Thursday, 29 December 2016

First steps

Now that we have a little break from work and a bit more free time, the MZ assembly can start. Today the swinging arm is re-united with the repaired and painted frame:


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Two ends of the same spectrum

On the green end, in Norwich city centre, this nice 1958(?) AFS Matchless:


And at the silver end of the spectrum, a Can-am Spyder:


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Exhaust Clamp

As I may have mentioned, when I ran the W/NG (for the second time in my care) a couple of weeks ago the exhaust detached itself at the cylinder head, due to the poor fit and inadequate clamp.You can see in this picture that the pipe is not quite aligned with the cylinder head stub - I am probably going to have to cut and shut the pipe to get it to fit. The rear stand also hits the silencer, so it may be that removing and refitting the exhaust will help but we have to start somewhere, and having the right bits is always a good place to start.


This is not the correct clamp, though it looks like some of the original brass parts are there. Here's the clamp illustrated in the 1940 parts book:


We can make one of these. First we will make a card template.

Clamped to a piece of 14 SWG cold rolled sheet ready for marking out


Cut & filed to shape


The clamp formed and ready for bending. The long centre section is now curved across it's width and the ends have been folded up


Bending the clamp - I'm doing this hot.


Fitting it for the first time reveals it is about 3/8" too short:


In principle the design is sound. I've run the bike with the clamp in place and the exhaust pipe joint doesn't leak.


We'll just have to make a longer one.

Monday, 21 November 2016

FH Tool Roll

Eventually, I will buy some material and make a tool roll for my FH.

Until then, here are some pictures of the 6640-54 tool roll supplied by John Sullivan, AOMCC member from Austin, Texas who did a lot of research into the later tool rolls which was written up into an article which appears in Cheval, July 2007:





Here is the tool list from the 1956 parts list. Added to this for 1957 is a 'single ended box spanner for rear wheel nuts', number 6601-57:


Currently my FH tool kit looks like this:

A tool box full of spanners
And I found this:


Square Four Tools

After all this work on W/NG tool kits it is about time I paid a bit more attention to the kit on my Square Four, which has served me well for several years. Before we get into that, here are a couple of excellent examples from club members:

Here's Scott Williamson's 1949 tool kit from the Square Four belonging to his father
Scott Williamson's 1949 Tool Kit
This is not a Square Four tool kit as such, but belongs to David's 1949 VH so is a similar period to my 1951 Square and shares some of the tools.
David Andersen's Tool Kit
Currently my own tool kit looks like this:



It's in pretty good shape, having been used for maintenance & repairs for a couple of years.

As you will know, until the early 1950's Ariel parts lists were conveniently illustrated. This is the last Square Four list that was illustrated, from 1949:

1949 list, courtesy of the AOMCC Members website
Here's the tool page from my 1951 parts list

The 6607-39 single ended spanner is the only deletion between these tool kits; the later list includes the tools for the QD rear wheel. Note that they both use the 6640-26 tool roll which is a mystery, since the later civilian tool roll (6640-46) appeared in 1946.

The QD rear wheel tools are illustrated here, in the 1947 singles parts book:


Here's a list I made a while ago, to collate what I had:

Item
Ariel PN
Old PN
Function
End 1
End 2
1
6600-36
G1/125
Double Ended Spanner
3/16
1/4
2
6600-32
G1/110
Spanner for brake fulcrum adjustment


3
6603-28
G1/59
Double Ended Spanner
5/16
3/8
4
6604-36
G1/124
Double Ended Spanner
5/16
¼
5
6605-28
G1/66
Double Ended Spanner
7/16
½
6
6606-27
G1/55
Double Ended Spanner, steering head nuts and wheel cone nuts


7
6606-30
G1/55A
Double Ended Spanner, steering head nuts


8
6608-31
G1/102
Tube Spanner


9
6608-37
G1/129
Tube Spanner for sparking plugs


10
6611-31
G1/99
Tube Spanner for hub spindle nut


11
6611-34
G1/122
Tube Spanner
1/4
5/16
12
6611-36
G1/123
Tube Spanner for clutch centre pins


13
6612-27
G1/57
Tommy Bar


14
6614-29
G1/94
Ring Spanner
3/8
7/16
15
6614-31
G1/103
Ring Spanner
1/4
5/16
16
6615-34
G1/118
Spanner for valve rocker adjustment


17
6616-26
G1/33
Screwdriver


18
6616-29
G1/86
Screwdriver for clutch spring nuts


19
6621-29
G1/81
Dynamo and crankshaft timing sprocket extractor and set pin


20
6623-29
G1/85
Set pin only for 6621-29


21
6625-26

Tyre Lever


22
6635-27

Grease gun


23
6636-29

Tyre Inflator, 14” x 7/8”


24
6640-26

Canvas Tool Roll


25
6689-46
G1/150
Socket Key for Telescopic Fork


26
6699-46
G1/152
Spanner for locking ring (front hub)


27
6608-50
G1/168
Tube Spanner for Detachable Wheel Nuts (brake drum)


28
6649-50
G1/166
Extension tube for 6608-50


29
6611-50
G1/169
Double ended box spanner for wheel spindle nut



So here are the tools:

Item 1 Open Ended Spanner

Item 2: Spanner for brake fulcrum adjustment
Item 5 Open ended spanner

Item 6 or Item 7

Item 7 or Item 6!

Here's one I made earlier:

Item 9, Spark Plug spanner
Here's a real one, courtesy of David Andersen; along with a real tommy bar and a hub locking ring spanner. As you can see, mine is a bit big!


None of the tube spanners in my SQ4 kit are genuine - they are modern or old spanners of equivalent size.

Item 10: This does service as the wheel spindle spanner

Item 11: Modern tube spanner pretending to be a G1/122
This is the clutch centre pin box spanner that currently graces my W/NG tool kit - I only have one of these:

Item 12 - Clutch centre screw spanner
Here's my tommy bar - just a bit of 5/16" rod. Note that the real one has two steps - the smallest one is for the hole in the front wheel spindle, and this is not the same tommy bar that appears in earlier tool kits:

Item 13 Tommy Bar
I've asked Acme Stainless about making some reproduction tommy bars.

Item 14 Ring Spanner

Item 15 Ring Spanner
This is the tappet adjuster spanner - unfortunately I only have one of these at the minute and that is in the W/NG tool kit. I guess I will have to make a copy.

Item 16 Tappet Adjuster spanner

Item 17: Screwdriver

Item 18: Screwdriver for clutch spring nuts
Here's a modern dynamo & crankshaft sprocket extractor:

Item 19 Dynamo & crankshaft sprocket extractor
Item 20 is the bolt from this extractor.

Item 21, Dunlop 7" Tyre Lever

Item 22 Grease Gun

Item 24 Tool Roll

Item 27 QD wheel nut spanner
Here's the tool kit in place in the kidney toolbox on my 1951 Square Four: