by Kevin Thompson
The restoration begins as you can see from the picture's it was pink and black. Anyway we did have different colour schemes - first off was pink and white.
Then we tried two tone pink. We were toying with the idea of just having pink, but not agreed on anything just yet.
SO THE STRIP BEGIN'S
Here you can see the pictures inside the Reliant. First the seats were removed, then the back seats, the seat belts, sunroof, centre console, dials, dashboard and all the equipment as I had to take the steering column the pedal box hand brake anchor bolts and the remaining bolts that hold the body on to the chassis; then it was ready to come off.
This took best part of a week as I had to do all this outside in open air (oh do wish could have a double garage!). The worst part was the electrics. Now I don't know about you but I HATE electrics - they never go right, always going wrong.
Well the back end of the cables were shot and brittle so meant a part total re-wire. This was under the Reliant body so was exposed to the elements (great), so I took out the whole wiring loom ( oh God I have gone and done it now - where does it go back when I re-build it ?)
Right so that was out, then it was down to the body near enough everything was out. The bolts were out you think, "Great it's ready" ... ha nooo there was one bolt I had missed! After much arguing and swearing to my self etc I finally got to take the body off using an old lifting aid to help me as shown in the picture below.
So one end was now up in the air and I now had to go to the front to make sure it was loose and not holding on anything like they do lol ..... and that is where I will stop for the next chapter :-)
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