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#241 minihobbymini

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 12:56 PM

I'm doing the pedals at the moment , (moved slightly due to different steering column)
 
I want to put steel 4mm checker plate , as a pedal surface & a bit bigger , wide plug welded to original pedal 4 or 6  places - just the clutch & brake
 
as the rubbers fall off even if glued with contact glue - always did on every mini I have had !
 
also I wear steel toe cap boots a lot , so bigger pedals will be easier to drive
 
the throttle will stay the same , and is over to the right & lower - away from brake (don't want to hit throttle when braking)
 
the checker plate is very non slip
 
will this pass an BIVA - or what ever it is called this week

I can't see this as an issue but it's down to the discretion of the inspector on the day. All of my first IVA inspections have been fails. Passed on the second after following guidance from that exact inspector.

All the best with your test

Edited by minihobbymini, 04 October 2016 - 01:41 PM.


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 01:17 PM

thanks for the quick reply



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Posted 01 November 2016 - 01:41 PM

You can answer that yourself by carefully reading the IVA testers manual. But you have many more things than these few items to worry about.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 05:45 AM

I'm really surprised that no one has updated this thread with the newys on the VHI draft papers for modified cars (in relation to the MOT not being a requirement for standard 40 year old cars, or those done pre 1988 with proof).

https://www.gov.uk/g...storic-interest

Edited by mk1coopers, 17 October 2017 - 05:47 AM.


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Posted 27 December 2017 - 11:11 AM

Her are the final results of the criteria for 'substantially changed', remember the rules for registration (or radically altered builds) for a vehicle are unchanged, this is only for MOT exemption. I think it's not a bad result as previously putting a 998 in a 850 would have taken you out of the exemption, now (within reason) you should be able to lightly modify a car and still exempt, or you can continue to test voluntarily

https://www.gov.uk/g...ge-guidance.pdf

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 06:13 PM

The part of the above rules regarding type of suspention doesn't bode well for all those coil spring conversions does it?



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Posted 27 December 2017 - 08:18 PM

If the suspension has been altered then an mot test is a wise yearly option anyway, Personally I wouldn’t skip an mot test... exempt or not.

I wonder if insurance companies will Persue a “discount” policy for classics that have an mot? I can certainly see an increased premium on those that don’t in one way or another

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 04:36 PM

The trouble with insurance company's offering a discount is that the amount would have to be greater than the cost of the test for (some) people to consider it worthwhile spending out on an MOT

Edited by mk1coopers, 28 December 2017 - 04:37 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 04:58 PM

The trouble with insurance company's offering a discount is that the amount would have to be greater than the cost of the test for (some) people to consider it worthwhile spending out on an MOT

Obviously, it’s a personal decision, all I know is if I had an accident and there was a question on fault I'd want every helpful element I could lay my hands on. If I had a car that didn't need an MOT I wouldn't want the roadworthiness questioned because I hadn't had it done. I'd want to show I'd taken all the steps I could to drive a well looked after vehicle with a current MOT to back up my case.



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 05:23 PM

The trouble with insurance company's offering a discount is that the amount would have to be greater than the cost of the test for (some) people to consider it worthwhile spending out on an MOT

Obviously, it’s a personal decision, all I know is if I had an accident and there was a question on fault I'd want every helpful element I could lay my hands on. If I had a car that didn't need an MOT I wouldn't want the roadworthiness questioned because I hadn't had it done. I'd want to show I'd taken all the steps I could to drive a well looked after vehicle with a current MOT to back up my case.

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