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A Red Rebel Restoration....!

Post by Joe. » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:31 pm

Not sure how much interest there will be in this, particularly as people seem quite divided on weather non sports cars are appropriate on here.

I was looking through Ebay last week and came across this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... _728wt_702 in a fantastically inaccurate and misspelled auction. I mentioned it to my mate Dave who fancied having it as a first car, so a plan was hatched to get it and put it back on the road on a shoe string budget...

We went and had a look on monday and decided that it was fairly complete the only bits missing were the rear bench seat, drivers door card and front bumper. Its had 2 owners and and its even still got the factory fitted dunlop tyres!

The Car:

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The following morning I won the auction but paid £100 more than I wanted to. We needed a quick pickup to tie in with other time commitments so decided to pick the car up that afternoon.

But first the Scimitar needed a towbar making up and fitting:

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We didn't have any way to check the the wiring so chanced that it would be ok when we got to the hire place. Fortunately it all worked ok.

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At this point I should probably mention I'd never towed a trailer before so the 270 mile round trip was starting to seem like a bit of a challenge. As it turned out it was fairly stressless though if doing it again I'd definitely fit a passenger side door mirror to improve visibility on the motorway.

Collecting:

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Getting fuel:

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Home:

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Quick look at the engine suggests it may go again, its full of reasonable looking oil as is the gearbox. plugs are tight but do move the valves are all free. Hopefully with the starter off it should free up.

Not sure about an engine change yet given the chance it may be interesting to get an mot with the current engine just to experience the full misery of 28 bhp.

If theres interest I'll treat this as a project thread and update as things progress
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Re: Scimitar Saves Rebel - With Pictures

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:50 pm

Lovely, I've always fancied a Rebel. Project thread? Yes please!


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Re: Scimitar Saves Rebel - With Pictures

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:57 pm

I've never had one, but I know a few people on here have so I'm sure it would go down well. I'm always interested to see something a bit different. :)

Good to see the GTE displaying it's multi-role capability too :D


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Post by ScimitarMatt » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:00 pm

Start a project thread by all means, I can then get tempted to do up my Rebel estate one day to go with my coupes and GTE ;)

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Post by neil stevenson » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:14 pm

It's a car, a Reliant and it needs work, what's not to like?


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Post by Gillsfan » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:50 am

It's a reliant with the correct nmber of wheels I like it


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Post by Joe. » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:37 pm

Stripped the rebel today right down to the chassis, so heres a few photos.

I will need to get some new steel sections folded so will have a word with the local fabricatior on monday. There are a few holes in the chassis where the battery has leaked and dissolved the underseal and corroded the steel. Its generally in good condition and a bit better than hoped.

Theres also some fibreglass work needed to replace seat supports, cracks around mounting holes, and some areas around the door catches

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Stripped the head off the Rebels engine today and the headgasket has corroded and let water into number two cylinder and has seized the piston, Havent dropped the bottom end of yet and removed the piston or liner but what i can see of the bore is pretty badly pitted.

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Considering changing the Liner and Piston or an engine swap if I cant get hold of those.

The cleanup of the chassis will start in the morning!



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Re: Scimitar Saves Rebel - With Pictures

Post by Littlechicken » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:08 am

This was my Rebel

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I must admit it was a strange vehicle to drive, and felt less stable than my 3rd generation Robin :D

I sold it as I brought a Bug restoration project

On Delivery

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What it looks like now, luckly the chassis is in good condition

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How much the Bug cost, last year a brought an SS1 1600 for half the price and that had 12 months MOT and tax :o
Good luck with your Rebel restoration :D
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Post by Littlechicken » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:10 am

Gillsfan wrote:It's a reliant with the correct nmber of wheels I like it
But as it Reliant shouldn't that be with the incorrect number of wheels as it should pnly be 3 :lol:


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Post by AJL Electronics » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:36 pm

Joe. wrote:
Considering changing the Liner and Piston or an engine swap if I cant get hold of those.
If it is of any use, I have a brand new tank that looks very similar to that one, I think it was meant for a Regal so likely.

I also have a fully rebuilt Reliant 850cc with cooling system and carb etc. It is all built and sitting on a workmate waiting to be test run, where it has sat for about 2 years.


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Post by Joe. » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:24 pm

The internets been playing up for a couple of days so firstly sorry I've not got back to anyone who has contacted me about parts, I'll get in touch asap.

Still even without the internet there has been progress on the rebel.

Chassis Stripped down ready for wire brushing:

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Saturday afternoon Marlon (baldrickthecunning) dropped round and gave us a hand removing dials and labelling the loom. Cheers! :cool:

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Body has been DA'd back some more though there is still quite a bit more to do.

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With much of the interior removed It became obvious that there wasn't much reinforcement inside the rebel. We are more used to the scimitar which has a significant amount extra steel support so this came as a bit of a surprise!

Essentially on the Rebel the A posts and along the top of the windscreen are the only reinforced sections, Offering roll protection in the same way as a convertible. On a scimitar the bodywork would have A post stiffeners, Sill stiffeners, roof supports and a tubular steel rollbar going down through the B and anchoring to the chassis.

B Pillar:

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C Pillar:

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We are currently considering how best to add in some safety features that are present in later Reliants.

Finally a last picture of the chassis cleaning in progress:

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Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:57 pm

blimey. you've only owned it 6 days. At this rate it'll be ready for curborough. Fancy doing a scimitar se5a in the tea breaks !! :D


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Post by scimjim » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:07 pm

spaceframe it with 2" tube, galvanise eveything, upgrade the brakes & suspension and drop a supercharged hyabusa in the boot?


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Post by Gelcoat » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:45 pm

scimjim wrote:spaceframe it with 2" tube, galvanise eveything, upgrade the brakes & suspension and drop a supercharged hyabusa in the boot?
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Re: Scimitar Saves Rebel - With Pictures

Post by reliant-reviver » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:30 am

But then it becomes a novelty rather than a usable car.
All of these bike engined Reliant shuffle about between owners like there's no tomorrow.
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