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Post by Will Anderson » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:05 pm

I would be inclined to give Bob a ring and have a chat with him first but someone from the West Scotland Noggin might be able to help.


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Post by ScimiTom » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:29 pm

Ooh Will, you've put the burden on me now...! :wink:

Well, I've had a chat with my wife and she has kindly granted me permission to go and view the car this Sunday morning - not with a view to buying, but to help out Mike. Larkhall is about 30 miles or so from me. Of course, it will depend on whether the seller is actually available at that time. The other thing is that I know next to nothing about these cars, so it might be an idea to give me a list of things you'd like to know/have checked.

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Post by Will Anderson » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:53 pm

Good man Tom, you are 175 miles closer than me!!! :D


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Post by Supersub » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:10 pm

Thanks fella’s for the quick response. Re viewing the car many thanks Tom. And thanks to your better half for letting you go. Hopefully you will be able to see it on Sunday.

As to what to look for it’s mainly just checking over the general condition such as the fibreglass bodywork and paint finish, condition of interior trim as well as the vehicles history file and service paperwork. Has it been owner maintained or by reputable garage. Don’t know much about the the K series engine as my Sabres had Ford CVH’s. It does say that it has had the upgrades to resolve the problems related to the cylinder head and overheating. I’m assuming it would have a cambelt not chain so has this been changed recently along with the tensioner. You might check for signs of water/oil leaks in the engine bay although from the pics it looks pretty clean under the bonnet. Track rod end joints used to be one area that I had to change a couple of times during my ownership of the SST and also play in the steering rack. As to chassis it is a galvanised one so hopefully should offer up no noticeable problems.

Basically Tom just use your common sense. Don’t expect you to crawl all over it. Just looking for some reassurance as to whether its as good as it looks and will make a good buy.

Many thanks

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Post by ScimiTom » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:30 pm

No probs, Mike. I'll try and make contact with the seller tomorrow and see if I can arrange a viewing for Sunday. I'll keep you updated by private message.

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Post by ScimiTom » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:25 am

I have arranged a viewing and sent you a PM, Mike.


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Post by Oaksey » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:09 pm

Just having another look, is this the same one that GW had for sale for around £6500? I know the ad says they had it in 2016 but I'm sure I had a look round one there more recently?


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Post by scimjim » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:43 pm

No, he had it for sale 2015/16 for 4995.


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Post by Supersub » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:03 pm

Just to say I have purchased this car so once again there will be a Scim parked on the drive. Never learn do I. However feedback from Tom was positive and discussions with Bob convinced me it will be a good buy. So now the next step is to collect it.

As I outlined in my earlier post to get there I am faced with a lengthy and complex journey by public transport (2 buses, 3 trains and also being picked up at railway station). Also it would incur an overnight stay. Can’t say I am keen but if all else fails will have to undertake it. Before doing so however I am exploring other options which I would appreciate your views on.

Obviously I have had some quotes from transportation companies. Appreciate that it’s fairly long way to come so won’t be cheap but they do appear to be a tad on the high side. One reason for this is because due to the owners occupation the car needs to be picked up on a weekend which obviously incurs a penalty. Bearing this in mind perhaps may I suggest another option. Cheeky I know but is there anybody out there who would be willing to pick it up for me either by driving it back or collecting with a trailer. Let me say straight away I don’t expect anyone to deliver it to my door but if they could bring it closer possibly 100 miles or more this would cut down my travelling time and mean I could collect from them and get back the same day. Of course I will cover all expenses plus extra for their time etc. Would much prefer to pay a club member the cash rather than a delivery company. Any volunteers? Alternatively would anyone be prepared to take delivery of the car and and keep it until I get to them. Because of the short daylight hours if I could cut down my travelling time to get their it would allow me to drive back before the night closes in.

I appreciate that I am asking a lot but as I have often been told if you don’t ask you don’t get.

Many thanks and look forward to your suggestions/comments.

Mike


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Post by Dcrosby13 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:17 pm

Have you tried Shiply?


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Post by Oaksey » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:20 pm

PM inbound


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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:26 pm

I was about to say the same thing! PM coming from me too... :)


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Post by Supersub » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:29 pm

Josh/Tom

Got your PM's. Thanks for the offers. Really appreciate it. Great response. Both will achieve the right result for me so will get back to you both over the weekend once I've had a chance to review them both. Off to bed now. Us 'old geezers' need our sleep.

Many thanks again and regards

Mike


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Post by Will Anderson » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:55 pm

Supersub wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:03 pm
Just to say I have purchased this car...
Well bought. 8)


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Post by Supersub » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:37 pm

For those of you who were following this post thought you would like an update.

However before I do belated thanks must go first of all to ScimiTom for giving the car the once over and for his offer to drive it part way down to me. And secondly many thanks to Josh for not only collecting it but spending some time the next day trying to resolve the problems he found when driving it back home from Scotland. Much appreciated gents.

As to the car itself although overall it’s appearance looks pretty presentable having now given it a good clean. However I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed as to what is clearly an engine in need of immediate remedial work coupled with other areas requiring a bit more than just tlc. The journey home after meeting up with Josh was fairly uneventful but just like Josh I experienced an engine that was hesitant and misfiring when pulling coupled with lots of pops and bangs on overrun. Plus the fact that that there was not much movement on the clutch. I was having to push the pedal nearly to the floor before it disengaged. I had been told that it would need one in a couple of years but I think it will need one long before then. By the time I got home the engine had also acquired a rather loud rattle. Just like the sound you would get from loose tappets. Also since then every time I start it there is a loud squealing noise from the front of the engine. Hopefully only Water Pump or pulley related.

Now I know that my opinion may not be those of others but I can only base it on what I consider to be an accurate assessment of what I have found and comparing it with the condition of other cars I have purchased. Remember this car according to the seller was in his own words “a well maintained car. I am an Engineer”. A statement by the way I had heard before when I purchased the Quantum and found similar faults. I appreciate that my comments might give offence and that the old adage of “buyer beware” should always be something we should remember when purchasing but for the price I paid I expected more.

Anyway having got all that off my chest current situation is that having enquired around to find someone to rectify and maintain the car going forward I was given a recommendation for a garage in a village not far from me. They have a reputation of not only maintaining modern cars but also one for the restoration of classic ones such as Porsche's, MGB’s and the like. Not only that but they offer a pickup and drop back home service which is a bonus for me being the only driver in my household and the lack of public transport to get there. Car goes in on Monday so hopefully it won’t be too long before I get it back on the road.

Finally before I sign off if anyone can offer any further information to what has already been given as the history of this car would be much appreciated. Paperwork which came with it is non existent prior to the time Graham Walker acquired it. Lots of press releases from Reliant for the 1990 and 1992 Motor Shows along with some correspondence between Graham Walker and the previous owner they had purchased it from. Fortunately the sales invoice and other invoices for work carried out by Graham Walker when in their care are there so I know what parts were fitted when they went over it prior to them selling it. And since they sold it little paperwork after just a couple of "New Keeper" green slips for 2016 and 2017 when it was subsequently sold on again. This is no doubt due to the fact that it was subsequently diy owner maintained. Any assistance in this area to build up a history file would be gratefully received.

Mike Littleton - will send you a PM with info so you can update your register.



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