Having seen an ignition coil overheat, melt and smoke prodigiously before I was able to cut the current, I am more than a little sensitive to smoking electrics, especially on a GRP car! So when recently I was testing the lights on the Bug and smoke started to wisp upwards from the steering wheel region it was all systems shutdown!
I traced the source to this little chap, in the steering column lights and indicators multi-switch – the headlamp flasher switch contacts.
The moveable contact, operated by the stalk, has three positions. When the stalk is pushed forwards, the contacts are open about 6mm.
When the stalk is in the rear position, nearest the driver, the contacts gap needs to be about 2mm.
It is only when the stalk is pulled fully towards the driver to flash the headlamps that the contacts actually meet, to light up the main beam.
In my case the contacts were so close together in the stalk rear position that they were beginning to arc and burn. It was a simple matter of bending the front contact slightly further towards the front of the car to give a stalk rear position contact gap of about 2mm, and no more arcing or smoking.
Access is easy once the cowl over the switch is removed, by slackening the C clamp on the underside of the steering column.
I hope this may be of help to others in checking electrical safety on their cars, since the headlamp flasher is permanently live even with the ignition and the main lighting switch turned off. Having a kill switch on the battery meant I was able to cut all power immediately.
karl: Bug Club Rally added to shows and events
Dec 21, 2017 20:09:17 GMT
karl: Check out shows events section
Feb 1, 2018 20:46:17 GMT
Stiffy: I can pin it as a separate link if folks want
Feb 24, 2018 11:40:58 GMT
arabu: just received email from dvsa re mot exemptions, it says just tax and mot as usual and state that bug is basically standard. Hope this is helpful
Mar 21, 2018 10:14:38 GMT
diamond54bb: I was the first owner of JUB92L and have picture I wish to upload to gallery with the other 6 photos but how do I do this?
Mar 25, 2018 10:51:39 GMT
re diamond54bb: send pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will add them to the gallery
Apr 11, 2018 10:52:22 GMT
re diamond54bb: that should be email@example.com
Apr 11, 2018 10:52:55 GMT
one bolt billy : Anyone know what steering boss fits a 74 bug ? OR anyone got a steering wheel assy they want to sell?? We cant get out so need to make a bit more room or learn how to limbo dance !!!
May 2, 2018 15:19:04 GMT
ian1404:: I used to own OYC 320 L and would love to own a Bug again. Anyone know of any high quality, good condition examples for sale?
May 5, 2018 20:17:30 GMT
cdb15: Calling One Bolt Billy: Mountney boss MB029 and 029C seem to fit 'all' Reliant 3 wheelers, cost around £20. People to speak to are Scarborough Racing Developments, failing that Opie Oils, both have web sites with all contact details.
May 10, 2018 20:58:16 GMT
the ghost of cain: I have an 875 mk2 i need headlights,any ideas,thankyou
Jun 26, 2018 11:12:31 GMT
bondbug750: Mk2 ...oblong - but not the same as Bug - I'm racking my brain to guess what part bin they came out of :-( - but I bet it's Mk1 Ford Escort - or Vauxhall Viva late 60's
Jun 27, 2018 8:08:06 GMT
Purplereign: . . .Are they not the same as Reliant Kitten/Allegro? New subject please: I'm looking for a scrap bodyshell. No mechanicals/trim/chassis needed, preferably one that is too ropey to restore properly as it would be a waste. But I need a canopy glass and ligh
Jul 15, 2018 15:32:02 GMT
martin: Hi there , i have not been on any forums before . my father has a bond bug which has been in his garage since 1989 . the reg is CBF 820H and the chassis no on logbook is 800002 . Neither of these seems to register on here , any help or info would be good
Jul 25, 2018 15:41:52 GMT
bondbug750: CBF819H was chassis no. 1 - the first production Bug ...famous (infamous) for its use in the so called Carnaby Street Lord John advertisement - I guess what you've got is the 2nd production Bug!
Jul 26, 2018 15:17:00 GMT
karl: Martin, join the bug club.
Aug 6, 2018 18:18:40 GMT
karl: For more details pm me or Ron Biggin (Biggles)
Aug 6, 2018 18:19:30 GMT
martin: OK will join club , but cant print form yet ,will do when home next week
Aug 12, 2018 16:21:10 GMT
martin: Hi, as my father cannot get ins he would like to sell his bug. I will put on ebay but if anyone is interested please ring Martin 07590723076 . Good bits... he has rebuilt it and its one of the first . Bad bits ... its painted red and has home made bumpers
Sept 2, 2018 9:22:46 GMT
Little-John: I watched Mike and Eddd. restore a Bond Bug on "Wheeler Dealers." At the Woburn 40th birthday party there were two very professional looking 4 wheel Bond Bugs (one yellow, one green.) Were they factory versions? How were they done? By whom?
Dec 1, 2018 22:10:14 GMT