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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:24 pm

I find it embarassing that you have made so much progress on your Rebel, while all I've done with my SS1 is buy some service bits. :oops:

Well done! Still fancy a Rebel.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by speedy555 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:34 pm

Great stuff! I once owned an identical rebel to this about 17 years ago. Never had it on the road though, I cant even remember where it ended up going. I know I bought it in Rochdale as a stolen recovered write off for about £70 IIRC. Anyway, good luck, Im looing forward to seeing it progress :)


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Gemini Bob » Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:58 pm

Daniel Rodd wrote:how big are you lol?they are a lot bigger inside and out than the Regal :-) finding one would be the hardest part,certainly roadworthy ones are slim on the ground and are usually kept for a long time,so projects like this are the only viable option

I have had to had the seat on the GTE put back about 4 " Who knows once the GTE is finished I might have a look round for something more frugal.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by ScimitarDom » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:12 pm

Great thread guys!

I love reading these threads, especially with so many pictures - nice to see so much progress being made and the old girl moving under her own steam, congrats!

I must admit being quite taken by these particular Reliants, quite charming indeed
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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by ScimitarMatt » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:25 pm

Joe, I knew you were the right buyer, what a fantastic new lease of life you've given my old rebel already

Thanks, Matt

P.s. If the rear lights are the same as the scimitar coupe I have plenty of spares I can send to you


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Joe. » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:08 pm

Spent the morning getting the blue Rebel MOT'd and have now clocked up 20 (painful) miles...!

Early start... our first attempt to reach the test station resulted in us heading back home having only covered a few hundred yards! The Zenith carb and 850 engine combination proved to be un-driveable...

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After spending some time swapping Jets over we finally made it to the test station.

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It passed, with a few advisories: Bit surprised about the wiper blades as they were brand new, most of the other points were quite minor so all in all very pleased.

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A few photos of the van taken on the way home, (wheels, tyres, starter motor, battery and petrol filler neck are on loan from the red rebel!)

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Tools and assorted carb's in the back, In total we stopped 4 times to attend to carb issues, Accelerator diaphragm burst resulting in changing it for a spare perished one and disconnecting the operating cam - made for a slightly gutless drive home!

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Front view, note the slightly improvised choke cable... This rebel came with two windscreens- both were scratched but we've swapped for the spare as it is at least usable! New windscreen seal fitted too.

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New seatbelts, these take some getting used to compared to modern inertia types!

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Rear door, Hinges have been repair'd and a temporary doorlock striker plate fabricated up

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Theres a very short video of the journey home here: http://youtu.be/08X5PSxSflY

There a few bit still to be done - Tax class needs changing which will have to wait until after the bank holiday, Its currently registered as a Disabled Vehicle, Needs a SU carb to suit the 850 engine and possibly a 850 distributer too instead of the 700/750 items currently fitted. Engine front-plate still needs proper feet making up. The LUK clutch ultimately destined for the red rebel which is currently fitted wants swapping for a standard one which is on order along with a new starter, a proper choke cable would be nice as well as a new wiper switch so the self-park
feature actually works!. All that should make it a bit more usable.

After getting those bits done we'll probably make up some panels for the rear to turn it back into a proper Van and sort out the other bodywork bits. Major suspension/chassis overhaul is not a current priority and will happen in the longer term.



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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by neil stevenson » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:25 pm

Why not cut out some hardboard sheets to fit inside the rear windows. These could be painted any colour you choose, sign written in vinyl or hand painted for your business or a pretend one. Stick them in with some silicone so they can be removed easily.
This would save you some work, it would make it look like a van from a distance, would be cheaper etc.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by DARK STAR » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:34 pm

Disabled vehicle - it certainly was when you bought it!
Well done Joe.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Joe. » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:38 pm

neil stevenson wrote:Why not cut out some hardboard sheets to fit inside the rear windows. These could be painted any colour you choose, sign written in vinyl or hand painted for your business or a pretend one. Stick them in with some silicone so they can be removed easily.
This would save you some work, it would make it look like a van from a distance, would be cheaper etc.
It would probably be more expensive to do it that way, as you would need to replace the window seals and I already have fibreglass and gelcoat available. Doing the panels in GRP would be more in keeping with how the van would have been when new. The biggest issue really is finding the time to do it! :D



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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:40 pm

Well done on the MOT! :D

The "wipers in poor condition" advisory may not be due to the blades - I've had them in the past for things like erratic parking or sweeping, or wobbly arms.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by neil stevenson » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:57 pm

Sorry but I meant stick them in behind the glass thats already there. No need to remove anything then.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Taggers » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:59 pm

My wipers haven't parked at all for 2 MOTs.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:12 pm

Taggers wrote:My wipers haven't parked at all for 2 MOTs.
I don't believe there's any requirement for self-parking wipers, so that's not a reason for rejection. However, if they *do* self-park, they mustn't do so in a way that obscures the critical area of the windscreen.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Daniel Rodd » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:19 pm

Well done, i managed to get mine motd a day after getting it home but have been working on it non stop ever since to get it driveable,just shows how meaningless an mot cert is sometimes lol

heres some pics of mine to inspire you to get the fibreglass out :lol:
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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by reliant1 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:41 pm

You may be interested in the maximimum economy version of the 850cc

Reliant launched the Rialto Mk 2 in 1984, the improved model was visually and mechanically identical to the Mk 1 Rialto however the model received a modified engine namely the HT-E, this being an abbreviation of High Torque Economy. The engine developed a slightly lower 37 bhp @ 5,500 rpm and an improved 50 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm, as the engine produced an increased amount of torque the rear axle ratio was made longer thus the car was now capable of over 73 miles per gallon. The HT-E engine is easily recognizable by the addition of a yellow rocker cover. There is also an SU on ebay Item number: 140618066532


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