Bond Bug ZZR1400 Project

My custom Bug back in 1984 at the Burford Micro Car Rally

 

I have owned TUF415J since 1983 when I bought her for a princely sum of £100 back then. It was in very poor shape and I spent the whole of the next year completely restoring it from scratch.

The original engine was a 700cc Reliant alloy engine developing 28bhp. I replaced it with an over-bored 850cc Reliant engine with as many performance upgrades I could do. I had a 'Mike the Pipe' extractor manifold and exhaust made,
engine head was skimmed and gas flowed, electronic ignition, twin 28/36 weber carbs fitted etc which after a rolling road test developed 60 bhp. In 1984 I attended the Burford Micro Car rally and won 1st price for concours.

I used the 'suped' up Bug as my daily mode of transport for many years until my gearbox failed and I was in the process of converting an 850 cable operated box to the Bug hydraulic type. Kids came along and the Bug never got put back on the road.

Now I have more time on my hands and more cash to spend I decided to completely restore the Bug but this time bringing it up to more modern performance and getting experts to make most the bits.

The result is a 200bhp Kawasaki ZZR1400 engined beast, into a Quaife reversing gearbox, into a BMW 316i limited slip diff with MGTF independent rear suspension.

Updated 4/2/21

The links below that are active and have been uploaded

Added new machined crank extension bearing plate - more pictures added

Added custom made steel boot lid with mesh insert to bodywork page

170 amp new external alternator

Current project is the bodywork +

170 amp alternator being fitted to ZZR engine. Updated pictures of the mount

+ New project - Rialto steering box to mini steering wheel set up, new splined shaft being machined currently

Send me a mail for comments and any tips you have to chris.meitiner@btinternet.com

Air filter

Bond Bug history

Body work

Custom made baffle sump

Custom made shock absorbers

Custom triple fan cooling and fuel tank

Dash board - Bentley Continental GT

Electric actuator canopy lift

Electrics and Electronics

Engine extractor manifold and exhaust system

E- Stopp electric hand brake - current project

Flatshifter and steering wheel - paddle operated gears

Heat and vent

Lighting mods

Original frame and axle

MGTF swinging arms and disc brakes

Powder coating

Quaife reversing gearbox

Quaife to chain converter - Quaiff to BMW propshaft

Steering box conversion

Wheels and tyres

318 I BMW LSD

170 amp new external alternator



Modified to take independent rear suspension through a limited slip differential

Original fixed axle and frame set up before conversion