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by malcolm.johnson
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Side stand
Replies: 9
Views: 1521

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: 2631

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: 2631

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: 940

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: 1169

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: 631

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...
by malcolm.johnson
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Twine seal at tele fork slider/oilseal holder
Replies: 13
Views: 2418

Re: Twine seal at tele fork slider/oilseal holder

PTFE tape is good, using a lot more than you might expect, wound in the direction of tightening on both threads and the recess below. Even better is to twist the PTFE tape into a thick "twine" and use this as you would ordinary twine, but also smear the threads generously with a putty like...
by malcolm.johnson
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Cover girl!
Replies: 9
Views: 1566

Re: Cover girl!

The quietness of the old "noddy bikes" was always a problem to me and a pal in our very early teens in the period 1960-62, wheeling our field bike over the road to ride on some rough parkland. Our answer to PC Burns after he had sneaked up on us, was that we did not need licences or insura...
by malcolm.johnson
Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Poor quality pattern spares
Replies: 8
Views: 1851

Re: Poor quality pattern spares

I have communicated with Draganfly (which I should have done at the outset) and Roger confirms that the stock of the "sump plates" do need modifying. Aparently most are sold for use as the timing side bearing covers (not needing the recess) and made in house. The stock will be re-machined ...
by malcolm.johnson
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Poor quality pattern spares
Replies: 8
Views: 1851

Re: Poor quality pattern spares

Thanks John, I take your point, but to be totally honest I am fed up with some of the rubbish parts that have come my way restoring other makes and also to many of my aquaintances (and in seemingly in increasing quantities and varieties). Only 2 weeks ago I was sent a speedo bezel with no thread (no...

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