The chap who built my Webster did a marvellous job in terms of fitting stuff into it, but I suspect he did it all with the body off, and didn't give any thought as to how parts in the nose region could be maintained. In the standard Bug of course this is the front wheel and steering area, but in the Webster I have the washer reservoir, the horn, a brake servo, an oil cooler, and the heater fan box and hoses. And probably other things I haven't discovered yet !
Getting to any of these items is a nightmare with the body in place, so I am considering cutting an access panel in the top section, roughly where the piece of wood is in this photo:
The cut-out need only be large enough to get an arm down inside, with a spanner or two, so something like these:
Something like this might be suitable - avaialble in most diameters 4, 5, 6, 8 inch etc, all plastic so no corrosion, marine grade so water tight, low cost, and as it happens for me, the right colour!
The white cover costs around £35, and is lockable which is important - don't want itchy fingers opening up the inner workings of my car, or worse, removing the cap and running off with it! The dark one is a type widely available for under £10, again marine/watertight etc, but of course no lock facility.
A 5 inch/125mm diameter hole in this location wouldn't be an issue, would it?
with all the other stuff Reg managed to squeeze in that space, I think I probably *have* !!
But your point is a fair one - I have in fact spent many hours this past few days trawling the usual sources for inspiration for something a little more aesthetically 'car-like' ... found some gorgeous bling that would suit, *if* I was prepared to spend hundreds, *an* if it was available in smaller sizes.
I have some ideas, but I'm happy to have any other suggestions and comments anyone is prepared to offer?
I have been thinking of fitting an oil cooler to my Bug . Where is it mounted ?
Two points - first, I don't think it is an oil cooler after all, I think it's a second water radiator, and second, it's mounted in the usual central front position, on a home made hanger frame, for a Mini - bearing in mind this is a Webster with a Mini front sub-frame. I don't know where you'd put it on a Bond Bug, with the front wheel being where it is.
Another point is where do you take the oil from on the Reliant engine? Most aftermarket kits use an adaptor in place of the oil filter, and then the original oil filter either sits on top piggy-back, or is located remotely somewhere. Looking at my oil filter, it seems to be a half-height Mann one (I haven't got that far in my exploration yet) and even at that it is pretty tight to the engine bay bodywork, so I'm not sure you'd get a piggy-back adaptor arrangement in there. Of course, with a remote filter you can mount it pretty much anywhere that's convenient for servicing.
So, it seems I have three radiators, and they're all for water !! Apart from the standard one, there's the heater rad, in the box slung under the front end (but no fan fitted - presumably Reg never got around to that):
Then there's the auxiliary one - it seems from the size of the hose and the marking "Heater Hose" on it that this is a water radiator.
These hoses disappear up into the engine bay and I can't get into that just now, until I can get the canopy off again next week. Watch this space !!
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
davidhtomlin: hoping to buy a bug, advice appreciated.
Dec 10, 2018 13:28:14 GMT
andrea: HI Guys! trust everybody enjoyed the holiday season! Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help? Please let me know. Thanks
Jan 6, 2019 22:58:49 GMT
andrea: Hi Guys! anybody there?
Jan 7, 2019 21:39:15 GMT
andrea: Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help?
Jan 7, 2019 21:44:41 GMT
mybug: Anyone know the whereabouts of PTO 365M? It was mine back in the early 80s and some pix have surfaced here (apparently from ebay around 5 years ago) so is it still around?
Jan 14, 2019 13:58:31 GMT
karl: Andrea, just seen your post. if you're still looking try putting it in the for sale wants thread.
Jan 14, 2019 19:58:09 GMT
mybug: Searched and spooled through every image/video/old ad I can find on the internet, I'm thinking that PTO 365M is not around any more. May be resting in a shed, but given the small and tight-knit Bug community, I'd have thought that someone would know it.
Jan 16, 2019 14:19:51 GMT
Biggles: I think David and Jim Williams are doing the Hinges ....
Jan 27, 2019 9:41:59 GMT
Dave Powell: David did me some great hinges.
Feb 11, 2019 21:52:09 GMT
mikebentley: how does this shout box work?
Feb 16, 2019 13:40:51 GMT
nigel1962: Hi mark ,did you get my reply
Feb 18, 2019 20:44:05 GMT