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The picture in the logo was taken by Richard Crowe on a wet day at Nutts Corner on the 24th of Febuary 2004.
29 April 2004
been doing some work correcting the SVA fails. Here are some
raised 'bump' on the track rod end were adjudged to be a danger to the
general public so will have to be covered. The locking nut on the
steering arm extension was covered (as required) but I've been told to
have it not permanently covered - as the tester didn't believe that I
had fitted a locking nut - so he can check that a locking nut is really fitted! In England cars
have been failed for not having this fitted permantly.
23 April 2004
First off sorry for the lack of updates, as you can imagine it's been pretty hectic in the run up to the SVA. Unfortunately she failed yesterdayfor a few points, none of which should be that hard to fix, with the possible exception of the noise limit - however I think this is failing because of a leak in the exhaust. I hope. Amongst other things that failed were radii on the back GRP panel, the plastic transmission tunnel edging and two lugs on the track rod ends. The track rod arm was fouling the cycle wing at full lock (I hadn't spotted that to be fair), the rear fog light was wired as a seperate light not off the dipped headlamps or sidelights. The wiring to the horn needs a protective covering and no side indicator repeaters. Altogether looking at it with a days persective it could have been worse and most of the fixes are resonably straightforward. The whole test took 8 hours and was very grueling on me never mind the car - I was up at 5:15am in order to make sure I was there in time, and was exhausted by 4:45pm when it was over. It took so long I wasn't able to book a retest there and then - the office had closed - so I won't know the new date for a while - I hope it's sooner rather then later, however I have a nasty feeling it'll be perhaps a month away.
At least I got to drive Lucy home - what a blast, just the thing to cheer me up after the test! I was able to give her a bit of tap (up to 60mph - your honour - honest) on the roads I knew well closer to home - she really is great fun - and is the centre of attention everywhere you go!
try to get some pics of the failing points to act as a bit of help for
other builders soon.
I worked on making the dash a little more SVA friendly. Hopefully
I'll get it finished tomorrow and I'll post some pics. To be
honest it looks pretty bad, but if it's required to be street legal then
also been told by Bill there should be no problem getting a cat, so
hopefully that'll be OK for next week. Mind you we'll see what the
crack is, because I've heard MK are having trouble getting them sourced
to keep moral up I'm posting links to a few videos from Kirkistown
courtesy of Richard Crowe.
all WMV Windows Media files.
might notice the cycle wings aren't fitted. I'm going to ring
Newtownards SVA and ask them about the positioning question. Some
cars have been failed for having them set too far back - some have
passed OK. I figure I'll try to get the full low down on it from
the source - I can't see any mention on the manual itself. Also
you can see from pic two I did get a little frustrated, so I shot the
car. Six times. Well it's easier repaired than burning it!
days just want to make you cry! I was talking to Richard Key - a
fellow car builder - he has a catalytic converter for a blade engine
he's hiring to me. He has recently put a couple of cars through
SVA, and he tells me the delay between a test and a retest is upwards of
a month! I was hoping that if I failed the SVA I'd be able
to get it sorted in a week or so, and therefore would have the car on
the road for the start of May, and my mate Ger's wedding in
Galway. It is enough to make you cry.
4 April 2004
new month and as per usual I've stuck the previous
month's diary on the menu on the left.
My new alloy wheels arrived on Friday.
look pretty well, I reckon. My next job is to get in touch with
Bill Adair and get 4 slicks off him and get those fitted onto my Ford
wheels, and get the Pirelli tyres stuck onto these.
have also ordered some foam and some vinyl with which I'm gonna cover
the dashboard. I've also ordered more 19mm nut covers as I've used
up the ones I got already - and there are still a lot of nuts to cover.
weeks until the SVA and there are a lot of small jobs to be done.
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