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Old 19th October 2018, 16:06
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So glad you are really enjoying your car. Look forward to every post!
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Old 28th October 2018, 09:22
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Molleur - Cheers Jack.

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Baby, it's cold outside.
Yesterday was my first engine start up in a while and it sounded like a flat battery.
( Very slow turn over and no signs of life. )

But, thankfully, on my fourth and final attempt before getting the charger out, the car suddenly burst into life.

Unfortunately, it then ran like a complete bag of nails for the first 10 miles or so.

This was definitely the first real taste of Winter 2018/19, as I quickly lost feeling in my face!

At least I remembered my goggles this time, which helps.

Plus hearing a small child say "That's an old racing car." as you are waiting at lights is always heart warming.

With limited time available, I could only rack up around 20 odd miles in total, but better than nothing.

This also included a visit to some friends who has spotted me driving around and sent a text.
( Which I only saw when I stopped to fill up with petrol. )

By the time I got to Sainsburys on the way home, it looked like I would be cold & wet!



My MOT it due next month (due to the painting delay last year) so I really must fix the overdrive switch.

So until next time, take care, Paul.

PS
Here are a few photos from my trip to Poland last weekend for my mate's wedding.

Got to love being above the clouds.



The view from our hotel room in Warsaw.



Note:
What appears to be dark black railway sleepers in between the roads are in fact made of bronze!

As they lead up to this, the "Monument to the Fallen and Murdered in the East".



Which is a reminder of what the Soviet Union did to Poland from 1939 to 1989.
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Old 31st October 2018, 15:42
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Happy Halloween!
Sorry, no car news to report, so here is this year's pumpkin instead…

My first problem was the design didn't fit the 'nice' face of the pumpkin.



But at least this year I got to use power tools for the first time.



However, it was a mistake to try and drill out the centre of the eyes.



At least it looks better in the dark.



Cheers, Paul.
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Old 31st October 2018, 17:00
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Cool!
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Old 31st October 2018, 17:03
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I thought the Fiat 500 was a small car until I saw your photo above ! Good to see you're still out enjoying it all year round. I've just SORN'd my Z3 donor today, that will be it until March / April depending on the weather !
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Old 4th November 2018, 20:57
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Molleur - Cheers.

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Lucky - As long as there is no rain (or snow) I will do my best to keep driving.

I must try to get a photo of my car next to a Z3 for scale/reference.

After all, it is pretty low compared to an original Fiat 500.



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Friday
The car was still very sluggish when it came to starting, but fired up on the 3rd attempt.

Sneaked in around 17 miles and it was pretty cold out, so just one quick stop for photos.





When I got back, I left the car on the road, so I could check the oil when the engine had cooled down.

I actually thought I took a photo of the bonnet open, but the camera seems to have different ideas.

My MOT is due in a few weeks, but after that, I will try to book the car in to get the oil burning/leaking fixed once and for all.

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Saturday
After a hearing test in the morning, I made sure I had my ear plugs in for a longer drive than usual later on.

The good news was that the car fired up at the first attempt, but it was noticeably milder than yesterday.

A quick blast up the M1 reminded me that these ear plugs are a good idea with all the wind noise.

Unfortunately, by the time I passed the Luton Airport exit, it had got much colder and looked like rain.

So I decided to turn back at that point and take the scenic route home.

Stopped at Dunstable Downs, near Whipsnade Zoo, for these photos.





Had a great chat about the car with a guy who hobbled over on crutches as his foot was in a cast.

Given the effort he made to ask what it was, it seemed only fair to talk him through it.

Note: I've never been able to find a parking space here on nice sunny days, just dull and grey ones.

This was the last time I found somewhere to park.



In the end, I racked up almost 70 miles, with one stop for a coffee to warm up a bit.

Until next time, take care, Paul.

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Old 4th November 2018, 21:00
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Always enjoy your posts Paul!
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Old 5th November 2018, 10:28
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Always nice to see you out and about. But does it need an MOT? Or do you arrange that for your own piece of mind?

All the best. Marc
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Old 5th November 2018, 10:50
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It will need an MOT as it has been significantly changed in the last 30 years.
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Old 5th November 2018, 11:26
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Ah, was it SVA'd then? Or does the re-body count for MOT (I know it doesn't as far as SVA requirements). This change in the MOT position is all new to me - just when I had got my head around the SVA (or not) rules.

Thanks Marc
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Old 5th November 2018, 12:01
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As I understand it, if it has to have an updated V5 due to changes then the changes have to be 30 years old.
Saying that the rules are as clear as mud.
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Old 5th November 2018, 13:13
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Molleur – Thanks.

I got a lot of inspiration from following build threads and then seeing the cars on the roads.

So I hope that I am doing my bit to encourage other builders to keep chipping away until they are done.

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Marc & Jag – The following is just my interpretation of the VHI rules, so here goes….

With a 1980 donor car, I have to wait until April 2021 before I can apply for VHI status/MOT exemption.

But I can see no reason why my particular car would not qualify for VHI in 2021, as it is about:

“the technical characteristics of the main components”

These components are listed as chassis, axles, running gear and engine.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...anges-criteria

I have a stock Spitfire 1500 underneath and none of these components have been substantially changed.

As changing the bonnet hinge brackets does not count as a modification to structural integrity of the chassis.
( As confirmed by the DVLA via ACE – Association of Car Enthusiasts. )

My car does not qualify as either a kit car, reconstructed classic vehicle or kit conversion.

The bodyshell has no value within either the DVLA 8 point rule, or the VHI rules.

Which is why I was able to retain the original donor car registration number and avoid IVA.

Note:
As it currently stands, my insurance company requires an MOT, even if the car was a VHI.
Even if it didn’t, I would still put the car in for an annual safety check with my regular garage.

The key thing for me about VHI is that I believe that it will allow the car to still be driven in the future.
As my guess is that low emission zones will expand to ban all “old” cars, with exceptions for VHI.

But, as always, what do I know?

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 5th November 2018, 20:40
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You tell 'em Paul

Still enjoying your adventures
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Old 5th November 2018, 21:40
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micky1mo - Cheers.

But it is not about

More about a group

As we are all in this together.

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Old 7th November 2018, 07:26
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I'm with Paul on the MOT issue. I have an unmodified MG Midget that fully qualifies for the MOT exemption, but I'll still be putting it through when it's due.

I see it as a cheap (£29.99 round here) annual safety inspection from a qualified automotive engineer. If it fails I'd rather spend money fixing what's wrong than have it fall apart in the fast lane of a motorway.

The MOT exemption is fine if you never really drive your classic, but not for those who push them on the road.
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Old 11th November 2018, 17:50
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Mr T - Weirdly, I also think people seem wiling to pay more for a car that has free tax.

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Armistice Day
Was able to stick this little poppy badge into my wooly hat for a very quick/short drive today.



But the sun was in the wrong place when I tried to get a photo of my car near the local memorial.





Recently, I seem to keep finding parking spaces next to small cars.



Finally, you can spot the number of times I have forgotten to put the oil drip tray back into place when I park.



As it was, it was only when I downloaded the photo that I remembered that I'd forgotten again today.
( As I need to move it out of the way to avoid running it over when reversing out of the drive. )

Take care, Paul.
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Old 17th November 2018, 16:03
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MOT - Number Three
I was hoping to prep the car yesterday (Friday), but despite having some spare time available, it was drizzle all day.

So I had to start work before 8am this morning and there was a list of jobs…

First up was reconnecting the over drive switch to the gear lever.
(The Haynes' manual's 'reassemble in reverse order' wasn't exactly helpful. )

Thankfully, I quickly worked out that to get some play in the wires here...



I needed to cut this cable tie at the bottom of the gear lever here.



That allowed enough slack to pull the wires through.



And connect the switch.



I could then pull the wires back through, 'click' the switch back into place and use a new cable tie.



Job done.

Although making a leather gaitor for the gear level is clearly still on the 'To Do' list.

Next it was the checking/torquing the wheel nuts.



All but two nuts 'clicked' first time and the two that didn't needed less that half a turn.

I also checked/adjusted the tyre pressures and again they were all close.

Not a great photos, but all the 'dead bugs' needed to cleaned off the aero screens.



I also swept and hoovered all the leaves, etc. from inside the front footwells.



Which reminds me, at some point I need to prune the 'garage' wall.



Then the car was jacked up, and left on blocks, on the driver's side.



So I could crawl underneath.



End of Part 1…
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Old 17th November 2018, 16:03
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MOT - Part 2:
I'm afraid this is another poor photo, but I checked/tightened all the clamps on the exhaust.



You can see how black one section is from the oil leak being 'cooked' as I drive along.

By chance, the car was jacked up pretty level, so I was able to check the oil on the driveway.



The bad news is that I had to go to Halfords to get my second can of oil.
( Which has only been used for topping up. )



I also added some anti-freeze to the overflow bottle while I was at it.



I then got the bucket and sponge out, so the car would look a bit cleaner for the tester.



Before my wife helped me check all the lights were working.

Then it was a 'splash and dash' at the petrol station.



Before I took the scenic route to the MOT station.



Last year, the MOT had expired during the painting process, so I had to take the direct route there.

Which meant the car hadn't warmed up and only barely passed the emissions test.

This time, I figured it would be running better, especially as I've had the carbs serviced since last year.

Unfortunately, it was still a major pain in the ar$e to get the car to eventually scrape another pass on emissions.

The MOT tester's top tip was to switch to fuel injection if I wanted to achieve a first time pass every time.

Anyway, here it is on the ramp.



Not a great photo of the view underneath, but the dented tail pipes are easy to see.



My oil leak made the advisories along with a couple of small points, but it was still a PASS.

Looking at the mileage, I've done just over 1,500 miles in the last 12 months and just over 2,700 miles in total.

Unfortunately, I only had time to celebrate with a quick spin to ASDA today.



But, with a bit of luck, I might be able to take it for a longer drive tomorrow.

So until next time, take care, Paul.

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I will also try to catch up with my replies to other threads tomorrow too.
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Old 17th November 2018, 16:29
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Cool ....another reasonably trouble free years ticket ....keep driving and enjoying her Paul ...
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Quote:
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Unfortunately, it was still a major pain in the ar$e to get the car to eventually scrape another pass on emissions.

The MOT tester's top tip was to switch to fuel injection if I wanted to achieve a first time pass every time.


Hi Paul
Just out of curiosity which emissions limits are the garage using for you car?

I would expect that the vehicle "First used between 1 August 1975 and 31 July 1986" limits of CO<= 4.5% and HC<=1200ppm would be applied.

I would have thought that it should pass those limits fairly easily unless it's running rich.


I have an MR2 turbo based replica and the garage I used to take it to always applied the Cat Test limits when it should have been the non cat limits. (An exact model and engine match was not present in the MOT In Service Emissions book because MR2 turbos were never officially imported into this country.)
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