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  1. Ahh that dusty blue 205 is gorgeous!
  2. I used to do all my car spannering under a carport,suitiably enclosed up the sides it's almost as good as a garage but with more space,if I had your situation,I would have a shed out the back for all non workshop stuff,is garden,household,a carport alongside the garage for working on cars in,with perhaps a side door in garage to allow seamless entry and exit to the garage for working on parts etc.prob obvious but maybe having someone else's eyes on the situation might help. The rule of needing three car spaces to work on one is very obvious here.
  3. I never needed an excuse not to go to Birmingham,lived 30 mins from it and only went through it twice in 30 years.laughably,I just bunted my MZ on the checker and it's allowed in free..,for those that don't know,think two wheeled Trabant!
  4. Perhaps lookout for another second hand wing I the same colour?i don't know how scarce such things might be now of course,but would be my preference for keeping it looking right.
  5. I'm not that clued up on sprayed chopped grp methods,Google will be your friend on that one,but the wet lay up reliant used was pretty typical of low volume manufacturers,Bond etc did it the same,Reliant just got much bigger and quicker at doing it by this time. In later years as money got tighter and resources worn out,the bodies would come out with seam lines where the different sections of the moulds met,which had to be sanded off.This however is not what I think is the case with the seam lines you talk about earlier,as they would have been irregular seams,a bit like excess casting flash on an airfix kit for example,and at £9k a pop,Reliant made sure they were sanded and filled,the model 70s with the seams seem to be part of the moulds,which is unusual as protrusions like that make it harder to extract the shell from the mould,however,it could have been deliberately designed in to giv some rigidity to the panel.Also,I'm almost certain that the DHSS would have had a company that held moulds,wether original or not,to make replacement sections for sending out to repairers,certainly after Invacar and AC stopped production,there were just too many on the road for replacement nose cones etc to have been taken from stock or scrapped vehicles,no doubt you will have a huge list of reasons why I'm wrong,but my gut instinct is that the cars with mould lines have replacement sections.
  6. Mr LBF, watch this Reliant factory film from 1973,from about 9 mins on it shows the whole process of making a fibreglass body,from clay master,mould making to making bodies,this is the wet lay up process Reliant used from 1956 to 2001.
  7. The Oxford model is certainly very interesting,I suggested to SAMs model cars to make one,and he got in first,but at £85 a pop I couldn't afford one,the thing with Oxford is that if its popular a 1/43 scale usually follows.I think the more widespread interest in Invacars has woken them up a bit.I shall certainly be getting a few,if I can get hold of a Bedford ha model,I might recreate my grandad towing one on a dolly when he worked for a repairers.
  8. They were definitely caravan lamps,though reliant used cep front indicators on the bug,Robin and kitten,which were also used on the viva,so they were car market items,Reliant were making around 13000 Regals a year by 72,so it's likely they had large stocks on order,the chrome rimmed lamps were used on big Rovers up to the mid 60s I believe,but after that reliant would have been the only customer for them.However,the Robin was in development from 1967,and I think the first prototypes were built in 1970,and obviously the body moulding was designed for the cep lights.So they would have been around before then,even if only just,as reliant would have looked through various catalogues at what rear lamps to use,and made the body to fit. i certainly remember seeing 70s caravans when I we little with them fitted,as being a reliant nerd I spotted the lamps,
  9. I thought it was cep as well,but someone who worked at the factory said it was l,but I myself was sure it was c.
  10. I never had any trouble with the original points su points in my minors,and liked the reassuring ticking on turning the ignition on
  11. Couldn't give the exact date but it was the same time the trim and seats were changed and the tail lights changed to the Robin type,which was late 69-70.
  12. Regals did have an on off valve mounted on the rear cyl head,of course it may have been replaced with the stub off an 850. The valve was only operable from the engine bay though. Personally not a fan of electric pumps in pigs,for obvious reasons. Regals have no flame retardant in the resin so are particularly nasty if they go up,from the Robin onwards it was added into the mix.
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