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Ugh. Finally managed to get some time in the garage, but that just confirmed that this clutch is f*cked.

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I feebly tried straightening that spring out, but one of the coils has been pulled tight, so it ain't coming back. Clutch written off. Now contemplating whether to upgrade to the later diaphragm type. 

 

Cheered myself up by ordering myself an engine hoist. Cheaper than I expected!. £223.97 from SGS Engineering for a 1 ton crane and a load leveller (which WILL be needed). I could have got a two-ton one, but I think I'd rather try to encourage myself away from attempting engine swaps on anything bigger! A 1 ton is still overkill in this application really.

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I have a confession DW.....I have just this past weekend gone caught up on approximately 6 months worth of videos and reviews (some of which I still need to watch) and it has been fantastic! 

 

I was watching one of the early videos on the Fox and something caught my eye.....no not your cluttered garage LOL BUT does that say SGT on your number plate? In which case these are the original dealer plates. 

 

NOW.....SGT.....Stands for Station Garage Taplow. I grew up less than a quarter of a mile from here and over the years have known and my family known quite a number of people of whom have worked here. I even did my work experience at this garage back when I was at secondary school for a week. I was then asked back as I was seen to be such a good valeter to valet the brand new cars to go out to the customers....

 

Anyway, I digress. Station Garage Taplow (a franchise owned by the Langton Family) originally run by Alan Langton .Many many many years ago this garage sold Silk and Triumph motorbikes before becoming a Reliant dealership (I have tried and tried to locate photographs but alas have been unsuccessful). They have always been 'performance' orientated and tended to aim for folk interested in buying Scimitars - in fact you can see one in the background of the second black and white photo (not sure if I've spelt that correctly). As time went on and Reliant died out, they took on Morgan, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Alfa Romeo. I even rented space at the back of one of their storage lots for my own cars back when I first got into trading...

 

As is the story all too often this happened ( they have since relocated to the opposite side of the railway tracks in new buildings purposely built for them but no longer a dealership. Simply an independent workshop that has reused the SGT name. Very sad, I believe Alan Langton lived upstairs above the dealership!

 

Tony Tappin was the chief tech in charge of the workshops and he was a relic from the Reliant days.

 

Scroll to page 4 in this link - http://www.taplowsociety.org.uk/twiki/pub/Newsletter/NewsLetter101/Newsletter-101-screen.pdf

 

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but that just confirmed that this clutch is f*cked.

 

I feebly tried straightening that spring out, but one of the coils has been pulled tight, so it ain't coming back. Clutch written off.

It's just the spring that is fucked, not the whole lot.

 

Get on the blower and speak to

 

http://www.fleetwayclutches.co.uk/

 

Tell them what you have done and see if they will furnish you with a replacement spring / replace it for you.

 

A whole new clutch is a rather drastic step.

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It's just the spring that is fucked, not the whole lot.

 

Get on the blower and speak to

 

http://www.fleetwayclutches.co.uk/

 

Tell them what you have done and see if they will furnish you with a replacement spring / replace it for you.

 

A whole new clutch is a rather drastic step.

 

Thanks, but my friendly Reliant Owners' Club chap has offered me a diaphragm cover assembly, which should work with the carbon throw out thingy and the brand new clutch plate I now have. 

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I have a confession DW.....I have just this past weekend gone caught up on approximately 6 months worth of videos and reviews (some of which I still need to watch) and it has been fantastic! 

 

I was watching one of the early videos on the Fox and something caught my eye.....no not your cluttered garage LOL BUT does that say SGT on your number plate? In which case these are the original dealer plates. 

 

NOW.....SGT.....Stands for Station Garage Taplow. I grew up less than a quarter of a mile from here and over the years have known and my family known quite a number of people of whom have worked here. I even did my work experience at this garage back when I was at secondary school for a week. I was then asked back as I was seen to be such a good valeter to valet the brand new cars to go out to the customers....

 

Anyway, I digress. Station Garage Taplow (a franchise owned by the Langton Family) originally run by Alan Langton .Many many many years ago this garage sold Silk and Triumph motorbikes before becoming a Reliant dealership (I have tried and tried to locate photographs but alas have been unsuccessful). They have always been 'performance' orientated and tended to aim for folk interested in buying Scimitars - in fact you can see one in the background of the second black and white photo (not sure if I've spelt that correctly). As time went on and Reliant died out, they took on Morgan, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Alfa Romeo. I even rented space at the back of one of their storage lots for my own cars back when I first got into trading...

 

As is the story all too often this happened ( they have since relocated to the opposite side of the railway tracks in new buildings purposely built for them but no longer a dealership. Simply an independent workshop that has reused the SGT name. Very sad, I believe Alan Langton lived upstairs above the dealership!

 

Tony Tappin was the chief tech in charge of the workshops and he was a relic from the Reliant days.

 

Scroll to page 4 in this link - http://www.taplowsociety.org.uk/twiki/pub/Newsletter/NewsLetter101/Newsletter-101-screen.pdf

 

A few pictures for you now.....

 

Great stuff!

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Assistance has arrived. Picking up a diaphragm clutch plate this weekend, so hopefully next week, I can have another go at engine/gearbox interface. Plan is to pull the gearbox out, mate the two, then stuff them in with hoist assistance. Plan to get the rear wheels up on the ramps to assist with dangle angles - new hoist has a leveller bar.

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Ian.

 

There are many things in life that bring me joy. Fluffy kittens, the purr of a cat, a good meal, clean sheets on the bed, motorbikes.

And 4 wheel Reliants.

 

There is a Kitten in a yard I pass on the way to Blackburn and its winking at me - thank god I have no money. For now I will have to be sated by your Fox.

 

Crack on.

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A friend (well, a random internet person whose brother I've known for years) came over to lend some inspiration and assistance. His choice of wheels was a good start.

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We assembled my new hoist (which had CRAP instructions), got the engine into the bay with only minor damage to one finger (mine) and after several hours and many cups of tea, finally got the engine and gearbox to mate. It just would not slot into place. Until it happily did.

 

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We plumbed in just enough to get it to briefly run. Success! Still a LOT to do. The wiring makes less and less sense every time I look at it. Still no gauges or ignition lights, and can't get the electrics to work at all without running an HT lead between the starter solenoid and the battery. Still, actual progress!

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Good stuff.

 

I know it sounds scary, but i'd be tempted to do away with almost all the wiring around the engine bay and start near enough from scratch. (at least around the whole battery and charge side), beyond that, It's not like you're needing to worry about sensors and computers, just the basic of power to the correct lights, power to the starter and having the alternator feeding back to the battery.

 

A lot of the issues likely to be earth related, fiberglass body means hidden earths on the chassis or a lot going back to the negative battery post to earth.

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Found an earth wire that should be connected to the timing cover. That's now in place and I have lights. No ignition light, but the dash lights at least work. 

 

Initially, the earth wire was connected very wrongly indeed...

 

Latest video contains smoke!

 

Hopefully nothing damaged...

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More Fox news.

 

Yes, the carb heat shield was the wrong way up. It now isn't. Sounds sweet though!

 

Today, I thought I'd quickly fit the alternator. HA! One of those utter F8ckers of a job, where access is from above and below, but still crap. Then I spied that the adjuster bracket was the wrong way around. It's held in with a water pump nut. The nut didn't come undone but wound the stud out. There's not enough room behind the pulley for the stud to come all the way out. FFS! Stopped for lunch.

 

I've threadlocked the stud, so I'm hoping that'll hold and the nut won't when I have another go. What a sodding palaver.

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The Loctite trick worked! So I've been plumbing the cooling system in. I've managed to lose the stubby pipe that comes off the block and is part of the heater pipework. This is very annoying as I can't complete the circuit without it, and I don't have any way of just blocking it off. I know I have the part - I've seen it with my own eyes, but not since probably October. AAAARGH. Literally minutes away from being able to fill the cooling system and actually have a drive of the sodding thing. Much angers.

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I believe the phrase is GET IN!

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Bloody marvellous. Cooling system is a bit rigged up and currently excludes the heater, while the fuel tank is a bottle of Sprite at the moment. But, it ran very merrily for a goodly while and is quite hilariously brisk in first gear. I really do need to refit the mirrors though! Reversing is terrifying.

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I believe the phrase is GET IN!

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Bloody marvellous. Cooling system is a bit rigged up and currently excludes the heater, while the fuel tank is a bottle of Sprite at the moment. But, it ran very merrily for a goodly while and is quite hilariously brisk in first gear. I really do need to refit the mirrors though! Reversing is terrifying.

 

Great stuff.

 

Semi off topic, but every time i see your fox's number plate, i think of this

 

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I believe the phrase is GET IN!

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Bloody marvellous. Cooling system is a bit rigged up and currently excludes the heater, while the fuel tank is a bottle of Sprite at the moment. But, it ran very merrily for a goodly while and is quite hilariously brisk in first gear. I really do need to refit the mirrors though! Reversing is terrifying.

 

 

woo congrats :)

 

now remember this one will need an MOT before you go buzzing around the welsh countryside  :mrgreen:

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I think you would find a Tite Reach wrench very useful in that situation with the alternator Ian.

 
Here's a link to Amazon but I believe they also have a UK outlet called Trustparts. As Hubnut Channel I would think you warrant a free one for review :-)
 
 
Also a video here:
 
 
Andy

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