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.
tmallen: Just registered as I am looking to purchase a BB, I have one in particular that I am awaiting more information on. In the meantime, anyone got one for sale or know anyone who has, please send me details. Thanks
Apr 22, 2020 10:39:07 GMT
Kev: How easy is it to remove body from chassic?
Apr 23, 2020 18:37:51 GMT
ayrbugger: Kev, Open up forum and go to bond bug problems...there is a section re removal of body. You'll need three strong blokes or as I did a hoist and a support frame, and a strong beam in your garage to hang it all off.
Apr 26, 2020 9:57:10 GMT
bugged: Hi does anyone know what the original top seat belt hooks looked like or have a photo want to make or source one as close to original as I can. thanks guys
Apr 28, 2020 14:53:00 GMT
mothball: Where can I get a N/S rear brake back plate (3 holes)
May 1, 2020 8:32:54 GMT
V8 Bug: I owned bought a bug in 1972 and had 3 years of fun with it. Around that time I saw an article about a number of bugs that had been fitted with V8 engines for an Arab prince. I think this was done in Wales. Anyone know anything about these?
May 4, 2020 8:59:22 GMT
Rg: Brakes the same has mini
May 9, 2020 20:52:21 GMT
Old boy: Hi, can anyone explain the 2 earthing systems please. I,m ok with bolt to engine method but the C earthing Is a puzzle !
May 10, 2020 15:34:26 GMT
stan: I will be selling my Bug, I had it for about 4-5 years and getting a wee bit to old to crawl underneath.
May 10, 2020 15:41:48 GMT
Eartthing: Hello anybody, still no reply about cable earthing explanation. I would be happy with at least I don't know as I'm seeing tumble weeds on this forum.
May 16, 2020 15:49:33 GMT
Eartthing: please help !
May 16, 2020 15:49:55 GMT
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