My Restoration Log

Here is the story about my Ariel Square 4 restoration

I told the wife…

It was time for me to take up a hobby that had been put on hold while the kids were small……

Getting the bike to Australia

Getting the bike to Australia

Another family bereavement a few months later meant another opportunity to start the process of relocating the bike. The first part in getting it close to a port was easy enough as I had a friend who could help move it and (I think as way of subtle encouragement to...

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A bit about this Square Four

My bike is a 1956 4GMKII. First registered in Gosport, UK on 3rd April 1956, it remained on the road until 1965. I am unsure of its history after that until my father imported it to New Zealand in 1977. I do not recall my father riding it much as he had a Norton...

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To Paint or Powder

Paint or Powder indeed. I have been agonising with should I paint, or powder coat the cycle parts of my Squariel. My decision has been to use the right tool for the right job. That being to powder coat the frame and to paint the tinware.  I can hear my traditionalist...

Squariel progress update   

 It has been several weeks since I have done a Squariel progress update so here goes. Not a lot of visible progress has happened although some important milestones have been reached.

300 Words

The web analytics people say that I need to be writing at a minimum 300 words per update. The reason for this is something to do with the dark art of search engine optimisation (SEO). If restoring a vintage motorcycle is challenging my grey matter then SEO is a whole...

And now for something completely different.

Yes, starting with the much-used quote from Monty Python. “And now for something completely different”. When I was on my New Zealand breakaway, I was given some old race programmes from the 1960s to bring back for a friend of a friend. While having a look through one...

Back Home to New Zealand

So it has been some weeks since my last update. What has happened? The answer is plenty and not much. I have just returned from a visit back home to New Zealand. Where, after a couple of days r&r in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, I headed South to catch up with...

Totally bushed

Ansty Link Bushes. Well, OK, totally bushed may be something of an exaggeration. It is, however, still a good feeling getting another milestone ticked off after replacing the Ansty Link rear suspension bushes. Once again, I ended up doing it how my “dad would have...

The gears are boxed!

That’s right, the gears are finally boxed and another small step towards bike completion. In the end, it was not as tricky as I expected getting the kickstart case cover back together. Once again, the logic of the Burman engineers back in the early 1950s made my life...

A plug from Draganfly

The Draganflys.  A pleasant surprise on Saturday when Draganfly’s newsletter arrived in my inbox and there was reference to www.squariel.com.au. A big thumbs up for the Draganfly crew and great to get acknowledgement from them. Seeing the massive ramp up in hits to my...

Ariel Front Forks Overhaul

Forking Forked Forks So many jokes about forking forked forks but alas, none are suitable for this forum. I first pulled the Square Four forks part a couple of weeks ago. However I got a bit stuck with a difficult to access circlip which none of my tools would quite...

Gearbox Update

Stripped Burman Gearbox Thread Repaired I wrote previously that I was pondering on the best way to repair the stripped drain plug thread on the Squariel’s Burman GB gearbox. I have never been a great fan of Helicoil type of wire inserts as I have seen many of them...

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