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Old 3rd February 2014, 10:32   #241
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Nearing completion of restoration. Few items like a new Amal Carb (new reproduction), Restored Speedo etc are still awaited.

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Ram

Hi Ram,

Nicely restored ajs. The headlamps appears to be off an earlier model.
The 55s had the later type of Headlamp with parking lights in the sides.
Conical type silencers were also used though nothing wrong in using the lozenges type of silencers. I know because i used to have a 55 matchless twin. Congrats on acquiring the ajs and restoring it to such
fine condition.

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Hi Ram,

Nicely restored ajs. The headlamps appears to be off an earlier model.
The 55s had the later type of Headlamp with parking lights in the sides.
Conical type silencers were also used though nothing wrong in using the lozenges type of silencers. I know because i used to have a 55 matchless twin. Congrats on acquiring the ajs and restoring it to such
fine condition.

ariel guy
Thanks for the inputs.

The HL I am aware of an am one the look out for a piece, along with a speedo in better condition.

The pipes - I have been in touch with AJS owners club UK, and the advise I had was that the Lozenges was an option available ex factory. While the tuners and hard core perforamce lovers preferred the Conical one the others -it seems preferred the lozenges.

Google Baba and othe Babas shows both - but some so called "unmolested" specimens show the lozenges.

When did you own the AJS and any pictures of it ? Where is it now, any idea ?

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Thanks for the inputs.

The HL I am aware of an am one the look out for a piece, along with a speedo in better condition.

The pipes - I have been in touch with AJS owners club UK, and the advise I had was that the Lozenges was an option available ex factory. While the tuners and hard core perforamce lovers preferred the Conical one the others -it seems preferred the lozenges.

Google Baba and othe Babas shows both - but some so called "unmolested" specimens show the lozenges.

When did you own the AJS and any pictures of it ? Where is it now, any idea ?

Best Regards & Ride/Drive Safe

Ram

Hi Ram

Mine was a G9 matchless twin of 55 with manual
adv/retard lever. Main differences:
The timing cover does not have the two ajs bulges.
The fuel tank is smaller than that of the ajs.

You have to import the right spark plugs for it. I burnt a lot
of plugs because nothing suitable was available in India.
No match for the dommie or triumph in acceleration but it had a
Very smooth engine esp when you rode it at night or in the rain.

Sold it in 93 and it went to Hyderabad after which i lost track of it.
will upload pics soon.
rgrds
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Hello Arielguy,

Yes, that is indeed one of the things I was on about. Congrats!

Quite a few owners take offence, when it is pointed out that their frames have been altered.

However, in those early days, it was akin to changing / upgrading to get to work/ get on with life.

I am glad that you are restoring it with this frame itself.

Please send me details of the bike/ engine etc. and also if you need any other help for the restoration.

Take care and stay well.

reg,

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Thanks for the inputs.

The HL I am aware of an am one the look out for a piece, along with a speedo in better condition.

The pipes - I have been in touch with AJS owners club UK, and the advise I had was that the Lozenges was an option available ex factory. While the tuners and hard core perforamce lovers preferred the Conical one the others -it seems preferred the lozenges.

Google Baba and othe Babas shows both - but some so called "unmolested" specimens show the lozenges.

When did you own the AJS and any pictures of it ? Where is it now, any idea ?

Best Regards & Ride/Drive Safe

Ram

Hi Ram

here is a pic of my g9. No longer mine.

dont forget to use a paper gasket of the right thickness
behind the oil pump.
otherwise it will wet sump i.e. oil will enter the engine
sump when you park it for long and you will hv
to drain the oil before starting.
Ask the ajsoc for advice reg the right type of spark plugs
and import them.

regards
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Hello Arielguy,

Yes, that is indeed one of the things I was on about. Congrats!

Quite a few owners take offence, when it is pointed out that their frames have been altered.

However, in those early days, it was akin to changing / upgrading to get to work/ get on with life.

I am glad that you are restoring it with this frame itself.

Please send me details of the bike/ engine etc. and also if you need any other help for the restoration.

Take care and stay well.

reg,

BB
thanks BB

Heres a pic of a 49 matchless with a Mc candless modified rear frame

cheers
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Hi Ram

here is a pic of my g9. No longer mine.

dont forget to use a paper gasket of the right thickness
behind the oil pump.
otherwise it will wet sump i.e. oil will enter the engine
sump when you park it for long and you will hv
to drain the oil before starting.
Ask the ajsoc for advice reg the right type of spark plugs
and import them.

regards
joga
Thanks Joga for the feedback.

The mechanic has actually put a valve in the oil feed pipe. I can shut it off when going in to long parking etc and thus prevent the wet sump. This is the standard practice he is doing with all his restores, which has a similar gravity fed lubrication sysytem.

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Thanks Joga for the feedback.

The mechanic has actually put a valve in the oil feed pipe. I can shut it off when going in to long parking etc and thus prevent the wet sump. This is the standard practice he is doing with all his restores, which has a similar gravity fed lubrication sysytem.

Best Regards & Ride Safe

Ram
Hi Ram

If you forget to open the valve and ride away then kaput, yor engine will
will seize.
Another potential area for oil leakage is the area where the dynamo
enters the timing case. The previous owner of my G9 had a bad seal
at the place where the dynamo gear enters the timing case and on a
long ride most of the oil leaked out thru that opening without his noticing and the bike seized. So seal that opening properly.
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Hi Ram

If you forget to open the valve and ride away then kaput, yor engine will
will seize.
Another potential area for oil leakage is the area where the dynamo
enters the timing case. So seal that opening properly.
with regards
joga
Hi Joga,

Thanks for the caution

Like the pilots do, I guess I will have to have a prestart check list on the bike, I guess.

The Mechanic who did the rebuild is reputed to be doing good quality work and he assures me that the bike is built properly and infact suggesting that I ride it down to Bangalore from where it is now ( a distance of about 700 KM) istead of shipping it on a truck or something.

I am planning that before the summer sets in - A 55 year old on a 60 year old. It will be an "experience" sither way

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Hi Joga,

Thanks for the caution

Like the pilots do, I guess I will have to have a prestart check list on the bike, I guess.

The Mechanic who did the rebuild is reputed to be doing good quality work and he assures me that the bike is built properly and infact suggesting that I ride it down to Bangalore from where it is now ( a distance of about 700 KM) istead of shipping it on a truck or something.

I am planning that before the summer sets in - A 55 year old on a 60 year old. It will be an "experience" sither way

Hi Ram

A paper washer made out of strong paper, not too thick (dont use
gasket paper) just around the oil holes should be sufficient,
assuming both surfaces are flat. The screws retaining the pump
should also be tightened equally. This should normally stop
wet sumping.

The mechanic is quite confident in his work which is a good sign.
My suggestion is that you can embark on the Bangalore trip after you have made some multiple trips of 70 or 100 km so that the engine
gets freed up. I am sure the engine will not give trouble if you
stop every 2 hours for the engine to cool down and resume the trip.


When I rode to Villupuram and pondy on my matchless single, the magneto overheated and i had to stop and let it cool down. The
reason was i was riding it during mid day. However, during my
return trip the same day, in late evening, the bike gave no trouble.
My finding was that summer heat strains the magneto if ridden
for long. So stop every 2 hours and allow the magneto and engine to cool down.

If you are riding at night, you can ride non stop and the engine
will not trouble you. Unfortunately, the dynamo will pack up as
it cannot cope with continuous running being of primitive design
and so it may stop charging. Lucas lighting systems were not
reliable even in those days.

After every long trip check the chain tension because chains will
tend to get tight during a long trip.

Best wishes and cheers

joga

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At the recent Fiat club drive in Bombay I saw this lovely pair of twins racing down Marine Drive - I guess a BSA Golden Flash and a Triumph Tiger (or Speed Twin). I see them quite often on Sunday mornings.

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At the recent Fiat club drive in Bombay I saw this lovely pair of twins racing down Marine Drive - I guess a BSA Golden Flash and a Triumph Tiger (or Speed Twin). I see them quite often on Sunday mornings.

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The BSA is Pune registered.

That said, both are an excellent pair of Brits!

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here are some pics of a few famous film personalities
who rode bikes. Clint Eastwood was a Norton fan and
finally our own Thailavar on an Ariel
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The grey haired members will instantly recognise the actors
but for the benefit of the younger members i give the names

First is Marlon Brandon on his 650 Triumph from the film
The Wild One. Second is Elvis the Pelvis on his Harley.

Third is Clark Gable who is known for his role in Gone with the
Wind and only the most grey haired members will remember him.
He is astride an Ariel Square Four.

Clint Eastwood does not need any introduction.
He gave us all those lovely westerns which we watched
during our school days in the late 60s
And finally we have our own MGR on an
Ariel. It is a VB600 ariel with a side car.
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