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Dave Pickett

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About Dave Pickett

  • Rank
    Newbie Builder
  • Birthday 06/10/1953

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  • Car type
    S111a
  • Full name
    Dave Pickett

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  • Website URL
    http://www.pickett30.freeserve.co.uk

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  • Location
    East Sussex
  • Interests
    Hoodin, Radio controlled cars, DIY etc
  1. Hi, see my earlier post about all or nothing brakes - no replies as yet! In the meantime I have disconnected the servo, and yes the car does still stop, but the extra shove you need to give the brakes comes as a surprise!! Having driven the car in the wet (would not even contemplate this with the servo connected!) I think without the servo is the way to go, just take the time to get used to the brakes - you can still lock the wheels, but there is much more feel, and overall this is a much better compromise. More details of my car on www.pickett30.freeserve.co.uk.....
  2. From my website www.pickett30.freeserve.co.uk in the sva section you can download a spreadsheet with Ford engine numbers/dates originally from Ford which may help...... (cannot upload as discussion site will not accept excel files!!) Good luck!
  3. Hi guys, we've been here before but without too much success! My S111a with servo brakes locks the wheels too easily, but without the servo does not stop at all! Current thinking is to use a Fiesta servo/master cylinder, as this should be more suited to the weight of the Hood. Has anyone tried this, or are there any other solutions? A bleed valve on the servo pipe might work, but have not seen anything suitable. What does everyone else do? is it stamp on the non servo brakes, or gingerly touch the servo assisted? As ever any help appreciated...
  4. Hi guys, my s111a just slots in with no clamp and passed the sva last July, and does not seem to leak either. Suggest you go for the sva expecting to fail then at least all you have to do is fix the things they find rather than what you think they might find..... I had all sorts of worries but ended up with just 6 minor problems solved in a day. Suggest noise is a bigger problem than this joint but mine registered 91 db, well inside the limit and is still very noisey on the road (great!!)
  5. Hi guys, my s111a just slots in with no clamp and passed the sva last July, and does not seem to leak either. Suggest you go for the sva expecting to fail then at least all you have to do is fix the things they find rather than what you think they might find..... I had all sorts of worries but ended up with just 6 minor problems solved in a day. Suggest noise is a bigger problem than this joint but mine registered 91 db, well inside the limit and is still very noisey on the road (great!!)
  6. Hi, My original plan was to go to Croydon, but after a discussion with a senior SVA engineer who gives kit car builders advice on the test he suggested "I didnt say this but you might get a better reception at Gillingham" My s111a went in last year and although it failed first time, the SVA guy (Dave Clarke of a car is born fame) was very fair, and I actually felt was concerned as much about safety (mine!) as the regs themselves. Dont know about Southampton but certainly Gillingham is OK by me and can be reached across country easily (avoiding motorways on that first nervous trip!!)
  7. I am looking at replacing the zimerides with gaz shock absorbers on my s111a prior to going up to 15" wheels. Has anyone else put these shock absorbers on and if so what difference do they make. Anyone know the part numbers (ie length of the the shocks open and closed?) Any help appreciated!!
  8. Has anyone tried fitting 15" wheels and 195/50 tyres on an S111a? I am looking at some new alloys and would like to go up a size if they will fit without problems. Before changing I am looking to change the shock absorbers, so the slightly harsher ride from the lower profile tyres should not have too much effect.
  9. Hey, why not just fit the Sierra wheel, sure its like driving a tugboat, but it gets you through and is free!!! Its what I used, and changed the wheel outside the SVA station after the (inevitable) re test!!!
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