Reliant Scimitar SE5 - Bodywork

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The Aim

The vehicle is half a century old and so the bodywork is far from factory fresh and is in need of attention. This isn't going to be a restoration and I currently have no intention of entering the car into concourse events. However, I do want the bodywork to be sound and preferably last another few decades. Therefore I will undoubtedly be addressing some of the common issues that they suffer from and the repairs should be suitable whatever your intentions may be with your own car.
First job though is to strip everything out!

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The Big Strip

Removing as much as I possible can from the body shell to aid in repairs and in lifting it clear of the chassis.

Repairs & Modifications

With the shell stripped it is time to assess and repair as necessary. See below for details of each repair and any modifications I carried out along the way.

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Rusted A-Post Inserts

A common problem area given away by billowing of the kick panels.

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Not Ready Yet

Rusted B-Pillar Hoop Fish Plates

Another common rust area and MoT failure.

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Doors

Replacing the rusted steel inserts.
Fabricating new light weight window frame & fitting acrylic windows.
Other weight reduction.

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Light Weight Nose Support Frame

Ditching the heavy gauge steel plate for a light weight alloy frame.

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Not Ready Yet

Lowering the Floor

Getting more head room by lowering the seats (by lowering the floor).

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Personally I wouldn't trust some like me with a lawn mower! You have been warned! Flapper-bat!

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