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  1. I think the old tax categories were split at 1600cc weren't they? Prior to them being emissions based... <heads off to look>

    https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables/rates-for-cars-and-light-goods-vehicles-registered-before-1-march-2001

    Assuming it's pre-2001, the cut-off is 1549cc and since the 1600 pinto was actually 1593cc you're buggered anyway, so you'd be paying the higher rate now of £295.... right? So going up to 2000 makes sod all difference as far as the DVLA are concerned.

    So if you're currently paying £180 then yeah, something to worry about, but I'm guessing that's not the case.

    Some evidencing of Pinto engines here (but I'm sure you've seen it) :

    https://www.pegasusautoracing.com/document.asp?DocID=TECH00149

     

  2. On 7/9/2022 at 7:44 AM, Jonty Wild said:

    What would worry me is if you tell them it has changed and they ask questions and want documentation what might be the implications if you don't supply it?

    I would think they refuse to issue the V5 and ask for a vehicle inspection. But in this circumstance, I'd just bail out and say "forget it, I'll put the old engine back in" and do exactly that, reverting it to the as-is V5 records.

  3. Not sure if there will be any interest but just on the off-chance anyone is interested in doing a high-end electrical build... I'm contemplating sale of my MoTeC PDM15 power delivery module. 8x 20A outputs and 7x 8A outputs (continuous), 16 digital/analogue inputs, CAN bus, only 260 grams. All outputs have over-current, short circuit and thermal overload protection on them. A wealth of completely customised functions and logic operations, you can program this thing to do pretty much anything you want - simple stuff like switching your cooling fan on/off under certain conditions such as engine temperature, road speed, engine speed, etc. or intermittent wiper speeds based on road speed, fog light logic, run-on water coolant pumps, immobiliser-style functions... the limit is your imagination really! No more fuses and relays - all solid state, resets any circuits automatically if you want it to, or can re-try circuits a number of times before giving up.

    Now I appreciate it's a bit high-end for the average kit car build so sit down before I tell you the price but... well, these are £1400 new and I can tell you thanks to international chip shortages you'll be waiting a very considerable time to get one... :( otherwise I'll keep it and might put it in the Zero one day! Happy to help with configuration/explanation if anyone is interested but scared on how to do it ;) .

    £900 ono

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  4. Thanks to everyone in the club, particularly the committee/organising team and all those responsible for the club facilities this weekend... and the hog roast of course 🤩👌

    Was a bit of a flying visit for me this year, late getting there and needing to leave early today, but it was great to catch up with some of you... I know Stoneleigh has been shrinking year on year but I thought it was a good turnout weather considered, and also the "bringing together" of all the club pitches a bit more central seemed to work, if only that I didn't seem to be walking so bloody far to get round everything :)

     

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  5. I suppose one slightly justifying argument for buying a 'ringer' would be if you were going to strip it of it's identity to turn it into a race car, or some sort of track car where the rules didn't require it to be road legal. That doesn't necessarily negate the arguments about it being built shoddily, or illegally from stolen parts/etc, but is one path that might make sense to someone looking to have a track-day toy that's trailered to events. A rather niche case though, I think. Great write-up.

  6. While we're being highly scientific ;) remember the top mounts on the Exmo are not appropriate as supplied by the factory - the bearings were completely the wrong type and unsuitable for taking any sort of momential or axial load, so if you're adjusting the camber of the wheel by pushing the strut out you're going to be increasing that angle that the strut enters into the top bearing/buttress away from the 'ideal' 90 degrees. So I guess just bear in mind the load and stresses on that will be a little worse - but to be fair the life expectancy of Exmo top mounts was never great anyway :)

    Or swap them for a proper spherical bearing of course ;) but then you have issues with the platform height probably changing/etc. Gawd nothing is ever easy is it :)

  7. Good point - swapping a chassis like-for-like is not so much a problem so the chassis would be useful to an existing owner who maybe had a catastrophic failure and needed to fix it, but... the reality, to me, would be wondering if anyone is really that much in love with their Exmo that they'd rebuild it like-for-like rather than just doing what I did and swap it into a newer chassis like the Zero or 2B.

    Sparepart's also right, there are a few parts on the Exmo that people will definitely be interested in for maintaining their current model... front dampers/inserts being a common one that's hard to get hold of, screen supports rust, bracketry and suspension mounting plates, etc.

    What Sierra is it? Key bits that will shift off it IMHO are :

    - Front & Rear hub assemblies (inc brakes)
    - Rear diff & shafts
    - Steering column, stalks, plastic cowling
    - Engine (depending on type)
    - Gearbox

     

    The rest you can probably weigh in, unless there is some person out there looking for a Sierra to fix their aging Sierra :)

  8. I'm kind of with Rich on this one, and if you'll excuse me being brutally honest... I only say this as an ex-Exmo owner... but I can't see the Exmo being a very desirable project these days. The Sierra will probably shift easy. I'd put the chassis/kit up on an auction site and just see what it goes for, otherwise just go and weigh it in at the local scrappy. You might get some interest in the Exmo parts as spares on here - wings will probably sell to an existing owner for example.

  9. mitch, if you want to do a remote desktop style thing where we meet on google hangouts/meet I can show you. PM me if you like.

    edit: one thing you'll need to know is where you're applying this change. Which load sites. Did he just adjust fuelling at one cell (unlikely), one or a few speed sites (most likely, did he do 2000-3000 rpm maybe), or everything. Upping fuel 3 clicks is no problem but it's where you want to do it. If it's just for emissions at MOT then I have a good idea ;)

  10. 10 hours ago, Martin Kol said:

    ..does anyone have any thoughts about handing over money and then the walking off without the car, pending a later collection , conundrum?

    I mean if, for some reason, you absolutely had to do this over just a deposit, I would at least get a signed receipt with suitable wording explaining what had been paid for, and maybe even use a mobile phone to video the transaction between yourself and the seller, just for safety. But really - why would anyone not take a deposit, just to secure the car and show your intention to buy it was genuine, and then release the car on final payment at a later date?

  11. Echo what sparepart says. I studied Physics to A-Level but had always had an interest in all things electrical, particularly circuitry, right back to a child. About 8 years ago I set about with the daunting idea of creating my own electronics product, watched lots of EVBlog on Youtube, read lots of guides and forum posts from knowledgeable people in their field and managed to design and get fabricated my very own piece of electronics, put it through CE/FCC approval and everything - but it took a good 3 years of my life away from me! So all I'm trying to say is, anything is possible if you have the willing and the commitment to learn, try, make mistakes, learn from them, try again, etc... ;) thankfully basic car electrics is relatively straightforward, particularly with our cars that don't tend to have much by way of complicated systems (other than maybe the engine management)...

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