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iank last won the day on June 8 2014

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    Zero GT, Zetec, AT Bodies, FM283 Type 9 box, now IVA'd and on the road.
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    Ian Kirkup

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  1. To be fair Pete all the things you mentioned you should be doing anyway, speed limits do change - its a fact of life. You could consider the advisory letter to be a reminder of that fact, the community speed watch may have intentionally setup the patrol purely for that reason - to formally remind people of the new limit. Personally I would prefer the advisory letter than the one with 3 points attached. I am also a fan of the speed cameras that seek to "embarrass" you into slowing down, they seem to be far more effective than a predominantly empty GATSO. However, I do agree with the comments about some of the apparent illogical changes in speed on any one road, although my puzzlement tends to be at how the faster section can be any safer than the slower section when they both seem to have the same level of hazards - or even worse the faster section seems to have more hazards.
  2. Got my rivetter from Machine Mart, also does riv nuts of various sizes. Makes life really easy, but you do also need a cheap and nasty rivet gun for those hard to reach places. https://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/laser-heavy-duty-nut-riveter-set?da=1&TC=SRC-rivet
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    Babys First Mot

    First MOT on the Zero today. Its like taking one of your kids to the doctor :-) Anyway passed without problem - and so it should. Ian
  4. Mine are fixed with velcro.
  5. Looking at the web site its been both moved and renamed. The website includes a new location link showing as relocating to Allerton Park. http://www.pickeringsteam.com/ Ian
  6. Nelmo, I'd suggest you get several 3.3mm drill bits. I bought mine in boxes of 10 from a local engineering suppliers. Only HSS, but also only £5 a box.
  7. Happy Birthday Dan - Have a good one!
  8. Cant say I noticed any more noise than normal when i was sitting in a 20 minute queue to get into a car park yesterday in the blazing sun. My high pressure pump is mounted in the engine bay the other side of the drivers footwell. The only thing that was abnormal was me, being slowly roasted.
  9. Correct me if I'm wrong Peter but you are referring to the Eurotunnel Advanced Passenger Information. This is the UK government collecting information on who is leaving the country, Eurotunnel have decided to do it this way, the airlines have always done it, the ferries since 1998. Nothing to do with Europe , its the UK government collecting the same information it used to collect until it just couldn't be bothered any more back in the mid 90's.
  10. Peter, Pre-register with who?
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    Engines 101

    If its any help I've attached a couple of pics I took when I unpacked my Zetec crate engine. As already mentioned you get an engine. You don't get all the things you need to make it go, as has already been detailed.
  12. Nelmo, All the things you are thinking of now are all the thing you MUST think about with a Zero. The Zero doesn't have a lot of ground clearance so you don't want parts of your drive train hanging low - or your first encounter with an oversize speed bump will be messy. Re the comments about cutting the bell housing. I have a Type 9 gearbox (lots of better ratios available compared to MT 75 - if you want to pay for them) and an aluminium bell housing from SPC Components. This is a perfect fit with the Raceline sump so no hacking bits off the bottom and its nice and light. Its worth noting that you will have to cut the bellhousing around the starter motor to clear the chassis rails - much easier to do with aluminium.
  13. I can also +1 First Motion. I got one of their FM283 gearboxes which took about 3 weeks for them to make up. I had a good chat with them beforehand about the most appropriate ratios and type of box for what I wanted to use it for. I found them really helpful.
  14. The other aspect to think about is how effective your demisters will be . I seem to remember they had to clear at a given rate.
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