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    Chassis VIN

    So it turns out that the process at the time of writing is unpublished on the website and requires an email to be sent. You cannot make up your own any more as the first part of the number relates to the issuing agency. Email your name, address, details of your build, and request a VIN number to dvlavin@dvla.gov.uk and in a few weeks the forms turn up in the post. This form has a place for a garage to stamp to verify that number has been put on the chassis correctly, and this is used later in the process of the SVA test.
  2. Has anyone used the kitspares front wing brackets and know which side the one with the notch fits? Also is there rules on positioning of the arch over the wheel in terms of forwards or backwards. I assume part of it is pedestrian safety, so enough of the front of the wheel has to be covered?
  3. On the 2b where do the bottom of the seatbelts mount? On the outer frame there does seem to be a flat with a hole that could be used. But in the middle of the car there is just the tunnel which has no strength really.
  4. No I don't think all chassis are stainless. The body panels I have are stainless though.
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    Chassis VIN

    Yes that looks more like it. Thankyou @Sparepart
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    Chassis VIN

    Searches are ok, but information goes out of date. In terms of email all I can find is: "DVLA does not publish any emails for the public, with one exception - eftd@dvla.gsi.gov.uk for DVLA Driver Medical Enquiries." @nelmo do you have an email address that I can use to contact them? I can not imagine they would let you make one up as like number plates there is bound to be a strict standard and a high degree of uniqueness.
  7. When I started my build I was a little shocked at the lack of videos. I actually have the VHS tapes somewhere and can confirm that the stuff on YouTube matches the contents of the tapes. But as time goes on, the lack of instructions is kind of handy as it means your build is not "restricted" by a design on paper. @Mash Potato how far have you got with your build? I took my partial built 2b apart to paint the entire chassis as it has been sitting for 15 years. I am glad I did as I saw many things that I was not happy about, and took the time to correct them.
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    Chassis VIN

    I am building a 2b and need to get a VIN to add to the chassis. At what point in the process can this be obtained and how do I apply for this? I have been looking on the DVLA website and there does not seem to be any information regarding this. I am sure it is needed before the IVA test
  9. Looking at the MOT history there have been a lot of failures based on emissions. What was needed to correct this to get it to pass?
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    Ride height

    To be clear I am in the build process and just trying to set the correct ride height. Currently the frame is about 5 inches from the floor and parts bottom out on the ground when pushing the car in and out of the garage. I guess I need to do more research about the coil overs I have before I drill and fit the final locations for all four suspension components.
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    Ride height

    The suspension I think is called double wishbone? I think it was an upgrade option brought by the original kit purchaser. Would softer suspension drop more under the weight of the car, hence stiffer suspension would affect the height a small amount?
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    Ride height

    Hello, Can anyone recommend the correct ride height for a 2b? Where is this measured from, the bottom of the side frame and the bar at the front of the car to the floor? It looks like I have to drill bolt holes at the bottom of the roll bar for the rear springs, and re drill where the front springs attach at the bottom to adjust the height. What should I set the spring tension too first? I assume adjusting these will alter the firmness of the suspension but also the height, so they need to be near the correct adjustment before starting? Kind Regards, Matt
  13. I wired up my horn today and it didn't work either. Relay was clicking but no sound. Turns out when the relay was activating it was just connecting the two wires together that I had connected to the horn, no voltage on those wires. I think it is designed for an air horn circuit with a pressure switch, compressor, and a solenoid. I changed the relay wiring to work for my horn, but took me a while to work out what was going on. Works great now. Also works with the ignition off like most cars.
  14. That is right, my donor was a later model and uses a different wiring diagram. My indicators have the click of the relay but no other audible sound. Not sure anything else is required. Horn is the next thing for me to wire up. Can't remember if I have a relay for the holder or if I need to source one.
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