Dug out some pics of Norman D (incl one from Kim) and I reckon that was a
pretty good spot Roland.
Crankcase and cyl are clearly different but the timing chest with mag
bracket and the flywheel with brake shoe shaped governor weights are dead
ringers. Added to that, I re-read Philip Gallimore's Norman articles and
found that Kenilworth scooter and so probably type D, wore a VICI carb! So,
Norman parts used by someone else on a 'project' or a water cooled Norman
engine that never made quantity production?
I had an ID query today. It turns out the lucky chap has a Norman D powered
"Bungalyte" set. Whilst refreshing myself on the early Normans I was struck
by the very strong family resemblance to the unknown.
The style is close enough to make me wonder if either this is a previously
unknown water-cooled Norman or that both shared a common progenitor??
Yerst. It is a wired coincidence (!) , but last week I posted a photo to
Nick of a Norman engine from a Bunglite and inquired the same thing.
Anyone wanting a copy of the pic, please e-mail me off list.
All very interesting! I have yet to locate a picture of a 'D', but the cam
cover / magneto bracket is very similar, although not identical to the
Kenilworth type engine. You could well have something there!
Having now stripped, cleaned and begun the rebuild, it strikes me that
either the engine was never painted or the paint has been so meticulously
removed as to leave no trace. The green paint on the cylinder was added by
the last owner, but it was unpainted before. Even the flywheel, which is an
unmachined iron casting has never been painted (or at least no traces
remain), which struck me as unusual as obviously only polished cast iron has
any chance of staying rust free. I therefore wondered if this was because it
was either a prototype or pre-production model. Of course it may have been
supplied to a third party for painting and it never got done, who knows?
The other link, although very tenuous is that the previous owners family
bought it for their garage business from another garage. One of the markets
for the Norman D was as an air compressor, either sold or free-issued by
Dunlop Tyres to garages.
Thanks, I will continue the research. Does anyone have any links to a Norman