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I had to pull the update last night so here goes again! Took alot of time this week with work and family so time was limited, I did however make great progress. Managed to refit manifold with new studs, exhaust and alternator. I had a quick fiddle with the wiring which of course highlighted more issues....another parts order goes in but it really does feel like we might make it!

 

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4 hours ago, Tommyboy12 said:

You wouldnt believe how many times I have been sent this in the last 48 hours! The benefits of owning a blue Reliant that looks just as rough as this one I guess??

I guess its got to have some kind of benefit....i'm struggling to see many lol!

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I spent the weekend (when I wasn't being falsely accused of being pulled by plod) trying to fix my handbrake.

One of the MOT fails was that it appeared to be hitting the stop on the mechanism and not being good enough.

What it turned out to be was that someone had replaced a clevis pin on the bottom of the handbrake handle with a bolt, which was fouling the body. Luckily I had a spare clevis pin from a Mini that fit.

I then promptly pulled the handbrake a few times and the handbrake suddenly went loose. Turns out the cable sleeve had pulled through its mount on the axle bracket. A quick fix with a slotted washer and a few tack welds and the handbrake is golden.

Re-test is booked in for Wednesday!

Also this angle on a slightly inclined driveway is definitely not dubious...

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11 minutes ago, Tommyboy12 said:

I spent the weekend (when I wasn't being falsely accused of being pulled by plod) trying to fix my handbrake.

One of the MOT fails was that it appeared to be hitting the stop on the mechanism and not being good enough.

What it turned out to be was that someone had replaced a clevis pin on the bottom of the handbrake handle with a bolt, which was fouling the body. Luckily I had a spare clevis pin from a Mini that fit.

I then promptly pulled the handbrake a few times and the handbrake suddenly went loose. Turns out the cable sleeve had pulled through its mount on the axle bracket. A quick fix with a slotted washer and a few tack welds and the handbrake is golden.

Re-test is booked in for Wednesday!

Also this angle on a slightly inclined driveway is definitely not dubious...

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should have just rolled it on its side.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Bit of an update on the blue one while the white one still undergoes surgery!

While the car has been working and running it's had a few issues and there's some broken things that I've wanted to address. Firstly the stereo, while my bargain £8 from eBay stereo has worked well it was only pumping sound out of one of the speakers. Took it upon myself to investigate and after determining that there was indeed wiring running to the speaker the plug for the stereo had pushed the pin out for the speaker so it wasn't working (who'd have guessed my £8 stereo had shonky build quality). Plugged in and working perfectly!

Speaking of broken electrics, Reliant clocks have a habit of dying. Both Reliants I have owned the clock hasn't worked and apparently it's really common. So I swapped it out for a posh £5 rev counter off fb marketplace! Now I know exactly how much the engine is screaming at me.

Also the oil pressure light didn't turn on. This one has concerned me slightly but a new pressure switch which I had laying around from a Mini engine rebuild and it is now Illuminating! The good news is it also goes out when you start the car! Again, Reliants have a habit of flickering oil pressure lights at idle but I am lucky in that mine is not!

It's also been running a bit rough at low speed. I self diagnosed this as ignition related as the plugs are a lovely brown colour. The points were dirty and corroded so I've done a full ignition service and replaced leads, cap, rotor arm and points. Now it runs lovely! Access is a little tight to the dizzy and it's easier to do the cap and leads from the drivers engine hatch in the footwell.

While I was under the car doing the pressure switch I spotted a couple of grease nipples for the kingpin. I gave them a couple of pumps of grease each until it was just popping out the seal. Turns out that was a mistake... Reliant designed the kingpin to have dust covers INSIDE the brake drum. So if you overfill the king pin with grease it fills your brake drum full of grease too! That was a bit scary when I reached the junction at the end of the road! Because I'm a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to this car I immediately turned around and put the car on the drive and whipped the drum and shoes off and stuck them in a washing up bowl with a load of brake cleaner. After a good scrub the shoes got a bake in the oven. 20 minutes at 200C. The kitchen smelt lovely after that... Back together now and the brakes are even better than before!

I also cut up an old IKEA rug for floor mats because the drivers footwell had no carpet!

 

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