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Post by roymck » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:17 pm

I did think about blanking the drains off but would have to find something to fill the hole in . The drain is so small that no doubt they may become blocked with debris after a while anyway . They must be there for a reason but over the years I have had many Scimitars , some leak and others have been complete heaps yet they are dry as a bone .



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Post by David Tew » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:57 pm

I think Reliant tried hard to keep water out of their cars ...... and failed at every attempt. In seeking to prevent water ingress they just seemed to create new ways for it to get in. :)

The floor-wells in my Coupe used to get soaked. I eventually found it was getting in through the rivets holding the guttering in place. Mind you, the glass sun roof (now gone!) was a bit of an issue as well. I once opened it and received a crotch-full of rain water - not ideal as I was going to a meeting that morning. :lol:


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Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:01 pm

There are several service bulletins about water ingress - on all models.


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Post by roymck » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:37 pm

Jim , who has access to these bulletins ?
Also forgot to mention doesn’t hurt to drill a hole at the lowest edge of the floor to let water out?



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Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:39 pm

I have a lot (4 folders - possibly all of them?) in hardcopy format which I’ve uploaded to Dropbox. I think Jim P has a lot and almost certainly Dave P (who also has access to my Dropbox folders).


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Post by roymck » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:35 pm

Jim how do I get access to your Dropbox , maybe I should ask my 8 yr old grandson . So you’ve lost me . What’s Dropbox ?



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Post by scimjim » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:47 pm

Dropbox is online storage - you can get 2Gb free but I pay for 3Tb for work.

I bought the SB folders (would have originally been in a Reliant dealers) and scanned them all, then saved them in Dropbox.


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Post by roymck » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:23 am

Yesterday thought I would have a bash at the brakes , fitted a new master cylinder and stainless braided flexi hoses and although the car already has copper brake lines it has steel fittings so this caused a few problems on dismantling . So to save time I bought a ready made set of brake pipes from Automec . This kit was supposedly for a SE4 V6 . I was very disappointed to say the least .
Be aware that some flares on my kit are double flares yet the car has in some places the need for only a single flare. Also some pipes are just too short . The pipe from master cylinder to servo is too short and the wrong flares , from servo to front tee again too short and again wrong flares. I know many cars are modified with alternative parts and need modified brake lines but my car is largely standard.
Very disappointed so I cracked out the flaring tool and ended up in places made up my own new longer brake pipes with the correct flares . So hopefully get the brakes re bled today



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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:09 am

If using the Girling servo then there is a process for bleeding between the master and servo and then the calipers


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Post by roymck » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:28 am

Work goes on , think I’m going to need the radiator rebuilt . Still gives me a chance to have a modern uprated core fitted.
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Post by roymck » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:15 am

Plucked up courage to take the fuel pump off and had a peek inside , Oh bugger that’s not what I wanted to see ! It’s a fibre timing gear . No sign yet of anymore South African alloy timing gears coming over yet . Don’t suppose anybody has a new one from the last batch that they have stashed away . Will replace it from the next batch that Phil is organising .



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Post by roymck » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:35 pm

Due to leak from the filler neck grommet water had been leaking into the boot a common problem I am told , so out came all the carpets and felt insulation . The felt is a real water trap and thoughts turned to the state of the fuel tank sitting in the damp felt . After taking up the carpets found these rusty strips if metal acting as body attachment bolt spreaders
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Looks a right bodge and I can’t live with that , so drilled out the old bolts as they were rusted solid and fitted some 4mm thick repair washers and some stainless bolts . I know I am never going to see them again but I just like to get things right . Looks so much better.
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So damp was the carpet that the bottom of the boot stay is rusted away , so looking for a replacement , anybody got one .

Eventually got the tank out by previously siphoning the fuel out through the sender unit hole , fuel was a bit smelly and discoloured so guess it was on its way out . Also a little rust debris came out on the last bit of fuel . The tank is massive you don’t see it all when it’s fitted .

So what to do ? Although tank is rusty on the outside it doesn’t appear to have any holes in it . So thought about hosing it out with soapy water to try and get last bit of rusty dust and fuel out ,then drying it out thoroughly by using a old hairdryer runnng warm air into it through a vacuum cleaner hose , obviously outside and from a distance . The rub down and repaint tank , any recommendations on what paint to use that can be brushed on but is petrol resistant and will stop any further rust forming ?

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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:45 pm

Frost restoration do a tank sealing kit - well worth the effort seeing as how the tank is out.


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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:50 pm

Ref the boot stay , why not make a foot and weld it to the stay


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Post by roymck » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:52 pm

Coupe Racing wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:50 pm
Ref the boot stay , why not make a foot and weld it to the stay
Last resort , maybe somebody has one ?



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