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by john.whiting
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Flexible petrol pipe
Replies: 13
Views: 265

Re: Flexible petrol pipe

Ariel used a strange kind of flexible system with a rubber hose enclosed in bronze wire woven braid.......far as I know,the rubber was kind of sticky ,and sealed against the braid...(braid was soldered into ends).......but I do remember buying a prewar single,and riding it home,and the braid started...
by john.whiting
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: clutch and mainshaft
Replies: 37
Views: 705

Re: clutch and mainshaft

Funny,I fancied there were six dowells as well as bolts........confused with a Harley wheel,I think.........or maybe one of mine does have dowells too.....cant remember.
by john.whiting
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: What to do?
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: What to do?

Once upon a time,every car workshop had to be able to remetal babbit bearings,and any good prewar engine repair book will give all the info necessary........A centrifugal casting machine for bushes can be easily made from a 1/4hp electric motor ,and a few bits found in anyones junkpile......Need a d...
by john.whiting
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: clutch and mainshaft
Replies: 37
Views: 705

Re: clutch and mainshaft

Bit bigger than a Transit.....8 wheel MAN........all the bolts were replaced at inspection(along with $25k other requirements for 10 year inspection).......done up with a hydraulic spanner to exact specs.......couple of weeks later ,a lot were missing....on removal and crack testing,more had cracks ...
by john.whiting
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: clutch and mainshaft
Replies: 37
Views: 705

Re: clutch and mainshaft

Since Unbrako moved to a disused curry factory in Mumbai,there has not been a decent socket head screw on the market.......Unbrako s used to be DIN 11.9 or 12.8,soon as they moved to India ,they are all 8.8 ,this is equivalent to Gr 5 SAE..............incidentally,most of the Chinese fasteners on th...
by john.whiting
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: What,s it for?
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: What,s it for?

Nev is close ..its a liquid soap dispenser ,nicely made and nickle plated for hospital use.
by john.whiting
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: What to do?
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: What to do?

I d check the catalogues and see if there is a steelback sintered bushing close to the size needed....Of course the cheap way out is to rebabbit the bearing......build your own centrifugal setup.....not hard to do.Babbit sticks readily to bronze......babbiting cast iron is tricky,which was done in a...
by john.whiting
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Black Ariel & sidecar?
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Black Ariel & sidecar?

Im not keen riding in sidecars either.......in fact I wont............even as a lad,I rode on the pillion and mother and brother went in the sidecar......And thats a long time ago,cause the old man bought a car in 1957,and that was the end of bikes for him.....It was a matter of moving up in the wor...
by john.whiting
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Black Ariel & sidecar?
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: Black Ariel & sidecar?

I suggest your first stop is the road authority.......see what design is acceptable......In Queensland ,the traditional method of suspending the passenger body on springs ,and having a rigid sidecar frame is not allowed......The passenger compartment must be rigidly fixed at four widely spaced point...
by john.whiting
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Two stroke
Topic: Journals
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Journals

Surprising you can run rollers on chrome......conventional wisdom is that the chrome will waste away...........Ive had it happen on gearbox mainshafts,and front bearings(in trucks).....maybe they are using a new process.

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