paul.jameson wrote:Hello Kevin,
Your bike is a matching numbers model VF3 which left the factory on 23rd June 1933. The normal changeover to the following year's model would be at the beginning of September BUT remember that Ariel went bust in 1932 so 1933 was something of a transitional year. So it would not surprise me at all if they had moved on to the 1934 type mudguards by June 1933. 1933, 34, and 35 rear mudguards are all different so clearly a lot of development was going on.
My impression of the bike, both at the time it was sold and looking again at the photos now, is of a pretty original machine. You will learn more as you strip the machine but it doesn't look to have been in the hands of a butcher to me.
Paul Slootheer wrote:Kevin,
If you want to be shure the frame and engine number will give def. evidence about the year and more important: if they match! Ask the registrar about that. Frames with a letter Y prefix started in 1933. In that year Ariel started to rationalize the whole model range. So from 1933 onwards they used the same frames for all models they made. As you mention Y2242 could be very well a 1933 model. I once have had a 1933 VA33 which started with Y1919 and an engine which also started with CA12XX.
As far I can remember you can recognize a pre 1934 frontfork because the tubes where not tapered at that time. This started from 1934 onwards. The headstock bearings from a 1933 model are also different than the later ones I remember.
Sorry to say but sales brochures are not allways adequate and in fact an artist impression... Give the registrar a try!
Paul Slootheer wrote:Hello Kevin, will see what I still got...
I could make a scan an post them tomorrow!
Paul Slootheer wrote:Kevin,
I found some digital photographs of my ‘once’ VA 1933! (which I never should have sell...)
As you can see its started like a machine with quite some work. Later I altered the gearbox because is was beyond repair.
Hope these pictures will help. Rear mudguard and stays/fenders are def. original. Front mudguard is from DeLuxe model which was a 4 speeder or a so called VB. This model became from 1935 on a 600cc sidevalve
The VF3 and VA3 where in fact ‘basic/economic’ models both with a 3 speed gearbox. The gearbox had a short run because it was only in use for one or two years I remember. It was a so called TP gearbox and the first box which was mounted in the frame by means of two lugs as with all the later Ariels. I still remember how difficult/impossible is was to get spares for that gearbox, so I choose for a CP which worked fine. Downside of this choice was the fact I could not use the petrol tank gearchange lever anymore. Hope this will help you some!
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