that's a good feature that Heartnut but i'm not sure about Bond cars wanting to call one of their products a reliant Rogue ? also power to weight ratio i don't think the Bug was too bad in period
The chronology of the nascent Bug is given by Elvis Payne on page 77 of his book "The Reliant MotorCompany". Tom Karen had ideas about a concept three-wheeler which he called the Rascal in 1958. Earlier, in 1954 he and Andrew Waddicor had devised a two-seater fun car they called the Vimp, and the Rascal evolved from this.
Separately, before Reliant bought Bond, Reliant had been toying with the idea of a fun car, and around the same time Ray Wiggin picked up on Tom Karen's Rascal and commissioned Ogle to design a car that Reliant could make, but using as many existing Reliant production parts as possible rather than being completely new throughout. The result in 1968 was a single prototype they called the Rogue, and there is a picture of this on page 78 on Elvis' book.
Having got the design and it being further developed into the final Bug shape by 1969, Reliant got cold feet about whether such a 'frivolous' car was actually a good fit with their traditional 'utility' market sector. But having fortuitously recently acquired Bond, also in 1969, they decided to brand the new car as a Bond so that any reputational damage if it were a commercial flop would not reflect on the Reliant brand. And of course the Bond Bug was then launched in 1970.
karl: If you don't get a reply, post on the main forum
May 16, 2020 19:22:21 GMT
Stiffy: Your better of posting a question on the forum. One earth goes to the chassis from the battery negative. Then anther goes fro the wiring loom onto a bolt ontop of the gearbox cover. :-)
May 17, 2020 19:30:59 GMT
stan: Karl,Stiffy, thanks very much, I'm new to this site and I though that t I was on forum.
May 18, 2020 5:55:16 GMT
stan: I'm not sure if using this system right can any one advise pleas. Dope bugger
May 20, 2020 18:45:50 GMT
stan: did you get details .
May 23, 2020 9:44:42 GMT
alpine6969: Looking for bushes for rear trailing arms pushed the rubber bush out but looks lo
May 25, 2020 19:43:50 GMT
alpine6969: Looking for bushes for rear trailing arms pushed the rubber bushes out but looks like a metal sleeve in there, does this need to come out ? Not sure what the dimensions are looks like 24 mm with sleeve in and maybe 26 ish without
May 25, 2020 19:48:04 GMT
jonnymonno: Thanks Vannin. The second one was just what i was looking for. Watch this space. I can build uo my Bug which I’ve owned since 78’ now
Jun 2, 2020 5:52:00 GMT
burlmeister: Hi, first time oaths forum, so I may be posting this in the wrong place. I have owned my bu for 32 years and it's been garaged for the last 20. Now trying to resurrect it. Two queries, does anyone produce a rtepl
Jun 27, 2020 15:07:37 GMT
burlmeister: Sorry, tocontine, I',
Jun 27, 2020 15:08:07 GMT
burlmeister: m looking for a replacement petrol tank. Does anyone produce them? Secondly, I need to replace the tyres. There is a sign in the car and in the handbook, only cross ply tyres to be fitted. No idea why this should be. Are cross ply tyres still available?
Jun 27, 2020 15:10:30 GMT
ady: For the petrol tank try looking up triggergas on ebay, he might be able to make you one. You can fit radial tyres, most people do. There is plenty of choice of tyre for it as they are the same size as a Mini. You can still get crossplys if you want
Jun 29, 2020 15:39:00 GMT
Nick Plymouth : 35 years ago my dad had a bug , RDR612K , just wondering if it still exists anywhere? Thanks in advance
Jul 23, 2020 18:20:38 GMT
driftwood: Hello from Driftwood recently purchased RWA83L Bond bug for some fun and a project running car any one have any info on this bug bought from a old chap in Macclesfield who had it for more than 20 odd years cheers mark
Jul 23, 2020 22:00:10 GMT
driftwood: drove it back to leek rudyard and it was fun I took it for a spin today to brighten up leek folk it sure makes people smile
Jul 23, 2020 22:05:12 GMT
former bug, : hi i have an original 1970 owners handbook, please can i get a price on its worth
Jul 24, 2020 16:47:09 GMT
Burlmeister : : Replacing the sender in my new fuel tank and need to replace the gasket. On e bay I see a few cork gaskets for different car makes. Anyone know which vehicle our sender was originally made for?
Aug 5, 2020 15:45:37 GMT
stan: Bug now starting. New battery was problem
Aug 6, 2020 16:36:31 GMT