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Postby steve.corbett » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:29 pm

Hi all,
Bought me an Ariel a couple of months ago, after rearranging the workshop to fit it in, I can now get cracking on it. I needed a new project having just (almost) finished a Velocette Venom, so went looking for either a Matchless G80 or a Norton ES2 or similar. Went to have a look at a Norton Model 18, which was nice but it didn't tick all the boxes, BUT sat over in the corner was this Ariel. Now that DID tick all the boxes, I was in love. So here we are.
No V5 nor any idea of what the reg was. Engine number's CK4873, frame's BP8406 which I think makes them both '47. Engine appears to be a VH500. (Steel crank, 289 carb, although piston was a flat-top - is that right?)
Anyone know any history on it?
I live in Tonbridge in Kent, if there's anyone else in the area give us a nod, it'd be nice to know some like minded souls nearby.

Best Regards,
Steve (actually more commonly known as Mellie, only my brother and a few odd relatives call me Steve).
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Postby barry.swanson » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:55 am

...welcome mellie, plenty to get your teeth into there mate!
Actually I'm surprised not to see any snow in the pictures after what we see on the TV news...poor old ewe...cheers Barry.

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Postby Steven.Carter » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:17 am

That looks an interesting project. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

Steve

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Postby adrie.degraaff » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:48 am

It looks all 500cc 1947 to me.

The front wheel must turn.

Flat top is the original 6:1?

The photo is 1949 but only the frontforks are a little differend, the banana topjoke is giving a differend angle thus the chopperlook.
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Postby adrie.degraaff » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:03 am

The cheapest way to complete is to buy a non org. 350cc with al the parts, otherways you will have a long and expensif built.

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Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:00 am

Welcome Mellie,
Yes, very good find! as Adrie writes all that is there looks to be from 1947.
If you are not firmly in the 'originaly' section then you will find that repro mudguards are being made.
Draganfly in Bungay http://www.draganfly.co.uk/ .
It is possible to get tin parts that are made in India, (Ebay) however, although the price is very competetive they need more work to get them to fit on the bikes. I think also toolboxes are being made in India.
Anyway, good luck with your Ariel !

Vincent

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Postby steve.corbett » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:01 pm

Barry - I'm in the south-east corner of the UK, we haven't got any snow. It's all up north. We had a bit of a dusting at most.
Priority number one is sorting the mechanics and getting it back where it belongs - on the road! I'll worry about sourcing the 'right' bits later, as and when they turn up. Engine is now stripped, I've already got a new big end assembly, crankcase bearings, small end and high comp piston from Draganfly, barrel's being rebored this week.
It's actually a lot more complete than what you see in the pics, it came with a box full of stuff such as clutch, clutch dome, footpegs, tank badges, new brake shoes etc etc and I've since found a primary chaincase for it.
I need one rocker box if anyone's got one spare (inlet side), and an inner timing cover wouldn't go amiss either as mine's broke (although it could feasibly be repaired I think). Will post a Wanted thread in the appropriate section.

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Postby PeterW » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:34 pm

Far too interesting to return to standard (there's plenty of those). Looks like it wants to be a retro racer :¬)

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Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:18 pm

The 2" exhaust clamp you can buy from the VOC or Conways.
They have them in bronze (for series A) and are imho exact like the Ariel ones.

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Postby steve.corbett » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:01 am

PeterW wrote:Far too interesting to return to standard (there's plenty of those). Looks like it wants to be a retro racer :¬)


:D ;)


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