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phaeton last won the day on June 8 2021

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    The law is very clear on this despite people often trying to muddy the waters, you can only use an A-Frame or an un-braked towing dolly on a Registered, MOT'd (if required), VED's & insured vehicle to recovery it to a place of safety. It does not matter if the vehicle being towed is under 705Kgs. If you want to tow the vehicle as a trailer, which it becomes once connected to the A-Frame or on the dolly then the tow car has to have some method of applying the brakes of the trailer, this can be either mechanical or electrical. Even if the dolly has brakes then it's still cannot be used to tow the car as a trailer as the brakes of the car will still be on wheels which will be on the road & as such again need to work from the tow car. Having said that I have used them for 40 years & towed cars all over the country with them, not that I am advising anybody to do the same.
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    Stoneleigh 2023

    We have to support it or that will be the end of them all, it had got a bit dire over the past few years though.
  3. I also used https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181024489629?var=480201565867 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160881328576?var=460114933842 Along with some 3mm washers to replace the metal parts of the hinges & then some 4mm countersunk bolts, washers & nylocks to fasten them to my frame Then 2 pieces of https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282151591925?var=586287413267 to make the actual screens, but mine is not on a RH so you may have to improvise, Sorry I have completely forgotten how to post an image, you maybe able to see https://www.muddybuggies.com/forum/index.php?threads/melvin-the-mev-mevster.3143/page-4
  4. I bought these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303237627010?var=602224924471 to make some deflectors out of, removed the pin & replaced it with a bolt.
  5. I can recommend Clive at Autotronix Developments, School Rd, Laughton en le Morthen, Sheffield S25 1YP if it's not too far for you.
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    Iva Documents

    But most of all when you get to the testing station enjoy it, I've done 4 SVA's & 2 IVA's & enjoyed each experience, I do go with the attitude I'm going to fail, get a list of hopefully trivial things to fix & go back a few weeks later. The last one I did earlier in the month was even better as I came away with a first time pass, but apparently only 10% do. There is quite a bit of grey area & subjectiveness to what each inspector thinks even though they all read the same hymnbook. I never argue with the inspector nor disagree with his decision on something, I will however ask him to explain why he thinks it's wrong, I then will explain why I did it the way I did, only on 1 occasion has I changed their mind But as said it is to be enjoyed & don't get too stressed, after all it's cost you enough by that time it would be a shame to not enjoy it.
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    Iva Documents

    You will need invoices of the major parts, chassis, donor car, any new parts you have bought, you have to prove it is an amateur build. They also like to see some pictures You also need to complete https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1073587/apply-for-individual-vehicle-approval-cars.pdf
  8. Less is more, only put on it what you need to, add everything else after IVA, if you are going to use square tube, check the radii of the box section
  9. I doubt (read know) I can get there for 10am (family pressures), but may make it after lunch, is that an issue?
  10. The events is at Owston Hall Hotel, Doncaster. Gates open to the public 10am. Exhibitors can arrive any time before that. As an exhibitor you will get a free drink on arrival and lunch will be provided.
  11. If you are still thinking of doing some form of sprint, times section, might be worth a call to Javelin, they run Blyton & are based East of you at Kimmington maybe they could run the event & take on the liability, might be cheaper than arranging your own insurance, although they are at Three Sisters that weekend.
  12. It *bleep* it down all day
  13. Sharp cutter both sides, pour alcohol into the crack set fire to it, what could possibly go wrong
  14. Having just done an IVA I wasn't asked for any photos of anything, although he could see the seatbelt mounts, which he failed as I had used split spring washers they cannot be used on any part of the seatbelt mount/brackets although they came with the kit. The other one on seatbelts is you have to be able to take the bolt/nut out/off with a single spanner so one end has to be captive, as said mine was not a RH so fixings might be different I used 8.8 nuts & bolts which wasn't acceptable. You will need the VIN stamped into the chassis somewhere on the offside in the engine bay area, you will also need a plate with the VIN number which can be riveted onto any surface in the cockpit https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/andygallecher/m.html?ssPageName= will make up whatever you want. I had the MEV logo, the Make, Model, Vin, My name, Colour & year of manufacture.
  15. To arrange the IVA which you can do online https://www.gov.uk/apply-vehicle-approval, they need to see the receipt for the new chassis, I wasn't the original purchaser of the kit, so had to declare I was completing a part built, even though it wasn't started as the original receipt wasn't in my name. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/iva-application-form-for-passenger-cars-iva-1c also https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/971185/individual-vehicle-approval-amateur-built-declaration.pdf For the actual IVA you just need to take the V5C so they can see what the engine is to determine the test it has to have,
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