1987 SS1 Ti Ride height adjustments

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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti Aux lights update

Post by swoakes » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:48 pm

I had a go at getting the front Auxiliary lights to work again. Swapped out the relay and no change so decided to check the Aux light switch. A bit of a battle to remove but when I did I noticed that 1 of the blade connectors on the multi-plug was pushed back and would not be making contact with the switch spade. With that fixed hey presto the lights now work on full beam and flash. Just need to fit the new light now the others having fallen to bits when I removed. Steve :D


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti A Question

Post by swoakes » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:59 pm

Aux lights now both fitted and working :D

Next job is to clean front and rear suspension ready for MOT.

Before I drive in anger I want to fit and inertia switch on the supply to the fuel pump as mine seems to run continuously. Where is the best/ easiest place to tap in and how do I identify feed :?:

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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by swoakes » Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:02 pm

A bit of an update. As previously stated I have removed both quarter lights as they were rotten; in fact I vacuumed them out of the bottom of the doors :( I intend to drive the car whilst I source some replacements and have been trying to think of a way of tidying the door tops now the frames and glass are out. I cam up with the idea of a rubber stip fittied in the gap between the door car rubber seal and the outer door skin (I have removed the rubber seals) I purchased some 50mm wide x 2.5mm thick rubber strips on Ebay and have now fitted them in the gap. The strips hold themselves in place and finish the door quite nicely. Below are some pictures.

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I have also fitted some replacement door cards which look much better than the old ones although not perfect

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Car is booked in for its MOT next Thursday so Next job is to wire brush and rust proof the front and rear suspension (shame that Reliant did not galvanise along with the chassis!)

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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by swoakes » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:58 pm

A bit more progress; old seat removed and carpets cleaned. Old seat from my 1600 refitted and the cleaned up original. Mountney steering wheel in red fitted. Looks pretty tidy now IMHO.

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Continued to work on the brakes today. N/S disc has been cleaned up but but hope only spins with considerable force. A seized piston maybe :?: Do you guys advise me to run the car and see if it frees up or remove thepads and try and get the pistons moving again? Thanks Steve


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:16 pm

free the pistons off. if ya lucky its just a build up of crap, or dry seals so wet with a little brake fluid.
if the pistons are badly corroded, Minisport in Bradford do std replacements or stainless steel ones


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by swoakes » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:08 pm

I had a go at freeing the N/S front hub today. The pistons were not seized just a bit sticky. Removed the pads and cleaned off the small amount of corrosion and spread brake fluid onto the pistons. Worked them in and out a few times and all seems ok. Good news is that rear face of discs seem better than the fronts. I have fitted new pads and intend to take the car out next week to bed the new pads in before MOT of Thursday. Front suspension both sides has been wire brushed and covered with rust converter and will get a coat of paint on Monday. Than leaves the N/S rear suspension to wire brush and paint. Steve


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by swoakes » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:13 pm

Took the car out today for a short blast round my estate before its MOT on Thursday. Boy do Ti's shift :D When you give it the beans the turbo winds up and your pushed back in the seat. Even my 13 year old Son was impressed; and that's praise indeed because he's at the grunting stage at the moment and little impresses him :lol: This is my first drive of a Ti; well happy and should be a great car for the summer. Good news on the brake front; all seems OK and they pull up sharp (ish) and true in a straight line so hopefully OK for the MOT unless they are picky about the condition of the discs. Spent a few hours with the T-cut and Mer this afternoon; it polishes up quite well. Some pictures below. Steve

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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:53 pm

That's looking very good Steve, good luck with the MOT :)


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by swoakes » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:20 pm

I have an MOT :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :D :D :D :D 1 advisory on corroded discs but brakes passed the braking test. The examiner commented that he thinks the car has a LSD. Were these standard from the factory :?: How can you visually tell if you have LSD fitted :?: Steve :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:32 pm

Yeeeeeehaa! :D :D So it's all systems go!

LSDs weren't standard, the easiest way to get an idea (not sure if it's infallible with viscous ones?) is to jack up the back end with the handbrake off and turn one wheel and see which way the other wheel turns - if it turns backwards you've got an ordinary open diff, if both wheels turn the same way it's an LSD.


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by swoakes » Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:45 pm

Hi Roger, Yes very happy. He wasn't impressed with my discs but could not fail them if they passed the brake test so I only got an advisory. It was when he span both rear wheels getting off the brake tester that made him think I had a LSD. Was a LSD a factory option then :?: Steve


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:13 pm

Phil will know for certain, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't, it would need to have been fitted by the owner. Though I guess if you waved enough crisp folding money under Reliant's nose they might have done anything.


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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:29 pm

lsd was never a factory option as ford didnt make an OEM LSD for use with 'push in' shafts.
visually best way to tell is if its had a ford viscous diff retro fitted by prev owner, it will have bolt on CVs on the inboard ends of the drivshafts instead of normal push-in trilobes.
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only lsd thats likely to be fitted with std driveshafts is a Quaife ATB or something ex-Caterham, but unlikely.

if cars jacked up then Rogers theory of opposing=std 'open' diff and same direction=LSD works for viscous and plated diffs, but not ATBs

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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by swoakes » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:51 pm

Below is a picture of the O/S drive shaft.

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Re: 1987 SS1 Ti

Post by reliant-reviver » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:31 pm

Standard tri-lobe driveshafts. So in all probability it doesn't have an LSD, unless it has been fitted with an aftermarket differential e.g Quaife.


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