My thanks go to Dave Eggett for these photos
of his 1958 Reliant Regal Mk V van. The first photo shows the van as it used to be. (The eagled eyes amongst you may also spot a 1959 Mk V saloon in the backgraound). Dave writes:
I have just "dusted off" a Pair of old Reliant Regal mark 5 tricycles. I am in the early stages of sorting out what I will do with my two Reliant Regal Mk5's. One is a van and the other is a
saloon. The trikes are both 45 years old and as you probably know, they are fitted with a revised version of an engine which was first designed to power Austin 7 cars of the 1930's. There are also a lot of spare parts, drivers handbook and Workshop manuals.
The mk5's have been in a lock up garage for a long time. I have owned one of them for 32 years and the other for about 22 years.
I got the saloon wheeled out and inspected it as much as I could. There is some work needed to patch a hole in the chassis. The damaged part is about 350mm long. It is along the drivers side leg of the chassis at the point where it turns up over the rear wheel. A rectangular piece of steel about 400 x 25mm will need to be welded in. It is actually as a result of a poor repair made years ago which has held water. The rest of the chassis is in good condition. It all seems to pass the MOT
prod, tap and lever test.
The fuel tank is in a poor state and may need to be replaced. The tanks of newer reliant's are a different shape but should be an exact replacement. It is a cylindrical drum which could be easily fabricated in any case. All three shock absorbers seem ok, with dusty surface rust, rather than pitting. I have some used spares if needed. The steering King-pin seems
to be ok for play as do the steering ball joints. I have two spare front end assemblies in case they are needed.
All the brake lines need new pipe. I have one brand new flexi of the two needed, They are standard parts, easily obtained from a motor factor. The brake back plates are "dusty rusty", but sound. again I have spares if needed. The master
cylinder (same as a Series 3 Land-Rover Clutch) is solid and needs to be replaced. I could not test the slave cylinders without taking off the brake drums, but I suspect that they will be like the master cylinder - shot! I will have to do some digging to find out about replacements, but they are a standard 1960-1970 type cylinder off a variety of cars of that age. The clutch and the handbrake are both rod operated so no hydraulic worries there.