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    Malcolm Tatton

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  1. The emissions rule is fairly clear, my 1985 Exmo is visual only, as is any kit first used before 1 August 1998. Here is the link MOT emission testing for kit cars (rhocar.org) Malcolm
  2. I write my reg on the ticket and take a photo of it in place just in case, but have never had a problem Malcolm
  3. I've just seen this on another forum. It was posted by an MOT tester... The upgrading of existing halogen headlamps with HID bulbs has been a MOT fail for a few years now. However upgrading with LED bulbs was OK. Not anymore! From 11/01/2021 the MOT rules have been updated to make the fitment of LED bulbs ( in existing halogen units) a fail. I attach the new rule for clarity. 4. Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment 4.1.4 Headlamps - Compliance with requirements - Changed sentence from 'Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with HID bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.' to 'Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with high intensity discharge (HID) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.'
  4. Sorry, should have signed properly... Malcolm
  5. is it at x=4 and y=3 which is where the two lines will cross? (think that the other graph goes from x=10, y=9 diagonally down to x=1, y=0)
  6. That's why I said that I'm a bit wary of doing it, but having had a seriously stuck plate in the past I now do use the stick but for intermittent periods. Malcolm
  7. I have a stick which is the right length to wedge between the seat base and the pedal to keep it depressed. Always a bit wary of leaving the pedal depressed for too long, but it does stop it sticking... Malcolm
  8. First thing I'd suggest is to get everything warm/hot. I have sometimes found that once warmed through the plate releases on it's own if you leave the clutch pedal depressed overnight. Could then try running in gear on axle stands with the pedal depressed and applying the brakes, but that didn't work for me. (even with a hot engine) I did have to get the vehicle towed along, clutch depressed but in gear, weight in the back, until it freed after about 100 yards. (after that episode I vowed never to let it happen again, and although it's never been so bad since, I have had to resort to 'First thing I'd suggest...') Good luck Malcolm
  9. I had the same problem when I needed to replace the Sierra master cylinder on my 1985 reg Exmo. They appeared not to exist. Similar Sierra ones were available but would have required re plumbing the brake lines to suit the configuration of the brake pipes. In the end I sourced a seal kit and replaced the seals and it's been OK since I'm not sure whether I can locate the details, but if I can I will let you know Hope you find a solution Malcolm
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    Think that we may be mixing two separate (but linked) exemptions. For road tax exemption it's 40 years. For MOT exemption it's also 40 years, but provided the car hasn't been substantially modified in the last 30 years. There is a specific reference to kit cars in the guidance. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/670431/vehicles-of-historical-interest-substantial-change-guidance.pdf Might be wrong but that's how I think it works..... Malcolm
  11. On our local planning authority pages there is an 'Interactive planning map' where you can enter a postcode or address and then tick individual boxes to show any current planning applications, old applications, green belt areas, tree preservation orders and lots of other things that I don't understand (S106 etc) Anyway if there is a similar map on the site of your planning authority it might help. (By the way I knew it was there but it took me a while to find it as the navigation isn't too clear) Malcolm
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    Bit more expensive to buy new, but these appear to be decent units https://www.t7design.co.uk/products/heating/heaters.html (bought one to replace the old smiths heater in my TR3) Malcolm
  13. "Kit cars and amateur built vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1998 are required to obtain either Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) or Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) and should be tested to the limits stated on the vehicles registration document (V5c). Where no limits are stated on the registration document, normal limits must be applied relative to the vehicles date of first use." I don't think that the regs apply to when the donor was first used but to when the kit was first used, otherwise the above quote from the full manual (section 8 ) would be meaningless,
  14. GDPR has been seen as a big problem in a lot of car clubs, but this example illustrates why it is so important. Although the file is now deleted, no one knows who might have accessed it and downloaded it, once it's been in the public domain the club loses complete control of the data. The link to the ICO page is very helpful and no doubt the committee will review the matter in accordance with the guidelines and decide urgently whether it needs to be reported. (Sorry, almost a duplicate of the post above...)
  15. Bob, Thanks for organising the raffle. It did indeed keep us interested and entertained (and thanks twice over because my prize arrived this morning!) Thanks again Malcolm
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