I should do one also, the number of PMs I get about what I've done to make my car work on Nutz is riduclous, in fact I could paste all my response to PMs and that would probably be build thread done LOL
So, a quick review of the test day last Sunday at Gurston:
I arrived with too much fuel in the tank (1/2) so was carrying roughly 10kg too much but it was a practice day so no big disaster. Scruteneering went well with no issues & was able to help out a couple of guys get thru theirs. Was trialing my new HANS & to be honest it was nowhere near as uncomfortable as people say.
So down to the runs- as per normal all my starts were rubbish. I just cannot get it right & it’s so frustrating!!! I had it cracked in the TVR & Mk1 but have yet to master the technique in the SC Mk2.5. The start at Gurston is crucial to getting decent speed through the 1st speed trap & getting the car set up for the long fast left to karusel. Thanks to watching apextwins video, I was able to carry a lot more speed by late changing down for the 2nd apex. Through the twisty bits the new suspension worked well with the rain sports, proved on the time sheet beating some quite exotic machinery in the humble MX5 (both apextwin & I were quicker than a 911 GT3 Cup racer thru the bends). Then through the slippery left at ashes followed by a flat out uphill sprint to the line.
Time wise, previously had done a 41.9 in the MK1 so was hoping to improve on that with an extra 45hp & managed to get a 1.7 sec improvement.
Ah yes, the "how much do i put in the tank on the way there" conundrum! Good to hear the karusel technique is working for you... you'd think it would feel rushed to snatch 2nd there, but it actually seems to give you more time than attempting to fit it in the 'braking zone'. Sure the time will tumble once the track improves later in the year!
Fitted the Supermiata coolant reroute. Had to do a bit of jiggery-pokery with various pipes & the EGR is a pain in the rear canoe but it’s all done now. Also replaced the heater pipes & did the ride height AGAIN. images.mighty5s.com/gallery/1fskkm9tqk.jpg
wannabe: What's the punishment for a lapsed MOT nowadays? Diary commitments and the need to still put it back together suggest missing my MOT date but needing it before I can get one sorted...
Jul 2, 2019 21:41:31 GMT
Zed.: used to be a ~£30 fine BUT I believe its income related....... (or it was 9 years ago when I got done )
Jul 2, 2019 23:46:11 GMT
Crumpets: "Standard cost" is £54.85 - (That's the highest VOSA will allow a garage to charge for a standard car test) most garages usually do it for £30-£50 to be competitive.
Jul 3, 2019 7:05:46 GMT
JamesMk3: Issue with no MOT these days is as soon as the test elapses, insurance won't cover you. If the old bill catch you, it's 6 points and £300 FPN, or court, which can be anything up to a ban and unlimited fine.
Jul 3, 2019 15:58:45 GMT
wannabe: Is that actually true?? What happens if you're driving to an MOT without a current MOT, which the law permits you to do?
Jul 3, 2019 21:28:13 GMT
Crumpets: You’re only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired if you’ve booked an MOT and are driving to the test centre. If you’re stopped by the police on the way, you’ll have to be able to prove that you have an appointment.
Jul 4, 2019 7:51:01 GMT
Crumpets: If your car fails its MOT, you can only drive it if the previous year’s MOT is still valid (i.e. the test took place on a date earlier than last year’s). If your vehicle is deemed ‘un-roadworthy’ the above doesn’t apply and you can’t drive it on the
Jul 4, 2019 7:51:58 GMT
Crumpets: By 'Un-roadyworthy' - I mean if it has failed its MOT on a "Dangerous" defect as per the changes applied on the 20th May 2018. Sorry to spam the chat, just a little difficult to explain in 256 letters haha.
Jul 4, 2019 7:55:23 GMT
wannabe: Info is always welcome I thought that a Fail is a Fail is a Fail now - so you lose the ability to drive on the previous MOT in all circumstances?? It also is not clear if your insurance is invalid without an MOT?? I thought it was valid!
Jul 4, 2019 10:17:58 GMT
FFS Corders: Ask your insurer about that, they will be able to give a definite answer over if they'd pay out or not. The fact you need insurance to take it to an MOT and not tax should be a good indicator
Jul 4, 2019 12:39:38 GMT
Crumpets: Alarm keeps going off in the night - Getting annoying now & I wasn't popular at 4.30AM. Gurrrrr
Jul 6, 2019 7:52:12 GMT
wannabe: This is why I think alarms are a bit of a waste of time nowadays - everyone ignores them, gets annoyed by them, and thieves will take the car if they want it anyway... lol May I suggest a steering wheel lock?
Jul 6, 2019 11:49:04 GMT
Zed.: ~20 + years ago, I used to remove the battery, gearstick & steering wheel from my 2L ford engined Chevette (was living in a dodgy area of Swansea)
Jul 6, 2019 15:27:16 GMT
FFS Corders: Gearstick is a new one for me lol
Jul 6, 2019 16:10:20 GMT
Crumpets: Battery is good, I've jkust installed a battery isolator to stop it, only does it once ever so often - Might remove it down the line and keep it for the central locking aspect.
Jul 7, 2019 13:27:22 GMT
FFS Corders: Yaay MOT passed. Now got a few niggles to fix soonish
Jul 9, 2019 16:11:17 GMT
Zed.: niggles? is that a word for friendly advisories? always a feel-good moment when you have that pass paper in your hand, 12 months to worry about fixin the next problems
Jul 9, 2019 20:44:03 GMT
FFS Corders: Only one of those was tempermental hazards. The others are genuine niggles such as a couple of tired hoses and calipers that are on the way out. Getting a proper MOT means I find out what to prioritise
Jul 9, 2019 20:52:53 GMT