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by pappleton
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Vinegar to clean rusted tanks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: Vinegar to clean rusted tanks?

I bought a rusty VH tank at a swop meet and was warned it leaked. A good handful of granite chippings with soap and water and into a cement mixer, packed foam around the tank. The whole process took about a day, changing the position of the tank to get all the rust out. I then brazed up all the pin ...
by pappleton
Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Vinegar to clean rusted tanks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: Vinegar to clean rusted tanks?

Not Ariel related, but oxalic acid is ideal for removing black water stains from oak furniture. Just remember to neutralise it once the ring has disappeared - or you will have a white ring instead! It's pretty good for bleaching oak. I get mine from the local pharmacy and large containers of meths a...
by pappleton
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Spare engine project... (a W/NG 425cc stroker?)
Replies: 16
Views: 1224

Re: Spare engine project...

I've built a crank assembly using a VB crank and rod with an 85mm goldie piston. In order to balance it I had to remove some weight around the big end eye on the flywheels. Not a lot and I did it on a rotary table on my mill. Big difference in the weights of the pistons, I guess.
BR, Paul
by pappleton
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Fitting new valves and guides
Replies: 26
Views: 2272

Re: Fitting new valves and guides

You certianly seem to live in a remote location. I can think of several advantages - Low risk of covid, hopefully no idiot car drivers and no noisey neighbours for a start!
by pappleton
Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: VB rear upper chain guard
Replies: 12
Views: 1178

Re: VB rear upper chain guard

Gary,
Fitting seats and getting mudguards on- anything like square - are two of my favourite jobs - NOT!
Good Luck,
Paul
by pappleton
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: Yes my Ariel KH is for sale...NOW SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Re: Yes my Ariel KH is for sale...

Hi Paul,
PM sent
BR, Paul
by pappleton
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Dynamo not charging
Replies: 10
Views: 2028

Re: Dynamo not charging

When I recommisioned my '53 VH after sitting in the shed for some 30yrs, nothing I did could encourage a good charge from the dyno. Before being laid up, the bike had the best charging rate I'd seen on a 6v system - you could even take it out at night! A few pointless hours were spent prodding and p...
by pappleton
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: square 4 HEAD STOCK BEARINGS RACES
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: square 4 HEAD STOCK BEARINGS RACES

I think Drags do a taper roller set up for that. I would advise that you grind or file a half round relief on the seat in the frame as the bearing outer is considerably narrower than the original. Don't ask me how I found this out....
BR,
Paul
by pappleton
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: New member, '52 VH500
Replies: 82
Views: 9400

Re: New member, '52 VH500

Both of my front mudguards on 53 VH's have the same fractures as yours, and the tinworm! I'm in the process of cutting out a section on both sides and welding in new bits, a right faff. To strengthen the lot I've made a bridge to go on the inside, locating inside the beaded edge that I will then wel...
by pappleton
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: For sale/wanted - Parts
Topic: Wanted: Twin or Single Lobe Camshaft and HS Type Followers
Replies: 7
Views: 1191

Re: Wanted: Twin or Single Lobe Camshaft and HS Type Followers

Pretty sure Pete Kemp (singles spares) has these - and single lobe VCH cam
BR,
Paul

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