In making up a tool kit, I like to start with the tools originally supplied by the works and add to them through experience with the machine as I have done for the Square Four tool kit. The starting point for the bike's original kit is the parts list, which prewar carried pictures of all the tools. The parts list for many Ariels are available for download at the AOMCC website. In addition to the parts book, club member Ray Tolman has prepared a booklet illustrating the tools for the singles and a second volume specifically for the W/NG. This excellent volume shows some key pieces of information:
- a photograph of each tool, and the tool roll
- the works drawing for the tool
- identification of the vendor of some bought in tools
- the part numbers for the tool
Here is the W/NG tool kit illustrated in the parts book:
The tools are also pictured in the driver's handbook:
Here is the list shown above, retyped so that I can edit it:
- Adjustable spanner: bought in - King Dick brand - 6" long
- Pliers: bought in - Jenbro brand 7" round hole type
- Double-ended spanner for steering head and wheel bearing adjustment. Made for Ariel.
- Double-ended spanner for wheel bearing adjustment and engine sprocket locknuts, Made for Ariel.
- Double-ended spanner (fits 7/16" and 1/2" nuts). Made for Ariel.
- G1/59 Double-ended spanner (fits 5/16" and 3/8" nuts). Made for Ariel.
- Double-ended spanner (fits 1/4" and 5/16" nuts). Made for Ariel.
- Double-ended spanner (fits 3/16" and 1/4" nuts). Made for Ariel.
- Ring spanner (fits 3/8" and 7/16" nuts).
- Ring spanner (fits 1/4" and 5/16" nuts).
- Tappet adjustment spanner.
- Magneto spanner.
- Tyre lever-cranked type.
- Cylinder base nut spanner.
- Clutch spring adjusting nut spanner.
- Grease gun: bought in - Tecalemit brand, the usual brass type - approx. 14 cm
- Tyre lever-spoon type: bought in - Dunlop - approximately 6" long. Should be two of these.
- Tommy bar. 7" total length including 1'' step
- Screwdriver. 6" wire - no markings
- Box spanner for cylinder head bolts - X/X".
- G1/123 Box spanner for clutch centre screws - 1/8" x 1/8" (same size both ends); absent from the list in the 1945 workshop manual.
- G1/122 Box spanner for flywheel oil purifier - 1/4" x 3/16"; absent from the list in the 1945 workshop manual.
- Box spanner for clutch centre nut - 3/4"; absent from the list in the 1945 workshop manual.
- G1/99 Box spanner for wheel spindle nuts - 1/2" x 7/16".
- Tool roll.
- Oil can: bought in - Wesco Type 200 folding spout
- Tyre repair outfit.
- Chain rivet extractor: bought in - Coventry Brand
- Front chain spare links: bought in - Renold 5/8" x 1/4" in non-rattle tin box
- Rear Chain spare links: bought in - Renold 1/2" x .305" in non-rattle tin box
- Insulating tape: bought in - 4 ounce roll 1/2" x 25 yards
- Carrier strap, web type 1" x 40" multi-purpose part
- Dynamo strap bolt spanner.
- Tyre pressure gauge and Schrader valve tool: bought in - Dunlop #6
The tool list for the W/NG is clearly similar to that for the civilian singles, with some notable exceptions. Soldiers were clearly discouraged from getting too deep in the engine perhaps unsurprisingly, since there are no sprocket or gear pinion extractors included - but the cranked brake adjustment spanner is also excluded which is not used at the front on a W/NG but is very useful at the back, where the adjuster is hidden by a mudguard stay.
So here is my starting point, a jumbled collection of tools, some Ariel & left over from the SQ4, some unknown...
The hunt begins with our first eBay find, and progresses though raids of various toolboxes, car boot sales, more eBay, and kind people sending me tips...
|Item 1. Abingdon King Dick adjustable spanner|
|Item 2, 7" Jenbro combination pliers|
|Item 3, steering stem spanner - the large one|
|Item 4, steering stem spanner - the small one|
|Item 5, 1/2" x 7/16" open spanner|
|Item 6, 5/16" x 3/8" open spanner|
|Item 7, 3/16" x 1/4" open spanner. Not a real one, that is in the SQ4 toolkit|
|Item 8. 1/8" BSW x 3/16" BSW open spanner|
|Item 9 Ring spanner - 3/8" x 7/16"|
|Item 10 Ring spanner - 1/4" x 5/16"|
|Item 11 Tappet Spanner|
|Item 12. Magneto spanner|
|Item 13 - a tyre lever, Dunlop, most definitely cranked|
|Item 14, the cylinder base nut spanner|
|Item 16, A Tecalemit grease gun|
|Item 17, 7" Dunlop tyre levers.|
|Item 18, Tommy Bar|
|Item 19. Nice 6" wire form screwdriver|
Not sure what to do about the double ended cylinder head box spanner, item 20...
|Item 21, 1/8" double ended box spanner|
|Item 22 - Not a real G1/122 tube spanner, but will do the job|
|Item 23 - Not a real clutch nut tube spanner, but a 3/4" x 7/8" tube spanner nonetheless.|
Complete with clutch nut
|Item 24 - does the job as G1/99|
|Civilian on the left, military on the right|
Back to the tools now. Another successful eBay search:
|Item 26, Wesco folding spout oil can|
|Item 27. Looks about the right period|
|Even has Romac scissors!|
|Item 28, Coventry Pattern Chain Rivet Extractor|
|Item 31, Insulating Tape|