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by Simon.Gardiner
Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Magneto Not Providing Spark
Replies: 6
Views: 1222

Looks like this little beastie has decided to be difficult. -while the HT pickup is off clean/degrease it thoroughly -make sure the HT pickup brush can move freely and see if you can work out if there's enough 'push' in the spring to get it in contact with the slip ring -do the same with the earth b...
by Simon.Gardiner
Mon May 14, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Welding Sq Four Petrol Tank
Replies: 21
Views: 3738

I think the original tank bolts only have a short threaded length and the end of the thread tightens before the end of the bolt gets near the bottom of the tank. Still needs locking wire though!
by Simon.Gardiner
Thu May 03, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: sacrilige !
Replies: 13
Views: 1567

It's not the speed limit that matters, Nev, it's the way you get there :lol:
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: VH Primary Drive
Replies: 10
Views: 1179

My s/arm VH has the gearbox pretty close to that timing cover bolt, with a new chain, there's only just enough clearance.
Two possibly daft points - the cover hasn't been re-tapped to fit a larger stud/nut has it? And are the primary sprockets in line?
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: full width hub analysis
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

I wouldn't be surprised if there was an 'impact' in this somewhere....
by Simon.Gardiner
Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: Paint or Plastic Coat
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

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: 2263

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: 2805

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: 2805

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: 632

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...

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