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Thought it was time I posted a few pics and info about the ongoing restoration of my 1942 Royal Navy WNG.
It was despatched on 17th September 1942 to the Royal Navy and has an Ariel 'service repair' engine BH692 which dates from April -June 1940.
It has undergone a 'back to metal' complete strip down and everything, apart from the headlamp, appeared to be original Ariel. The mudguards and petrol tank needed a bit of 'smoothing' with filler, due to them being pockmarked by rust which had already been removed before its previous paint job.
The Royal Navy machines (and RAF) came from the factory in the same colour as the 'Army' bikes, so no battleship grey. I have based the paint colour on the shade of Khaki found on the tank badges and remnants of original enamel paint found on the top fork yoke. The reason I say it was original paint is that it appeared to be factory applied stoved enamel, as the industrial paint stripper (which removed all other traces of paint just with its fumes) did not have much effect on it. I have used Rustoleum satin finish Combicolor applied with a spray gun. I know that originally the paint was a Matt finish, but Satin is much easier to clean, does not mark as easily as Matt and the initial 'out of the gun' sheen will die down after a year or so.
Wheel rims were really too far gone for my liking so new 'unplated' Central Wheels 'Ariel' rims (via Draganfly) and rustless spokes and nipples. Rims do not have the 3-1 spoke pattern of the originals (but this is what Central / Drags supply) and I had to juggle the choice of spoke lengths a bit but they laced up fine in the end.
Anyway enough talk, here is what you really want to see some pictures. I'll keep posting bits and pieces as I go along.
Last edited by alan.moore
on Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:08 pm, edited 11 times in total.