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MartinClan 3rd November 2019 09:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by lancelot link (Post 102580)
If its only a mild stretch , maybe a slight shortening of the body itself might be better. ..I accept it'll change the aesthetics slightly , but if shortened in the right areas , it might be a better way to build the car ?

No its not unfortunately. 12". I am not sure why a Spitfire chassis was chosen as the Herald has about 8" longer wheelbase and wouldn't have needed quite so much stretch....

Cheers Robin

lancelot link 3rd November 2019 12:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by MartinClan (Post 102581)
No its not unfortunately. 12". I am not sure why a Spitfire chassis was chosen as the Herald has about 8" longer wheelbase and wouldn't have needed quite so much stretch....

Cheers Robin

Spitfire has no outriggers or side rails , Herald does ..but I agree pointless argument when you are modifying anyway ...12" stretch is a lot and I'd say too much to go unnoticed ...but its buyers / builders choice really ...Id probably think about starting with a Spartan ..Triumph based box section chassis cars are about 95" wheelbase , so there's your 12" you need and logbook will say Spartan and denote is as a kit build so any little mods you need to do would go undetected ..

MartinClan 3rd November 2019 12:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by lancelot link (Post 102586)
Spitfire has no outriggers or side rails , Herald does ..but I agree pointless argument when you are modifying anyway ...12" stretch is a lot and I'd say too much to go unnoticed ...but its buyers / builders choice really ...Id probably think about starting with a Spartan ..Triumph based box section chassis cars are about 95" wheelbase , so there's your 12" you need and logbook will say Spartan and denote is as a kit build so any little mods you need to do would go undetected ..

Hmm. Good suggestion. 95" is exactly 12" more than a Spitfire... Makes you wonder if that was how the Corsa Spyder started. A rebody of the difficult on the eye Spartan.

Cheers Robin

Paul L 3rd November 2019 13:09

Robin - Sorry for arriving a bit late to this debate.

But there is some more detail on how the DVLA consider chassis mods in this post:

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...45&postcount=2

However, I think it is pretty clear that this work should lead to IVA.

Cheers, Paul. :)

Lucky@LeMans 3rd November 2019 16:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by lancelot link (Post 102586)
Spitfire has no outriggers or side rails , Herald does ..but I agree pointless argument when you are modifying anyway ...12" stretch is a lot and I'd say too much to go unnoticed ...but its buyers / builders choice really ...Id probably think about starting with a Spartan ..Triumph based box section chassis cars are about 95" wheelbase , so there's your 12" you need and logbook will say Spartan and denote is as a kit build so any little mods you need to do would go undetected ..

If you went down the Spartan route you can still fill in the paper work for a rebody. That way it will all be above board, just buy a donor Spartan that IS correctly registered !

MartinClan 5th November 2019 08:42

On the theme of a re-body. What exactly does the V5 show after a re-body?
Does it loose the original vehicle's identity completely?
Or is there still reference to the fact that it once was a Spartan, Triumph or whatever?

Cheers, Robin

Paul L 5th November 2019 09:35

There is no mention of the original donor car on the V5C, but I am sure it is held on record ‘somewhere’.

I was allowed to change the Make, but the Type had to be left blank.

This meant that I went from:
Make – Triumph
Type – Spitfire

To this.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-q...o/DSCF4208.JPG

Based on some Tributes you don’t need to keep the original make.
( I wanted to keep Triumph, but others have dropped BMW. )

The only other thing you get on your V5C is these ‘Special Notes’:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-u...o/DSCF4213.JPG

Cheers, Paul. :)

NeilF355 5th November 2019 09:46

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Originally Posted by MartinClan (Post 102620)
On the theme of a re-body. What exactly does the V5 show after a re-body?
Does it loose the original vehicle's identity completely?
Or is there still reference to the fact that it once was a Spartan, Triumph or whatever?

Cheers, Robin

Hi Robin
In my time I have had 3 rebodied cars, each one of them had make and model details changed according to a different approach.

As far as I can gather at the moment they seem to be retaining the make as the manufacturer of the donor car such as Triumph, BMW etc and changing the model to reflect the rebody.

God only knows what they will do if you submit a rebody on a kit car such as a Spartan, although Lucky@Lemans on this forum appears to have had his rebodied All Aluminium 1957 250 Testarossa, which was built on a correctly registered Locost 7 chassis, given the make of the body manufacturer and the model of the 250 TR it replicated.

Lucky@LeMans 5th November 2019 09:47

It seems to depend on who is doing the paper work at the DVLA end. Some people get exactly what they want first time, others have a bit of battle.

I think if you send the info to them correctly with photos before and after, a covering letter etc etc its usually ok.

No problems rebodying a correctly registered kit car.


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