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Seat Covers & Anto Roll Bar

Brief update on the Red Rebel,

Since I last posted about it The seats repaired and retrimmed by the trimmer at the boatyard where Dave works in keeping with their striking origonal colourscheme. They’ve come out really well and they are really very comfortable.

A new set of door cards were made at the same time as the seats. These use plastic backs rather than the original hardboard so they should be far more hard wearing. The door cards are waiting for the final fit which requires another order of weatherstrip! then the handles and trim can go back. If anyone has a decent set of red door pulls we’d very interested (believed to be the same as escort mk1 and Anglia.)  There is also a new set of sunvisors to go in too!

The arm rests are a sightly different to the original spec as they are trimmed all the way round with edging.

From then Its passed into regular use with Dave using as his main car, it still has the 600cc engine fitted which is now getting a bit tired and is burning a lot of oil, there are suspicions about a rumbling big end and the solex carb has will only fuel it with the choke left on a bit  :shock: . The gearbox has also developed a nasty wine in second suggesting it too will need attention in the not too distant future.

With this in mind I delivered a tidy Low mileage (less than 17k) 850 to the island at the end of last week. This is to act as a bit of a safety net if the 600cc engine finally quits. The 750cc race engine has taken longer to develop than we’d have liked and is currently waiting for some machining; the crank wants a polish and the whole setup needs rebalancing. Other exciting goodies supplied include a Stainless exhaust system and a rebuilt fully synchro gearbox which is going to be fitted with the early type tailshaft (retaining the gear stick position where it is at the moment.) all of which are there as future projects.

As a final activity while over on the island the saloon was fitted with a nice new accessory… a front anti roll bar! this was a bit experimental as we were unsure how much difference it would make or how well it would fit. Photo shows one of the mounts which had just been welded on.

The wishbones already have the mountings for the drop-links so they were a straightforward fit.

Shown here with the anti-rollbar  in place


The handling has been significantly improved, there is a substantial reduction in bodyroll particularly when cornering and it has given a real improvement in the handling through sharp bends and chicanes. The improvement is marked and I’ll definitely be going for a similar setup for the van as soon as the budget allows. There is a slight downside which is about a 1″ reduction in ground clearance,  possibly something that can be mitigated on the later style chassis (like the van  :D )

Scimitar & Rebel Photos! Plus Doors, Overcarpets and Trimming

I Spent some time over the weekend assisting Dave in fitting the doors to the rebel. It also meant I got to see some of the stuff that had been going on since the last time I saw the car, like the overcarpets and shiny chrome exhaust trim!

Door fitting can be an awkward process if you want to make a decent job of it and get the top, bottom and swage line all to look good!


New stainless air vents.

Boot carpet

Chrome exhaust trim.

Hinges have had new pins made in 8mm stainless bar as the old ones were found to be rusted through.

Door frames painted

Trial fitting a fixed quaterlight

Door frames go in,

Door frames had new drop glass felt fitted, the quaterlights were sealed with black polyurethane sealant which has been very effective on the Scimitar.

New Quaterlight base rubber,

With the frames in the winder mechanisms and door locks were reconnected,

We then fitted some new british made tex door mirrors  :D . We have replaced the old style door mirrors because they were sh*t.

We were very pleased with the way the top frames fit, it took some time to get them right but is now probably a bit better than the standard achieved by reliant.

A few photos of My GTE and Dave’s rebel, I’m hoping to get the Scimitar respayed by the same sprayer who did the rebel later this year.

These last couple of photos are a sneak peek at the new seats for the rebel which are currently being made  8) .

The plan is to carry on and finish the cosmetic stuff on the rebel and then concentrate on getting the race engine sorted towards the end of the year

Interior Fitting & Bumpers, Badges and Glass

I’ve recently got back form the Isle of wight where I’ve been assisting Dave fitting out the Rebels interior… I thought this was going to be a fairly nice job but the dire weather left the tent where we were working half full water. It made it interesting trying to keep things clean and dry!

Outside the bumpers and badges have been fitted and the boot trial fitted (still needs work on the hinges to get it quite right and the rubber gaskets need trimming to get a better fit. The windows have also gone back and are now just waiting for some new chrome infill to finish them off.

Inside the Insulation, carpet and vynide have been fitted as has the vinyl covering for the roll bar and a new headlining has been made.


Some better post spray job photos now with bumpers and badges on:

The boot, The seal will need changing for a different type as this one is a bad fit when its closed

The locking filler neck, still needs a pipe sorting to connect it to the tank though!

New British made Chrome hinges and New old stock badge. The taillights desperately need replacing the chrome is poor and a couple of the lenses have small cracks. Ideally we are looking for some that are new old stock or very good used.

The following pictures show the Jute underlay being cut and fitted, we’ve used more of this than Reliant did so hope for a reduction in road and engine noise. The underlay was fixed into place with High temperature contact adhesive

Rear seat armrests were sanded town to give a surface as smooth as possible to fit the vynide to, its very thin so imperfections show up really easily.

Footwell carpets in, gearbox tunnel carpet being trial fitted,

First vynide bits in.

Gearbox tunnel carpet fitted,

The headlining and rollbar cover, This is our first attempt at making a headlining from scratch its not bad but has some small rucks at the ends which could be improved on in future. The general affect with the rollbar seems so work it ties in well enough to look like its standard fit.

B Pillar vynide / vinyll join

For the c-pillar and a-pillar trims we recovered the original aluminium

The Rebel shortly before leaving to catch a 2:30 am ferry…

The next stage will be another hit to get the doors built up and fitted ( they are currently waiting for the hinges and frames to be grit blasted and then sprayed.) Then the over carpets need edging and the seats need new covers made. There are lots of other odd jobs to tackle like the dashboard, door cards, etc

Interior Doors, Speakers, Waterproofing

Few more pictures these show the doors with their frames and glass as well as installing the speakers, waterproofing etc.

Doors with frames,

Inside of the doors, We had some trouble waterproofing with the front speakers without causing interference. Though this was cured by creating rainwater covers from plastic bowls instead of using plastic sheet which caused a nasty rattle.

Door with speaker and door arm rest bracket, Thanks to Coco Le Blanc who was able to provide one for the drivers side!

a number of other jobs have also been done to make the car useable, Including changing the gearbox oil seal, Propshaft UJ’s, installing a new starter motor and ignition swich….

Interior Work, Speakers, Side trims,

So picking up in early December when we were reinstalling the interior.

New Felt strip for the window glass

Rear insulation, Doulble thickness in some places in an effort to keep road noise to a minimum.

Macrom Morel Speakers – Made in England. Plastic surrounds were cut out to protect the speakers from the side trims.

Side trims installed, Note the new covering for the last support rail of the headlining which is still to be fixed down.

Front seats now in, Everything looks a bit grotty in this photo, as a result of the flash. New grab handles were sourced from a triumph supplier and new interior light lenses.

Rear View

From the rear passenger window,

Connecting up kevlar hoses, I”d hoped to get silicone but there was going to be a wait while they were made and I was keen to get the car on the road so decided for all its reported faults to put kevlar on for the time being.

Another photo

Bedding in new drains on the rear hatch.