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by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Paint or Plastic Coat
Replies: 11
Views: 1696

I think you're dead right about powdercoating hiding any developing rust; it is much harder than paint but there will be places where rust will start and you won't see that until there's lot of rust. And then the powdercoating will be a swine of a job to get off. (Speaking from experience here) On a...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Burman Gearbox anomaly
Replies: 6
Views: 2209

I've yet to have a Burman box where you couldn't find more than one neutral (OK so I've probably only owned half-a-dozen) and I can confirm that the box on my airhead BMW has 4 neutrals in it when you're trying to work it through the gears by turning the back wheel! I think jumping out of gears/not ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Seized engine
Replies: 16
Views: 2741

I guess I was thinking more of using a piece of wood and a mallet but then I'm just a crude singles chap, not one your more sophisticated square four types :-)
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Seized engine
Replies: 16
Views: 2741

I'm no expert on squariels but asuming it's the rust above the rings that's causing the problem I'd be tempted to 'unbolt' he block and lift it off the crankcase/pistons (that way all the pistons only have to travel downwards...and if things are that tight the block will need to come off anyway).
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: RESTORATION OF 1938 ARIEL SQUARE -4
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Ralph There was a time when I'd have said 'chilled iron grit' blasting for cleaning up cast-iron. You might need to do a bit of googling to find out if there are better or more modern alternatives. Might also be useful to use someone used to that sort of work as it'll be best done with a bit of care...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Rocker box lug damage
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Another cause might be undoing the bolts while the rocker is still holding a valve open - especially if the bolts are undone one at a time so at the end of the process there's only one bolt, and one lug, involved...
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: For sale/wanted - Parts
Topic: 8" rear brake plate QD SQ4 hub
Replies: 8
Views: 996

Played that man! (Hope the price was right!!)
by Simon.Gardiner
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: ALTERNATIVE TO SRM
Replies: 6
Views: 2807

Steve McFarlane was one of the founders of SRM - I think he's now got his own engineering concern in Cardiff (he comes up in 'yell.com'), looks like he still does a lot of bike stuff.

I doubt if he'd be cheaper (I think you do get what you pay for) but he may be slightly closer.
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Vh from Bill Lomas
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Oooooh, very nice ! I'm gonna build me one !! :-)
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Cast-Iron to Alloy?
Replies: 13
Views: 2383

I've seen several references to stocks of parts being used up first rather than all new being introduced in one clean sweep. I don't think this was limited to just Ariel, and my 1980 BM has got some parts on it that were supposed to have been discontinued in the 1979 model year. I didn't realise the...

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