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Re: New Member / owner

Postby Simon.Gardiner » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:50 am

Externally, that looks like a 'proper' 1938 engine....
The swing-arm frame is a good 'un - but take care of those tank flutes, rocking-horse poo is much easier to find!

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Re: New Member / owner

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:37 am

Thanks Simon, a laugh for the day. Yes, my documents also dates engine back to 1938.
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Re: New Member / owner

Postby Sean.O'Brien » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:42 pm

Ron, the engine number is from 1938

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Re: New Member / owner

Postby RonWilliamson » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:11 pm

Thank you all for the info. I did know engines age, after lookiing on Draganfly's web site. The engine is really easy to start.
I'll have to find gearbox & any other numbers now.
I've a lot to learn about this 'new Ariel' - never having had one before.

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Re: New Member / owner

Postby Keith.owen » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:37 pm

Hi,
Yes the engine is definitely of an older type since they stopped using a pressure feed to the rockers when the swinging arm was adopted and the rocker feed was then taken from the return. I personally believe that the former was a better system since the rockers and more importantly followers got more oil. Interesting to note I believe that Norton moved to pressure fed rockers when they introduced the Commando so, there is probably something in it. I think your bike might have had an air filter box. An air filter is a good thing and perhaps you can just find a conical filter or something to fit.

I certainly would not get hung up on originality for originalities sake - I'd just ride!!!!!

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Re: New Member / owner

Postby simon.holyfield » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:53 pm

There's a Burgess filter box for a single on eBay at the moment...
cheers

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Re: New Member / owner

Postby RonWilliamson » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:41 pm

Thanks to Simon & Keith.
I found the filter box, thanks. will see what the final price comes to.
I bought the bike as a hand painted bitsa Ariel that runs- and it does. It might get wiped down with the oily rag & preserved as is. It is a bike that has survived for 60 odd years and more to come, I hope.
My 'list' up to now is a chain guard, air filter maybe a carb.

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Re: New Member / owner

Postby paul.jameson » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:34 pm

Welcome to the Club Ron.

Your engine went to Kings Motors of Oxford on 23rd June 1938. Oxford is one of the very few places where they recorded engine and frame numbers on the registration records - which still survive. So you could find out the original registration of your engine, plus, possibly, the name of its first owner by contacting Oxfordshire Archives.
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Re: New Member / owner

Postby RonWilliamson » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:21 pm

Wow Paul, Thank you. I'm getting information thick n fast.
It has had a recent engine & magneto overhaul, new clutch & timing and primary chains. Oh & a rear tyre.


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