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Stuart Walker

posted on 3/8/22 at 10:24 AM Reply With Quote
Passed!

Hello all,

Passed my IVA retest at Exeter yesterday.
Also drove 200 miles without any major problems (albeit with a few stops to cool down after sitting in queues on the A30)

My main fails last time were related to the tester not being able to get in the car. I solved these by moving the driver's seat back (i.e. welded new rails - it's not adjustable) and fitting a smaller wheel. This meant moving the dashboard around to make the instruments visible, and changing some stuff which is now outside the exempt area.

With that done we tested the speedo , emissions and noise (scraped through with 0.1dB to spare). Ironically we actually did this with me in the car not him, but he did drive to test the self-centering and mirrors.

The only thing that didn't go smoothly was the braking. Both axles individually good but the balance was out - I had only set it based on the front locking first. Byron is a top man and let me have a couple of tries. Much to the amusement of people having trailers tested I spent half an hour with my feet in the air and my head in the footwell adjusting and eventually trimming the end of the balance bar to make sure it didn't foul the pedal bracket.

In the end it all worked out well and I am delighted to have an approval certificate!


Thanks to everyone here who has put up with and answered my daft questions since 2002 (yes it's true, I've been building this car for more than half my life).

One final one ... From reading the DVLA guidance I didn't think I needed an MOT, as my understanding is that the car is "new" at the point of the IAC being issued so it won't need one for 3 years, but I'm not 100% sure... can anyone who did this recently confirm?

THANK YOU LOCOSTBUILDERS!

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Stuart Walker

posted on 3/8/22 at 10:35 AM Reply With Quote

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adithorp

posted on 3/8/22 at 11:21 AM Reply With Quote
Nice one!

Yes, you're correct; No MOT needed for 3yrs





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gremlin1234

posted on 3/8/22 at 12:20 PM Reply With Quote
Well Done

and good they let you correct the braking issues

quote:
Originally posted by adithorp
Nice one!

Yes, you're correct; No MOT needed for 3yrs
but you may have to tax it at a post office for years 2 & 3, since the online system has its quirks.

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nick205

posted on 3/8/22 at 12:52 PM Reply With Quote
FANTASTIC!

I still find it really good to hear when people pass.

Sounds like your examiner was a top chap giving you time and space to get the brakes adjusted (some don't).

That feeling when you get the pass is just sensational.

ENJOY

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HowardB

posted on 3/8/22 at 01:26 PM Reply With Quote
CONGRATULATIONS - intentional CAPS as it is worth shouting!!

Great news!





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Stuart Walker

posted on 3/8/22 at 02:06 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks guys, it is a great feeling! Yes, the examiner really was a top chap. Really knowledgable about Crossflows and old Ford stuff too, and very nice of him to help with the brakes. If I ever see him in an appropriate context I'll definately buy him a pint!

Thanks for confiming on the MOT, one less hurdle to getting that glorious Q plate in place. Just hoping I can get the unplastered walls and other long-promised jobs done while DVLA process my forms...

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Deckman001

posted on 3/8/22 at 04:08 PM Reply With Quote
Fantastic !! very well done matey, Yes you don't need an MOT for the next three years although the road tax may be a issue like mine as you won't be able to do it online as they don't hold the road tax information, so you just need to go into a post office for the renewal .

The registration costs aren't too bad, but the road tax is painful unless you are able to get them to not put PLG on the form as it gets you a £295 tax bill every year.
Am sure down in Cornwall you'll have plenty of years use and fun.


Just a sad note from me, engines are possible going to be peoples issues soon, Here In London we are about to get a daily tax of £12.50 for any engines from before 2005 even if you have only just registered your car. It's down to emissions and here we are going to be banned from living and having any fun soon.

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Deckman001

posted on 3/8/22 at 04:12 PM Reply With Quote
The DVLA were quite quick for my registrations, so you may be able to back date the tax to the first of this month and drive it before the end of the month, I was towards the end of a month when I get my registrations, so waited for the next full month.

Good luck though and enjoy, It take quite a few runs out to get used to the car, I've done about 2000 miles now and am still getting used to it each time while I get the car set up as best as I can.

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Stuart Walker

posted on 3/8/22 at 04:24 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks Deckman, can't wait to get out and drive it! Hopefully I will fill in my forms correctly and hear back soon...
Even managed to update my avatar too after all these years

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James

posted on 3/8/22 at 04:42 PM Reply With Quote
Congratulations!!!

Well done!





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wonderfulweasel

posted on 3/8/22 at 07:02 PM Reply With Quote
Excellent! Well done!

That’s a good long drive to get it to the test!

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gremlin1234

posted on 3/8/22 at 07:14 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stuart Walker
Thanks Deckman, can't wait to get out and drive it! Hopefully I will fill in my forms correctly and hear back soon...
Even managed to update my avatar too after all these years

take a copy of the iva certificate, they keep the original.

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ReMan

posted on 3/8/22 at 09:21 PM Reply With Quote
Well done an another finally gets there!
And yes don't let anyone insist on it needing MOT and keep copies of your certificate
Hope it gets through quick and you can enjoy some sun while it lasts





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Slater

posted on 3/8/22 at 09:28 PM Reply With Quote
Well done! Good feeling eh!!!





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christim

posted on 3/8/22 at 10:34 PM Reply With Quote
Congrats! Always good to see a pass, one more on the road





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GaryM

posted on 4/8/22 at 07:14 AM Reply With Quote
Congratulations!

…and you’ve still got half of the summer left to enjoy driving it!

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Edwardo

posted on 4/8/22 at 01:14 PM Reply With Quote
Congratulations on the pass! Car looks great - enjoy!
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Stuart Walker

posted on 5/8/22 at 07:44 AM Reply With Quote
Thanks everyone - copies of everything taken and a kilogram of paper on it's way to DVLA... Now to fix those little niggles I didn't get round to before the test!
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TimC

posted on 5/8/22 at 03:59 PM Reply With Quote
Nice work! Congrats.
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coyoteboy

posted on 8/8/22 at 08:40 AM Reply With Quote
Congrats!! Must be a wonderful feeling to be close to the end of a build!





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