

Chris Launders

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Unity may still in business, as far as I know but the guy running it has been ill and is possibly only doing mornings (UK) He has no Norvin engine plates and no one working for him to make them (I know the person who was working there doing that, but he left a year ago)
Also try ringing Sheffield British Motorcycles, it's the same guy, but the same applies, he has no plates.
I made my own (chopped engine ones) using cardboard, then MDF. a set of transfer punches are really useful and very cheap.
Chris.
 

brian gains

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This possibly mat be incorrect but i believe Raysons Exhausts is run by by grandson of Mr Unity Equipe and therefore maybe good start point for enquiries.
 

bsaowner

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It used to be run by a BIG fella called Peter Lee and rode a Vincent and sold me a pair of MK1 concentric's in the late 60's they advertised on the front page of Old Bike Mart. Sorry just noticed your in USA I'll see if I can find an "old bike mart" wait for a moment.
Marcus, I used to live in Ashton u lyne until 1996 and worked in Rochdale so I used to go to their original location just outside Rochdale on a regular basis, and I remember Peter Lee. I think he emigrated to Canada. I'm trying to avoid making my own plates if possible as I'm not sure that they way it has been done on this bike is necessarily a good way of doing the job of mounting the engine. Even a set of pics would be useful, especially the rear left hand mount which is very convoluted on this bike. All the existing plates are very poorly made.
thanks
mark
 

vibrac

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I hacksawed and filed my last engine plates maybe 10 years ago nowadays if I want something out of plate I draw it up on stiff card mark the holes and give the lot my local water cutter and specify smooth edges. Job done! He usually supplies in 8mm plate never mind it will polish up like 5/16" :cool:
 

timetraveller

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That's good. I have to supply a CAD file (DWG for those in the know).. Hand drawn would not be good enough to the people I use. Also they have a minimum charge of £50 so either I have to find someone else and put my order in as a piggyback or get several of something made.
 

Chris Launders

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Looking at the position of some of the holes the gearbox pivots at the top and the front set would be for a slimline with the extra bottom mount the widelines didn't have.

BSAOWNER, you haven't indicated what sort of Norvin you have, single. standard twin or twin with the gearbox chopped off (if so what gearbox) also single and twin Norton frames have different front mountings so that is a minimum of 6 different combinations.

I worked for several years part time making "Converta" plates so I'm fairly familiar with them, Unity never made single or chopped engine plates by the way.

As an aside there were at least 12 different "Triton" patterns depending on frame, engine, gearbox, alt/dynamo, unit/pre-unit combinations.

Chris.
 

vibrac

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That's good. I have to supply a CAD file (DWG for those in the know).. Hand drawn would not be good enough to the people I use. Also they have a minimum charge of £50 so either I have to find someone else and put my order in as a piggyback or get several of something made.
I paid £30 for a set of lightning plates from paper templates from plans in MPH Eddie's obscure components
 

bsaowner

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Looking at the position of some of the holes the gearbox pivots at the top and the front set would be for a slimline with the extra bottom mount the widelines didn't have.

BSAOWNER, you haven't indicated what sort of Norvin you have, single. standard twin or twin with the gearbox chopped off (if so what gearbox) also single and twin Norton frames have different front mountings so that is a minimum of 6 different combinations.

I worked for several years part time making "Converta" plates so I'm fairly familiar with them, Unity never made single or chopped engine plates by the way.

As an aside there were at least 12 different "Triton" patterns depending on frame, engine, gearbox, alt/dynamo, unit/pre-unit combinations.

Chris.
Chris, the engine is a 1949 rapide and the engine is un chopped apart from some butchery to the G50 gearbox plate. The RH top frame rail is flattened so my guess is that it originally housed a single, ES2 maybe? The front mounts although rather crude are fairly simple but the LH rear is a bit weird, it looks like a cross tube which would have been an anchor for top rear engine mounts has been cut out, shortened and re-inserted to make way for an engine plate and a spacer....
 

vibrac

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Perhaps I am lucky guy is just down the road I pay cash he fits it in between jobs and he divies up alloy sheet like a tailor cutting cloth always got a spare bit. there are lots of water cutters around
think it was 12-18 months ago
 

Mike 40M

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Problem with the slimline front mount is that it has to be a 1/4" plate. Found when I changed to aluminium plates on a 650SS.
 

Chris Launders

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Ah but with a Vincent engine it wouldn't have to go inside the mounting, your plates would be much further apart, well outside the Norton mountings.
 

lomaxjohn

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I'm looking for a set of engine plates for my Norvin Currently it's possibly the world's most horrible norvin but I aim to change this! I've tried calling Unity several times but no-one answers, have they closed? Does anybody know of an alternative source? I'm in the USA but I don't mind where they come from...they just have to be good! I could copy the ones that are on the bike now, but they are so poorly made that I don't think they are a good starting point. BTW it's a slimline frame.
thanks in advance.
mark
Hi Mark
Last time I spoke to Steve he was about to start building a Norvin
www.stevetonkin-restorations.co.uk
Quality of Steve's work is exceptional and I sure if possible he will help
I have just completed my Norvin rebuild of email me if you wish for photos/talk about/problem etc
lomaxjohn@hotmail.com
 
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