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Post by philhoward » Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:24 pm

If you can't get the body exactly central (the floor moulding precludes too much movement) , I wouldn't get too worried as Reliant couldn't either. I recall GeoffTE having this conundrum with SAR?


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Post by Miles Burnett » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:00 pm

A good effort today! Heater removed and now in the process of cleaning it up. I quite enjoyed sitting undisturbed in the engine bay with a cup of tea! Matrix actually looks to be in very good condition so might be reuseable. Much muck behind it as expected. The locking bolt holding the actuating rod onto the little crank which operates one of the flaps has sheered. The crank/ spindle for that flap is seized as well. Not quite sure how to sort that at the moment.
Also ,new wiring loom advice. I know of Autosparks, but any recent experiences of them or ,in fact , any new companies making good looms please.
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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:13 pm

I have a feeling Autosparks only have one version of loom but I might be thinking of 5a (where there’s a couple of variants).


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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:21 pm

I fitted an Autosparks loom for some and it was terrible
They didn't follow the original colour coding and the connectors and bullets often detached


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Post by DARK STAR » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:50 am

Doesn't someone on the forum do them?
Peter Freeman would know.


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Post by Miles Burnett » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:25 am

Thank you, I’ll send Peter a message. I had heard varied experiences of Autosparks. The other thought is keeping the main loom and simply replacing parts as required. It would be the first time I have rewired a car completely and I don’t want to make work for the sake of it. The difficult part seems to be assuring good earths :w :roll:



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Post by Miles Burnett » Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:00 pm

Heater rebuilt and fitted and at long last she has a face again!
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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:28 pm

Very smart Miles, well done.
News on the rear bumper is I can`t find anyone willing to ship it out to you for a reasonable cost, will keep asking around, but I feel its going to cost too much.


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Post by Miles Burnett » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:08 pm

Ok Mark, thanks for that. I would still like to buy it . Are you happy to hang on to it for a while until I’m over and can get up to you?



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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:43 pm

Hi Miles
Will keep the bumper for you, did we ever agree a price??.
I hope the car has been converted to LHD, OR you have put your steering rack on the wrong way round.
Confusingly you have a Uk registration?.
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Post by Miles Burnett » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:08 pm

You hadn’t given me a price yet.Let me know and thanks for holding on to the bumper. Common sense has prevailed .....I just want to get her mot’d and registered . Once that is done and she is running well etc etc then I will fit the lhd rack as a separate project. There’s no rush and I really want to drive her!



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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:30 pm

Bumper owes me £75 and the chrome is very good, the inside is good too with no corrosion, only poor bit is where the bolts were ground off and touched the chrome.,
If Cath had not had the stroke and was capable, we would have brought the bumper down when we viewed the houses for sale in your village, I think they have sold now.
I think one was an ex shop as it has a large roller shutter on the front elevation.


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Post by Miles Burnett » Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:11 pm

Just received rebuilt Girling master cylinders and servo from Past Parts. Cylinders bored and sleeved. Servo rebuilt , powder coated and tested. Turnaround time from France about 4 weeks. Very pleasant to deal with. Total cost £464 delivered to France. I wanted to try and use the originals if possible and it seems the larger sizes come only with the plastic reservoir. Was it always the case that early clutch cylinders were the same as the brake? Hopefully get them fitted and with a bit of luck will have brakes by the end of tomorrow. Complete new handbrake system fitted last week thanks to Michel at the local garage....À lot easier with the car on a lift( pain she has to be trailered !)
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Post by Miles Burnett » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:51 pm

Electrics are not my favourite job and even less so at this time of year. Due to creeping middle age I've just bought a heater for the garage so sitting in the engine bay surrounded by wiring diagram and all relevant 'kit' plus mug of coffee is much more pleasant :D . Headlamps working but main beam indicator illuminates on low beam and goes out on high :roll: .Working on sidelights today. Bulbs good and earths good but no joy yet.
Wiring loom disappears into the inner wing before the fuses. Does that part return to the dashboard area? Sorry dim question.
Another point , were the original headlamp cans steel or plastic?
Anyway, hoping 2020 is starting well for you all. I'm at home 'til the 15th so hope to have front of the car wired and brake system filled and checked for leaks.Interior steadily going back in.
Cylinder heads are off as an aside and seem ok as do bores.
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Post by scimjim » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:19 pm

Has a relay been added to the main beam? The SE5 has really simple wiring, so I’m not sure how the main beam light could come on unless main beam was on, unless the wiring has been modified? Sidelight problems also sound like a wiring problem at the switch end or modified wiring? The original cans were steel AFAIK and yes, the dash wiring goes up the inside of the LH wing.


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