Ariel HT Factory Build...

 

 

Gordon Jackson, riding Ron Langston's Ariel HT 5...

At Colmore Re-visit event...

 

 

2020...June.

 

At the workshop we are just commencing with a re build of a Genuine    Ariel HT3, and we are going to put everything back as it should be as it left the factory...(Except for the fork shrouds, and replacing the half-side front hub with a full-width 7" alloy hub the same as fitted to the HT5)...

We are lucky in the fact that we have  a bike to check that we do the job right.

So the frame is off to be enamelled back to Black "has new".

Then we start from there.

 

This little video from John Bartram shows you what a Genuine HT frame looks like...

 

 

 

John says in the video that the Ernie Smith and Clive Bennett designed frame was and are Arc welded, Well the prototype frame was ark welded, 

 but although some of the components to the frame, like the swinging arm box are arc or steel gas welded, in the words of Don Morley ( from the bible) production frames were Brazed, not strictly true? they were bronze welded!

 

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The bike is stripped and the frame is ready to go to the enamellers.

 

 

Does this look like the real thing?

 

 

Saddle spring brackets...

 

 

BSA Steering head and no holes in the reinforcing plates...

 

 

Swinging arm box...

 

 

Better shot of the swinging arm box...

One bit of design  after thought or compromise, was the rectangle hole cut in the swinging arm box  so that the case of the redesigned Burman GB47 gearbox covers did not foul the box...

 

 

Gusset plates and saddle brackets.

 

 

Swinging arm and rear hub...

 

 

Ariel "Factory" HT swinging arm...

 

 

This is a Factory HT arm, I have converted the Red Hunter arm to be the same as this but it is not that simple a job...

 But you would be lucky to drop on a Genuine HT arm today...

 

 

Reinforcing plates with hole and spacers for the air-cleaner box...

And saddle front mounting...

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This is the John Bartram copy frame of the original HT...

He says in the video that the steering head angle is two degrees steeper, which would make it 65 as the factory frame is 63.....

 I still have this bike to assemble too.

 

 

So this is what we are setting out to achieve with the rebuild.

A bike rebuilt to Factory condition....

This one was put into this condition by Deryk Wylde...

Note this still has the 19" rear wheel fitted, as will the bike we are building...

 

Banbury NOBAC stalwart Roy (Vic) Steel bought a Ariel HT3 from new and from the factory, I loved that bike, and had the privilege at a tender age to ride the bike practising on our land at week ends, most that is, when there was not a local trial...

Sunday Morning was club member gathering time at Wigginton...

 You can read one of my escapades on the bike at the bottom of the listings...

 

 

 More later this will be a full page...

 

More Later...