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 !!
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 email@example.com and he will add them to the gallery
Apr 11, 2018 10:52:22 GMT
re diamond54bb: that should be firstname.lastname@example.org
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