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Green Cipher now in Essex

Post by DJC777 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:02 pm

Many thanks to Dave Speed for his thorough explanation of his (now ex) Stevens Cipher yesterday. It's now at it's new home in North Essex having done 213 miles back from Manchester with no problems, nothing falling off and so far it's all good. 50/55MPH down the motorway was slightly scary with all the trucks overtaking but the A1 wasn’t so bad, definitely a country road car. The car averaged 60mpg so confirms Tony Stevens design criteria that is would be cheap to run.

First impressions are all good. The original build quality is definitely in the low end kit car league, but it gives it a bit of character. When the car was originally designed it's power and braking were probably fine against the Cortina, Marina and Mini's of the day. Today it's still a fun little car, but disc front brakes, some more power and probably a 5 speed box would make it a lot more usable. I'll park that thought for now as I'm not sure a converted car would it still be a Cipher and I don't want to turn it into different car.

In the meantime I'll be working my way through Speedy's snagging list and probably adding a few more of my own. The steering is heavier than I expected, a feature or a fault ? and the gearbox laygear is too noisy for my liking, so a little job for the winter. My knowledge of the Reliant engine/gearbox is close to zero, so I'll no doubt be posting for some help shortly.


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Post by Coco La Blanc » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:16 pm

Congrats Dave, very impressed with the styling of the Cipher (ie. very Elan-ish). Shame about the engine (just my personal opinion) but it looked very nice.
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Re: Green Cipher now in Essex

Post by DJC777 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:28 pm

I think Tony Stephens reasons for using the Reliant package made a lot of sense at the time but I share your view about the engine. The car looks good and it is fun to drive but the engine gearbox combination I don't find particularly appealing. However the early road tests seemed to like it so perhaps it'll grow on me.


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Post by scimmy_man » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:46 pm

a kitten was very "chuckable" in its day, so a cipher should be better, as you say 40bhp wont beak many records, but 60 bhp is easily acheived,


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Post by scimjim » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:19 pm

DJC777 wrote:When the car was originally designed it's power and braking were probably fine against the Cortina, Marina and Mini's of the day.
wow - really? :-)


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