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……

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Old Harleys and Suzuki Love

Old Harleys and new Suzukis. What about the Ariel? A couple of busy weeks both work and family wise have kept me away from the garage. Waiting on some more parts has also been a handy excuse. Just like doing exercise, it is funny how if you lose the momentum during...

Burman GB Gearbox Overhaul Part II

The Burman GB gearbox was introduced to the Ariel Square Four from 1952 and all GBs are pretty much the same. Except where they are not, of course!  Now that the parts are cleaned up and I have had a chance to look at it properly, I am well impressed with the...

Burman GB Gearbox Overhaul Part I

What did we do before the internet? It was not that long ago that we had to learn stuff and remember things.  Now information (or 'alternate truth' as can often be found on the interweb) is right at our fingertips. YouTube was short on Burman GB gearbox overhaul "how...

A touch of gas – SU carburettor overhaul

A couple of people have seen my site now and have been asking for progress updates. One of the consequences of this, which was part of the intent of journalising this journey, is that it has kept pressure on me to keep moving forwards. With an ever-increasing...

Heart Transplant via Morgo oil pump

Pump it! The first of the big ticket engine items has been ticked off with delivery of a new Morgo oil pump. Full credit to the guys at www.morgo.co.uk. The pump that I wanted was not listed on their website as being in stock. An email exchange later and they built...

Nowhere to hide – the naked truth of the naked frame

Framed. As part of my Anzac day frenzy towards making some progress, I have now completed stripping the frame and now with nowhere to hide, the naked truth of the naked frame is there for all to see. No real surprises here. I was hoping that replacing the bushes in...

Feeling Blue – mystery blue paint unearthed

Frank Ansty's Link. I have been procrastinating. There, I said it. Pro-cras tin-at-ing. I can blame it being too hot over summer to go into the garage. I can blame not having spare budget for bike stuff. I can blame all kinds of things but at the end of the day, I...

Body Work

Body Work

This is where things get a bit interesting. The bike is currently Deep Claret which is a standard Ariel colour for the domestic market in 1956. The English ownership papers for the bike show the original colour as being blue. Ariel used Wedgewood Blue as a coronation...

Wheels

I rebuilt the rear wheel quite a few years ago and used zinc 8g spokes. The rims are original equipment and in reasonable condition. I am aiming to rebuild both wheels with stainless spokes rather than chrome as, in my experience, stainless is more durable if built...

Frame

Frame

The side stand lug on the frame is broken and the side stand has somehow disappeared during the bike’s entombment. The riders manual mentions that it is not really designed to take the weight of the bike and it would appear that this is correct. Not really sure why it...

Restoration Log