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Ariel Works Truck

Postby paul.wirdnam » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:18 am

What's the history of this vehicle? Did Ariel use them to deliver bikes to the dealers? Did they have a fleet of them? So many questions...

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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby paul.jameson » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:23 pm

As far as I know, there was only one. A shame really, because they could have stuck the other half of the Leader pointing the other way on a second one. I believe it eventually went on fire with a number of Leaders on board which were somewhat sizzled as a result.
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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby will_curry » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:57 pm

The badge on the side says 'Rootes Diesel' which was more than appropriate for a vehicle with half
a Leader stuck on the front. The Rootes diesel was a six-piston, three-cylinder two-stroke with
a supercharger. For its time very advanced. It wouldn't idle at under about 1500 rpm and made quite
a high-pitched noise. The drivers where I was hated them. Any work in the cab usually meant taking out
half a dozen or more blankets first which were there to deaden the noise. The supercharger was driven
off the flywheel by a shaft which was 'necked' in the middle so it broke before the flywheel or
supercharger when anything went wrong. We were told never to overfill the sump as the engine could
'run away' and not stop as it was burning the excess sump oil. It comes as no surprise that it caught
fire - two of ours did.

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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby john.whiting » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:13 am

The truck has lots of extra chrome,done in Ariels own plating works ,no doubt.The two piece windscreen was replaced in 1959,truck looks new ,so 57-59.

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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby simon.holyfield » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:49 am

will_curry wrote:The Rootes diesel was a six-piston, three-cylinder two-stroke with a supercharger.


Interesting. Any pictures?
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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby will_curry » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:17 pm

There are plenty on the internet - the engine was called 'TS3' by Rootes.
I knew them as the 'Fag packet' engine.

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Postby john.whiting » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:22 pm

Commer "knocker".........incidentally,the TS stood for Tilling Stevens,who first built the motors.....the motor was said to be a German design,under development by the Motorenfabrik Deutz ,and the plans taken like the DKW design.

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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:27 pm

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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby andyhughesflattankarielpre25 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:53 pm

Just as a matter of interest as we are on the subject of strokers,my father has a Vincent engine that is a horizontally opposed 2 stroke it runs 3 cylinders with a similar arrangement to the commer ts,the cenral cylinder acts as a blower for the other cylinders,they were an experimental engine that were supposed to be used for the boats that were dropped from the aircrafts when ditched over water,also Detroit made v6 and v8s supercharged 2 stroke diesels.

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Re: Ariel Works Truck

Postby john.whiting » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:50 am

The ultimate opposed piston two stroke was the Napier Deltic.........widely used in locomotives,boats ,power plants,etc..........from the days when "British and Best"actually meant something.


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