Johnno's '72 Green SE5a

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Johnno's '72 Green SE5a

Post by Johnno » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:17 pm

Hi All

Just joined the forum today – hoping to become an actual owner in the coming weeks. Based in the Mid-West of Ireland, I came close to importing a SE5A last year from the UK - the arrival of a 2nd child put paid to that. However after much, much convincing of the better half (a 2 door family car you say), I’ve found a 1972 SE5A here in Ireland (though nearly as far away as a lot of the UK!). Have a small deposit paid based on pictures and info provided, and the current owner is going to look after a bit of work before he hands over, like a paint job on the front panel.

It looks to be a previous members car; well, at least there’s a pretty well aged sticker on the rear window that suggests it was!

It’s also my first foray into the classic world – so any advice more than welcome. I’ll sure I’ll be posting quite a bit once I take ownership.
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Post by Terry H » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:34 pm

Is it an optical illusion or is that sill supposed to be bent.
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Post by philhoward » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:41 pm

Terry H wrote:
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Is it an optical illusion or is that sill supposed to be bent.
Regards Terry H
No, it's meant to be straight - could be suffering will "blown sills" syndrome. Might be accompanied by some cracks around (or hidden by) the kick plate at the bottom of the door aperture. Will it fall to pieces because of it? No. Sadly it's sometimes accompanied by similar condition steelwork in the door hinge panel which can be an issue. When really bad you'll see cracks in the fibreglass on the A pillar - again when you open the door, between the two hinges.

2 door family car? Safety feature as they can't get out until you want them to :mrgreen:

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Post by scimjim » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:04 pm

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Post by Johnno » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:34 pm

Thanks guys.
I had already asked on the sill - current owner is putting it on a ramp midweek and providing a report and images of the underneath. I'm told its in good shape and no rot...
I've asked that the kick plates are removed and photos provided also.


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Post by philhoward » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:58 pm

There’s the “sill” on the chassis which is just a C-channel section; the one that causes the blown sills is bonded into the fibreglass. It’s effects might be visible from underneath.

Kick plates are normally riveted on so you might meet some resistance there..


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Post by Brucky » Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:04 pm

Is it for sale by a trader, or private?



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Post by Johnno » Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:08 pm

Brucky wrote:
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Is it for sale by a trader, or private?
Trader, specializing in Classics/vintage....


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Post by rebel alliance » Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:57 pm

The webasto looks to be past its best it can be very expensive to put right



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Post by Cutwaterdrummer » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:12 pm

Worth doing, though, in my view. Had a Webasto on my Coupe and totally loved it in the summer. Fresh air with absolutely no being blown about, and was relatively low-noise, too.


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Post by JoeySully » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:16 pm

Welcome along, seems like it has a lot of money spent on it in the past https://www.adverts.ie/vehicles/reliant ... e/17530727

I would be looking for a warranty on the paintwork, it not the first time that patch has been touched up.
interior looks great.



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Post by Johnno » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:11 am

JoeySully wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:16 pm
seems like it has a lot of money spent on it in the past
Is that a good or a bad thing :D

Thanks for that link Joey, interesting to see what the previous owner had done with it.
Looks like he replaced the Webasto, and maybe the pics I posted don't do it justice, but I did get another from the current owner and it looks in good shape.


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Post by Johnno » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:14 am

Hi Folks,

Finally took ownership of a 1972 SE5a last week, seller took care of quite a few bits before handing over, like Manifold gaskets, diff seal, as well as a service. Also wax oiled the chassis whilst up on a ramp. Sorted out some paint flaking on the front end too which looks to have come out really well.
I had the wheels refurbed, they are Ansen Slots, in great condition and I’m happy with them on the car. Maybe down the road I’ll go for something more original.
Seller had identified a very faint “tapping” in the engine, coming in around 3/4000rpm. Honestly, it was hard to even hear it, and it drove absolutely fine. We did negotiate on the price however based on this.

There are some bits to be done, new Fuel sender and the Headlight electrics are a bit sporadic. Oh and the window seals will need looking at. And as can be seen, the driver’s side sill needs attention.

Got the car out for a few runs and they were very enjoyable – however, on maybe my 4th run out, the previously mentioned faint “tapping” became a more audible “knock”, but only in 4th gear, over 45mph.
Took it out again this morning – started and ran fine initially, however after a mile or so, the issue became worse. And it now sounds like I have a much larger problem. Got it back home, and now just revving in neutral there is a worrying, more rhythmic knock. There’s also a couple of drops of oil on the garage floor now too – I’ll have to get in under after work to identify where this is coming from.

What I knocked off the price, I’m beginning to worry may not cover the problem….
The plan was to have a local guy look at this, but found out yesterday Covid has brought on early retirement. Might need to bring it further afield to resolve.

Some pics below.. and I’ll try and get a video up later to see if anyone has any insight into the engine problem…
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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:28 am

Nice car , what are you getting on the oil pressure gauge at tick over [ warmed up ] and at about 3000 ? A long screw driver with a wooden handle , if held to specific areas of the engine and your ear should amplify any noise and help you define the possible issue . Get back to us regarding your findings. Regards Richard .



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Post by Gary » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:12 pm

Welcome from an other Irish owner in Co. Meath!

Lovely car, I really like that colour. I have the same model myself in Red.

As been said already, I'd check the oil pressure to start with.

Best of luck with it!


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