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Post by swindon_alan » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:02 am

PPS I think that there was a tie-up with GM at some point?

A body structure for the SS1 was devised with many similarities to the Pontiac Fiero concurrently being developed by GM: unstressed plastic panels, with properties appropriate to their location on the car, supported by an underbody frame (and fixed to it using Torx bolts). Plastics giant Bayer had experimented with a similar method in the late 1960s but no manufacturer at the time had taken it up. Whilst the Fiero made use of significant levels of automation (with a $300m development budget), this was beyond Reliant’s capabilities.

https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/revie ... on=history

Which would suggest some sort of Lotus connection through the VARI body moulding technology? I have no idea if the Fiero shared any electrics but wouldn't be surprised if they ended up with common switchgear. Huh, more Internet trawling...



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Post by scimjim » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:31 am

Most of that is copied from here.

There was an aborted attempt on the US market with a GM powered Small Sports but apart from a Vauxhall connection, I don’t know if there was any GM involvement during design (despite obvious Lotus chassis similarities).


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Post by scimjim » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:11 pm

RPW are currently advertising NOS hazard and hrw switches here


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Post by swindon_alan » Wed May 30, 2018 11:50 pm

*** UPDATE ***

Finally - found a cross ref. They were used on the original Espace https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/t ... ent=786513. Probably other PSA cars of that era and will dig further. RESULT!



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Post by philhoward » Thu May 31, 2018 5:33 am

Well done!

The same switches look to have also been used in the Fuego as well, based on a quick google. I’m sure there are others of that era as well.

PSA = Peugeot Citroen, and nothing to do with Renault at all.


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Post by scimjim » Thu May 31, 2018 7:11 am

I was dubious that Reliant would have got switches from a brand new model, particularly as the SS1 was launched before the Espace was even available in UK - they must have been used elsewhere previously.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Thu May 31, 2018 10:55 am

Excellent detective work!

Now, I just need to get my hands on an unfaded hazard switch for one of my cars that did originally feature the bright red ring to the switch face.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Thu May 31, 2018 10:56 am

Searching for Renault 9 seems to return a good few results that are actually available.


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Post by swindon_alan » Thu May 31, 2018 3:10 pm

Well done and thank you gents, very helpful and correct about other Renaults of the period. I also stand corrected on PSA, ta.

Summary and cross references over on TLF: https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/t ... ent=786604



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Post by reliant-reviver » Thu May 31, 2018 3:28 pm

Useful info there. Feel inclined to track down a head lamp or side lamp switch for the sake of filling the 5th slot in one on my SS1s now.

May invade the Lotus forum, been on the look out for a set of Eclat S1 Speedline alloys to fit at some point...


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Post by scimjim » Thu May 31, 2018 4:02 pm

Elite with adaptors anyone?
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Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
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