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by malcolm.johnson
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Square 4 magneto problem
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Square 4 magneto problem

I have now done about 350 miles on my rebuilt 1947 4G finished some months ago. Most of the mileage has been done on steady runs of about 20 miles to bed in the newly built engine. On the last three runs the engine has begun to misfire badly after about 15 miles, especially at lower revs, leading to...
by malcolm.johnson
Thu May 22, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Calling All Mk1 Owners
Replies: 21
Views: 3079

I met exactly the same problem with my 1947 rigid teles 4G. I found that if I fitted the big kink to the right and small to left, the right exhaust fouled the rear stand and left badly fouled the clutch cover. I, in the end fitted big kink left and small right. That way the left exhaust just touches...
by malcolm.johnson
Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Fuel tank prep. for sealing
Replies: 6
Views: 1844

I was given details of this from a pal`s "Roadholder" (Norton) magazine, because I have this job to face shortly, in order to remove an old tank lining, clean and re seal. My Square Four panel tank was restored long before my acquisition and modern petrol used since commissioning is causin...
by malcolm.johnson
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Side stand
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Re: Side stand

A "Jiffy" is a sidestand, i don't know who Jiffy is, maybe a sister of "Dicky"(seat) :D . OK I fell in for that one, reminds me of being an apprentice mechanic a (long) while ago and being sent for a "long stand" - fell for that too. However I would be interested in si...
by malcolm.johnson
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Side stand
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Please excuse my ignorance, but what is the "Jiffy" stand, could it be made to fit my rigid 4G? I am finding the rear stand a bit of a worry every time I stop and eventually I can see the bike being dropped! Any pictures and who stocks the "Jiffy"?
by malcolm.johnson
Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Confused of Norwich writes on the subject of coupling gears
Replies: 19
Views: 2337

Thanks everyone, being my first Ariel, I am a little reassured now, however I think the noise of mine is not a good experience and if better gears were available then I would put them on. Other than that a good ride, if I can stop trying for a fifth gear. Might eventually look at some taller gearing.
by malcolm.johnson
Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Confused of Norwich writes on the subject of coupling gears
Replies: 19
Views: 2337

Re: Confused of Norwich writes on the subject of coupling ge

On the subject of coupling gears, happily I have got passed the assembly point and have done about 200 miles with my newly finished iron 4G. The engine is smooth and runs well, but I am struggling to accept that the coupling gear noise is ok. In an article and road test (Classic M/C Sept 1990) the w...
by malcolm.johnson
Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: solid state teaser
Replies: 0
Views: 876

solid state teaser

The electro-mechanical voltage regulator on my Ariel was terminally ill, so I decided to fit an elderly 6 volt positive earth solid state unit of "Podtronics" make that I had salvaged from a BSA undergoing work in progress. It is worthwhile mentioning that this was bolted to the inside of ...
by malcolm.johnson
Fri May 24, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Suppliers
Topic: Chrome plating
Replies: 0
Views: 1103

Chrome plating

If you require surface finishing and you are in the north east (although a postal service may be possible) try the firm detailed below. I have just picked up a pair of silencers, a pair of saddle springs and a pair of fork top nuts that have been stripped, polished and re chromed for my 4g. A really...
by malcolm.johnson
Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Burman kickstart lever
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Re: Burman kickstart lever

I am quite interested in the outcome of this enquiry. I have just completed the rebuild of my 1947 rigid/teles 4g and getting the right hand exhaust system to clear both the rear stand and the exhaust, can only be achieved by the silencer outlets not being equi-distant from the rear wheel. Not by mu...

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