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.
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