PUJ850R RESTORATION

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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by scimjim » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:46 pm

I did mine from underneath but you could chop a hole in the footwell if you wanted.


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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by philhoward » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:09 pm

GRP doesn't spontaneously combust...despite all the horror stories. IMHO, don't bother with plating it up - the repair sections are cheaper than you think. Cut out a larger section than you think preferably back to a point of easy access or as Roger says - cut out a suitable chunk of floor, weld away, then glass it back in. It will be hidden under carpet so no one will known.


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Post by philhoward » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:11 pm

Forgot to add - GRP might not spontaneously combust but the foam strip between chassis and body might.. :oops:


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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by matsmith2468 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:44 pm

Ok got it .more hole cutting then! Many thanks for all your help. No doubt I'll be back! Restoration is certainly a journey...a long one!



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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by matsmith2468 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:42 pm

Just thought I'd give an update in case anyone's interested! Following advice the seat belts mounts were welded by cutting a hole in the body so that worked really well. But we lifted the body to weld the chassis side rails in and then put new insulation tape on the chassis before bolting the body on with new nylon threaded bolts. Anyway, if you're interested in progress take a look at www.reliantscimitargte.co.uk.

While I'm here, what anti freeze is recommended for V6 Essex? ... Apart from Evans. Thanks



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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by scimjim » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:29 am

"Only 543 of the original Scimitar SE6 were ever made"

551 - numbers 1 to 7 and 551 aren't listed in "The Scimitar & it's Forebears" but I can assure you they exist :-)


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Post by AJL Electronics » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:05 am

Nylon threaded bolts? Please tell me you mean Nylocs?


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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by MatSmith » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:24 am

Yes Nylocs...was late at night!
Anti freeze advice anyone?!



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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:40 am

Bluecol if you can find it - I think Halfords own brand "blue" is the same stuff.

Also - from EuroCarParts: http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car-a ... &0&cc5_865
GSF: http://www.gsfcarparts.com/catalogsearc ... antifreeze


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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:10 pm

Bluecol available from Amazon - here


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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:13 pm

Never thought to look at Amazon - went with those other two as there's normally one or the other in just about every large town/city (as are Halfords, I suppose!).


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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:44 pm

Yes, I'm a bit of a traditionalist, and normally think of my local motor factors or Halfords for this kind of thing. But I've always liked Bluecol, so last year I was idly googling for a local supplier, and it threw up Amazon, and they were cheaper than anywhere else at the time. So I ordered 2x5 litres, and the postman got to do the hard work! (and it was delivered very quick too) :D


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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by Old and Slow » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:04 pm

Halfords sell the old blue antifreeze but they call it Silicate for some reason best known to the chemists among us. The other stuff (coloured Orange) OAT is IIRC Organic Acid Technology, not good for older engines.
However, if you want to be environmentally friendly, the best antifreeze of all is fernox alphi-11 for central heating systems, although you can get the equivalent stuff, mono-propylene glycol from various suppliers. If you mix it 50:50 with water it gives the same level of performance as Bluecol, the engine might run 1 to 2 degrees warmer as its thermal capacity is slightly less than Bluecol.
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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:53 pm

Yes, Halfords do sell their own-brand blue silicate antifreeze, however most of the time our local branch only seem to have it in 2-litre containers, which makes it relatively expensive, so that's why I was looking for alternative suppliers of my old favourite Bluecol :)


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Re: PUJ850R RESTORATION

Post by peter freeman » Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:49 pm

Funnily Roger I was looking for Bluecol - Halfords sell their own stuff as you say but its not cheap - Morrisons sell 1ltr bottles of Bluecol for £3 which is the cheapest I have seen so far. A bit of a pain buying it by the ltr but I still have my 5 ltr can so can buy a bit every week when I go to Morrisons to shop and gradually fill up my can.



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