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Re: Melvin the Mev Mevster Discussion Thread

Postby 250buggys » Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:40 pm

Hi Alan

Thanks for keeping us posted.

A bit of remedial work to keep you busy this weekend then and back on the phone on Monday to book a re-test :)

Glad you got the transporter running, that was my biggest worry not getting there as it is non-refundable after 2 days before the test. So if you miss it, it gets even more expensive. When you are driving home around lunch time for that sort of money you kind of want to be there a bit longer than just the morning! :)

I was thinking about the windscreen, it is just a tick box they want to see the right E number etc, i wonder if you can print it on a clear label and attach it in the corner or something like that?

Sound like you have a plan for the wheel arch.

Emissions, does it use the CAT from the donor?

Brake pipe weep, like you say a flare or new copper washer should sort that.

Brakes are a funny one, when you say brake tester was that their rolling road that was out of action? I remember the speedo test takes quite a whie.

When I was adjusting the Freestyle brakes, I tried to make sure it was applied on in 3 clicks like and MOT where you often fail for too much/excessive travel. I found when it held nicely it would bind a bit when off and when loosened off you had to yank it right up! Drum brakes are not much fun. On the Zero everyone uses Sierra discs on the rear, far too heavy for me, I need to find some light weight callipers but will still work with the hand brake cable. On the front I have some Elise callipers with Mondeo V6 discs.

Good work, nice winter project. ;D

Out of interest what did it come in on at the weighbridge, I am hoping for near as dam it 500Kg...

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Re: Melvin the Mev Mevster Discussion Thread

Postby Danny » Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:57 pm

Thats pretty good though to be honest alan

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Re: Melvin the Mev Mevster Discussion Thread

Postby Phaeton » Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:08 pm

I know what you mean about the money, £450 started 8:15 finished 11:00 & there was plenty of talking & times of inactivity.

I thought about seeing about getting it etched on, but TBH it's not worth it, £93 delivered, just the hassle of getting the old one out & refitting, my own fault I made a presumption, rather than fully checking, if it hadn't of come with the kit I'd have bought new.

Emissions is a concern, but I'm hoping it's a simple fix, it's had new plugs, oil, brand new cat, it's starts in the button at 1400 rpm, then drops to 900 rpm which is right, but the engine has 2 engine temperature sensors, one for the gauge, the other for the ECU. as the fan is also controlled by the ECU & never kicked in (it used to) I'm wondering/hoping that when I last put the dash back in the sender wire is connected.

At Nottingham the speed test is on a set of unpowered rollers just as you go into the garage, but the brake powered rollers are as you leave at the other end. But they also have a 16% hill there which was the old way of testing lorries he just ran it up there to see if they would hold. It uses the MX5 rear callipers which are brand new, but they are pad on disc, they have a strange adjustment method, you undo this bolt, then turn a cog which pushes the piston out, but I think the issue is down to the slack in the cable, I thought I'd taken out as much as I could but clearly not. The difficulty is that the individual cables join a single & it's that one that's too long, I shortened it & used a couple of

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But I don't think they held?

Not sure on the weight, but it's not going to be anywhere near 500Kg, I reckon 750Kg+

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Re: Melvin the Mev Mevster Discussion Thread

Postby 250buggys » Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:35 pm

Hi Alan

I must confess I did spend a while on the drive way with the very same diagram before I committed to drilling the holes to mount the mudguards. He brought out his big life size template, gave me the nod and put it away with no issues.

Alistair raised a good point about getting the IVA testers email address so that you can send him some photos of your fixes and get some buy in, that way when you turn up for the re-test you know he had already signed off on it.

Chris

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Re: Melvin the Mev Mevster Discussion Thread

Postby Phaeton » Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:08 am

Chris, The last point is a new ruling that only came in Sept 2020, pretty sure it would have passed prior to that, as I made a life size template. I'll try for an email that's a good idea. He stated the tyre had to be covered for at least part of it down to the centre line, fact a 1" strip would be within the rules, but not in the spirit was what he said when I pointed it out.


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