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by Simon.Gardiner
Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Huntmaster Head Steady
Replies: 6
Views: 862

Re: Huntmaster Head Steady

Bu**er - I've just bought head steady tubes/clips from Drags too so I expect mine will turn out to be too short as well (it's going to be a while yet before the engine goes into the frame). The A10 rocker box might have shorter studs at the front, I think they only use one nut as the head steady is ...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: '57 Huntmaster - Adjusting the clutch
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: '57 Huntmaster - Adjusting the clutch

Roger: In my experience....the adjustment at the pivot (the nut) is to allow the operating lever to be set up so as to be at right angles to the rod (ie at the fork) if possible. (This allows for maximum leverage and a lighter clutch.) It is also necessary to have a bit of clearance and also to make...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: w'ng won't rev abover tickover
Replies: 13
Views: 2256

Re: w'ng won't rev abover tickover

Weird. That spitting back sounds like a jet blockage - is the fuel clean? If you're happy that the carb is completely blameless all I can think of is to double check the mag, as that is something that can deteriorate with just standing. Are the points good and is the HT pickup clean and totally dry?...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Huntmaster brakes.
Replies: 1
Views: 549

Re: Huntmaster brakes.

Sid: Some people find the standard full-width single leading shoe brake is fine as long as it's properly set up (eg linings turned to fit the drum exactly) but many have tried to improve on it. The Owners' Club occasionally run off a batch of cable-operated 2LS brake plates, and there's a possible h...
by Simon.Gardiner
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: cam followers
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Re: cam followers

John: I can't see how the centre retaining dowel could be fitted wrongly as you're suggesting - how much of the rest of the engine have you got reassembled at this point? I found that my (new) outer two followers needed extra attention (cleaning up the channels in the barrel) to get them moving free...
by Simon.Gardiner
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Kick start lever
Replies: 13
Views: 2096

Re: Kick start lever

Unfortunately I think the answer is a resounding no (for any Ariel 4-stroke except maybe the 1950's Colt?) for availability of new ones. (I'm not sure I've ever seen a new folding kickstart for an Ariel - or in fact anything different to the pedal that Drags supply)

SG


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by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Petrol tank repair
Replies: 6
Views: 976

Re: Petrol tank repair

The back two mounting points on my '55 tank have been 3/8 BSF for several decades (easy enough to drill new wiring holes and I cut down a pair of longer bolts so there's enough unthreaded metal to prevent them going through the tank bottom)

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Headstock
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Headstock

All the headstocks are surely the same?

On removing the bearing cups, I think Ariel put a notch (or two) on the inside, beneath the cups, to help with drifting them out - but they might be a bit difficult to find at first as that area is usually well covered in years of old grease (etc!)

SG
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: KH/KHA Twins - Frank Assessment
Replies: 14
Views: 2752

Re: KH/KHA Twins - Frank Assessment

There's a 1948 road test article in the AOMCC document repository ('Red Hunter Twin') (also interviews with Val Page on the design of the engine) I remember chatting with the owner of a very smart black swing-arm KH many years ago and he very firmly put me right about it being much better for two-up...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel
Replies: 890
Views: 91667

Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

...tomorrow I will be draining the 40 grade and replacing with something a little lighter.. I'd happily recommend Morris's 15-50; I've been using it for winter in the ride-to-work (and kept outside) BM for the last few years and the change from a 20-50 to 15-50 makes a massive difference to the loa...

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