Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:29 pm

My wife woke up early this morning telling me Storm Eleanor was going to give my day a hard time and to take the car. I nearly did as the predictions were ominous. I was though dead keen to see if my work on the head and rocker box had been successful. Hopefully no oil leaks. Anyway I did take the bike and I was lucky as the A27 had 3 lanes shut and 2 miles of jams.
I wrapped up against the predicted rain and nothing, even the odd blue sky. I didn't feel much from Storm Eleanor apart from some welcome unexpected acceleration from time to time. It's an "I'll wind that doesn't blow somebody some good" :D

After Worthing I had a job at an old people's home in Banstead near Croydon. Then whilst I was there, one of my other customers rang me and wondered if I could get to Beddington Sewerage Works. That's easy I said I'm 5 miles away. Perfect when that happens.

I've been meaning to get a picture of this sign at Beddington. Probably makes sense :D
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Back home and a good look over the head and rocker cover and no oil leaks. Result! That's cheap builders sillicone for you.
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Paul Slootheer » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:44 pm

I've been using solid copper rocker cover gaskets that have proved to work very well with a light smear of builders cheap clear sillicone. I've reused these a few times now I just get them softened with a blow torch each time I use them.


Steven I must confess I'am a little disapointed you disregard your leathers... :lol:

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:49 pm

Ohh, Paul. I did try leather once!! The smell was terrible. I thought a rabbit had got itself caught in my exhaust pipe :D

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:44 pm

Had a job down in Netley Abbey at an old people's home. It's very close to the old Royal Victoria Hospital that treated alot of the service men from the first world war. Only the Chappel remains. The old railway tracks are can still be seen. My wife's Grandfather was treated here and probably passed over these tracks 100 years ago. I stopped here for a "moment"
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Postby fpassmore » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:31 pm

My Great-grandfather was treated there for mustard gas attack, was there and one other spot just over two years. It was his first battle after training and waiting in Britain for 4 months. They finally sent him home after the war but he only made it as far as the Gray Nun's hospital in Quebec City, died six days later. Yes, a moment is appropriate.

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:22 am

Here's a picture from 1900.
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:41 pm

My attempts at not working on Fridays didn't go to well today. I had a job that just had to be done today in Ashford Water Treatment Works near Heathrow. Heading up there this morning I could see my headlight flickering against the motorway signs but forgot to check it out. But whilst I was having my coffee on the way home I looked out at my bike and could see my headlight looking a bit cross-eyed. This time the bolts were still done up tight but the bit they were bolted too had snapped.


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Lovely ride home with skys like this I had no use of of a headlight

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Back home Alan very kindly got his friendly welder out so alls fine again
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby roger.fellows » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:43 pm

Can make it look as though you're inviting somebody else's manoeuvre if the headlight is flapping up and down.

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:41 pm

I've nearly been fooled by that myself Roger. All fixed now thankfully.

Despite having a good look at the Electra at Sammy Millers Museum before Christmas I still forgot a few things so had another trip there today with my friend Andy and his trusty Sunbeam.
Here's a couple of interesting photos and a couple of a BSA A10 for you Paul :D
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:56 pm

Amazing AJS ! never seen that before, a HendersonNimbusACEIndian 4 in line .


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