Dave's Scimitar SS1 1600
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Well in a moment of madness I have ended up with one of those funny looking pointy things ;o)
In September I went to have look at a Scimitar SS1 in need of rescuing. It had been off the road for a bit due to gearbox problems. Initially the car looked quite good, but on closer inspection it does need quite a bit more work. Even though it was taxed and MOT'd for starters the exhaust manifold was blowing, which would probably just be the gasket, but the exhaust manifold also seemed to be cracked. The car is none galvanised, so I checked the chassis side rails/sills and they looked good, but there was a nice hole in the main chassis section opposite the exhaust manifold. A replacement 5 speed gearbox had apparently been fitted, but it was leaking oil everywhere and it was a bit hit or miss on deciding whether it was in either first gear or reverse gear! One bonus with the car was that all the electrics worked including the pop up lights! As the car was taxed and mot'd my good friends and fellow SS1 owners Mark and Sue Cropper suggested that I drive the SS1 back home from Birmingham to Coventry. I wasn't too keen as I wasn't sure how long the car had stood still for and didn't even know if it would start. We put some air in the tyres and I then hopped in the drivers seat and turned the ignition key and it fired up.
On a number of occasions I struggled to get the car into first gear, as it did prefer reverse to the horror of the people behind, but once I got used to the car, I turned on the heater on full blast (which unusually for a Reliant worked quite well!!) and turned on the radio to listen to some rock music on Kerrang. I was actually starting to enjoy myself.
My plan for the car is to get it fixed, running, mot'd and taxed ready for summer use
1987 Scimitar SS1
1600cc (with private plate)
|Engine Bay >|
|Cracked manifold >||.||Chassis
Hole in One!!
it's a little crispy but not quite as bad as it looks and is solid as far as I can tell so far....
|Usual window frame problems, it's a little rusty. >||A few scuffs and scrapes in the paint, but generally not too bad. >||Unusual Perspex rear window fitted to hardtop.|
|nterior is not too bad. The driver seat is ripped, but I will probably keep the covers on for now >||I||One thing I have done already is to clean off all the sticky glue that was left on the door panel in a failed attempt by the previous owner to reattach the door trim >|
|Not a great job, but much better then it was!!||Time for a wash >
(Featuring Steve the Dog)
|I did one half in head and shoulders and the other half in another well known brand...||An excellent stable mate for my Scimitar GTE.... I'd just like a Sabre, Scimitar GT, GTC and Scimitar Sabre to add to the collection now :o)|
|I couldn't wait to remove the hard top and try out around my friends unit... well once everyone else had stopped having a go ;o)||December:
Progress so far...?
|Sadly very little work has
been done due to me being poorly (for a change!) and my Scimitar
GTE needing some TLC, but I do hope to start tinkering after
|Not so much
"A HOT N"
but more of
"A COLD N"
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