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Stuart Walker

posted on 29/12/18 at 03:47 PM Reply With Quote
Reunited!

Hello all,

It's nice to be back! I started my Locost at my parents' house in 2002... Since then I've been away for University and work, and they moved so it's been living in a shipping container for about the last 6 years. Anyway, I finally got a house with a garage a few years ago and have now managed to clear out enough other projects to fit it in, so yesterday my car and I were reunited! What a Christmas present!

It's actually in much better shape than I remembered. I got to the stage of taking it for an SVA "to find out what needs doing", but to be honest it was nowhere near, and I was so tired in the test that I fell asleep in the car on top of the ramps!

It was originally a racing project so has a chassis from the original book, Ford running gear and a lightened 1300 Crossflow with Dellortos and original 4 speed box. The mice have had a go at the seats and dashboard but I am still slightly shocked at the half-decent job my younger self seems to have made of it!

Obviously the rules have changed since 2002 so I'm still getting up to speed with the IVA. My reading so far suggests that bolt covers and no sharp edges are still as important as ever, but I'm a bit concerned about the fuel tank safety issue - is there an agreed resolution to this or is it just the case that welded Aluminium tanks in the back aren't the way to go any more? I'm also slightly worried about the 100s of build photos and receipts submitted by builders, I might need to take it apart and take photos as I put it back together...

If anyone has put their photos online I'd love to have a look, particularly if anyone has any test day photos?

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello really, I'm sure I will have hundreds of questions as I get back into the project, but I can't wait!

Cheers,
Stu

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gremlin1234

posted on 29/12/18 at 05:23 PM Reply With Quote
welcome back!

iva has a few extra items over sva
some to start with include

reverse, and reversing light
rear fog
screen demisting
and no hydraulic brake bias adjuster

one of the reasons for photos is to prove its an amateur build, they can also be useful so a tester can see what has been done without having to remove trim, but certainly take many photos now!

also if you show some of these photos on here I am sure you will get 'constructive criticism' and pointers for getting it though the tests

[Edited on 29/12/18 by gremlin1234]

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Stuart Walker

posted on 29/12/18 at 06:53 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks, and thanks for the photo tip. I'll certainly be taking loads now!
I saw that about the brake adjuster, is welding the adjuster up so it can't be adjusted still an acceptable solution?
I also assume by not having a front or rear screen I avoid the demister requirement, and luckily have the original gearbox so reverse no problem. Reversing light added to the list though, thanks

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gremlin1234

posted on 29/12/18 at 08:57 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stuart Walker I also assume by not having a front or rear screen I avoid the demister requirement,

yep no demister, washers or wipers required

additionally; another to add to the list is head rests on the seats

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Stuart Walker

posted on 29/12/18 at 09:04 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks again.

Trying to add a photo...
(wondering if I need headrests with the seats if they are tall ones like these)

PS. My wife used to work for Brake and I remember her saying the the word headrests was a no-no. I think it was supposed to be "restraints", but then again they were all quite mad so not necessarily to be trusted!

[Edited on 29/12/18 by Stuart Walker]

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gremlin1234

posted on 29/12/18 at 09:57 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stuart Walker
Trying to add a photo...

photo upload to this site doesn't work at the moment (gives sql errors) host them somewhere and give a link ;-)

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gremlin1234

posted on 29/12/18 at 10:29 PM Reply With Quote
another change, is the requirement for a vin, (vehicle identification number) and separate manufacturers plate
so you may need to ask K&R (kits and rebuilds) at dvsa to issue a vin

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harmchar

posted on 30/12/18 at 07:40 PM Reply With Quote
What's this about no welded aluminium tanks. I have ally tank and was thinking IVA in late spring/summer.
Is there an issue with getting ally tanks approved now that I have not heard about???

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gremlin1234

posted on 30/12/18 at 07:54 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by harmchar
What's this about no welded aluminium tanks. I have ally tank and was thinking IVA in late spring/summer.
Is there an issue with getting ally tanks approved now that I have not heard about???

most of the difficult bits for fuel tanks are for 'gaseous fuel' - ie lpg. there are some also for hydrogen.
but for petrol/ diesel I believe ali and steel tanks are fine (but have to be earthed!) and plastic are permitted so long as it comes from a road car, or else certified.
don't forget the hoses all have to be suitable for modern fuels.

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Stuart Walker

posted on 31/12/18 at 01:23 PM Reply With Quote
I was referring to the location rather than the tank, sorry for the confusion! I read somewhere that there is an IVA requirement for the tank to be located in a safe area where a rear impact would not damage it, so perhaps the fibreglass rear panel would not be enough to protect it. Anyway, I will need to look at this for my project but I'm sure you're sorted harmchar!
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Stuart Walker

posted on 31/12/18 at 02:04 PM Reply With Quote
Hopefully some photos! Any particular IVA issue highlights gratefully received

P105045 3 by Stuart Walker, on Flickr

P1050458[ /url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishisleschallenge/]Stuart Walker, on Flickr

P105046 1 by Stuart Walker, on Flickr

P1050466[ /url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishisleschallenge/]Stuart Walker, on Flickr

P105046 8 by Stuart Walker, on Flickr

[Edited on 31/12/18 by Stuart Walker]

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Mr Whippy

posted on 31/12/18 at 07:02 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stuart Walker
I was referring to the location rather than the tank, sorry for the confusion! I read somewhere that there is an IVA requirement for the tank to be located in a safe area where a rear impact would not damage it, so perhaps the fibreglass rear panel would not be enough to protect it. Anyway, I will need to look at this for my project but I'm sure you're sorted harmchar!


what happens when you put the fuel tank behind the rear axle...

linky

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Stuart Walker

posted on 2/1/19 at 10:46 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks, I've always wondered what a Pinto actually looks like!
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