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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Ariel 3 - getting Larry in the mood for engine piccies!

Before I managed to "win" the Ariel 3 engine on ebay (which turned out to be damaged but I couldn't be bothered to argue the toss with the seller) I drafted a Wanted ad to be included in the NACC magazine "Buzzing" requesting a spare engine and any other parts.

As a result, today I had a phone call from a very nice chappie called Chris who has had a complete Ariel 3 sat in his shed for a long time and who would be quite happy to accept £30 to be rid of it.  It is all in one piece but it is located near Gatwick (about 3 hours away).  I don't know if this is a "girlie" thing but I did ask what colour it was - I always really wanted the snot-green one - he confirmed it was largely snot-green with brown (rust?!) bits.

To me, snot-green is the correct colour.  This is mainly because of a BSAOC trip to the most excellent transport museum in Coventry, back in 2006.  At the time there was what can only be described as a "snot-green" corner, which I remember included a snot-green Ariel 3, a snot-green Allegro and a snot-green Marina.  You'll be disappointed that I don't have a piccie of the Marina but, for your delight, I do have piccies of the Allegro and the Ariel 3.



Of course, only a complete fool would drive 3 hours each way to collect such an abomination as an Ariel 3.  So. to prove I'm not such a complete fool, I'm hoping to convince one of "our" subcontractors at work to collect and deliver it to me because it is sort-of on his way-ish..........

4 comments:

  1. Was over at Kawa's Blog and spotted that you had posted six minutes ago, and the fact my name was in it ha,ha...had to come over and have a look. Hmmmm kinda looks like a little golf cart, or maybe with a ski on front and some treads....a little sno-mobile. It is such a lovely shade of snot-green. Now I'm more curious than ever to see what sort of "mill" powers the contraption...Is it a Villiers or Villier's-like two-cycle ?? Hairy Larry

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  2. Not a Villiers engine, Larry. It's actually a Dutch-made Anker engine.

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  3. I remember that shade of, er s*** that British Layland used to cover some of their range in, even Range Rovers didn't escape it.
    As for egg rolls (Allegro), why would someone build a car with a square steering wheel??... sorry flash back to my youth as an apprentice Motor Mechanic.
    So the Ariel will be running with in the week of getting the "spare" bike??

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  4. I'm afraid there are more pressing projects than the Ariel 3!
    My first Ariel 3 was in pieces when I got it but the new one is all in one piece so I'm hoping to use it as a pattern when assembling no 1.
    The Tribsa engine rebuild will need to come first though. And the XL top end rebuild. And the B31.
    Oh dear!

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