Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:15 pm

Danny wrote:So did you repaint the chassis before the iva?

Thought it was bright yellow?


Danny you are right, the yellow faded on top of the frame and I wanted it looking tidy for the IVA. It was probably down to UV.

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:38 pm

Sorted the under side of the instrument panel, now meets the minimum radius requirement of 19mm.

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Steering wheel back on, fitted on the new collapsible boss.

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Re: RE: Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby Danny » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:22 pm

250buggys wrote:
Danny wrote:So did you repaint the chassis before the iva?

Thought it was bright yellow?


Danny you are right, the yellow faded on top of the frame and I wanted it looking tidy for the IVA. It was probably down to UV.
Ah I see... thought I was going mad at first :-)

Glad you are getting there with it :-)

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Re: RE: Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:42 pm

Danny wrote:
250buggys wrote:
Danny wrote:So did you repaint the chassis before the iva?

Thought it was bright yellow?


Danny you are right, the yellow faded on top of the frame and I wanted it looking tidy for the IVA. It was probably down to UV.
Ah I see... thought I was going mad at first :-)

Glad you are getting there with it :-)

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Thanks Danny, soon be on the road... :D

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby Danny » Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:14 am

yup stoneleigh is not too far away now :D

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Wed May 01, 2019 6:10 pm

Got my IAC today (individual approval certificate) which is a right result and now it means I can fit these.

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A nice pair of LED headlights, I couldn't fit them pre IVA as the manual states you need to have auto level lights if you have LED or zenon projector lights and also a washer which I have both on the focus ST and that looks like hard work...

The re-test went well and the sun was shining.

Another hurdle jumped through and now I can apply for registration, hope I get my age related plate.

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby ChaosMS » Wed May 01, 2019 7:26 pm

Well done mate excellent news!! Another buggy on the road!!

And I love those lights where did you get them?

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Wed May 01, 2019 8:05 pm

Thanks Rich, all the hard work finally paid off.

The IVA examiner mentioned that once you send the certificate off for registration you won't ever see it again and sometimes our favourite government agency are known to loose them in the system so I will make sure I take a copy, if only for memorabilia.

I was looking at LED lights as I was never that happy with the halogen reflectors. I was surprised that I managed to get them pretty much spot on from lining my daily driver up with the garage door and then replicating the beam pattern on the buggy but not very good at lighting up the road.

Most of the LED lights on ebay are for the 7 inch holders but with a bit of messaging I found someone who had the 5 inch version. Not sure they will pass the MOT without auto level or washer and may have to put the halogens back in but I won't have to worry about that for 3 years as I didn't bother with an MOT on the chassis number and took the gamble and went straight for IVA.

I got them from this seller, just send him a msg as he has loads of stock.

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby Danny » Wed May 01, 2019 11:55 pm

nice work :D well done

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Thu May 02, 2019 7:55 am

Danny wrote:nice work :D well done


Cheers Danny, :)

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:11 pm

I got my registration docs in the post today so went and got some plates made up.

The DVLA bounced my application back a couple of times, things have changed since I registered my last build back in 2009. That was at a local office and they insisted I insured it on the frame number as part of the application.

Well another freestyle on the road all properly registered.

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Well it will be on Sunday 01st, I figured there might be a delay and I would loose a month in tax so I went for the 01 Sept as the start date and it worked out about right.

Might well be the last Freestyle to be registered as there aren't many projects on the go at the mo.

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:37 pm

I have always had issues starting my buggy, not on a cold start but when re-starting. It usually starts 1st turn but once the engine is warmed up it really has difficulties re-starting like the battery is flat.

At first I didn't think it was the battery and more like a Volt drop somewhere in the wiring. I replaced all the wiring with 25mm2 from the battery to the starter and still the same so I swapped out the starter but still the same.

It was a bit of a strange fault but I then tried a 12V battery of my dirty diesel and that seems to have cured the fault on warm start. Very strange fault probably something to do with the compression?

The ride on lawnmower battery had loads of cold crank amps and fitted the bracket nicely but I have now chopped it.

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:17 pm

I was never very happy with the shepherds crook that came with the kit, with a lot of messing about I could get all the gears, it was reverse that took a bit of time to find dialing in the linkage.

The original linkage was a 180 degree bend piece of bar welded to a piece of tube bent at an angle welded to some bar then another piece of tube bolted to the gear selector. This made for very sloppy and un-efficient gear changes, so I had a measure up and came up with a new design

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With this setup ill hopefully be able to make it work a bit better, I will cut a left hand thread and put a bottle screw so I can adjust it and instead of the wobbly roll pin on the gear box end I will JB weld the linkage in situ and when I have it just right will then weld it up for a more solid gear change.

Alan was 100% correct with the recommendation of a high torque starter motor to cure my starting issues.

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Fitted a Powerlite RAC468 high torque starter motor and that spins over much faster and fires up straight away but still rated at 1KW.

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:25 pm

I had to remove both seats to remove the lower fire wall panel to tighten up the bolts as it has a silly self enclosed captive bolt and requires very limited access to fit this.

In there somewhere...

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Found this,

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Called Tesa tape, going to use this on my wiring loom to make it look pro...

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Re: Got a Freestyle Buggy at last!

Postby 250buggys » Sat May 16, 2020 2:30 pm

Made a wind shield for the buggy out of some 3mm perspex, see though but heavy black tint.

Most people usually mount this to the frame but Danny's aproach of mounting it to the fibreglass looked like the best idea. It adopts the curve and looks like a riot shield...

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Should make a good addition to the buggy.


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