How to Restore Reliant Regal by Elvis Payne - CHAPTER TILES

Acknowledgements 7
Using this book & essential
information 8
Using this book 8
Essential information 8

Chapter 1. Choosing your Reliant
Regal 9
Deciding on your Regal 9
Regal history 9

Chapter 2. What to look for when
buying 15
Identifying the cars Regal 3/25
& Regal 3/30 15
Vehicle identification numbers 16
Body, paintwork & trim 17
Star cracks 17
Body damage 17
Doors 21
Window winders 22
Paintwork 22
Trim 22
Chassis & swinging arm 24
Wheels 25
Electrical test 25
Mechanical matters & road testing 25
The Regal engine 25
Non starter 27
Oil & petrol leaks 27
Road testing 27
Engine 27
Water temperature 27
Brakes 28
Suspension 28
Steering 28
Gearbox assessment 28
Rear axle & propshaft 29
Transporting your Regal 29
Conclusion 30

Chapter 3. Establishing a restoration
plan 31
Stripping the car 32
Fibreglass repairs & painting 34
The mechanics 34
A typical home restoration plan 34
Recommended restoration sequence 34
Spare parts 35

Chapter 4. Body restoration 37
Overview of body 37
Removing the body from the chassis 39
Fixing the body back onto the chassis 45
Windscreen removal and refitting 46
Windscreen removal 46
Refitting the windscreen 46
Repairing the doors 46
Bodyshell repairs & repairing the
gelcoat layer 50
Star & surface cracks 50
Repairing the gelcoat 50
Major cracks 50
Holes 50
Sandblasting & welding the chassis 57

Chapter 5. Painting 61
Preparing the bodyshell 61
Planning the painting 68
Equipment 68
Painting the bodyshell 69
Paint finishing 71
Chassis painting & rust prevention 72
Wheel finishing 72
Chromework 72
Sign writing 72

Chapter 6. The engine 74
Overview 74
Simple engine starting 75
Removing the engine 76
Stripping the engine 85
Removing the cylinder head 90
Reassembly tips & head re-torqueing 100
Reinstalling & testing the engine 103
850cc engines 106

Chapter 7. Gearbox 108
Overview 108
Gearbox & clutch problems 108
Removing the gearbox 109
Clutch 109
Dismantling the gearbox 109
Reassembly 115
Gearbox lubrication 115

Chapter 8. Carburettor & fuel
system 116
Overview 116
Problems and adjustments 117
Dismantling 117
Dismantling Zenith 30IZ 117
Dismantling Solex carburettors 121
Dismantling the fuel pump 124
Fuel pipes and sender unit 125
Fuel 126

Chapter 9. Steering & suspension 127
Suspension overview 127
Suspension problems 128
Front suspension & swinging arm
(radius arm) 128
Front bearings & king pin assembly 129
Reassembling the king pin 131
Rear shocks & semi-elliptic springs 132
Steering overview 133
Steering problems 133
Dismantling & rebuilding the
steering box 133

Chapter 10. Rear axle, propeller
shaft, & wheels 136
Axle 136
Axle faults and remedies 137
Rear hub bearing/seal 137
Removing & dismantling the axle 138
Reassembly 140
Propeller shaft 140
Wheels and wheel nuts 140

Chapter 11. Brakes 142
Overview 142
Brake lines 144
Dismantling brake shoes & adjusters 146
Dismantling brake cylinders 149
Dismantling and replacing the master
cylinder 150
Replacing the front brake adjusters 151
Bleeding the brakes & pedal travel 151
Handbrake 152

Chapter 12. Electrics 153
Overview 153
The electrical loom 153
Reusing/creating a new loom 153
Calculating current flow 154
Making & testing your loom 154
The flasher circuit 158
Removing/installing exterior lights 158
Headlamps & front indicators 158
Rear light units 160
Removing/installing dashboard
clocks & switches 162
Removing/installing the coil, solenoid,
fuse box & regulator 166
Adjusting the control box 166
Removing/servicing/installing
windscreen wipers & motor 167
Removing/installing the heater 169
Restoring the heater 169
Starter motor & dynamo overhaul 170
Battery 172
Chapter 13. Trim 173
Overview 173
Dashboard 174
Dashboard & headlining 174
Seats 179
Dismantling and rebuilding 181
Doors seals 184
Door trims 184
Carpets 187
Hubcaps & wheel trims 189
Badge types for various models 189
Regal 21E trim 192

Chapter 14. Conclusion &
UWX 875L history 193
Conclusion 193
UWX 875L 193

Appendix 1. Dating your Regal 198

Appendix 2. Alternative spare
parts 200

Index 206

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