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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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Tanks for the Memories

Has my tank finally arrived back from its journey? Tanks for the memories indeed. Of course it hasn’t! The good news is that it is finally finished. The repairs are complete. Shiny Bits have finished making its bits shiny and the insides have been sealed to provide...

Smiths Chronometric Speedometer

Smiths Chronometric   Nothing says quality British quite like the words “Smiths Chronometric”. My thoughts tend more to Lawrence of Arabia than had I been talking about Lucas, the prince of darkness. The insides of the speedometer, while not totally unknown to me (to...

Honing in on the money shot

The Money Shot The money shot indeed. It is well documented by anybody who has owned, restored or even had a passing interest in Edward Turner’s less known legacy. That is that Ariel Square four engines that have been poorly maintained or stored for a long time are...

Squariel Dynamo Rebuild Part 2

Squariel Dynamo Rebuild Part 2 Squariel dynamo rebuild part 2 leaves no room for ambiguity for this weeks blog. John from hobby mechanics supplied me with a 5BA tap and some screws. It then took Aus Post 2 weeks to bring the 25 odd kms to my place. The result led to...

Lucas C35SD Dynamo

What is a Lucas C35SD Dynamo? The Lucas C35SD Dynamo (or more commonly called a Generator in this part of the world) is a 6v 40W generator. This was the standard fitment to the Ariel Square Four from 1949 – 1958. Being a product of “The Prince of Darkness” Lucas, we...

Squariel Engine Dismantle Part 3

Dismantling the Bottom End Last time was about the top end. Dismantling the bottom end is next. Good news is that I have made videos of this on my YouTube Channel for your viewing pleasure. Dismantling the Square Four bottom end down was straight forward enough. The...

Squariel Engine Tear Down Part 2

Top End Strip Time for a top end strip. No, not what they do in Darwin but time to strip down the 4GMKII cylinder head. Due to family commitments last week, I did not get to spend any time on the Squariel. I was able to sneak downstairs to the garage for a couple of...

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...

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