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by tonyh
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Anyway back to the subject. I had a repair to do on the chain case. The oil deflector at the back of the clutch had rotted away. It looked like the chain case had sat in water for years. I drilled the rivets out and made a new one and managed to get the primary side all finished. The other day I als...
by tonyh
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Yes the VNH had these marks too. I suppose after 60+ years we have no idea who did the abusing. Talking of the VNH. I actually had a ride on it today. I started the engine after I finished it 6 months ago and have never ridden it because the winter set in. Now with whats going on we cant go out. How...
by tonyh
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Another shot from the time side of the engine plate front. A picture says a 1000 words and all that. I also noticed that all the Ariels I have had that the chain drags on the plate that supports the swing arm. This bike was no exception. I have made a oilon, (nylon) skid to stop this. I only had gre...
by tonyh
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Another shot of the engine plates and layout from the drive side. The front plates are different. Because I had to mount the engine slightly to the right, I had to make a stepped alloy plate on the time side. Slightly odd but I won't tell if you don't.
by tonyh
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

I did have access to a Burman Huntmaster gearbox with the longer mainshaft but decided to use a Triumph box. There's nothing the matter with the Burman box. Its bit slow changing, but strong and will last us all out. However, I have a lot of pre unit Triumph stuff including a number of g/boxs. Some ...
by tonyh
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Because the Ariel Wheel spindles, both back and front are so big, it's quite easy to make spacers to reduce them to the correct diameter. The back wheel complete only cost £60 from a breaker with the brake etc. Its 18" not 19" like the front. The rear sprocket was only 38 teeth. I wanted a...
by tonyh
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

You may have noticed the the rear chain gaurd. This is also Enfield, another ebay job from India. It was £11.95 free delivery. It comes painted, but I will redo this and the rear bracket near the rear damper even lines up with the one on the gaurd. I have used these before and there very good.
by tonyh
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

Yes there's plenty of these brakes about and not to expensive. I would have liked an 8" single sided BSA one, but its a special so I may as well put what I want in. The Back wheel I used a Suzuki T500 from the 70's. This, like the Ariel wheel has the brake on the opposite side to the sprocket. ...
by tonyh
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

As you can see the wheels are not the original ones. It came with the FWH Ariel wheels. They had alloy rims and new tyres. However, the tyres we quite old and as most people know, the original front brake was not the finest and with the Triumph 650 engine I need to stop. I spotted an ebay a late 201...
by tonyh
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Making the 650 HunterBird
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Making the 650 HunterBird

So it does Bob. I will give more details tomorrow.
Tony

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