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Post by jimmyo06 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:18 pm

Hi , I am just about to collect my Reliant Se6b manual , thanks to Terry Rickard😀
I have been scrolling through the forums , but I a will need some help in regards to some technical issues.
What coolant is best for this engine , as it was err 1 litre low in expansion bottle.
Is there any owners near me I am near Dartford😀
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Post by peter freeman » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:01 am

Stick to the blue stuff even if you are told that the later engine will take OATs. The expansion tank should not be full when cold.
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Post by adamwilkes » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:05 am

Welcome, Jim - hope the collection all goes well. Lots of photos to illustrate would be great :D


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Post by jimmyo06 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:53 pm

Hi Peter ,what’s the blue stuff lol and OATs?
Thick I know lol



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Post by peter freeman » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:00 am

I think there is a line missing - I have bought comma for the winter but Bluecol is one of the favourites -
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Post by adamwilkes » Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:07 am

If you ask for Blue antifreeze in a car shop or motor factrs and NOT pink, red, purple, orange or anything 'OAT' you will be fine.


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Post by philhoward » Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:52 am

The other one that I've found "safe" is Prestone, which is yellow. Bluecol or equivalents (such as the Comma one) are the normal choice though.


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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:18 pm

Interesting point Peter re the expansion tank being not full when cold , how far up ,in your view point,, half way ? Regards Richard.



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Post by peter freeman » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:57 pm

I think the book says 1/3 full cold but its a long time since I had a 6A - make sure the pipe goes down to the bottom of the O-flow tank otherwise it will draw air back in and not water



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Post by Tinker man » Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:06 pm

afternoon,

there is a useful post by Roger Pennington in the How to/FAQ section for the 6a cooling system that may be useful.

https://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/sgwrs/vie ... 32&t=17096

cheers, Ian.


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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:22 pm

unlike the 6/6a, the 6b went back to a pressurised expansion tank like the 5 series,


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Post by Tinker man » Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:43 pm

I'll get my coat Jim.... :oops:


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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:47 pm

Is that why Robin Rew developed what is known as the RewPot ? Although the 6 series was an "improvement " on the 5a the cooling was not so until the 6b ? [I have a 5a,so I hold my hand up to what is called today conscious bias :roll: ] Regards Richard .



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Post by philhoward » Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:54 pm

I’m not sure why the Rewpot was developed - the 6/a system works well enough if the components are in good order but doesn’t have quite the resilience for slightly degraded system as the 5/a. Such as weeping seals on the cap..

You can draw your own conclusion to that.


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