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.
adl2: cdb15, that's just such a shame that someone let it get into that state. I know that's more than I could cope with but I admit I am slightly tempted. For the VIN, it would end up as a Trigger's broom of a restoration.
Nov 25, 2020 22:26:43 GMT
burlmeister: Trouble fitting new 6052 fan belt. Alternator adjusted to the max. Belt is on the engine and alt pulleys but I just cannot get it to stretch over the lip of the fan pulley. Is there a trick to this? Driving me nuts!
Nov 26, 2020 11:09:57 GMT
adl2: That barn find Bug as linked by cdb15 is now bid to over a grand. Or should I say, that V5 doc for a Bug is up to over a grand.
Nov 29, 2020 10:14:12 GMT
Stiffy: Hi Folks.. a lot of questions go unanswered if you put them in the shout box. Its more visible to all if you create a thread. Most questions get answered within hours. :-)
Nov 30, 2020 16:52:59 GMT
adl2: Gone for £1220 in the end.
Dec 1, 2020 13:36:48 GMT
Looking for bug to buy: Hi all, had to sell my bug 3 yrs ago, went to the states and had nowhere to store it unfortunately but I'm back and would like one would consider any condition, a project is fine. Any help or suggestions would be great thanks warren
Dec 14, 2020 18:40:23 GMT
bugberk: Just put the engine/box into my rolling chassis, and the prop shaft seems to be about 3" short, Have I been given the wrong one? this a total rebuild from a pile of bits.
Dec 16, 2020 13:34:31 GMT
goodtimes: thank you for the drawings! very helpful.
Dec 17, 2020 17:31:00 GMT
vannin: bugberk what is the length of your propshaft you are fitting ? you'll get more replies if you ask on the main forum
Dec 30, 2020 15:30:34 GMT
rooster: can any one tell me what car the canopy lock came of ? ive been told a triumph
Jan 18, 2021 15:23:26 GMT
rogeru7: Hi the basic lock is off a Triumph but it will then need a major mod to be used on the Bug canopy unless you have access to a lathe and a mill it’s not an easy mod
Jan 18, 2021 20:15:56 GMT
Steve: Hi can anyone tell what is the tallest you can be to drive a bond Bug
Feb 25, 2021 13:37:55 GMT
vannin: hi Steve, is this for you and if so how tall are you ? more interest and responses if you use the main forum !
Feb 25, 2021 14:51:06 GMT
steve: i'm 6ft 4in am i too big to fit? . im not good with computers, cant seem to get on other thread, sorry
Feb 26, 2021 10:59:28 GMT
mike: I have 2 bond bugs 1 almost restored just waiting on new upholstery and the other is complete runs sweet and original if Warren is still looking for one Cheers
Apr 11, 2021 12:35:02 GMT
Jon T: Hi all, I am looking to purchase a bug, dont mind if needs some work, anyone point me in right direction. thanks<
Apr 20, 2021 10:52:19 GMT
mysticmick: hi all . i recently purchased a bug . my dream car for restoration . i have the vin plate . with chassis number and engine number . but sadly no reg number . is there any way of finding out the original reg so i could apply for the v5 .. thanks in advance
May 8, 2021 16:20:42 GMT
cdb15: To Mystic Mick: contact HPI and ask if they will do a VIN-only check. Usually if you have the registration it's £19 or so, but may be different from the VIN. Or there is a DVLA procedure using form V62 - check out the government web site for the procedure.
May 17, 2021 20:15:30 GMT