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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Squariel Engine Tear Down – Part 1

Squariel Engine Tear Down It had to happen sooner or later and now is the time for the Squariel engine tear down. I have seen numerous UK TV shows and magazines call the engine a “lump”. Lifting the 4GMKII engine off its shelf, I certainly know where the term “lump”...

Update on my tank and rear brake hub complete

Update on my tank and rear brake hub complete After such a long wait, I went to New Zealand full of hope that the team at Shiny Bits would have completed the repairs and plating so that I could give you an update on my fuel tank. As it turned out, yes they had...

Wheel Building Tutorial

Building my Ariel Square Four Front Wheel This week I have been creative and posted a video of building my Ariel Square Four front wheel. Video editing is fast becoming a necessary tool in the restorers’ toolkit. My filming and editing skills still leave a lot to...

Wheeley Good Stuff

Long Haul flight and wheel lacing My rims and spokes have arrived from Lightfoot Wheels. Wheeley good stuff! Time to get building! Lesson no.1 or maybe just Captain Obvious. Lacing wheels straight after a long haul flight can mess with your head! It has been more...

Easter Update

Ticking along Time for an Easter update. Things have been ticking along quietly on the Squariel rebuild. Who would have thought that I would spend Easter reaming bush? Why yes, that is just one of the little gems that have been keeping me busy. Wheels What to do while...

Wheels on the bike

Wheels on the bike The wheels on the bike go round and round. OK, they sort of do. I was originally going to leave the Squariel wheels alone. A bit of a clean up, new bearings, brake linings and some new rubber, they would have been fine. However, once I got the frame...

Australia Day Holiday

Australia Day Holiday So here we are at the end of January already. Progress on the Squariel build has almost crawled to a halt. Then again, I can count the amount of time that I have spent at home in the past month in hours rather than in days. Being Australia day...

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...

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