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by john.whiting
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 4G Rocker box breather?
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: 4G Rocker box breather?

When your bike was new,cars had engine breather pipes going down beside the sump.......a fumey car would lay down a fog of blowby on the road,which got real bad on steep hills.....and every road had a black strip down the middle where oil dripped from breathers.The good old days.
by john.whiting
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: 4G Rocker box breather?
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: 4G Rocker box breather?

I think you must have excessive blowby from the pistons to force the oil out.The crankcase is being pressurized blowing out the oil mist......I had an iron S4 years ago with the same problem,because in those days there were no spares.(that I could afford)....run with the cover off ,the motor was ful...
by john.whiting
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Vtwin scandal
Replies: 32
Views: 693

Re: Vtwin scandal

Whoever bought the bike is the one taking a risk,a 20,000 quid risk.....if someone comes forward with a claim that the bike was in the back of a shed at the family farm in the sixties,and then disappeared,it will be seized by the cops as suspect,until the whole ownership puzzle is thrashed out in co...
by john.whiting
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: cleaning off crankcases
Replies: 15
Views: 433

Re: cleaning off crankcases

Simple ,harmless way to make ally cases look like new......blast them with crushed nutshell......my favourite being Queensland nut shell....crushed corncob also does a good job.......i would be very careful of dishwasher tablets,they contain strong alkalis ,and sometimes chlorine compounds that atta...
by john.whiting
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Vtwin scandal
Replies: 32
Views: 693

Re: Vtwin scandal

While the auctioneers were a bit naughty......taking a diabolical liberty....is the term ,I believe......any claim would be from the buyer,if the AOMCC refused to offer any assistance......Anyhoo,I dont see how the AOMCC could be aware of the presumably ground off original frame number........as Mr ...
by john.whiting
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: 1929 Channel Crossing re-enactment
Replies: 6
Views: 518

Re: 1929 Channel Crossing re-enactment

The channel s pretty busy.....or like Nelson,will you just put the spyglass to your blind eye,and press on regardless.....
by john.whiting
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Powder Coating frames !!!!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Powder Coating frames !!!!!!!

Unfortunately ,any paint stripper that gets into the holes in the frame will come out and ruin new paint.....So make sure you use a type that evaporates.....the only one s I know that do that are no longer available ,like methyl chloride.
by john.whiting
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Vtwin scandal
Replies: 32
Views: 693

Re: Vtwin scandal

Before you buy at auction,its worthwhile perusing the relevant laws.....Years ago ,a friends son bought an item at auction,that 1 yr later was recovered by the police as stolen.....Went to see a lawyer......yeah,we will sue,get your money back etc etc......then....no ...under the law the auctioneer ...
by john.whiting
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Vtwin scandal
Replies: 32
Views: 693

Re: Vtwin scandal

Bonhams have got the formula pretty well finetuned......Just have a look at their US auctions and the crazy prices they get there......and Im talking "house prices"...then add about 15-20% premium......and you have a very profitable business........At least with bikes you dont have all the...
by john.whiting
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Vtwin scandal
Replies: 32
Views: 693

Re: Vtwin scandal

They can have the frame,Ill have the 3000 quid.............to me,the frame looks a lot like the 1929 V/2 500 ohv sports model......but the 1928 s had a similar frame for singles too.......they werent a very good motor,and are always seen broken....The roller lifters are always busted,and were made o...

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