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Post by Ford » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:16 am

Hello all, welcome to the progress thread for the SS1 1600 I bought last month

Here it is on the night it arrived. The people (from Shiply) that brought it were rather useless, and wouldnt help push it further down the drive. It was forecast heavy rain, but luckily my uncle was able to come after work to help push it further down the drive and get a tarpaulin over it.
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Arrival
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On the patio. It came with 2 of these wheels on the left side. None of them hold air, but I've got a set of Toyota Corolla wheels which I can hopefully sit it on temporarily.
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Left side
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Front
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Interior quite grubby. I was worried about the white on the passenger seat, but thankfully it turned out to be from wet paper or something, and came off without much effort.
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Interior
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Along with the car, I got a full set of spare wings, front and rear bumpers, headlight surround, 2 doors (which are the original ones with "SCIMITAR" decal along the bottom), rear deck, boot lid, 2 quite good condition soft roofs, front suspension arms, differential mount, and quite a few other bits. Some of this pictured below.
I've since managed to get most of them except the boot lid and doors into the loft safely out of the way.
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Wheels
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Doors
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Spares
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Original doors
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Post by peter freeman » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:46 am

Not the time of year to be working on a car outdoors - although it did not bother me when I was young(er). It looks like its all there and just needs putting back together - keep the pictures coming.



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Post by Rattling » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:14 am

That's a lot of spares! Very good thing to have it will save you time hunting around for bits ,look forward to the rebuild .


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Post by Alan SS1 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:41 pm

Agree on weather front, but the SS1 is really just a big kids meccanno set :D

the doors go into the loft when the quarter frame glass is removed :wink:

as long as it's all there??


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Post by Ford » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:57 pm

I can't decide whether to keep the current doors on and swap the wings, or to refit the original doors.

I managed to get the rear anti roll bar off this morning. Bushes weren't in good shape.
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To remove the rear arms, do I need to remove the roof, rear deck, wings?
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Post by philhoward » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:07 pm

Rear trailing arms? Nope - two bolts through the chassis in front of the wheel, ARB, brake flexi's, handbrake cable and shocker is a bolt into a captive nut in the chassis at the top. Should be a cover plate in the rear inner wing allowing access, or remove the bottom bolt instead. Driveshafts should slide out of the diff, spilling oil as they come out.


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Post by Alan SS1 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:46 pm

philhoward wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:07 pm
Rear trailing arms? Nope - two bolts through the chassis in front of the wheel, ARB, brake flexi's, handbrake cable and shocker is a bolt into a captive nut in the chassis at the top. Should be a cover plate in the rear inner wing allowing access, or remove the bottom bolt instead. Driveshafts should slide out of the diff, spilling oil as they come out.
top bolt is difficult to reach but at least it isn't 'usually' as rusty as the bottom arm one will be

I think fair to say the rubber bushes have seen better days, maybe LOTS of oil running back from box or front nose of diff?

maybe to pour oil out? mine is about correct level of oil and I don't think oil piddled out ? :wink:


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Post by Ford » Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:13 pm

Into the loft...
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Loft
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Spent a while putting down some old underlay to rest everything on. Will probably need to shift things around to make sure they're all OK sat as they are.
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Hoods and bumpers
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Wings etc.
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Interesting font on the spare boot, I don't like it at all.
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Post by Ford » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:22 pm

Struggling to remove one of the handbrake cables from the backplate.

Unless I'm being stupid, it doesn't look to be the same as the Escort or Sierra service manuals.
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Post by scimjim » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:11 pm

They just push in.


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Post by Ford » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:54 pm

Other side came out quite easily, I thought I'd better check instead of using unreasonable force.
More oil applied...
Got one side suspension arm off, called it a night as I didn't fancy staying out in hailstone much longer


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Post by scimjim » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:49 pm

Full marks for working outside :D

I did a rebody in the snow and wouldn’t do it again!

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Post by Ford » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:10 pm

I've been moving motorbikes around in the garage, and now waiting for some bolts so I can move shelves to make more room. Not sure there will be enough space for the car, but hopefully weather will start improving soon. It's been wet outside most of the days I've wanted to work on it so far. :cry:


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Post by Ford » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:34 pm

Got everything off at one side, but still can't get the other handbrake cable off. Seems to be a square piece on the inside of the backplate stopping it from pushing out.
Any tips?

Also was surprised that not a drop of oil came out of the differential when removing a half shaft.


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Post by Mikelima48 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:57 pm

Hi and a very welcome to the world of Reliant Small Sports cars. You look as if you have an interesting and challenging project there. May I have the VIN please so I can check if your car is on the register?

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