Workshop Manuals, Owner’s Guides, Parts Books, Sales Catalogues and Brochures

The basis of a good restoration or repair is information. All you will ever need is listed here. Unfortunately, there is no one publication that will answer all your needs, so under each heading is an explanation of what each one contains and how useful it might be. Without doubt, the one essential item is the parts book, how people expect to restore a bike accurately without one beats me.

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Workshop Manuals

The Workshop Manuals are photocopies of extracts taken from various editions of a book written by Mr. Waller, the Ariel factory service manager. They are not restorers’ guides, nor are they a full manual; as they were written in the 1950’s they do assume that you have a complete machine that you wish to service or repair and are ideal for this, having a list of most of the settings.

Singles – Covers all models 1938-58 except specific differences on the competition models. For the 1956-58 HS/HT models use this with OG56HS. This is also useful for earlier models, especially if used with the relevant Owner’s Guide. WM38SING

Twins – Principally covers the 1948-57 KG/KH 500 twins, Burman gearbox and the cycle parts. The Huntmaster engine is not well covered; the Haynes manual, see below, or the BSA service sheets (00-8006) are recommended. WM48TWINS

SQ4 4F/4G – This version covers the ohc 4F 1931-36 and the iron Square Fours 1937-48. The ‘Cammy’ engine is not covered in any great depth; see the Owner’s Guides for more information. WM33SQ

SQ4 MKI/II – For the owner of the 1949-58 all alloy Square Fours WM48SQ

FH – The well known Haynes manual for the A10 is very useful for rebuilding the Huntmaster engine which is structurally the same as an A10; it is only the engine casings that differ. Part number WM47A

GB gearbox – A booklet by Burman’s on ‘How to dismantle the GB Gearbox’, it does also tell you how to put it together again! Part number OG52GB

Solex carburetter – A general booklet on Solex carburetters of the type fitted to the 1937-53 Square Fours. It covers maintenance and tuning rather than full overhauls. Part number OG37SOLEX

Electrical – This is a small hardback reprint of the ‘Motor Cycling Electrical Manual’ originally published in 1963. It covers all types of motorcycle electrics, with the theory and practise simply explained. Highly recommended, but unfortunately no longer available! Try Ebay.

Lucas – This is a proper manual including testing procedures for all Lucas equipment used on machines fitted with dynamos, some electrical knowledge and equipment required. Part number WMLUCAS DYNO

Owner’s Guides

The factory did not publish workshop manuals for the four strokes, only Owner’s Guides, which were the rider’s handbook that was supplied with the machine when new. The pre-war versions are more comprehensive than the later ones but a certain level of knowledge is expected. If you are new to old bikes or just Ariel motorcycles these books will be useful, as they contain gems such as where the light switch is, how to start your mount and the classic ‘how to change gear silently’. One of the most useful illustrations that is always included is a rider’s eye view of the controls; this is usually an accurate illustration but as usual must be used with caution as some versions cover several years.

Year

Colts

Singles

Sloper & KH

FH

HS/HT

SQ 4

1926

OG26

1927

1928

1929

OG29LB

1930

OG30

1931

OG31LB OG31VF OG31SF OG31SQ

1932

OG32MB OG32SF* OG32SQ*

1933

OG33SING OG33SQ

1934

OG33SING OG33SQ

1935

OG33SING OG33SQ

1936

OG33SING OG33SQ

1937

OG33SING OG37SQ

1938

OG38SING OG38SQ

1939

OG39SING OG39SQ

1940

OG40W/NG OG39SQ

1946

OG39SING OG39SQ

1947

OG39SING OG39SQ

1948

OG39SING OG48KH

1949

OG48KH OG49SQ

1950

OG50SING OG50KH OG49SQ

1951

OG51SING OG51KH OG51SQ

1952

OG52SING OG51KH OG52SQ

1953

OG53KH OG53SQ

1954

OG54SING OG54KH OG54FH OG53SQ

1955

OG54SING OG54KH OG54FH OG53SQ

1956

OG56SING OG56KH OG56FH OG56HS+ OG56SQ

1957

OG56SING OG56KH OG56FH OG56HS+ OG56SQ

1958

OG56SING OG56FH OG56HS+ OG56SQ

+ Covers the HT as well as the HS and best used with the standard singles guide.

Parts Books, Sales Catalogues and Brochures

Each year Ariel issued a Sales Brochure and a Catalogue of the forthcoming season’s models and as such, they are frequently treated as definitive. However, they do sometimes depict prototype ideas that did not reach production such as swinging arm frames with brake rods, so they do need to be treated with caution. The brochures tend to be a fold out pamphlet of about A3 size and the catalogues are usually booklets with one or two pages per model however both vary in size and content, which is reflected in the price. The originals have been scanned at a high resolution, re-touched to repair tears etc. before being printed by us, on a top quality laser printer, in full colour.

Each year the factory published a Parts Book, mainly for the use of dealers so that they could correctly identify and price spare parts. These books are invaluable to the rider and restorer alike as they list virtually every part on the bike. Every part is individually illustrated before 1950 but after that date major assemblies only, such as engine, gearbox, wheels and forks, are shown but with the advantage of them being in exploded views. The 1926-28, 1932-38 singles and 1932-36 SQ 4 parts books do not contain details of gearbox or other proprietary parts. In addition, the 1926 singles, 1929-32 all model book and 1937 Square Four books are un-illustrated. For some years a supplementary parts list was issued instead of a full parts book and these only show the alterations for that year and must be used in conjunction with the list for the previous year. These supplementary lists are indicated, on the chart, by (*). Engine and frame numbers with prefix letters please, to ensure that you are sent the correct book.

Year

Parts Books * indicates a supplement, that must be used in conjunction with the previous year’s book.

LH/OH/MB

Singles

Sloper & KH

VCH & FH

SQ 4

Brochure

Catalogue

1926

PB26SING

1927

PB27SING CAT27

1928

PB28SING

1929

PB29LB PB29SING CAT29

1930

PB30LB PB30SING

1931

PB31LB PB29-32all PB31SF PB31SQ CAT31

1932

PB32LB* PB32SING PB32SF* PB32SQ* CAT32B CAT32+

1933

PB33SING PB33SING PB33SQ CAT33

1934

PB33SING PB33SING PB33SQ CAT34B CAT34

1935

PB35SING PB35SING PB35SQ CAT35

1936

PB36SING PB36SING PB36SQ CAT36

1937

PB37SING PB37SING PB37SQ CAT37

1938

PB38SING PB38SING PB38SQ CAT38B CAT38

1939

PB39OH PB39SING PB39SQ CAT39

1940

PB39OH PB39SING PB39SQ CAT40B

1940

PB40/6WNG  (XG 11,085 to XG 14,833) The military W/NG models were ordered under a contract number and each contract had its own specification and therefore parts book. Choose the parts book that is closest to the contract for your bike. Most contract numbers are known and full details will be included on a Dating Certificate, see the notes at the end of the engine and frame number listing.

1940

PB40/11WNG  (XG 11,363 to XG 17,000)

1941

PB41/5WNG  (XG 17,001 to XG 28,250)

1942

PB42/1WNG  (XG 20,501 to XG 23,500)

1942

PB42/10WNG (XG 31,751 to XG 35,250)

1943

PB43/5WNG  (XG 37,281 to XG 40,530)

1944

PB44/3WNG  (XG 42,001 to XG 44,250)

1944

PB44/11WNG  (XG 44,251 to XG 47,250)

1944

PB44/9 (XG 47,251 to XG 51,251)

1944

PB44/2 (XG 51,251-51,500)

1945

PB45/9WNG (XG 51,506-57,520)

1945

PB45/3WNG  (XG 51,856 to XG 55,855)

1946

PB39SING PB39SQ CAT46B

1947

PB47SING PB47SQ CAT47B

1948

PB47SING PB48KH PB47SQ CAT48B

1949

PB49SING* PB48KH PB49SQ CAT49B

1950

PB50SING* PB50KH* PB50VCH* PB50SQ*

1951

PB51SING PB51KH PB51SQ CAT51B

1952

PB52SING PB52KH PB52SQ CAT52B

1953

PB53SING PB53KH PB53SQ CAT53B CAT53

1954

PB54LH PB54SING PB54KH PB54FH PB54SQ* CAT54B CAT54

1955

PB55LH* PB55SING* PB55KH* PB55KH* PB55SQ* CAT55B CAT55

1956

PB56LH PB56SING PB56KH PB56FH PB56SQ* CAT56

1957

PB57LH PB57SING* PB57KH* PB57FH* PB56SQ* CAT57B CAT57

1958

PB57LH PB57SING* PB58FH* PB56SQ* CAT58B

1959

PB57LH PB57SING* PB58FH* PB56SQ* CAT59B

+ As the MH and VH were not released until late in the 1932 season they are not listed in this catalogue, see below

Miscellaneous Parts Books and Catalogues

1926-30

PB26-30ALL Parts book – Covers all models, fully illustrated. In 1931 Ariel changed the part numbering system, retaining the old numbers for use within the factory and the pre 1931 books only contain the earlier numbers, this book has both and is therefore essential for anyone with one of these early machines as it allows cross references to be made to later parts. Proprietary parts, such as gearbox, are not included but many parts that are missing from the earlier books are.

1929-32

PB29-32ALL Parts book – Similar to the parts book above except that it is un-illustrated and covers different years. It is also the only listing for the 1931 vertical singles. All the errors in the original single year books appear to have been repeated in this book along with some new ones!

1931

CAT31SQ Colour brochure introducing the overhead cam Square Four, includes an interesting testimonial from Ixion!

1932

CAT32VH Brochure for the stunning 1932 VH Red Hunter

1932

CAT32MH Brochure for the slightly less stunning 1932 MH Red Hunter

1933

CAT33-4F Brochure covering the Square Four only

1937

PB37BA Parts book – Burman BA gearbox

1937

CAT37SQ Colour brochure introducing the overhead valve Square Four.

1938

PB38RU Parts book – Burman R, RU, RP gearbox

19487

CAT48KH Colour brochure introducing the 500 twins, the KG and KH.

1953

CAT53EARLES The factory intended to introduce a range of the standard models fitted with leading link ‘Earles’ Forks’, for various reasons they did not go ahead but they did get as far as printing brochures.

1955

PB55GB Parts book – Burman GB gearbox for all models (not included in the 1955 supplement book)

1956

CAT56HS Colour brochure for the HT Trials and HS MKI Scrambles models

1958

CAT58CYC Colour brochure for the supposedly export only Cyclone, essentially an FH with chrome mudguards, sporty engine and high rise handlebars aimed at the North American market

Workshop manuals

Below is a list of workshop manuals that we have, these cover a large range of the Ariel bikes.

Part No Description
WM33SQ Workshop manual, 1933-47 Square 4
WM38SING Workshop manual, singles 1938 onwards
WM40W/NG Maintenance manual W/NG
WM48SQ Workshop manual, 1948-58 Square 4
WM48TWINS Workshop manual, Ariel Twins 1948-58
WM58A/L Workshop manual, Arrow and Leader
WMLUCAS ALT Manual-alternator machine
WMLUCAS DYNO Manual-dyno machines

General Books

Roy Bacon’s book ‘Ariel, The Post War Models’ contains many useful period photographs and is a comprehensive history, including many useful and largely accurate tables of information. It covers all of the post war models including the Ariel 3, is published in hardback, 190 pages OG92

‘The Ariel Story’ written by Peter Hartley, son of the famous tuner of Ariels, full of detail and historical facts from before the formation of Components Ltd that started making Ariel bicycles, motorcycles and cars to the very end.

‘Motorcycling Through the Ages’ – Jack Gray. The very readable story of a young motorcyclist’s adventures in the 30’s. OG05

Brookland’s Books Gold Profile SQ4 – A collection of period magazine articles & road tests covering the period 1948-58. Some of the articles have not reproduced very well but interesting for the period information it contains. OG-GP6

N.B. We do not stock ‘Ariel – The Complete Story’ as it is neither complete nor accurate.

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