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The Artful Bodger
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August 1, 2013 - 10:52 pm
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I fell in love with an eBay listing, then went to have a look and my heart went pitter patter! After much nail biting as I was at work when the auction ended, on the phone to my wife getting a running commentary on the bidding which stopped £6.66 under my max!

The sharp eyed amoungst you might notice the additional engine breather?

And the brute that did this?

  The anti syphon valve behind the oil pump went walk about, never found any trace of it! This allowed the oil to pump straight into the sump and back into the tank, big end seized and con rod went bang! Very very bad for the previous owner, you can see how much money's been spent on the bike in the past, total, I mean TOTAL restoration 13 years ago and only done 2,300 miles since.

  However................ good news for me as I was able to buy her (at a price that I could afford the bank loan payments). I managed to mig weld the case up and re-built the engine, now running her in (very tedious!) Having had to do the re-build means she's my bike, except for grinding the crank it's all my own work. I've got very intimate with her! If I'd bought something nice but up and running it wouldn't be mine.

  Corny video but it was only intended for a few friends.

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 Colin

1953 D1, 1955 Ariel Huntmaster, 1959 BSA M21, 1961 GPO D1, 1979 GS 850, 2002 Suzuki Burgman 400 (now my daily commuter as an arthritic left hand saver), 2004 Suzuki Burgman 650 (because although I hate to admit it but I loved riding the 400! and the 650's twice as good!)

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Very nice Colin ... sounds good too clapthumbs-up

regards, Kathy -- 1950 D1 De Luxe, Plunger Frame, Lucas Electrics....Being Resuscitated...

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Well done Colin, I was also watching this bike… but was not brave enough to take it on.

 

Excellent to see it back on the road.tip-my-hat

 

Nigel.

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Very nice ....... and keeping the (BSA) family connection! Well done. tip-my-hat

 

I'm not a complete idiot ............................................ some parts are missing.

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And you got a great desk ornament too Colin!

cheers for now,

Simon.

 

'42 Ariel W/NG, '58 Ariel Huntmaster, Masquerading D3, '51 Ariel Square Four Mk1 http://ariel-sq.....ogspot.com

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The Artful Bodger
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Thanks All, strange creatures women, she didn't mind the freshly powder coated parts of the '53 in the dining room, but takes exception to oily engine parts?? As for my suggestion of the Ariel residing in the living room, well the black eye should be going down soon.

Colin

1953 D1, 1955 Ariel Huntmaster, 1959 BSA M21, 1961 GPO D1, 1979 GS 850, 2002 Suzuki Burgman 400 (now my daily commuter as an arthritic left hand saver), 2004 Suzuki Burgman 650 (because although I hate to admit it but I loved riding the 400! and the 650's twice as good!)

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clap Very nice! Old boy in my mate's work has one the same year.

Dougie;Glasgow ;Scotland.
1955 D1, 1970 B175

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That sound is fabulous! Motivates me too get on with my own Huntmaster kit!

cheers for now,

Simon.

 

'42 Ariel W/NG, '58 Ariel Huntmaster, Masquerading D3, '51 Ariel Square Four Mk1 http://ariel-sq.....ogspot.com

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