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Post by Coupe Racing » Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:57 pm

I have a pair of stripped coupe doors here going spare


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun May 28, 2017 12:05 pm

No problems before relocating to Shropshire, but both rear springs broke on a full width cushion thingy in Oswestry! Ordered from Faulkner Springs, delivered and fitted. New pads and discs fitted this morning and both TRE rubbers have split. Is it just me or do bits not last very long these days?



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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon May 29, 2017 10:21 pm

Nope, not just you. I had some Triumph TRE's for my Marcos, the rubbers didn't last long at all. Now solved by going to rose joints, but that won't necessarily help you on a road car.


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:34 pm

Got some boots from QRG but weren't the right fit. Eventually got some from a site called "Ball joint boots", the one in this country not Bulgaria.

There's a Mk1 escort rally car two doors away so, on the owners advice, I took the Coupe for its MOT this morning to a garage used to dealing with older cars. Result!

However the bloomin' thing wouldn't start off the ramp, coil was VERY hot so waited a while, had a chat with the garage owner and his pal who pedal a Davrian rally car and a bike engined single seater hillclimber respectively so time passed quickly. Thirty mins later, brum!

Broke down again 25 yds from home outside the escorts garage, same hot coil so I took its off to fit my spare, different terminals! Put the original in the sink in cool water for 10 mins, refitted and brum!

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Post by Nick » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:42 pm

Can you mount the coil somewhere cooler, or provide a heat shield? I have had a similar problem. Presumably coil is the correct resistance/voltage.

Looks very similar to mine in colour, Estoril Blue .Be interesting to get them together, at Curbs?


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Tue May 01, 2018 5:43 pm

Finally started the major overhaul, new garage is amazing but the amount of space needed to store all the removed bits is humungious! The mezzanine might just be big enough.
I'm writing this so that during the re-assembly (in the words of the infamous maintenance manuals) it's just a matter of reversing the procedure!

Day 1.
Remove battery, bonnet, air cleaner and carb, wiper motor, washer pump, front seats, floor carpets and underlays, safety harnesses, top rear lights, door-cards, door mirrors, front and rear screens, door-shut seals, rear quarter-light seals, bus-bar and fuse box screws, engine to body cables, dizzy-cap/HT cables, front side-lights and number plate.
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Tue May 01, 2018 6:09 pm

What’s the plan with DRF then??

Loving the workshop mr flat hat!


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Post by BigBobPilot » Tue May 01, 2018 8:02 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
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What’s the plan with DRF then??

Loving the workshop mr flat hat!
Hopefully the plan doesn't involve that box of Swan Vestas! Otherwise, yep, what's the grand vision other than enjoying working in that nice new workshop?
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Post by b.c.flat hat » Tue May 01, 2018 10:35 pm

Well, not yer dads James!
Much like yours Ben.
The goal is Sir Stanley Mathews(see wot I did there), a classy classic I can use every day fer every purpose, playing at home(shopping, shopping or just shopping) or away(weekend trips, holidays, spectating, just enjoying driving it, etc).
The main task is to stop me from festering by spending time restoring it.
Oh and the Swan box holds spare fuses!



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Post by Alan SS1 » Wed May 02, 2018 12:50 pm

BigBobPilot wrote:
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Hopefully the plan doesn't involve that box of Swan Vestas! Otherwise, yep, what's the grand vision other than enjoying working in that nice new workshop?
that was EXACTLY my first thought!!!! (but maybe needing some petrol to go with them) :shock:


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Wed May 02, 2018 5:06 pm

Ooo! Cheeky :D



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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed May 02, 2018 5:14 pm

Alan SS1 wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 12:50 pm
maybe needing some petrol to go with them
Well, that would make the car lighter...... :wink:


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Fri May 18, 2018 6:52 pm

Lots more stripping out done, radiator removed with fan bars, wiring looms removed along with relays, busbars etc, the most difficult removal was the front bumper brackets with no access to the bolt heads. If only Reliant had put the captive nuts on the brackets instead of the chassis, it would have been easier! Another difficult job was freeing the rear seat. Four coach-bolts are glassed to the seat structure with wing nuts fastening it to the body moulding. Both top fixings were rust-welded and the upholstery was pierced to drill them out. The gearstick and instrument panel were removed.
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Post by b.c.flat hat » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:09 pm

Weeks of forced inactivity due to convalescence finished today with orders from SWMBO not to overdo things. Tidied up to give working room then tackled the rear seat.
The bottom fasteners had been glassed over inside the wheel arches so had to use the right-angled drill attachment and hole saw to get to the nuts. Both were rust welded, one came off but t'other stud sheared :evil:. Out with the seat and hours of scrapping old adhesive with a blunt wood chisel.
Next was the fuel tank, the rear strap nuts were seized and had to be sawn off, the feed fitting underneath and other fixtures were removed and out it came.
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Post by philhoward » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:43 pm

“Light Duties”? :shock:

Take it easy, BC..

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