I was interested in your mention of Peter Batten. I know he is a very long standing member of the AOMCC because his daughter told me he was a member when we were at university together in Leeds in the early 1970s. So Peter must be knocking on a bit by now !
I've only known Peter and Grace Batten since moving to Dorset in Dec 2015. He is certainly one of the more "senior" members of the VMCC Dorset Section and has served both as its Secretary and Chairman in the past. And to have such a helpful Ariel expert virtually on my doorstep is fantastic --- at the moment, he is getting weekly visits from me as he has a restored '38 4G and, yesterday, I picked up this puller which he tells me came from Healeys when they closed down. He has also dug out a newly bored +30 barrel and new Hepolite high compression pistons for me from his spares...and more importantly, some better manifolds since mine have lost all their fins. Email on its way to you.
Having offered up the puller to the back coupling gear, I'm a little worried about the shock absorber thread. Because someone has managed to drill a hole through it for a split pin, it is not a strong as it ought to be. Plan at the moment is to make a capped sleeve for it and have the the puller screw down on that; the walls of the cap can be quite thick and can butt up against the splines. We will see....