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Ariel 350 - Box of bits - questions??

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Hello, have been away from MV's for a bit but now have a Ariel 350, which appears wartime. It all in pieces, but the frame and engine numbers are correct for a batch that were desptched between April and November 1943. It spent time in Greece then ended up with the Greek Post Office post war , then into civilian hands.

I am interested  to know if the bike would have been black or military green when it left the factory? Also what finish is correct for the rims, handlebars, engine and gearbox casings etc?

 

 

 

Thanks

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All bikes despatched under WO contracts were painted in service colour. The colour for 1942-4 was specified as SCC2  Service Brown ( paint code BS499) . Here's my later W/NG in Olive Drab.  Ron

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It might well be worth fitting a civvy camshaft . The WD/NG was fitted with the sidevalve one . With the civvy one , either NG or NH you will have a very usable bike . I think that my NH was one of the best bikes I had . The Carburettor may also be on the small side , and an upgrade to a civvy bore would not be detectable . I have figures somewhere . There is a very active Ariel club . All threads on Ariels were BSF , except for studs into ally , which were Whit / BSF. 

On today's roads it is neccessary to have a reasonably competitive performance . Even the NH was an extremely tractable bike .

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Thanks Ron

 

I have looked closely at the parts and cannot see anything really other than black, but brown might  be hard to differentiate?

I will have a better look min daylight.

 

Cheers

 

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No Ariel W/NG would have left the factory painted black. Anything could have happened over the last 78 years. It could have been stripped and repainted several times by now.  Ron

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