Hi Guy this will help you once the valve gear has been assembled.
Mk1 and Mk11 Ariel Square Four Valve timing.
1 Feeler gauges imperial 0.006” and 0.008”
2 Dial gauge. (Magnetic base would be good)
3 1/8 Witworth small ring spanner and open ended spanner. (Locknut on tappet adjusting screw)
4 6 BA open ended spanner. (square on tappet adjusting screw)
5 5/16” x 3/4” long BSF bolt and washer.
6 5/8” BSW socket + long bar for the socket. (Crankshaft and camshaft sprockets)
Please do not use hammer and chisel. (It hurts)
7 7/16” BSW socket or ring spanner for Dynamo sprocket.
8 Timing Disk. (Purchased an aluminium backed disk from E bay £12.00)
9 Stiff wire to fabricate TDC marker for timing disk.
10 14mm TDC timing calibration tool. (About £12.00 on E bay)
11 Packet of Hob Knobs or similar together with some tea bags.
Short cut terms used.
AOMC= Ariel Owners Motorcycle Club.
TDC = Top Dead Centre.
BDC = Bottom dead centre
BTDC = Before Top Dead Centre.
ATDC = After Top Dead Centre.
BBDC = Before Bottom Dead Centre.
ABDC = After Bottom Dead Centre.
IV = Inlet Valve.
EV = Exhaust Valve.
BSW= Whitworth spanners and sockets.
BSF= British Standard Fine.
Engine assembled together with valve gear.
Valve timing using original timing marks on crankshaft and camshaft sprockets.
Rotate 5/8” BSW nut on front Right Hand crankshaft,t until the back crankshaft sprocket keyway is at BDC.
This will bring the datum mark on crankshaft sprocket in line for timing to the camshaft holes.
Fit timing chain, slipping over dynamo sprocket and positioning over camshaft and crankshaft sprockets, so that the datum mark on crankshaft sprocket is in line with the two holes in camshaft sprocket. You may need to do this several times to achieve the correct settings.
Both camshaft and crankshaft sprockets will need to be off the shafts but can be both slipped back onto their relevant shafts Ok with chain attached.
Fit chain tensioner spring Mk1 or on Mk11 chain tensioner bracket and adjust to approximately ¼” up and down movement on chain.
Leave the camshaft and crankshaft sprocket nuts, nipped up loos at this stage.
To position TDC accurately, screw in TDC calibration tool into plug hole No 1 cylinder (Right hand side front cylinder) position dial gauge on top of TDC tool. Slowly rotate engine in an anticlockwise direction on the 5/8” BSW nut on the right hand front crankshaft. (Timing cover side)
Until you hit the high spot on the dial gauge, this will be TDC.
Check that the 5/16” BSF thread is clear on the end of the crankshaft, by screwing in 5/16” BSF bolt.
Note: Some of the early crankshafts did not have this 5/16 BSF threaded hole.
May need to be cleared with a 5/16” BSF tap. These threads often become damaged.
Tighten up the 5/16 BSF bolt into the end of the crankshaft, securing the timing gauge at TDC.
Fix stiff wire and bend to make a pointer at TDC on the timing disk.
The crankshaft datum mark and holes in camshaft should line up with the centre line of crankshaft and camshaft.
Put the kettle on and make a cup of tea together with a couple of chocolate biscuits for achieving this so far.
Set the valve clearances on number 1 cylinder 0.000 inlet 0.000 exhaust.
Make up a chart as below.
IV BTDC Open Manufactures Settings. 25
IV ABDC Close “ “ 55
EV BBDC Open “ “ 60
EV ATDC Close “ “ 20
Set dial gauge up on top of inlet valve tappet, pre load the dial gauge and set to 0. Very slowly rotate engine in an anticlockwise direction on the 5/8” BSW nut on front right hand crankshaft.
Until a reading moves the dial gauge slightly from zero, this is the valve starting to open.
Take a reading from the timing disk.
Carry on rotating engine anticlockwise until the dial gauge returns to zero. (This last stage of the valve closing needs the engine to be indexed in very small increments) The longer the socket bar on the 5/8” BSW socket the, better accuracy will be achieved.
Note the reading on the timing disk and record above.
Carry out the same procedure on the exhaust valve and record the readings from timing disk on the above chart.
Carry out the above check several times to achieve the average readings.
Engine set at TDC on No 1 cylinder and crankshaft keyway at BDC, you will note that the crankshaft sprocket datum mark will be in line with the two holes in the camshaft sprocket.
Note that the key way on rear crankshaft sprocket will be at BDC, you will also note two extra keyways on crank shaft sprocket.
Positioned to the left of TDC this key gives 5.55 advance on Simplex. 3.0 retard on Duplex.
Positioned to the right of TDC this key gives 5.55 retard on Simplex. 3.0 advance on Duplex.
One Tooth Simplex 25.7. One Tooth Duplex 20.
By using the above keyways and tooth settings you can achieve very closely original manufactures valve timings.
Remember worn sprockets, timing chain, camshaft and followers will give retarded readings and may be difficult to achieve the above settings.
If you experience difficulty adjusting valve timing to the above settings, AOMC have manufactured Duplex sprockets with 4 keyways enabling 5 deg steps throughout.
In my experience of building M1 and Mk11 engines, I have never been able to achieve the manufactures settings exactly. My rule of thought is, this is not a highly tuned performance engine and provided that you can get those figures as close as possible on the retarded side by approximately 6 deg this would be considered OK.
Well done if you have achieved the above successfully, you can put the kettle back on and make another cup of tea, this time with 3 chocolate biscuits as a reward.
New camshaft with quietening ramps. (Part Number 1960-53)
New camshaft tappet valve clearances Exhaust 0.008” Inlet 0.006”