Damien Towning wrote:Also I read the number on the frame as either 5828 or 5628. I am guessing the odds of being able to look that up in some sort of register somewhere is fairly slim? Everything from this long ago bombed during the war or thrown in to the tip ?
There might be some factory records, I think I read somewhere that there are still records back to 1926 (others here will know for sure).
If you're serious about building up a complete bike, join the Owners Club.
And although I'm not an expert on the 'black' Ariels you might be advised to keep an eye on Ian Colvin's 1927 rebuild thread (if you're not already)viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8924
(there are also some good links in that thread that others have put in).
'55 Huntmaster, '56 VH, ' 51 VH, '80 R100RT, '00 Sprint ST (but all those Ariel parts can only make one running bike...)