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#375260 Rolled Hood Cover

Posted by enforcer on 23 July 2017 - 09:23 AM

After struggling to find a convenient solution to carrying the wet weather gear around - and not being willing to pay Caterham prices I asked a local guy with his own business to make one up for me.  Dave Shade is based in Telford and works from his home, working wonders with leather / vinyl repairs and making bespoke covers / bags etc.  When I wanted some beading sewn in to the front edge of my hood to enable it to be slide fitted into the awning rail with which I use to fit the Surrey top, he was able to do this and get it back to me within 24 hours.


Here is the finished article which I am really impressed with:










The quality of materials and the finish is superb.  Having prototyped this one Dave can easily make these for anyone who is interested - the dimensions can be adjusted by him to suit any type of RH or Seven ... and will make you one for £50.  If you're interested mention the club and me!  ;-)


Have a look at his website and facebook pages (Dave Shade Ltd) - he can make anything you can think of and there is plenty of scope for us kit car builders to find quality craftsman like this to make the bits we need without ripping us off!





#373631 I've Finally Bought Another Kit Car!... Well, Sort Of? :0)

Posted by enforcer on 06 June 2017 - 09:08 PM

Cheers Enforcer.

Another name I've not heard for a long time. How's tricks mate?

I had a friendly brush with the law on Saturday (makes a change!) I slowed right down to pass a line of parked cars & 2 ice cream vans. Due to the potential for ice cream focused kids darting out. 100m up the road I got a pull from a traffic car.
They gave my new toy a really good looking over. Had a half hearted pop about my toys exhaust being a bit to fruity. Then.... Shock/horror!!!! They congratulated me on my sensible attitude to passing the parked cars & ice cream vans!
I was fully expecting a hidden camera crew to jump out from behind a bush! ;0)

It's true!  We are human after all ;-)      To be fair, when I was on traffic I was more inclined to give positive feeback than b*llockings - and usually as an excuse to admire someone's motor ... No prizes for why they were loitering in the vicinity of an ice cream van.


Speaking of which, did you hear that police were investigating the death of an ice cream salesman, found flat out in the back of his van, covered in sprinkles, flake and hundreds and thousands?


They reckon he topped himself.  :-)

#372005 For Sale - At Stoneleigh Tomorrow (Mon)

Posted by enforcer on 03 May 2017 - 04:23 PM

Assume daytime lamps went?

Yep, sorry Dave.  Your exhaust manifold is still going great guns though  :good:

#360785 Ebay Socket / Usb Gadget

Posted by enforcer on 01 July 2016 - 06:25 PM

I've paid only £12 for one of these - could be rubbish but actually I've been quite surprised with some of the stuff coming out of China and ridiculously cheap at the moment!



#360762 Laser Cutting

Posted by enforcer on 01 July 2016 - 01:37 PM

Does anyone know if Martin is still doing laser cutting?  I messaged him and separately emailed him weeks ago but heard nothing

#356813 How To Fit Dash

Posted by enforcer on 04 May 2016 - 07:04 AM

In order to achieve the correct curves and form for the dash on the 2B I laminated the supplied stainless steel dash panel to some thin MDF and let the glue set whilst it was fixed to the dash rails with self-tappers. I then bonded some thicker MDF discs to the rear of the dash and used simple 'L' brackets to screw the dash to the underside of the top dash tube. There are no fixings visible on the front of the dash other than the two lowest screws on the 'legs'. These were countersunk into the dash and covered with trim pieces. Hope this helps.







#315076 Speeding

Posted by enforcer on 02 August 2014 - 01:24 PM

Your friend was utterly reckless to have set cruise control to nearly 30 mph over the speed limit - this would be a significant aggravating factor in any sentencing - it's one thing to inadvertently exceed the speed limit during an overtake, for example, but to knowingly set it that high and arrogantly assume that he won't get a ban by being 1 mph under the 'banning speed' is just crazy. No arguments about the road being quiet, the weather being good, the skill and experience of the driver will stand up I'm afraid. There is no statutory defence to speeding.

You cannot possibly imagine the sort of carnage that a collision at this speed causes - trust me, once seen it can never be unseen. Even if the body remains mostly intact the rapid deceleration will tear the internal organs out and burst the heart. The airbags will merely provide your friend's loved ones with an intact body to bury. Assuming that it wasn't cremated in situ. That fact that your friend doesn't see this as dangerous is unbelievable arrogance. Whether there is a prosecution or not I hope that this experience and the associated anxiety has been a real wake up call for your friend and that in future he will be less reckless with other peoples' lives, let alone his own.

#312048 Speed Education Course

Posted by enforcer on 16 June 2014 - 07:55 PM

28 years clean licence, police class one advanced, pursuit trained, defensive tactic trained, TPAC etc etc and I can now proudly say that I have attended a Speed Awareness Course after being caught doing 35 mph in a 30. There is no excuse or defence for speeding. End of. We are all human and we make mistakes but I can honestly say that I learned a great deal from my course (and I was a Traffic Officer for 5 years) and it has changed the way I drive. Maybe I was lucky enough to do a course with an excellent provider, but its pretty arrogant for people to imply that their course was a waste of time... sounds like they will inevitably be caught again pretty soon...

It's not a conviction so you don't have to declare it. I'd take the course any day of the week ;-)

Interesting to note that my course was filled entirely with middle-aged professionals, including bikers and truckers. Someone remarked that it was clearly us older folk who are speeders these days, not the 'boy racers'.

The course instructor reassured us that the young speeders tend not to be eligible for the course as they are caught doing much higher speeds generally and don't get the offer!

#310658 Police Crime Commissioner

Posted by enforcer on 31 May 2014 - 11:42 AM

:ph34r: Awkward.

Would love to share my take on this but can't be commenting on such a political issue :closedeyes:

#310390 The Running Man

Posted by enforcer on 28 May 2014 - 05:32 PM

Congratulations fella! Great going ... and good to see you tackled Silverstone this year ... best running medal in my collection! You might have seen me there, running in my 'work clothes' to raise money for a charity that I'm chairman of now...


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#310060 Get Out Of Iva Free Card ?

Posted by enforcer on 25 May 2014 - 08:21 PM

Not sure about the legality of selling a V5 but it would come down to what the buyer plans to do with the V5. Anyone seeking for their no-IVA'd kit to 'assume' the identity of the hood on the V5 would be committing a number of fraud offences and of course (and frankly worse) would be putting a completely untested vehicle on the road.

Anyone looking to sell a V5 for £1500 is well aware of what some unscrupulous builder would be prepared to pay to by-pass IVA

#300482 2.0 Pinto Starter Motor

Posted by enforcer on 21 February 2014 - 09:28 PM

All sorted thanks to Euro Car Parts Telford - one shiny new starter bolted on and spinning like a good'un and only £55 with the club discount :good:

#280276 Interesting Afternoon At Work

Posted by enforcer on 25 May 2013 - 10:21 AM

in my opinion they should of not shot to injure but shot to kill but that's mine and probably a lot of other peoples opinions I feel sorry for the blokes next of kin he did not deserve it r.i.p

Police don't shoot to kill or shoot to injure. They are trained to shoot to 'stop', which is what they did. In most cases that proves fatal. Considering the main suspect with the meat cleaver had almost reached the Trojan car and appears to have been shot by an officer as they got out of the rear of the car in a split second I very much doubt that there would have been any consideration of shooting them to injure them only.

#275705 Free At Last

Posted by enforcer on 14 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

Steve, sounds like we'll be donning the cardigans and buying Werthers Originals at the same time ... Sept 2018 for me!

#275634 Free At Last

Posted by enforcer on 13 March 2013 - 04:31 PM

Many congratulations Ian! I envy you intensely ... five more years of this nonsense for me :-(