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How to Restore Reliant Regal

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How to Restore Reliant Regal

By Elvis Payne
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Softback 250mm x 207mm. 208 pages. 850 colour photos.

ISBN: 9781845840044

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• Restoration Guide for the Reliant Regal 3/25 & 3/30.
• What to look for when buying a Regal and how to test.
• Detailed look at each model and their differences.
• Complete restoration from the ground up.
• Unique photos of every stage of restoration.
• How to repair a gelcoat on fiberglass bodies.
• Step by Step instructions for each task
• Written with hands on experience and details problems.
• Alternative spare parts list detailing necessary parts from other marquees.
• The mechanics section can be used by Bond Bug owners.


The book offers a guide in how to find a suitable Reliant Regal 3/25 or 3/30 for restoration. It then proceeds with a fully illustrated step-by-step guide on how to dismantle a Reliant Regal, and then fully restore the body, chassis, electrics and engine back into showroom condition.

Independent Reviews

Review from Classic Van and pick-up, November 2006

One of the latest books from Veloce Publishing is “How to Restore the Reliant Regal” and it is a most comprehensive guide to sorting out one of these little fellas. Without sounding like some sort of corny journalistic hack, we must say that it is packed with information and colour photographs and presents in words and pictures just about everything you need to know. Quite apart from anything else, the author has one of the coolest names around for somebody writing an automotive book. His name is Elvis Payne. He has been a Reliant enthusiast since owning his first three-wheeler in 1990 and is now the webmaster for the Reliant Owners Club and also the creator of, possibly the largest three-wheeler website in the world. His latest project is the restoration of a Reliant Regal Supervan and the vehicle features heavily in the book.

Veloce themselves say: “Del Boy could do with a copy of this book.” Can’t imagine Trotter getting his hands dirty, but he’d probably be able to flog plenty of copies at the market. Anyhow, the book has 208 pages and it’s got a lot to offer.

Review from Autonet Drive, August 2006

Elvis Payne is not a professional writer, but he is a hands-on enthusiast and this book is refreshing reading as he notes that without the help of friends and family "this book would have been entitled How to Take Apart a Regal and Make a Mess in your Girlfriend's Garden!" He's also not embarrassed to talk about some of the errors he made along the way, such as "my recent crash course in never sand a fibreglass car with a sanding disk on a drill."

Liberally filled with excellent full colour, detailed, step-by-step photographs, this volume takes you through every aspect of restoring a Regal from interior to body to mechanical.

Before you start, Payne also provides information on choosing a Regal model, what to look for when buying and establishing a restoration plan.

Review from Practical Classics Magazine, June 2006

Sometimes it's nice to stray from the norm when you take on a new project, and the Reliant Regal certainly isn't your regular classic. But despite the association with a certain Cockney TV plonker, the Regal has a charm that makes it an irremovable part of the British eccentricity. Elvis Payne's restoration manual will ensure your quirky workhorse is of the highest grade - from buying a base car to checking it's wearing the right badge on the concours.

Review from Classics Monthly, March 2006

Obviously this is a specialist book but, put simply, if you own a Reliant three wheeler, or plan to get one, you’ll need this book. Very clear colour photography that literally guides you step by step through every job, in some cases bolt by bolt, mean this impressive publication is value for money. Reliant fans will certainly enjoy the buying information and model guide. But owners of other fibreglass bodied cars may well find the chapters on bodywork restoration of interest. Bond Bud owners should find some of the mechanical information applicable too.

Review from Classic Car Mart, March 2006.

One Reliant Owners' Club member who deserves a special mention is Elvis Payne who not only designed and maintains the club's website, but has also just had a book published by Veloce: How to Restore the Reliant Regal. This 208 page softback publication is packed with photographs and step-by-step guides taking you through the whole procedure of bringing your Regal or Supervan back to life. Despite this being very much a niche title, a huge amount of work has gone into ensuring it is authoritative and incredibly detailed.

Review from British Car Magazine, January 2006

Do not laugh! Between 1962 and 1973 more than 100,000 Regal saloons and vans have been built, and many have endured the cog of time because the body cannot rust. Low prices, lower road tax and economical engines make these cars a good solution for the contemporary transport problems. This book forms a guiding principle at finding a suitable Reliant Regal for restoration. Also it is a perfect step by step guide at dismantling and restoring the body, electrics and engine. The car will leave your garage in showroom condition! The author, Elvis Payne, have been a Reliant owner since 1990, when he bought his first Reliant. Since then he has written a lot of Reliant related articles for illustrated magazines and he manages the Internet site


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