Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

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Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby Bennet Longman » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:13 pm

Hello all,

I'm planning to re-restore my 1953 Mk2 in wedgewood blue and as part of the process want to fit a dual seat in
the hope that one my kids might want to start riding
pillion soon. Two questions:

What is the correct colour seat cover for a wedgewood
blue bike

Where is the best place to get a quality dual seat?

Thanks

Bennet

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Re: Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby john.mitchell » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:08 pm

I believe Martin Emery is still making complete ones from scratch, Bennet. Years ago he made me couple with a little extra padding and an inch or so longer than standard, Fay still swears by them. As you probably know. Martin is still the contact for the West Riding Branch. See the back of Cheval.
Regarding colour I don't think that the Wedgewood Blue bikes were fitted with dualseats in their day and so all had Black saddles.
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Re: Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby Bennet Longman » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:01 am

Thanks John, I'll give him a call.

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Re: Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby david.anderson » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:07 am

The 1953 parts book shows both the traditional saddle and the dual seat as being fitted so it is really optional. The parts book also states “Please state colour of dualseat required”. But fails to indicate what colours are available.
http://www.arielownersmcc.co.uk/members ... p30_31.jpg
Period photos of early 53 Square 4s that were purchased by Australian police have a saddle. Subsequent police square 4s were all ordered in wedgwood blue. The dual seat was black but with white piping around the top of the seat.
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Re: Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby john.mitchell » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:16 pm

Thanks David. I had only looked for the dualseat in the Sales Brochures.
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Re: Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby paul.jameson » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:00 pm

Bennett,

See viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6617#p43794 which suggests strongly that you have the option of a wedgwood blue seat cover.

If you need a front bracket for the dualseat I think I have one spare.
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Re: Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby Bennet Longman » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:24 pm

Thanks for the replies David and Paul, and thanks for the offer of a front bracket.

I have been offered a saddle which i'm going to take a look at in the next couple of weeks when I get back from a cycling holiday. Hopefully with brackets but if not I might take up your offer Paul.

On another note I have been informed that the Wedgewood blue bikes were fitted with black headlamp shells! Anyway I'm a way off getting ready for paint yet as I first need to investigate my petrol tank to see if it will be able to be chromed. (Currently painted all black and no idea what lies underneath.

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Re: Dual seat for 1953 Mk2 Square in Wedgewood blue

Postby Leejm » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:58 pm

Hi Bennet, my vha came with a blue seat and a blue headlight! Most will say black seats and headlights, but this does not seemed to be the case for every bike that left the factory. I have no idea why these two items came in blue or black ! The pinstriping on the blue seat is also different to the pinstriping on black seat. Sand your headlight and see if there is any blue under the black. Lee
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