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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:31 am

Here's one, Ragley '84 ...
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Post by philhoward » Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:45 am

Has it always had that vent in the drivers C pillar - and any sea why it seems to be the only Coupe with one?


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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:59 am

It's rather odd when the window opens right next to it.
I have no early photos showing that side of the car.


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:54 am

philhoward wrote:
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Has it always had that vent in the drivers C pillar - and any sea why it seems to be the only Coupe with one?
I thought it might be mentioned in the history, there are other thing the original own requested from Reliant, like the grab handle on the passenger A-post & additional dash warning lights, but I can't see anything. Dr Shepherd had the sunrrof fitted, so I checked to see if there was any mention of the vent when that was done, but I can't see anything.


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:58 am

Thanks Chris.


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Post by Coupe Racing » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:01 am

The vent could be there to relieve and pressure build up inside the car and preserve the sealing of the sunroof , maybe not :D


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:05 am

I'm sure it will be just to promote airflow to help demisting etc, like all cars do (now). To get air in, there must be an outlet. Like the vents on the rear sides of the GTE's.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:05 pm

Have you asked Mr.Shortt about the cars history?


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Post by rjudcsx » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:33 pm

Cabin pressure , with a window/ windows down does appear to cause problems for some performance cars of the 1960's , if you see some of the Cobras that race they have quite crude looking straps over the rear window to , hopefully , avoid a pop out .Whitaker's Tvr Griff 400 had it happen at Goodwood one year, in fact. I recall that Gerry Marshall said he could see the front lip of the roof lifting away from the screen at speed in a Griff 400 , not that that would slow him down :D , Richard .



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Post by red rocket » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:54 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
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Have you asked Mr.Shortt about the cars history?
The whole history file went with the car James, but i can’t recall seeing anything specific about the vent. As Ben says, the original owner specified several factory mods. This is probably one of them. The file is pretty comprehensive covering its 3 owners from 1968 to when I sold it in 2014. When I bought the car Doc described the time he bought it in 1980. It was garaged under the RAC Club in Pall Mall, he had a break neck road test with Delamont around Central London and the rest, as they say, is history.

Some info on the original owner https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/arch ... n-delamont


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Post by DARK STAR » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:15 am

That's a very interesting article, thanks Trevor.
Strangely, the only date that's missing from my files now is when you bought the car :roll:

On rear windows, my Marcos had the rear screen blow out, the replacement was a bugger to fit and cracked in one corner a few weeks later.
But as I said, the rear side windows open on a Coupé so I can't see the logic.


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Post by Nick » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:56 am

I passed the file to Ben having added to it anything I did.
A fascinating car, very smooth and lively engine , I rebuilt the top end which showed top class gas flowing and a lively cam(engine built by Ford competition dept). Dynoed in the past at 140 bhp at wheels, thirsty, probably would be better with a 38dgas than the 40 dfi5 on it. Handled pretty well.
TRiumph overdrive on gearnob a nice touch. I think a jag lsd which corrected the gearing for the low profile 14 inch wheels. I think the receipt for the wheels is in the file.
The first owned did a lot of high speed European journeys and with the Ford link is the most likely candidate for the additional ventilation
With respect to the previous owners the car had got to the stage of needing some tlc a bit beyond what I could do so I was pleased to pass it on to Ben who has the skills and commitment to do this.


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Post by red rocket » Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:49 am

DARK STAR wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:15 am
That's a very interesting article, thanks Trevor.
Strangely, the only date that's missing from my files now is when you bought the car :roll:

On rear windows, my Marcos had the rear screen blow out, the replacement was a bugger to fit and cracked in one corner a few weeks later.
But as I said, the rear side windows open on a Coupé so I can't see the logic.
I bought the car in August 2000 :D


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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:08 pm

The next one (from my incomplete archive) in Slice 182 p8, Nov - Dec 2001, from the archives of Dr Graham Shepherd, as the car was in Trevor Shortt's ownership by this time. It looks like it's probably at the petrol station in Ford, just down the road from Loton Park.
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Also bizarrely the first photo in Slice, of my first Scimitar on p52 at Goodwood along side L to R Tony Heath (SE4a), Shaun Byrne (SE4a), Garry Cox (SE5a) Ben Gough (SE5)
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The scrutineer didn't like the webasto roof in my SE5, I filled it in for 2003, using the section of roof from a scrap car & re-instated the Reliant twin roll over bar, as the Webasto was well past it's best anyway.

Edited to replace the photos of slice with scans, to get better quality images
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