the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

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the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby MARK.WALSH » Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:38 pm

At last I have just about completed the resurrection of my 1951 square 4
I took it for a test spin this morning (only a mile or so) followed by my friends on their Vincent rapider and triumph T110 who kept an observation on me for in case of any problems with me or the bike.
The bike ran fine - only slightly hunting on the tick over or low speeds. The frame had been straightened my motoliner of Maidstone and they did a great job and I can thoroughly recommend them .
I never dreamed the bike would be fully repaired before I was. At the moment I still have a broken leg that wont heal and it looks as though I will need further surgery. I reckon it will mean my leg will remain broken for at least 2 years since the accident and the pain of it continues.
Anyway back to the bike - runs well - very few leaks, high oil pressure and a load of thanks to fellow Ariel enthusiasts who have assisted with knowledge through these forums and other bike enthusiasts who have helped me source hard to find parts. A couple of bits I could not salvage was a petrol tank (I bought an Indian one that fits well except the oil gauge aperture is too small by 1/8inch. ) The front mudguard is a fibreglass copy that will get me out of trouble until I make/ find a genuine one. That was kindly donated by a member of the North Kent Vincent o.c where I attend.
I will now just go over the bike again and finish off any items that need more attention such as the rear grab rail (which is still bent) and the chainguard
....Proof to us all - never give up on the bikes , no matter how bad it may look.
Safe riding
Mark
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the bike now
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the bike after the crash
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leg after 20 months- the bike frame is in better shape!
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leg straight after the accident - I was lucky!!

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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:11 pm

MARK.WALSH wrote: ....Proof to us all - never give up on the bikes , no matter how bad it may look.
Safe riding
Mark

That's brilliant Mark. As the saying goes. The show must go on :D
Hope that leg of yours gets better for you soon.

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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby marcus whatling » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:25 pm

Glad to see you and the bike are getting back to normal :D

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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby paul.jameson » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:36 pm

Well done Mark. I hope the pleasure of riding the Ariel again encourages your leg to repair itself soon.
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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby Brian.Fosh » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:40 pm

Inspirational Mark :o "Live to Ride, Ride to Live" comes to mind. My wife's a radiographer and talked me through those x-rays.. incredible

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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby johnwalsh » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:28 am

Walshes are obviously made of stern stuff. Well done with the bike and hope you continue to mend too.
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Postby simon.holyfield » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:20 am

Great to see you back again Mark!
cheers

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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby MARK.WALSH » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:54 pm

Thanks for the comments chaps
It was a strange experience being back on the bike but eventually when the leg gets better I reckon it will be the return of some brilliant fun and riding around my country lanes. Think I will avoid the motorways from now on though

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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby Ian.Taylor » Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:04 pm

Nice job bringing the SQ4 back Mark.
Sorry to hear of your leg taking so long to heal. Here's hoping your leg heals quickly

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Re: the Ariel square 4s return - 20months later

Postby Leejm » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:48 pm

Well done mark and good for you not giving up on the square, it looks great! Shame your leg is not looking as good. I wish you all the very best in getting your leg repaired just as well as your bike. Lee
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