Hi to all,
New to Ariels and freshly joined so I'd say an introduction is in order... Been involved with bikes since i was 7. Mostly with bikes from great Russia as Im from Estonia. But also bikes from Germany and US. Lately I have become an owner of 39' 350 NG which has registration date 01.01.1939. Bike needs a lot of work but otherwise it wouldnt be much fun. Needless to say I Hope to get some support in this restoration process from Old Arielists.
Have already sent and email to Ariel club regarding this bike and hope soon i will receive some more info as to how it rolled off production line. Bike actually carries copper lable on chainguard from representative in Estonia at that time so hopefully there is some information around. Would be interesting to know how many of these beautiful bikes ended up here back then.
Frame, motor and gearbox numbers indicate that it is 39' model. Would really appeciate if someone could share some info as to color combination for that year export bikes. It appears to be black with chrome/painted rims. Was there also some striping on those rims? Also would be good to know if saddle is original? Have just seen Ariels with Black leather so bit strange but can be. Also would like to know what sort of finishing was used on bolts, washers etc was it chrome or some other plating used at that time? As far as i can see bike has front and rear lights and exhaust from some other models. Anything else?
Might be surprise to some but engine on this bike is actually in running condition
and Can be started without a problem.
Anyway Im looking forward to spend "some" sleepless nights on this project...