The Black Pudding

Made from the bits nobody wants.

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I bought this '79 Reliant Scimitar SE6A from a good friend of mine. It was the first known GM V6 conversion using the 3.0ltr engine and 5 speed manual gearbox from an ex-Police motorway patrol Vauxhall Omega. The whole build was recorded in a diary on the Scimitar & Sabre Owners Club Forum. It was built to compete in the 2009 Practical Performance Car magazines £999 challenge, the £999 being the maximum allowable budget to buy and modify a car to compete in a drag race and a handling course. It was a very successful conversion putting in a strong performance, earning itself a feature in the magazine and spawned a number of similar conversions. Details of his work are reproduced in a linked section below.

A while after the competition Nathans attention moved on to other things and the car spent some time sat dormant until he offered it to me for a price he knew I wouldn't be able to refuse. It was actually supposed to be a project for my son to get involved in but being only eight the draw of his mates and his games machine was too strong so progress was rather pedestrian.

Fast forward five years and one house move and it has now come to the point where it either gets some serious effort put into it or I'll end up sweeping it up into a skip! So despite already having a Scimitar project on the go, it looks like I'll be requiring a second toolkit!

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3.0ltr GM V6 conversion

The original builders online diary from the Scimitar & Sabre Owners Club forum.

The Resurrection

The car has been off the road for a decade, spending much of that time parked on grass. It also leaks. So as you can imagine, it is in a bit of a state. Some work has been started in the past but the whole car needs stripping, repairing and rebuilding. I shall attempt to record progress in the following sections.

The Starting Point

A walk round video giving a basic idea of the state of the car at the start of its resurrection.

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Body & Chassis

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Suspension & Brakes

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Engine & Gearbox

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Interior & Electrics

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The contents of this website are purely a reflection of my own experiences and knowledge gained whilst working on my various projects. Anything you do based on what you have read here is done so entirely at your own risk.
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