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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    My weekend was sadly optimistic and the Arrow is turning out to be a substantial container of wriggly things.

    Quite apart from the cosmetics, I've discovered bodged metric fastenings into UNF / UNC threads, prop stand fitted by a retarded gorilla who bent the bracket as he didn't understand how it was supposed to go together despite having Ariel's superb workshop manual. The piston bosses were so worn the gudgeon pins were rattling inside them (apparently this is known as the "death rattle") so a rebore / + .020" pistons is now in progress. I suspect this is why it "wouldn't start" - or rather, why the vendor didn't want it to. Wiring is full of horrible crimped pre-insulated connectors. On close inspection, paintwork & chrome far worse than my superficial check showed.

    It's my own fault as I'd sold it to myself on the basis of the photos, and after a 3 hour drive persuaded myself it was OK. Still, there are good bits.......

    Yup - that's classic bike ownership!


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    I know.......

    I was misled by the fact that the vendor seemed like a nice chap and had a very pretty Velo Viper in his garage which I assumed he'd rebuilt. I suspect either (a) he'd bought it like that or (b) it was as bad on close inspection as the Ariel.

    At the end of the day, Arrow parts are relatively cheap and widely available and they're very simple beasts to work on so I'm not too dismayed. I'll aim to get a well functioning machine and not worry too much about the cosmetics at this stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    My weekend was sadly optimistic and the Arrow is turning out to be a substantial container of wriggly things.

    Quite apart from the cosmetics, I've discovered bodged metric fastenings into UNF / UNC threads, prop stand fitted by a retarded gorilla who bent the bracket as he didn't understand how it was supposed to go together despite having Ariel's superb workshop manual. The piston bosses were so worn the gudgeon pins were rattling inside them (apparently this is known as the "death rattle") so a rebore / + .020" pistons is now in progress. I suspect this is why it "wouldn't start" - or rather, why the vendor didn't want it to. Wiring is full of horrible crimped pre-insulated connectors. On close inspection, paintwork & chrome far worse than my superficial check showed.

    It's my own fault as I'd sold it to myself on the basis of the photos, and after a 3 hour drive persuaded myself it was OK. Still, there are good bits.......
    Sounds like my Kawasaki when I bought it

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    My weekend was sadly optimistic and the Arrow is turning out to be a substantial container of wriggly things.

    Quite apart from the cosmetics, I've discovered bodged metric fastenings into UNF / UNC threads, prop stand fitted by a retarded gorilla who bent the bracket as he didn't understand how it was supposed to go together despite having Ariel's superb workshop manual. The piston bosses were so worn the gudgeon pins were rattling inside them (apparently this is known as the "death rattle") so a rebore / + .020" pistons is now in progress. I suspect this is why it "wouldn't start" - or rather, why the vendor didn't want it to. Wiring is full of horrible crimped pre-insulated connectors. On close inspection, paintwork & chrome far worse than my superficial check showed.

    It's my own fault as I'd sold it to myself on the basis of the photos, and after a 3 hour drive persuaded myself it was OK. Still, there are good bits.......
    Yay! Another rebuild thread in the offing.

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    Possibly not......

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    Possibly not......
    Oh, go on. You know you want to.

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    I think I've had my 15 minutes of fame.

    TBH it's all the taking of photos that puts me off especially when I'm elbow deep in the thing. I will however report when it's all up & running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    I think I've had my 15 minutes of fame.

    TBH it's all the taking of photos that puts me off especially when I'm elbow deep in the thing. I will however report when it's all up & running.
    Good man. We can't really ask for anything else.

    Good luck with the fettling.

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    Good man. We can't really ask for anything else.
    Rubbish! We can ask for as much as we want. Whether or not Ian provides anything is a totally different thing.

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    Rubbish! We can ask for as much as we want. Whether or not Ian provides anything is a totally different thing.
    You sound like my big sisters!

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    Good excuse to post a pic of their 'K' series tourer



    If only....

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    Indeed, seen it many times.
    One thing that amused me at the NMM was that their restored Golden Arrow had handlebar levers with the wrong pivot distance, making an already marginal front brake even less effective.

    But currently work on the Arrow is taking a break as am I in the Auvergne!

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    Default Ring - a - ding!!

    After far more work than I anticipated, finally got the Arrow up and running. Started second kick (after a couple of priming prods) and everything seems to work as it should, even the idiosyncratic charging system - bar the front brake which is a tad on the useless side of feeble. I do understand that they were never brilliant and I didn't reline it although I think I need to.

    A few more bits and bobs to tidy up before I'm off for an MoT, hopefully next week.

    Ah, the sweet smell of burning 2-stroke oil in the morning......

    And the Super Four will be appearing on an auction site near you next week. Plus ça change.....

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    I was reading an article the other day about poor single leading shoe drum brakes and how cutting and chamfering the shoe lining material can give massive improvements, something you've come across?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    I was reading an article the other day about poor single leading shoe drum brakes and how cutting and chamfering the shoe lining material can give massive improvements, something you've come across?
    I chamfered mine on the little Matchless because it would snatch, especially when wet and particularly when the operator erred. Don't ask me how I know this. The shoes mainly touch on the end where the expander fits but hardly at all at the pivot so you're right, they can be filed down until the lining touches along the whole of the shoe at the same time, so having more friction surface for stopping.

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