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Old 10th March 2010, 07:56
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Yes, congrats Jeremy.

I hope you both have as long and happy marriage.
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Old 10th March 2010, 17:45
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Building a kit car, AND planning a wedding - That's stress!!
Hope the big day goes well.
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Old 11th March 2010, 08:56
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Good luck Jeremy, Don't worry about getting married AND building a kit, mine passed it's SVA 8days before my wedding (talk about long nights leading up to it!) and blew the engine 7days before my wedding!!
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Never mind polishing the bonnet-I am being packed to the clinic for teeth whitening!!!!!Is this the way my life is destined to go!!!!!
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Old 15th March 2010, 14:50
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Quick question - DVLA man - is he likely to know that things may have 'dropped off' the car in between IVA and the inspection? Or in other words, can I take my ugly wing extensions off now?

Also, is there a minimum reflector spacing post IVA/SVA?

http://westfield-world.com/svalights_rear.html

That was what I used to set out the lights and reflectors for the test, which states that you can't have your reflectors less than 600mm apart. I was planning on making up a number plate carrier which had the nice lucas replica reflectors I've got bolted to the bottom - but they wouldn't be 600mm apart...
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Old 15th March 2010, 15:14
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Quick question - DVLA man - is he likely to know that things may have 'dropped off' the car in between IVA and the inspection? Or in other words, can I take my ugly wing extensions off now?

Also, is there a minimum reflector spacing post IVA/SVA?

http://westfield-world.com/svalights_rear.html

That was what I used to set out the lights and reflectors for the test, which states that you can't have your reflectors less than 600mm apart. I was planning on making up a number plate carrier which had the nice lucas replica reflectors I've got bolted to the bottom - but they wouldn't be 600mm apart...
They know nothing (Except where to look for engine numbers). But personally I wouldn't touch a thing until I had that Number Plate certificate in my hand....

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Old 15th March 2010, 15:34
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They only looked at my VIN and for some reason the milage on the speedo.
And by then all the rubber trim on the wings had fallen off.
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Old 15th March 2010, 16:26
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Righto.

Next question - I have purchased some of these lights:

http://www.s-v-c.co.uk/prod/1253-fogreverse.html

To replace the ugly SVA / IVA lights:

http://www.s-v-c.co.uk/lights_fogreverse.html

(2nd ones down)

I have an issue in that the stems on the new lights are further forward on the body of the light, which has the effect of moving the rear of the light back.

This means I can't position the light such that I can drill a hole in the top of the pocket to hang it from as the rear of the light hits the tub before the stem is under the body.

So I think I may have to do something else....

What has everyone else done for 'nice' lights?
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Old 15th March 2010, 16:47
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I used the ugly ones like they fit on a Westie. In practice you can barely see the black plastic surround if you fit them snug to the body.

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Old 18th March 2010, 08:54
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Right - on Monday, after the inspection - do I get a number plate certificate there and then, along with the tax disc I've paid for? Or do I have to wait for the log book to arrive in the post?
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Old 18th March 2010, 09:30
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If you take along the correct forms, together with the payment (and MOT in my case) and are prepared to wait about 40 minutes, then they will issue you with the number plate form and tax disc there and then (well thats what happened at Bristol DVLA), although my trailer man wasn't too happy with the wait
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PS A few bits had carelessly fallen off the car since the IVA but I didn't risk too many!! Its only a 5 minute inspection, they spend most of the time finding the engine number...
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Right, well they already have all the correct paperwork (insurance and IAC for the tax), and I've already paid - I guess I'd better go and get a tax disc holder and fashion some front numberplate holders...

Looks like I shall be going for a inagaural run on Monday afternoon!
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It's surprising how fast the petrol dissapears on that first proper run ;-).

I am just about to do the opposite to you - I am now starting to take the car apart again to have it painted. It'squite a difficult physcological barrier to climb to do this!


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I am just about to do the opposite to you - I am now starting to take the car apart again to have it painted. It'squite a difficult physcological barrier to climb to do this!

Robin
I know that feeling, my car looks a complete mess. Somehow worse than when I built it as there's bits of wire and stuff hanging off all over the place!
Quite disheartening....
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Old 22nd March 2010, 11:31
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Back from the inspection (well, been back for over an hour now, but I've been chatting to the trailer owner - he races a couple of vintage sports cars for fun )

It's all tickity boo - Will be getting an age related plate.

Bit disappointed (especially as the sun is out over here) that I couldn't get the paperwork there and then, but hey ho. Shouldn't be long coming from DVLA, and I'll spend the afternoon taking off all the ugly rubber crap I had to put on to get it though the test.
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Old 22nd March 2010, 12:22
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Did you need your MOT?

At Bristol if you paid upfront they would issue a tax disc and a form to get the plates made up on the spot. Seem like the offices are really consitent!
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Old 22nd March 2010, 12:35
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No - no MOT cert was produced.

I've already paid for my tax and first reg. That's what miffed me a little - bit didn't really want to push it, as the inspector seemed (in the words of the trailer man) 'a bit of a jobs worth'
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Now I think about it the same happened to me. I ended up getting about 3 days use from a month of tax. But the good news is that they were pretty prompt. The number plate certificate turned up within a week of my visit.

The trick is to already have made up the front mounting bracket otherwise that will delay you even more. As I don't have the Marlin "spoiler thingy" I made a U shaped bracket out of some small gauge steel angle and hung it off the steering rack mount. I haven't knocked it off yet.....

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Old 22nd March 2010, 16:04
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Already made the brackets, and the paint is dry. I just need to attach them to the car.
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Old 22nd March 2010, 18:11
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Couple of pics of the Gooster on the trailer going to the inspection:





I got Blue Thunder Transport to do the job - www.blue-thunder.co.uk.

They where very reasonable, especially considering some of the telephone number quotes I got, and comparing it with the local breakdown rescue boys in town that wouldn't have had a covered trailer it was a no brainer.
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