The mudguard tin bashing and MIG welding is relentless, but the rear one is slowly getting there....but the front one is a mess. I'm trying to keep them but under those layers of paint, they were not in a good shape and, no doubt, even a gentle bead blasting will show up more work is needed. To ease the boredom, I occasionally dive into another job and earlier in the week the BA box was finished.
But back to the rear mudguard. All the stays were bent and there were multiple drilling in the mudguards; and one stay, the centre vertical one, might be from another bike. Extensive rust damage under the cross bracket at the front of the rear guard...the one that goes between the two seat supports.
The last remaining problem is that I have zero clearance between the gearbox adjusting nut and the mudguard steady to the engine plate:
Looking at my other Ariels from this period, there is at least a 40mm gap here. For the last 5 days, I've been repeatedly examining all brackets, all stays, and the mudguard holes in the minutest of detail in an effort to understand my lack of clearance. Pulling my hair out actually. The guard cannot be out of shape because the sound valances will prevent that, so I cannot alter the curvature of the guard, and nor should I need to. The lifting stay and rear stay for the hinged part are all original and correct, so they restrict how far back you can slide the mudguard.
To cut a long & boring story short, I asked a friend of mine to take a measurement from his original and unrestored '47 4G. He sent me this picture:
So he only has 5mm clearance on his...no idea what will happen if he needed to wind the gearbox back; presumably the threaded rod will come through and eventually touch his guard. His picture was quite a relief and I'm sure I can produce a 5 mm gap on mine (famous last words). A couple more photos before I disappear into the garage for another session
'28 Model B (project), '30 Model F, '31 SF31, '35 4F, '38 VB (project), '39 4G (project), '46 VH, '48 KG