1st Aniversary of SVA pass

I can’t believe its been a year and 2300 miles already!

It’s been little turbulent in that time:

  • Shortly after SVA pass we lost a wing stay (oops)
  • During December a complete disaster with the lower wishbone.
  • While off the road we completely rebuild the engine enlarging the capacity to 2.8ltrs.
  • In March we finally got the new and improved parts to put the car back on the road, decided to get light weight Carbon fibre wings to avoid issues with the (albeit stronger wing stays).
  • From then on it was a pretty uneventful summer with regards to mechanical issues.
  • We visited a number of kit car and other cars shows which was great to finally have the car there rather than just looking at everyone else’s!
  • Recently it pass its first MOT with one issue to sort out (handbrake cable loose), no problems with emissions on the rebuilt engine which was great.

The car is fun to drive now that it’s had most of its teething issues sorted out (still one or two such as the clutch and pedal box assembly need strengthening)

To come in 2009 a paint job (I know I keep saying it but I mean it this time)


SVA Pass!

It passed SVA today, thanks again to Mark top bloke!  (couldn’t get a pic of us with car due to government regulations, never mind!)


Last few tweeks before SVA retest

With the belts repositioned the boot floor needed to be modified so they clear.

Smoother out the edges around the holes for the belts.

Belt holes all done and cleaned up

All done 🙂


Sportster through the looking glass



Nearly there (and oooopsy!)

Lets get the mundane stuff out the way first:

Edge trim now firmly attached to the bonnet and surround

Holes in the tub for the belts to clear

Edge radius on the fibreglass

More stronger clips added to the brake pipes. Zip ties replaced with P clips

Ok I’m officially an idiot. After spending many ours buggering about with a camber/caster gauge make lots of adjustments and getting nowhere. Also measured up my Coupe as a reference. The front wheels have always looked a bit off to me. Turns out I was right. The wish bones are correct left and right, but they 180 degrees up the wrong was. DOH!!! Flipped the wishbone over, now the car auto centres no problem at all!

Note to all builders – make sure the more curvy part of the wish bone is at the front as in these pictures!


More SVA fixes

Bracket made and installed for the brake compensator valve. Its now solidly bolted in place with a P clip. Also add an extra P clip to one of the brake lines.

Heat shielding installed for the brake servo and master cylinder

Rubber added to bonnet edges…

…. but ran out of rubber, doh!

Started on chopping the tub so the harness does not rub on the fibreglass

Started installing convex glass in the mirrors.


Steel Bar

Here’s a piccy of us at SVA:

A trip to Metal Supermarket in Southampton in the morning to get some steel tube, then a visit from TA member Black-Cat (Tom) in the afternoon. Huge thanks to Tom for bringing his TIG round to weld this bar in for us. He also brough his tube notcher which is an awesome bit of kit!

Tube notcher makes quick work of getting the angles and surfaces right for welding.

Tom welding the underside of the bar – not an easy place to fit in!

The resulting welds!

Bar ready for paint

And paint on the bar


SVA Fail

It failed. However it’s not that bad:

1) Seat back strength. As the seats have harness holes in an impact all of the force gets taken up by the back mounts and the seat back. I didn’t have evidence that the seat conformed to the M1 Directive 76/115/EEC. I spoke to Cobra after the test and they that they’ve never had an issue with Roadster 7’s and SVA, but the also don’t have any documentation to send me, they will call me back on Monday and see if the can sort something out.

Two solutions, get the paper work or weld in a bar higher than the harness holes between either side of the roll bar.

2) Mirrors. Due to the seat backs getting in the way (more than 10%) of the rear view the passenger side mirror becomes a requirement. You couldn’t see enough in that mirror. It requires convex glass. (and not just double sided taped on)

Two solutions, find some glass that goes in the existing mirror or replace the mirror.

3) Sheet metal edges on bonnet all round need rubber on them.  Would have done this there an then but I need to go back anyway so no point in rushing it.

4) Glass fibre edge under bonnet requires a radius of 1.5mm. Ditto above

5) Steering geometry – car didn’t self centre from full lock my fault for checking the properly. Need to get Camber, caster and toe in setting from Mark or Simon (not that I was able to get a conclusive answer before)

6) Heat shield brake master cylinder and servo – I put an ali sheet on there but consensus was that it would soak up more heat. Fix cover in heat shield, not problem got a box of that in the garage.

7) Brake valve compensator – I used zip ties to hole this up, needs a proper bracket.

8) Design weights were wrong on the form. Car is heaver at the back that expected – probably due to the exhaust. So need a letter from Marlin with new weights. The rear needed to be at least 563 (and the gross put up to cover this)

The collapsible of the steering column was a very close issue but they did pass it in the end after a lunch time chat with everyone else there and a study of the manual.

That was it so all in all not too bad, nothing that can’t be fixed. Thanks to Mark the tester at Southampton was nice a guy and very honest about everything all these issue are very fair points and I feel better about driving the car with them sorted!

Interior projections all passed, exterior projections all passed (had to sand down the rear reflectors a bit more, but that was it!)

Emission were still OK, exhaust was so close you wouldn’t believe. One pipe was 98.9 and the other was 100.7 with an average of 99.8db! 


SVA Date!

SVA man from Southampton called today – we’ve got a date! Next Friday 5th

Also booked an MOT for Tuesday afternoon to check emissions and have a pro look over the car!

Insurance is also sorted thanks to Adrian Flux



Small SVA related update. Got a letter from VOSA asking for proof that I built the car so I’ve photocopied lots of invoices and printed some pictures from the site to send to them! 



The SVA1 form went in the post today! Just need to make sure the car is ready for the SVA now! 😀