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Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by Pepe » Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:37 pm

Hey guys,

currently restoring a Scimitar SE5a in Germany I already some time back fell also in love with reliant rebel van. It is as cool as a Mini Traveller.

Is there anything available in concentrated form that would serve me as a buying advise?

I am keen to learn especially about engine, drivetrain, chassis(rust) and Body/defects...

And yes. Having gone through all the pain already on my Scimitar, I know I byu a GRP car :)

Thanks!


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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by peter freeman » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:36 am

I would be more tempted by the Kitten estate - we had two and you can get loads in them. I wish we had kept one - only problem with them is the front drum brakes never seem to keep their balance but a lot of owners have now fitted discs at the front. I trust we will see you at the international on the German/Dutch border next June.



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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by Pepe » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:25 pm

I hope to be there... I have schedule to keep. MArriage is in August, by then the GTE needs to be running as the wedding car...

Hopefully I can turn it around until then... There is no plan B in my fiance's plans :shock:

But honestly more intersted in a rebel... simply looks a lot cooler...


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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by windy » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:40 pm

The GRP body tends to sag/distort where it sits on the chassis but apart from that I can't think of any particular problem areas.

Rear axles are a bit of a poor ratio which is a carry over from when they used the tiny 700cc engine, which means you will most likely be revving the engines nuts off at motorway speeds, but a Kitten or Robin diff can be shoehorned in with a bit of work. Gearboxes can get noisy too but parts are available to rebuild.

Compared with the 1970's Austin Mini Van I owned many years ago I think the Rebel is a far better vehicle, as I spent most of my ownership of the Mini welding & treating its rust bucket of a shell constantly.

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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by philhoward » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:33 pm

Have a look at Joe.'s Red Rebel Restoration thread on here - some great in depth details there.


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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by Pepe » Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:01 pm

Hey guys:

@ Windy: Nice car! really... like the wheels... Coolest thing would be to have original stel wheels with deep dish .
The body has a frame, so why does it sag? missing reinforcement?

@ Phil: been there - done that :) twice ...


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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by Pepe » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:45 pm

@ Mark: just dough this out again as I am still very interested in a Rebel Estate.

For christ sake I know where this all ends.... it started with the same feeling for my Scimitar as well ...

Again regarding body-sagging: Is this the missing re-inforcement on the roof issue or do you refer to frame issues/damage?
Also: the small engines Reliant build where as far as I understood 600 to 750 in the Rebel and 850 in the Kitten. Will the 850 squeeze into a Rebel as well? Revs down, Consumption down, torque and fun up?


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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by windy » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:55 pm

Hi Pepe,
the sagging is usually in the floor where it sits on the front outriggers. Its due to thin glassfibre & not hard to rectify.
The 850 Kitten engine fits in the Rebel easily as long as the correct front plate is used so the engine mounts sit at the proper angle. To get the Revs down the rear axle needs modifying to take a Kitten or Robin differential.



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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by scimmy_man » Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:13 pm

or change to 13 inch viva/chevette wheels instead of the 12 inch ones.


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Re: Reliant Rebel Van Buying advice - wanted

Post by Pepe » Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:31 pm

Found this....

unfortunately too far away from me and pretty down. But maybe someone can save it??

It has obviously not been sold ...

http://www.ebay.de/itm/RELIANT-REBEL-ES ... true&rt=nc


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