1949 telescopic forks black or chrome?

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1949 telescopic forks black or chrome?

Postby Pete.Silson » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:24 pm

Anorak help please.

Should a 1949 VH500 have black or chrome fork oilseal holders? I need to replace the oilseals and I have got both chrome and black holders available so, while I am doing the job, I might as well use the correct type. Looking at pictures on the internet most people seem to use chrome ones but, in the 1950 Ariel sales brochure picture, they appear to be black.

Similarly - should the front brake plate be black painted or chromed? Again I have got examples of both so may as well fit the correct item.

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Re: 1949 telescopic forks black or chrome?

Postby Simon.Gardiner » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:48 pm

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Re: 1949 telescopic forks black or chrome?

Postby Pete.Silson » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:15 pm

Thanks Simon - I was sure someone would know the definitive answer.

Black and black it is then. That's easy, I can do black paint but what shade of black paint should I use?

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Re: 1949 telescopic forks black or chrome?

Postby Paul_Linden » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:38 pm

Well, the blackest black ever made is this stuff: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vantablack
But I don’t think it would look good, and would be prohibitively expensive.
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