Technical . . . . articles, repair guidance etc. to help you in maintaining, repairing or servicing your Valiant.
The list below gives you links to technical articles and information about Valiants from the R series up to and including the VG. Where possible the technical information is provided as a download (pdf). Some links are more general in nature but should have relavance to classic car restoring or maintenance. For workshop manuals or Illustrated Parts Catalogue (IPC) check out our manuals pages. If you know of an article which is not listed please email us us so we can include the details.
While most of the links below are to free sources of information some are to sites selling guides or products
When people look at 1962 Valiants, they see cars which look pretty much the same. That's true, to a degree, but there are many little differences between the 2 models - the R Series and the S Series - that many people would not readily notice. Whilst the general shape of the cars is pretty much the same, there are a great many details which differentiate an "R" from an "S".
Here is a compilation of the many differences between the 2 - some easily noticeable, others not so easy.
Clay is like a bar of soap, and rather than think of a lump of clay, think of it as a big bar of "Blue-tac" or "Glue-tac" or whatever that stuffs called. It's like plasticine. You have to use it in conjunction with another of their products called "Quick Detailer", which is basically a spray on polish that you use in between the proper polish you give your car, to bring back it's shine............
Learn how to virtually colour your car, try out new paint jobs, see how those new wheels will look before you buy them, make body modifications without expense of working on the car - will it look right? See the changes first digitally.
A proven step by step method that can be followed with simplicity and ease to restore your classic car. An A-Z guide to help you through the entire restoration process, from engine repair to bodywork and
learning how you can present your car in the best
possible way to help you bring home a trophy at the next car show!
Learn how to create show-car quality body repairs, modifications and paint jobs. Learn how to repair minor dents and bumps without having to fill and respray. Learn how to spray paint with confidence and how to consistantly get a professional quality paint finish on your classic car.
Bespoke speedometers, rev counters and minor car instruments are our speciality and can be made to your specific requirements and design. All work, including printining, is carried out in-house by our team of specialist technicians who have worked in the automotive industry for many years. We are a UK manufacturer of custom instrumentation and undertake repairs and conversions of both electrical and mechanical instruments for all types of vehicles.
The name give to the mixture of propane and butane gases which, when compressed, change from a gas to a liquid. It's colourless and odourless and the only reason we can smell it is because they add a chemical which makes it smell like rotten cabbages – just so leaks can be detected. It burns easily in air and has a similar energy content to petrol.
LPG Autogas is the safe, inexpensive way to run your car. Especially as the family budget seems to get more and more stretched! And because AutoGas burns cleaner than other fuels, it significantly reduces greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions.
Owners of R&S Valiants will have noticed that there are 2 main points of identification on their cars.
The first is a stamped number on either the drivers side (right) inner guard, or on the front radiator support panel.
The other is in the form of a removable metal plate on the left hand front door pillar. This page is designed to let you know what those numbers mean.
What I have done to the stainless trim on my car is nothing short of a miracle in my books. So I guess in layman’s terms this article is about getting the most out of your decorative trim in the easiest possible way.
I recently converted my column shift, 3 speed manual S Series, to a Push Button Torqueflite. While I could give a lengthy description of how this was done, I won't. Rather, I'll tell you some of the things of importance that I came across during the conversion.
If you intend putting extractors on your Valiants Slant Six engine, there are some things you should look out for.
Firstly, be aware of the different oil filter systems on the cars. While some R and S Valiants had a screw on throw away element that sits down low on the passenger side of the block, others had a steel cannister with a disposable element inside.
There's No Replacement for Displacement Stroking the Slant-6 Engine
Written by Doug Dutra (1996): Edited by Dan Stern (1997): Revised by Doug Dutra (2001)