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by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Broken oil ring
Replies: 12
Views: 2591

Re: Broken oil ring

That looks like one of those cut-down Ford pistons that Drags used to sell (only one compression ring and a composite steel oil control ring). It's also got a couple of nice seizure marks - whenever mine get like that they slap pretty badly too!

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: No Stock
Replies: 50
Views: 10369

Re: No Stock

It'll work on anything - cheapest rust remover and very thorough. Best source of molasses is farm food suppliers, it's used as horse feed and often sold 'loose' (bring your own container) for a few pence per litre. I keep a plastic wheelie bin full behind the house! You'll be appalled by the amount ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: No Stock
Replies: 50
Views: 10369

Re: No Stock

"I'm currently trying to figure out how to get rusty springs out of the bottom shrouds..." Assuming you're not in a tearing hurry, mix up 1 part molasses to 5 parts water (1:7 might be OK as well) in a bucket and stick the springs/shrouds in that for a couple of weeks (or maybe more....)....
by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Front a Disc Brake
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Re: Front a Disc Brake

'Discworld' Cheval Jan 2015
There's also a piccie in 'Mailbag' Cheval Mar 2014 of John Bateman's Ariel using a '57 frame with a 2009 Enfield disc-brake front end fitted.

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: No Stock
Replies: 50
Views: 10369

Re: No Stock

British Only Austria have some Ariel stock - looks like they might have Burgess filter boxes at a price (maybe only for singles, I don't know if the FH filters are the same) - they also seem to have stainless battery straps http://www.vintage-motorcycle.com/index.php?language=en&site=4&pid=6...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: VH Clutch adjustment?
Replies: 78
Views: 16606

Re: VH Clutch adjustment?

Single spares sec is Pete Kemp, last Friday he went off to a rally in Spain for maybe 3 weeks so if you contact him there might be a delay in the reply.
John Budgen might be another possible source http://www.johnbudgenmotorcycles.co.uk/

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Bikes
Topic: 1954 Square in Florida, USA
Replies: 4
Views: 1472

Re: 1954 Square in Florida, USA

'...no detail was spared, every part was researched and imported from the U.K. This is truly a museum quality motorcycle......' :P Impressive front brake though - and good piccie of rear brake cable layout? sq4-rear-brke.jpg Also a photo of several 'Ariel Detroit' newsletters, one looks to be dated ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: JP pistons in Huntmaster problems?
Replies: 15
Views: 4988

Re: JP pistons in Huntmaster problems?

After much research and measuring I'm even more confused. My JPs (FH/A10, 7.25:1 'flat top', solid skirt, +60). seem to have been machined for slightly more clearance (approx half thou) than Hepolites would be. The clearances as far as I can make them out seem to be quite generous for the JPs assumi...
by Simon.Gardiner
Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: VH misting from carb
Replies: 10
Views: 2835

Re: VH misting from carb

Misting - I agree with Paul (my '53 NH with a single-lobe cam misted the oil tank lots and there was nothing wrong with that engine!)
Air filter - can you fit one of those conical K+N ones?

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: FH cylinder head advice please
Replies: 12
Views: 3212

Re: FH cylinder head advice please

BSA A10s (same engine mechanicals) had a reputation for burning exhaust valves - the inlet valves and exhaust valves are physically the same (but different materials) and it's an easy mistake to fit an inlet valve to the exhaust side; it'll run OK as well, for a while! If the valves are burnt Alan's...

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