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Postby adrie.degraaff » Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:41 am

john.whiting wrote:Id be thinking its more likely a post war bike

I'll explain, the snailcam adjusters of the rearwheel are 1939.

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Postby D_ekert » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:11 am

Engine number is .BJ1819
frame number is . SF338

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Postby john.whiting » Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:02 am

Engine prefix is 1948,frame prefix is 1949......so I believe my earlier comment is correct.The big Ariel years in Oz were 48-53.,and an original Oz delivery single outside those years is uncommon.

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Postby david.anderson » Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:23 am

Actually the snail cam adjuster was used up until 1950. The revised stirrups 4980-50 and 4982-50 and the adjuster bolt 4989-50 were first introduced in 1950. The parts books show the prior stirrrups 4980-39 and 4982-39 were used up until that time. The engine is fitted with a VH timing cover so to me the bike is post war. 1939 had an RH timing cover. Chrome seat springs appear to have been in place from 1949 on bikes exported to aus. The front brake plate was first chrome in 1950 and does not appear to be chrome on this bike. The rear mudguard lifting handle is not however correct for 1949 as it appears to be tubular.
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Postby john.whiting » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:20 am

Bikes from the late 30s are non existant as Oz delivery ,for the simple reason that the army seized them ,and smashed them to pieces ,and dumped the wreck on a war scrapheap...After the war ,all the spycatchers were put onto catching blackmarketeers and people who had hidden motor vehicles and machines subject to war requisition.So farmers and the like who hid vehicles had to sell off the spares ,for attempting to register the truck or whatever guaranteed a visit from some very nasty people .To buy a new vehicle after the war,you had to get an official approval and a clearance from the taxation department.POWs got precedence on waiting lists ,and this was how my uncle got one of the first Holdens ......he also drew a farmer -settler block.Which is another story.

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Re: New Member

Postby adrie.degraaff » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:00 am

john.whiting wrote:Engine prefix is 1948,frame prefix is 1949......so I believe my earlier comment is correct.The big Ariel years in Oz were 48-53.,and an original Oz delivery single outside those years is uncommon.

Very good local history, that is making the Ariel a better bike.


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