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by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Parts
Topic: steering damper knob
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: steering damper knob

Ummm My '53 350 (long departed to another owner) had the serrations and the damper knob as per Vincent's. There wasn't anything pre-war on it but I guess at some time in its life the knob could have been replaced - the one on the bike was certainly in excellent condition! (My September '51 VH has no...
by Simon.Gardiner
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Parts
Topic: steering damper knob
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: steering damper knob

With the serrations for the head yoke nut, isn't that 1950's ?

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Engine fin polishing
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: Engine fin polishing

There was some research on one of the Norton forums a while back regarding barrel/head finishes which concluded that the smoother the finish the less the cooling, so currently my advice would be don't even think about polishing any fins (unless you're not intending to run the engine!) Edit: Norton f...
by Simon.Gardiner
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: 1952 square ?
Replies: 10
Views: 629

Re: 1952 square ?

simon.holyfield wrote:....At least its got most of the tinware.


Bit short in the crankshaft spline department though!

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: sleeve gear bushs
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: sleeve gear bushs

Johnny:
I'd think that with the bike upright you'd have to assemble the shafts and gears in the case before putting any of the covers on ( I did the work on mine with the bike upright).

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: sleeve gear bushs
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: sleeve gear bushs

On the single the magneto plate across the top of the offside rear plate stops any useful jiggling of the engine - it is a pain if you don't want to touch the motor but at least it is possible to do a complete gearbox overhaul without taking the shell out of the frame (speaking from experience of re...
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: sleeve gear bushs
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: sleeve gear bushs

Johnny: I don't think you can replace the bushes without taking the sleeve gear out, but you can get the sleeve gear out without taking the gearbox shell out of the bike. (Take the cases/gears/shafts out from the kickstart side, take the primary side off completely and undo the gearbox sprocket nut ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: ID help please
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: ID help please

They look suspiciously like swing-arm single engine plates to me! ;)

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: combined clutch a/r and valve lifter control lever 1938 VH
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: combined clutch a/r and valve lifter control lever 1938 VH

I'm using the same lever set-up and the only way I've been able to get the lower mag lever to stay put is by tightening things up so that the (upper) lifter lever has to be pushed back. After years of using a trigger-type lever for the exhaust it didn't seem right to start with but now I'm OK with i...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Oil in spark plug wells. Bike won't start.
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: Oil in spark plug wells. Bike won't start.

Hi Lee I'd check the rocker feed carefully (pipes/banjos/spindles etc) - it's quite easy for some part of it to loosen and start weeping, although if you're unlucky you might have a crack in the pipe (or in one of the joints). Otherwise rocker box base gaskets, tappet cover gaskets - there are plent...

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