I have a slight kink in mine too, but I think they were all originally straight on the Bug. Arn't the bent ones from a different reliant. Anyway I would bang my knuckles on the switches if mine was straight, so I like it how it is.
Reliant used a few different lever designs, the thing to watch is not whether its straight bent, long or short its the lower part under the ball (some also have only one locating pin, some have two). Under the ball the lengths are different, if for example you use a short one it will not move the gate enough in an early box and can cause it to slip over the gates. If using a long one in a later box it will be very hard or near impossible to move the gates.. I can't remember off the top of my head whether the early covers (non syncro first) are taller than the syncro first ones though.
Generally, --most boxes non syncro first (reverse next to first) will require the straight gearstick (with the longest end under the ball and I think it was two locating pins on the ball, one pin is fine if one is missing or removed) --just after the non syncro first boxes we have what I refer to as a 750 Box (reverse next to first on early ones, then changed to next to second), which used a straight gearstick which either had the longest end under the ball or middle length one IIRC with only one pin on the ball. --then come the early 850 boxes (reverse next to second) which started to use a mix of either bent or straight lever with the shortest length under the ball with only one pin on the ball. --every late 850 box (reverse next to forth) had a bent lever with the shortest end under the ball with only one pin on the ball.
Gearbox top covers, very early non syncro first had a dipstick or place for it in the cover with space for the two locating pins for the gearstick. Later on they changed the mould to accommodate one pin and no dipstick..
Same goes for the front gearbox covers that house the oil seal, Reliant used about 3 different designs for different reverse positions and seal types (very late 850 Robin's had a roller bearing alteration on them too!).
1st motion shafts were also different depending on flywheel fitted, rear gearbox flange used a couple of different types aswell which had a different size, I think that was only two types used, an early one for non syncro first and a larger one for the later box.
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
crabo: Does anyone have the registration plate numbers or the chassis numbers for the Rothmans Bugs (six of). I friend of mine has just purchased a white Bug (700E) in need of restoration, reg URC 42L, chassis no BR62313, eng no 9816.
Mar 27, 2019 19:41:42 GMT
jefferdp: All, does anyone know the size of the headlights on the bug, Some say there 7/6" but that seems a little large to me. Also where can you get replacments now?
Apr 4, 2019 16:54:48 GMT
fmb4: My Bug has nothing but a hole where the canopy latch should be. Any help in finding one would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 9, 2019 14:55:30 GMT
Biggles: fmb4 One on ebay now
Apr 13, 2019 9:16:03 GMT
heartnut: Quick question: If I fit a Lucas 15/16/18 alternator, is it true that it will heed fibreglass work to fit it as the body is bigger than the original generator?
Apr 26, 2019 19:14:47 GMT
rolydog2001: I have fitted a Dynamator to get around this, looks original and gives the same output.
Apr 27, 2019 19:25:09 GMT
heartnut: Thanks for that - good tip!
May 2, 2019 20:21:08 GMT
tpg: can you please help? my son is nearing the end of a 4 year restoration of his mini cooper car and we are trying to locate 2 of the above wheels to make up a set. Would you know any of your colleagues who may know anybody who would sell us 2 alloys. Any inf
May 12, 2019 13:59:52 GMT
tpg: Sorry the wheels are Dunlop D1 LP922 X 10inch. thanks
May 12, 2019 14:01:25 GMT
tpg: Hi dose anybody have 2 DUNLOP D1 LP922 ALLOYS for sale? URGENTLY required
May 25, 2019 9:53:39 GMT
fmb4: I am in desperate need of a latching assembly for my canopy. I am restoring, and have only a hole where it would have been. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe some one could send me detailed photos of same so I could perhaps have one made
Jun 10, 2019 21:52:08 GMT
rolydog2001: I'm about to fit mine soon, if you can drop me a PM via the forum with your email (or whats app better) I can send you some pics.
Jun 15, 2019 19:06:17 GMT
chris70: Hi, is there anyone selling or thinking of selling their bond bug I’m currently looking, I’m after a complete/ road worthy car. I am in Newquay in Cornwall but don’t mind travelling 150 miles or so
Jul 20, 2019 16:26:53 GMT