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Post by Oaksey » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:30 pm

Yes it’s a straight six.
A quick rundown of spec:
The 173rd S6 made,
Restored around 10 years ago
Painted in MGA Glacier blue
Very good black interior with new headlining
Recent brake overhaul (exc MC and Servo)
Recent stainless exhaust system (didn’t know that Walkers sold them)
Recently rechromed bumpers, quarterlights, badges, steering wheel,grille etc
Converted to negative earth
Still running with a dynamo, sealed beams and original fuse set up
And a fair bit more that I’ve already forgotten

We collected it a few weekends ago when the snow hit and put it straight in the garage to have a good poke around. Since then, I’ve driven it around 50 miles and changed the engine oil and filter.

Onto the engine issue. The previous owner stated it smokes out of the oil breathers and didn’t quite feel right under load. He also mentioned that he hadn’t changed the oil in 4 years so I went straight ahead and did that. It seems to have stopped a lot of the smoking. As for the way it runs, I think the timing and carbs need a little fettling and the clutch was ill adjusted and causing bad slipping. A quick adjustment had it sorted though. I’m going to do a compression and leak down test on it next week some time but it’s not really looking like there’s cause for concern. It drives pretty nicely and sounds awesome, even if it doesn’t hold its oil too well.

Other jobs that are on the list are replacing the brake hoses, probably both the Clutch and brake master cylinders and the pads and shoes. The calipers were recently rebuild and the solid lines are in fine fettle. It’s very good underneath but I want to steam clean it off and get some protection on the chassis. It has Gaz shocks on the rear but originals on the front so they may be replaced at some point. I also have a set of 15x6” centre laced wires that may find their way onto the car.
It’s curently fitted with a S6 non overdrive gearbox and came with an overdrive box (so that’s 5 S6 gearboxes I’ve got now) so the plan was to fit an overdrive box if the engine gets rebuilt but then we get into different propshafts and gearbox mounts so we’ll see.

And as for that Sabre Six, I looked into and discounted that about two months ago ;)


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Post by *JP* » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:00 pm

Sorry,didn't realise the Sabre was the one discussed a month or two ago.

Regarding the Coupe what's the long term plan?
Is it a keeper or,after the work you outline a resale for what would be a well earned profit?

I ask because if the latter then I might well be interested myself if sometime next year...assuming I can resist spending on a new and rapidly depreciating modern car in the meantime. :)



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Post by Oaksey » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:06 pm

It wasn't, but Tony Heath put me into the owner and I got some info about it.

I bought it with the intention of being a mid/long term keeper unless maybe a good Sabre 6 comes up but I guess anythings for sale for a price :)


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Post by ScimmyMike » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:17 pm

If you need pads Josh I acquired a set from a previous S6 owner at footman James show in September, just give me a shout when required, nice purchase.


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Post by *JP* » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:05 pm

Oaksey wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:06 pm
It wasn't, but Tony Heath put me into the owner and I got some info about it.

I bought it with the intention of being a mid/long term keeper unless maybe a good Sabre 6 comes up but I guess anythings for sale for a price :)
Understood.
I look forward to reading on here the story of your improvements to the car....it certainly ought to acquire an overdrive box for starters.
Regarding the wider set of wire wheels,it would be nice to think they would fit with 205 65 15 tyres without modding the arches?



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Post by turbster » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:13 pm

I thought that one looked like a really good buy, nice one Josh!


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Post by Oaksey » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:43 pm

Cheers Mike, I’ll probably do just that. Are they NOS ones? All that seems available now is greenstuff.

That was my first thought JP but it’s not as bad as I thought with the non onverdrive. I’ve got a spare axle that should be a different ratio so I plan on working out the best gearbox and diff combination and go with that. As for wheels, I tried one of my other wires on the front with a 205/50/15 and it seemed fine although I’ve not tried the back and really it needs 60 or 65 profile tyres which are rather expensive. I’m going to see if I can liberate a couple from an E type at work and try them on.

Cheers Paul, your new 5 looks the business too. Very tempting if I hadn’t have bought this :lol:


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Post by *JP* » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:52 pm

Oaksey wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:43 pm
That was my first thought JP but it’s not as bad as I thought with the non onverdrive. I’ve got a spare axle that should be a different ratio so I plan on working out the best gearbox and diff combination and go with that. As for wheels, I tried one of my other wires on the front with a 205/50/15 and it seemed fine although I’ve not tried the back and really it needs 60 or 65 profile tyres which are rather expensive. I’m going to see if I can liberate a couple from an E type at work and try them on.

The tyre comparison I looked at gave 205 65 15 very close in diameter to 165 80 15.
There seem to be plenty of modern tyres in 205 65 15 at reasonable prices.



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Post by *JP* » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:57 pm

*JP* wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:52 pm
Oaksey wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:43 pm
That was my first thought JP but it’s not as bad as I thought with the non onverdrive. I’ve got a spare axle that should be a different ratio so I plan on working out the best gearbox and diff combination and go with that. As for wheels, I tried one of my other wires on the front with a 205/50/15 and it seemed fine although I’ve not tried the back and really it needs 60 or 65 profile tyres which are rather expensive. I’m going to see if I can liberate a couple from an E type at work and try them on.

The tyre comparison I looked at gave 205 65 15 very close in diameter to 165 80 15.
There seem to be plenty of modern tyres in 205 65 15 at reasonable prices.
E.g Dunlop Sport blue response (as loved by TVR S folk) at £65



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Post by philynnbob » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:29 pm

Lovely new car Josh.
Made me get out in to the garage today :D



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Post by Coupe Racing » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:40 am

I have had 205 on a Coupe in the dimensions mentioned. The rears fitted just but I recall the offset of my chosen wheels was not quite right,so the clearance was not too good.
However with a wise choice of offset I think it will be ok


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Post by turbster » Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:38 pm

Coupe Racing wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:40 am
I have had 205 on a Coupe in the dimensions mentioned. The rears fitted just but I recall the offset of my chosen wheels was not quite right,so the clearance was not too good.
However with a wise choice of offset I think it will be ok
I experimented with 205’s in the standard arches and came to the same conclusion that it might be possible, but the offset would have to be absolutely perfect..


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Post by ScimmyMike » Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:16 pm

Oaksey wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:43 pm
Cheers Mike, I’ll probably do just that. Are they NOS ones? All that seems available now is greenstuff.
Made by Bendix or in a Bendix box at least, don't fit 3 pot so must be S6 ones I reckon, misunderstood person selling them it would seem.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:03 pm

I think I’d fit 195/65s and save myself the headache of the body or axle not being 100% central... :w :D


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Post by philhoward » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:29 pm

Show me a Reliant that does have the body central to the chassis :mrgreen:


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