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by john.whiting
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Nice article in TCMC!!
Replies: 11
Views: 231

Re: Nice article in TCMC!!

At one time you could get chrome mesh covers for Lucas headlamps ....and the #1 rocker accessory ,a chrome peak for the light ....both these simply fitted in the shell in front of the light/lens unit....Common on Minis back in the day.,too.
by john.whiting
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Member's Bikes
Topic: '41 W/NG "Scrambler"
Replies: 23
Views: 506

Re: '41 W/NG "Scrambler"

If you ve ever had a crankpin and rollers break up in a engine,you will be a committed filter user ...the sharp hard steel chips do bulk damage as they circulate,and embed in any softer metal from bushings to piston skirts.....The filter doesnt stop damage to the return part of the oilpump,but thats...
by john.whiting
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: brakes aka vincent
Replies: 31
Views: 969

Re: brakes aka vincent

Standard on the Enfield Constellation in 1954.....and other years too ,no doubt.
by john.whiting
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: brakes aka vincent
Replies: 31
Views: 969

Re: brakes aka vincent

I remember you could could get handlebar levers with a balance bar for twin cables.....jogged the memory ,and I might have one somewhere.
by john.whiting
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Member's Bikes
Topic: My "Trials " Bike
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: My "Trials " Bike

Thanks ,Ian for that interesting bit of info.....I have boxes of the SR mags salvaged off small motors....I know the pukka black plastic endcaps are available to replace the tin end used on the industrial mags.
by john.whiting
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Suppliers
Topic: Devon Rim Company TOP!
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: Devon Rim Company TOP!

Ive pulled down various brands of bike wheels ,and noticed the spoke lengths fitted in the wheels never correspond to the lengths listed in parts books......I put this down to respoking being done over the years...........I would never use dial gauge to check a wheel,bit of boilermakers chalk in a h...
by john.whiting
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: stainless front wheel spindle for alloy FWH-loose in fork!
Replies: 13
Views: 234

Re: stainless front wheel spindle for alloy FWH-loose in fork!

Far fetched ,you say..........well a similar event happened here recently when a fancy stainless girder fork spindle fractured and deposited a Panther on the road ,crankcase first.
by john.whiting
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: stainless front wheel spindle for alloy FWH-loose in fork!
Replies: 13
Views: 234

Re: stainless front wheel spindle for alloy FWH-loose in fork!

If you were to combine the one sided dampers some here fit, and an axle loose in one slider,said axle made of 304 stainless (very low notch toughness).....I could guarantee your head will come in close proximity to the roadway when the spindle breaks ,and the front wheel comes adrift.
by john.whiting
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Member's Bikes
Topic: My "Trials " Bike
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: My "Trials " Bike

Starting on full advance will be an interesting experience......I remember as a child I always started my Ariel with the pedal in the gap behind the toes,when it kicked back ,it didnt hurt so much......I wasnt allowed to wear my shoes riding motorbikes,they were for special occasions......Thats prob...
by john.whiting
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: stainless front wheel spindle for alloy FWH-loose in fork!
Replies: 13
Views: 234

Re: stainless front wheel spindle for alloy FWH-loose in fork!

There is a simple efficient way of increasing a diameter---called "jumping up"-----but apparently ,the manufacturers thought 99% of his (or her?) customers were a bunch of tossers with old bikes who wouldnt know any better.......Fortunately Ariel forks are steel,the same defect with alloy ...

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