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Post by Jasper53 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:38 pm

Hi all, just fitted new or newer boot lid to the 1800ti. Has anyone got any pics of the gap between the boot lid and filler neck panel? Ours seems to be huge! Just want to check before we start altering hinges. I know these little cars were never known for there fine fit and finish, but does look worse than I remember the old one being? . :D



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Post by CNHSS1 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:02 pm

Probably seized or part seized hinges. I'd remove the bolts and gas struts and remove the boot lid. Pound to a penny hinges will be tight, free off so they fall under their own weight, then the boot lid can be re fitted and gaps sorted. Will probably need the striker plate adjusting too once the gap is closed up


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Post by scimjim » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:08 pm

The boot hinge attachment bolt holes are slotted to help you set that gap.


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Post by Jasper53 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:38 pm

I can get my thumb in the gap even with the hinges all the way back in the slots. I’ll have a go with the machine tomorrow and make the slots a bit deeper. Hinges fell down on their own when we had the boot liner out to sort the fuel leak, so not seized up or anything. The gap at the back between the boot lid and the side panel is huge as well, but it sits at right height along the top of the rear wing and bumper, which is what made me think it’s a fitting problem and the whole lot wants to go forward. You’d have thought all the lids would be the same, but maybe the hinges we’re tweaked to fit the individual car? The old one certainly fit better than this one does. Cheers for your thoughts. :D



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Post by scimjim » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:44 pm

I think SST/Sabre bootlids May be a slightly different profile on the downward curve of the wing - but the length of the wing (from the B post (which sets the position of the fuel filler panel) to bumper) is the same on all cars.


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Post by reliant-reviver » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:14 am

Correct boot gas struts fitted? Suspect you are setting up without, but if these are too long then the boot will never close with a proper gap


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Post by Jasper53 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:57 am

Gas struts have all on to hold the lid up so I suspect original. The settings we have tried have been with them on. As mentioned the old one fit fine with the old gas struts on. Lid closes and latches fine. Will try the aforementioned hole alteration and see what falls off. Will post a pic if we sort it (or not) later today. It’s not going to stop the car running, just looks rubbish. Cheers.



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Post by philhoward » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:30 am

Check the brackets are in exactly the same place (or rather just unclip the struts to check) as their relative position will affect if the gas strut hits its closed position before it should.

This is Reliant after all - some of their dimensional accuracy can be questionable at times :mrgreen:


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Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:29 am

philhoward wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:30 am

This is Reliant after all - some of their dimensional accuracy can be questionable at times :mrgreen:

I would question the word 'some' Phil... :lol:


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Post by philhoward » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:36 am

:lol:


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