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jacko

posted on 20/12/15 at 03:36 PM Reply With Quote
Locost Forum speed

Over all the years i have been a member of Locost i think this is the slowest i have ever see it for questions and answers,
It has the same questions on the front page for days unlike when i first joined in 2004
are others thinking the same ?
Jacko

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daniel mason

posted on 20/12/15 at 04:15 PM Reply With Quote
I'd imagine there's a lot less builders these days!
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blakep82

posted on 20/12/15 at 04:22 PM Reply With Quote
Every time I can't connect, like the site isn't available, I think its closed down..
Yeah, I think its slow for answers, but then also a lot of times you ask a question, stating a possible solution that you know won't work, then everyone suggests trying it, eg indicators flashing too quick, but there's no resistors in the circuit as you've got an electronic led relay, first suggestion, try an electronic relay, or fit resistors





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mark chandler

posted on 20/12/15 at 05:07 PM Reply With Quote
It's just a lot slower for responses, less questions being asked but then very few scratch builders these days I would say.
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monkeyarms

posted on 20/12/15 at 05:15 PM Reply With Quote
Or it could be that most questions have already been asked and so there is a whole weatlh of information, if you do a search first before posting a Q.

I found that to be the case on my build.

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907

posted on 20/12/15 at 06:24 PM Reply With Quote
It is indeed very slow this year.


Previous years Xmas avatars were posted up in November and loaded straight away.

Here we are with just five days to go and still they are yet to appear.


Paul G


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roadrunner

posted on 20/12/15 at 06:55 PM Reply With Quote
I've noticed this Graham since coming back on over the last month . I guess kit car building isn't as popular as it used to be;-(.

By the way how's things with you Jacko.

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smart51

posted on 20/12/15 at 07:04 PM Reply With Quote
I'm planning a new project in the new year. Given the prospect and cost of an IVA, I'm probably going to do a modification rather than a scratch build. Another kit would probably be more IVA friendly (you'd hope) but a bit out of my price range these days. If others feel the same way, that's perhaps why there are fewer people on here.
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mackei23b

posted on 20/12/15 at 07:05 PM Reply With Quote
Yes, seems slower to me to &#128530;
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David Jenkins

posted on 20/12/15 at 07:20 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 907
It is indeed very slow this year.


Previous years Xmas avatars were posted up in November and loaded straight away.

Here we are with just five days to go and still they are yet to appear.


Paul G





I don't know what you mean... mine's been there a while!





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40inches

posted on 20/12/15 at 07:51 PM Reply With Quote
Plenty of people lurking about, 200 guests and 30 members at the moment
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Ben_Copeland

posted on 20/12/15 at 08:37 PM Reply With Quote
Ditto.




quote:
Originally posted by David Jenkins
quote:
Originally posted by 907
It is indeed very slow this year.


Previous years Xmas avatars were posted up in November and loaded straight away.

Here we are with just five days to go and still they are yet to appear.


Paul G





I don't know what you mean... mine's been there a while!


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Neilwilson

posted on 20/12/15 at 08:38 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by monkeyarms
Or it could be that most questions have already been asked and so there is a whole weatlh of information, if you do a search first before posting a Q.

I found that to be the case on my build.




+1 Likewise, if I do have anything I get stuck with, I generally trawl for hours through previous threads to find someone has covered the topic comprehensively.

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coozer

posted on 20/12/15 at 08:45 PM Reply With Quote
I think its cause there's a canny few new members.

Or maybe cause peeps are not spending as much? I've not touched mine for nearly two years now, spending my cash on Lego train sets... Although I am gathering parts and eager to start the midi build.





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Neilwilson

posted on 20/12/15 at 09:16 PM Reply With Quote
I know that feeling Steve, mines sat untouched for a while now. Just simply can't find the time.
Maybe there is a market for a locost builder team who actively go round the country starting/finishing builds!

Suppose the fun comes from building yourself - to be honest I am sure I'd be having more fun now if it was finished.

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JacksAvon

posted on 20/12/15 at 10:43 PM Reply With Quote
If this team have nothing to do.... I have loads of jobs that need finishing





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LBMEFM

posted on 21/12/15 at 05:06 AM Reply With Quote
Same here, due to heavy work commitments I was away from the site for most of 2015, now things have slowed down and I have started to be interested in my car again I have revisited the site and I was amazed how very quiet it was.
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Neville Jones

posted on 21/12/15 at 10:49 AM Reply With Quote
I've been in the kit thing since 1990, and since then there has been a shift in peoples general attitudes.

They want it now, and don't want the hassle of having to actually make it from scratch.

It'd be interesting to get the figures on how many new full builds compared to kits, that the mfrs sell these days.

Also a lot of people find it less hassle to buy an older car and mod to their requirements. It's also much cheaper, and people don't seem to have the disposable income they once had.

Just a big indicator of changing times.

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r1_pete

posted on 21/12/15 at 11:00 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Neilwilson

Maybe there is a market for a locost builder team who actively go round the country starting/finishing builds!




I've wondered for a while if there would be any mileage in such a service, I'm on the brink of taking VR, and have seriously thought about a mobile chassis welding and wiring service.........

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theconrodkid

posted on 21/12/15 at 11:01 AM Reply With Quote
When i started on here in 2001 ,the "book" said you could build a car for 250,my first cost about 1000 and had a 1600 Xflow like most other people.
these days the build cost is many thousands with people putting bike engines ,V8,s and all manner of exotic iron under the bonnet.
when you add it all up,it is a lot easier to buy a ready made car for a lot less money,modify it to suit if you want.
i have sold all three of the cars i built and now have just as much fun without all the worry in my 500 MX5,add to that i now have a heater and a roof and can use him as a daily driver,cant do that in a 7 with no roof





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JeffHs

posted on 21/12/15 at 11:38 AM Reply With Quote
I seem to have a bit of a history. I had an old wooden sailing dinghy that I enjoyed but had more fun repairing than sailing. I bought 'the Book' and used it as the basis for my 2CV special that I drove a bit but never really finished. Then I spent 8 years building my Locost. It's been on the road for 6 years now and I struggle to find any enthusiasm for driving it. This year I built a wooden Canadian canoe from scratch. Wonder if I'll ever get it wet!
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02GF74

posted on 21/12/15 at 12:36 PM Reply With Quote
I commented on this a while back. It seemed to me there was a drop of building after IVA was introduced coupled with the recession (or mini recession if you prefer) which I still think were are in.

At the time I was completing for SVA in 2007, there were loads of MK Indy builds hence loads of posts, every other month there'd be a moan about GTS etc .... that kept the forum buzzing.





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David Jenkins

posted on 21/12/15 at 01:10 PM Reply With Quote
The weather has also been a major factor for me this year - occasionally we've had decent driving weather, but usually I have a list of household jobs that need doing "when the weather gets better". Since August we've had very few decent driving days, mostly because it's been raining, is threatening to rain, or has rained recently and the roads are covered in mud (my car's still filthy after the last time I took it out).

In the past I've enjoyed winter driving on those excellent cold-but-sunny days where the engine thrives on the cold air, but I've not seen any of those this year so far.





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Jon Ison

posted on 21/12/15 at 07:13 PM Reply With Quote
When the forum started there was plenty of "locost Builders" building from scratch, as the years have gone on I think far less people build from scratch and buy kits, it was a much smaller group than now with regular regional meetings and a fair few events when people on here traveled the length & breadth of the country to meet, everyone knew everyone.

As the forum as grown regulars have moved on, meetings faded away ect, shame but time stops for no man.

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jacko

posted on 22/12/15 at 07:17 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jon Ison
When the forum started there was plenty of "locost Builders" building from scratch, as the years have gone on I think far less people build from scratch and buy kits, it was a much smaller group than now with regular regional meetings and a fair few events when people on here traveled the length & breadth of the country to meet, everyone knew everyone.

As the forum as grown regulars have moved on, meetings faded away ect, shame but time stops for no man.


Jon
I think you have hit the nail on the head as the saying goes
Its a shame but as you say most of the biggish shows have gone ie Newark /Donnington ETC
Jacko

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