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  1. Our usual venue The Malt Shovel is now open so we can try having our meeting next Wednesday 26th May from 7PM. I'm at the venue now checking out the format and am drinking inside. Basically we can meet inside which is set out for tables of 4 to 6 people up to around 40 people. You must wear a mask when you enter and sign in with Track and Track app or give your details at the front desk. Once seated, masks can come off while you remain seated. It's table service only (we ordered drinks at the desk then sat down). After this you probably need to mask up and attract the barman's attention and he come to take your order then bring it to the table. If the weather is decent, we can meet outside and order from there somehow. That's about it, we can give it a go and see how it works.
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  2. Then mastering 10 years of practice put into 2 days I went for the body work
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  3. Knowing real V8 class when they saw it, they made a rapid exit. https://youtu.be/pPEoUOcnl1k
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  4. Here’s a link to the archived copy of Colin Usher’s website https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/en/archive/20141103114552/http://www.colinusher.info/Robin Hood/index.html
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  5. A big warm welcome to Apgodden (Tony) who has taken on the role as area secretary for Wiltshire Hampshire and Dorset. Thanks Andi
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  6. Not much to do on the Hood, so I've had time on my hands for a new project. A total restoration, and upgrade for this 1970 Moggy traveller.
    3 points
  7. Yes Dan. You've had to wait at every petrol station in Wales for me and thrashed.
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  8. This might help
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  9. What a cracking day, blue skies all day, plenty to do and see, lots of people attending. I guess it was a combination of the weather and the desperation to go somewhere We only managed two cars as our other 2 regulars were stuck by lack of petrol. But Derek/Mo and I enjoyed it anyway. Some lovely cars, although the picture of the 4 cars was taken first thing in the day before the hordes descended on us. By lunchtime you could not move. The poor organiser was on his first time and was hopeful he might get up to 20 cars. Little did he know I reckon there were over 50 by early afternoon. Lincolnshire won't be closing down over winter so watch this space for the next meet.
    2 points
  10. I’ve always found Woolies good for all trim materials https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/
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  11. What a weekend this year brought all my family and they were welcomed into the fold. Awesome ride out best roads I have driven on at speed. A big thank you to Kerry brilliant as lead driver and great route. Big thanks to Matt, Dean and Danielle for organising everything. The bouncy castles kept the kids entertained all day / night. Roll on next year if my car is ready.....
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  12. Big thank you to all who made this a great day out. We had a cracking time meeting new people and old friends.
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  13. You ask "how do people learn this". IMO we don't normally act pro-actively as you are seeking to do. We tend to "learn" by fixing our own problems when they arise or as part of implementing a "project" like building a whole car or making an upgrade to an existing one. Much depends on your background knowledge of electricity in general, did you study Physics in school, do you understand the basics of simple circuits, OHMs law, relays, electromagnets etc.... if not then why not pay around £50 for a kids educational kit on "Electricity and Magnetism". Have fun as you put together basic circuits, understand how electricity behaves. Then get your hands on the circuit diagrams for the various parts of a cars electrical systems, youll find these on line, in loads of places, concentrate on a bit at a time, for example, how is the ignition spark generated ?, how does a light flash, why does a fuse melt ?. Then, when, in the real world, you face a real problem, like the rather general question "The guages don't work" you will instinctively know how to go about looking in more detail at the various wires and sensors that might be involved. This is just my advice for what it is worth.
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  14. The UK Kit Car Club are holding their annual EOSB event. At Market Harborough Showground LEICESTERSHIRE This event is for all of the family - no need to own a kit car Camping Avaliable from Friday 3rd September 2021 to Sunday 5th September 2021 Day tickets for the Saturday are available. Tickets available on the website. https://www.rhocar.org/index.php?/store/category/11-end-of-season-bash-2021/ Saturday is going to be a day packed with lots of fun! ● Guided run outs for the car enthusiasts (note these will be staggered this year) ● Plenty of cars to look around and admire (maybe get some ideas for your own!) ● 100ft inflatable obstacle course for children AND adults! (Use will be unlimited with purchase of day/weekend tickets) ● Competitions ● Plenty of stalls Food provided by: Gourmet Burgers Waffles Slush The amazing Alcomare bar will be there to keep you all refreshed throughout the day and evening Small business stalls with a range of items for sale: ~ decorative glass bottles ~ The Nature Pot ~ paperie ~ forever living ~ novelty soaps ~ bath bombs ~ tombola ~ toys ~ gifts ~ The Cocoa Chemist ~ The Place Stamford Of course there will be some motor themes stall including: ~ Harley parts ~ custom motorcycles ~ transport books ~ automobilia ~ models ~ manuals If you are planning on staying the night we have our speed Bingo which is always a great laugh, followed by music provided by the Checkered Kicks. We hope to see you there and have a blast
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  15. The laser needs line of sight across the car. It's not a problem on kits normally bit I have had problems on modern cars with aero aids on the bottom of the bumper in front of the wheels. This would presumably be a problem using Dunlop type tracking gauges as well.
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  16. yes did try but they only do that new fanged things, think they call them E C U, you have to plug in a" lap dancer" or something like that
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  17. I have looked at the options for the run out on the Saturday, and due to a bike meet of 250-300 people at the aviation museum, I will plan on going to the bubbles car museum https://www.bubblecarmuseum.co.uk/. This is approximately 45 miles. There is no need to book we can just turn up, this is assuming we are all capable
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  18. Thank you - glad you enjoyed it. I'd love to encourage you to go ahead anyway but I feel it would be a bad idea at your young age - there are better things to do with your time and money IMO (save up for a house, travel and see the world etc). There is a reason most kit-car owners/builders are grey-haired - we're old enough to have some money spare but not young enough for Magaluf or parachute jumps .
    2 points
  19. Thanks to the Club and committee, we are putting a BBQ on Saturday evening. Sharon and myself will be testing the food shortly at the Dirty Duck, if it’s ok I will post the menu as we will eat there on the Friday evening and would welcome your company.
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  20. hi all again due to the lack of events i am looking at organizing a camping weekend at the same place as last year their have been some major changes to the site over the last year . so if there is any interest i will start organizing it obviously when lockdown ends so if you are up for it say yeaaaaah
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  21. Great weekend was worth the 4 1/2 hour drive up in traffic jams. only my son could fall asleep in Matt’s Zero!!!!!! Great drive out just should have told Andi there was a hole behind his seat..... Thanks for organising this Tractor. Roll on Santa Pod
    2 points
  22. You're not understanding the correct usage of alcohol
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  23. I would like to start our area meeting this month at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston. I have spoken with the venue and explained as we could have more than 6 people we would remain outdoors so the weather will play a part in the decision to attend. The Pub would love to have us their, and will fit in with us under the current situation. Looking forward to seeing members and visitors at 7.30pm
    2 points
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  25. I have and now area secretary for Wiltshire Hampshire and Dorset.
    2 points
  26. Took her up to a local hill to blow off the cobwebs. Beautiful day on the South Downs. Various winter fixes working well. Happy days.
    2 points
  27. Burnt once, never again. There are a handful of people I would trust but have known them for 10 years. Oh and I know where they live so I can send a few of the lads around.
    2 points
  28. I went for my Covid jab today, so I used it a an excuse to have a trip out in the kit, for the first time in six weeks. Roll on the lifting of restrictions .
    2 points
  29. Going back to the last pic of the Red/black car. the `Dutton owners club are VERY strict on ringers and if this comes under there radar they WILL have it crushed and push to prosecute the owner also god forbid you have an accident and it’s found your in a ringer ( contrary to beliefs insurance assessors do know about kit cars ) you face prison time
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  30. It would probably only matter if you had an accident, made an insurance claim or went for an MOT and they knew what they were looking at so I agree the chances of getting caught are slim. That said, it's still a ringer. Dutton's have been ripe for using their identities to swap to other cars for a good few years when their value was less than the cost of an IVA but who's to say a car wasn't stolen so it's identity could be used. My view is that if we as a club see dubious cars, we should make people aware of the fact.
    2 points
  31. I have, although it’s yet to be tested and will probably be tweaking the bracket. I used an mx5 slave cylinder. Can see how I did it below:
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  32. Last Week of November and 2 very nice deliveries turned up. The new pedal box and throttle bodies. Very excited with both. The pedals are from Compbrake and look awesome. Look very well built and hope they make the pedals feel better than the GBS pedal box, which has never really been something I was happy with as the clutch and brake pedals bind causing the clutch or brake to move when the other pedal is operated. I also need to make the changes due to the hydraulic clutch, so it all seemed like a good idea. This was the box when I opened it and it also has the bias adjuster. Pretty sure I don't need it but is was big, red and shiny (insert your own adult joke!) The throttle bodies were from DanST. He gave me some very good tips on trumpet lengths and also supplied the manifold slightly modified to give the throttle position sensor clearance on the idle pulley that replaced the power steering pump. Obviously I could not wait so build it all up and mock fitted to the engine. Loving the way they look, but going to have to clean and paint the engine! So, whilst Richy sorts the fuel pump out, I have a whole weekend free and nothing planned (last one before Christmas!). I bolted the engine and gearbox back together and set about trial fitting. First thing is: doing this in a single garage on your own is not easy. After a bit of organising to give myself a bit more space, it went in, sort of! On the side of the gearbox is a mount with 2x M14 bolts and a lock washer and then 2x M14 bolts on the very bottom of the gearbox, again, it looks like a mounting position. Also on the side is 2 tabs of ali that are just in the way. So, angle grinder out and off comes the ali tabs and I undid the side mounts and removed them. Offered the engine back into the space and still not sitting forward enough. It needs to do another 100mm in and then 60mm down. So engine and box out for the second time, with a view to removing the bottom mounting bolts. They looked like studs but were 14mm and the biggest stud extractor I have is 12mm, so that wasn't going to work. On the very end was a flat area, just enough to get an 8mm C spanner on. That was just not man enough to even look like loosening the studs. Next step was to try getting 2 nuts on and then wind it out that was. The issue was that, being M14, I had a limited supply and the ones I did have were a different thread. So, cuppa tea and a double decker chocolate bar break and I started to get creative. I took one of the M14 nuts I had and wound it on. I then took my air impact gun and as it started to cross thread the bolt it broke the `seal` of corrosion etc. Put the impact gun in reverse and out the first one came. Second one did the same but took 2 goes as did not cross thread it enough! Net result was 2 studs out but have 2 cross threaded nuts on them. They are only fit for the bin, but I have the 2 from the side mount which as exactly the same so will use them for the gearbox mount. This allowed the engine and box to sit much further forward and lower, but I was still hitting issues. The first is that a part of the gear stick housing is hitting the tunnel upright. There is not enough space to fit this through. The second is that even with the bottom bolts out the gearbox is sitting too high and the third is that with the engine in the engine bay cross brace is in the way of the alternator. This was the same on the pinto but with a bigger alternator on the Duratec, even switching side, it will not fit with the brace bar in the way. The fourth issue is that the standard oil filter housing is fouling the bottom chassis rail
    2 points
  33. I do love a game of will I run out of fuel before i get to the the next petrol station cos the gauge reads empty. It is very exciting!!
    2 points
  34. Kit Spares were delayed sending me replacement arch panels so decided to start the dashboard. I am covering in faux leather has anyone else done this and do you use thin foam behind?
    2 points
  35. Got the back panel all done. Rear aches bolted on. The small arch panels were not wide enough. Steve at kit spares was really good and has had two made up. Will get this done at the weekend.....
    2 points
  36. It passed. Finally after two years of reconstrution and twenty four years after the first owner bought it. Looking back over the whole process of getting it ready for the IVA, we couldn't have done it without the help and advice of RHO members. If we were to do this again, I would not worry about getting it through first time. There were lots of mods and improvements we did not need to do, and we could have saved a lot of time and money. They rarely get through first time, and the test guy was very helpful with his advice. He also said it is rare for them to not go through a second time if you take note of what the tester is telling you. They are not the ememy.
    2 points
  37. For those old enough to remember.
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  38. I purchased an Exmo in one of the batches, not sure which, think it was second batch. Echoing what others have said this was a budget kit. I bought an MOT failed Sierra, stripped it down, fitted the parts to the kit and hey presto! .... well not quite so easy as I found out. I have the original simple brochure and order form that I picked up at the Exeter car show where I saw a fully built example that started me on a path of many triumphs and tragedies. I also have copied all the build videos to digital format, but they are quite long, poor quality and no longer any use as no one has a fresh kit anymore. In any case, I have uploaded some files to my cloud space, a PDF with the brochure, order form, partslist, and collection instructions (with a map of where to drive your van to collect all the parts). Also there is a big MPG which is the first build tape (too big for the BT server to play, needs to be downloaded) and a few WMV clips that give you an idea of the video quality. I also have a printed 21 page "Build Manual", I could scan that if you want, but like I say, not much use now. Use the link below, and feel free to rummage through the few files that are there. https://btcloud.bt.com/web/app/share/invite/0BwowO474i
    2 points
  39. The main thing switched off during starting was the radio/tape player. This was to stop the tapes tangling, remember C90s and a pencil to try to get them staright.
    1 point
  40. It’s over to you Al to speak to the weather gods
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  41. Someone will get a bargain, looks like a really good car. Times like this I wish I had more space or an old barn.
    1 point
  42. Assume you have a filament type bulb as a charge light?
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  43. Details as below. Gross Weight 1050 Axle Weight Front 450 Axle Weight Rear 600
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  44. Just need the jump leads and the Easy Start.
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  45. great looking forward to your updates sounds complicated
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  46. Thanks Andi, this car is taking a lot of work and a lot of pound notes!!!!! Also the wife is saying I am obsessed..... Starting to build her back together again. Hoping to get the engine back in within the next two weeks.
    1 point
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