Centre stands, rear stands, side stands....fed up with stands
'39 4G has a centre stand...except my 4G came with a rather crude homemade tubular affair. According to Drags, Ariel only made centre stands in 1929 and 1939; I've owned a '29 Model F and the centre stand was awful and prone to breaking....maybe that's why Ariel waited another 10 years to have another go...except they forgot to update the design:
Still, I want to restore the '39 4G as accurately as possible, so I bought a new rough casting of a '29 centre stand and hoped that it could be made to fit the '39 4G. Judging from the spare parts diagrams, it looked promising.
A bit of machining for the mounting holes in the two top lugs but when I put a 1/2" bar all the way through both holes, it was clearly going to be very lop-sided even though my 1/2" bar was parallel with the crossbar of the stand. This is what you get when you use a worn part as the mould for new part
. So a padding out of the left foot:
But everything else worked out well. The gap between the frame centre stand lugs was perfect for the new stand and the return spring mount point were also spot on. So yes, a '29 centre stand will fit a '39 bike even though the parts number are different:
But the bad news is that hauling the 4G onto the centre stand is as bad as I remember hauling the '29 Model F onto its centre stand, so I decide I needed to investigate what it would take to fit a rear stand to the 4G. As its a plunger frame, there were no mounting points for a rear stand on a '39 frame but Ariel introduced some bolt-on brackets in 1940 for a rear stand. Got a couple of those --- left and right versions and they went on fine (thanks Andy!):
'39 Plunger back-end without rear stand brackets:
Brackets after fitting:
And I have a plunger rear stand on its way to me. That's the Stand Story
for far...let's hope I don't need a side stand.