Hello all, new member/owner, Stewart in Glasgow here. I've recently acquired a '58 Square Four in proverbial " basket-case" condition. Happy days! My first Ariel
I've only been lusting after one for about 45 years!
All in all Ive got a good straight '58 plunger frame; matching forks and tank ( both servicable with some work); '58 mk2 engine with rusty bores - currently seized but will be salvageable and only bored out to +10thou. Came with two heads (bare) and an extra barrel. Currently being dismantled. Decent dynamo. Front exhaust pipes in good nick. Silencers - one a bit rotten, other ok. A rusty front mudguard that doesnt look kosher. Oil tank is a wrong un. Set of handlebars look ok. A stright bare rear hub. And.... two boxes of assorted rusty parts, mostly gear cogs n stuff from which ive already salvaged and cleaned up a clutch. So a pretty good start for a leisurely "lazarus" project. No paperwork or idea of old reg.
So far the plan is to rebuild using as many original parts as possible without becoming OCD about it. I want a tight, reliable bike to ride regularly rather than a museum piece. Obviously some parts will have to be new. And the main things on wishlist at the moment are dizzy, carb and rocker gear......
Some bits, Ill need help identifying as I've more experience with BSA and Triumph than Ariel.
So.... first item for identification is this rather cool toolbox which came with the bike but that i havent seen in any pics.....
Any info/advice most gratefully appreciated