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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #285 on: 07.07. 2020 20:42 »
G'day Fellas.
Doing the final pack before the move to Lithgow on Friday. Can't wait to be reunited with the bikes.
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #286 on: 07.07. 2020 21:54 »
Good luck Musky, you deserve a bit!! *beer* *beer* *beer*
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #287 on: 15.07. 2020 15:23 »
We always had MOT exemption for cars that where registered as classic cars, but since the 1st of January all cars over 30 years old have to pass MOT every 5 years. (Under 30 it’s every 2 years)
Spent the last two days sorting out those little bits and bobs on the Morris and took her to her first MOT in more than 35 years this morning.
Scary moment but that little beauty passed with flying colours!
One happy bunny here!! *woo*
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #288 on: 15.07. 2020 18:56 »
Thing that worries me about MOT for older vehicles, is do the mechanics / testers actually understand or have knoeledge of what they're testing? Whenever I explain yesterday's technology (what actually happened at the time) to my son (30) he's amazed.
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #289 on: 15.07. 2020 19:11 »
Thing that worries me about MOT for older vehicles, is do the mechanics / testers actually understand or have knoeledge of what they're testing? Whenever I explain yesterday's technology (what actually happened at the time) to my son (30) he's amazed.
Indeed. After I restored my 1929 Austin Seven I took it to what I thought would be a sympathetic old style motor garage. The idiot tester started to tell me about all the modernisation I must do to get through the test. He wanted the brakes modified, (from unlinked open cable, rear brakes only on the pedal, front brakes operated by the handbrake). He wanted to see dipping headlights.
It's a wonder he didn't insist on seat belts and indicators. I was able to inform him that he was wrong and would he please go and check the rules. I got the certificate.

I think the lack of specialised knowledge and time taken in testing older vehicles may have been a key factor in the UK scrapping annual testing for older vehicles. It just was not profitable for the testing stations, especially as they were very unlikely to win any work from the tests.

We still must have roadworthy vehicles. The statutory test was no guarantee that the vehicle was safe for another year.
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« Reply #290 on: 15.07. 2020 19:30 »
One fella tried to tell me I had to have split pins through the brake lever/wheel spindles.  I said they weren't built like that and there was no hole to accommodate a pin either.  He then said the headlamp aim was off and took the headlamp off to 'correct' it but then got confused and couldn't put it on again.  I got the certificate, but never returned.  On the last MoT (old geezer with bikes himself), the 'tester' put the bike on a rolling road to check the brakes actually worked, checked the lights and tyres, had a chat for half and hour then wrote the cert out - all for £29.  So glad common sense prevailed and testing was stopped for our vehicles.
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #291 on: 15.07. 2020 19:34 »
Watching the tester try to start the Velocette was interesting. He first asked for the ignition key and then wondered which was the starter button. I explained how to start it (the mythical Velocette ritual) but he declined at that point...
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #292 on: 15.07. 2020 20:33 »
Unlike you guys we have dedicated MOT stations over here that do nothing but MOT.
The rules and regulations for regular or classic car MOT can be downloaded from their website and are extremely detailed so leave little or no room for discussion.
Must admit that purposely I went to a station near a big town where the testers are likely to have more experience with classic vehicles.
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #293 on: 15.07. 2020 21:10 »
We do have MoT only places here Morris, I take my cars to them every year.  Great blokes, very easy with the regs, but won't pass things that they shouldn't.  Got an advisory for a leaking fuel filter, told him I'd fix it - passed it.  He knows I look after my vehicles, and the only thing they've failed on in the last 10 years is a single occasion when the end of a suspension coil had broken and I'd missed it.

The good thing about these places is they don't have a vested interest in making money out of repairs, so are more likely to be honest than to hold you to ransom.  I once took a car to a main dealer who said the brake pads were wearing thin and the discs were rusty.  I knew this was horse s**t, so took it somewhere else - passed straightaway.
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #294 on: 15.07. 2020 22:41 »
I have done my mot man a favour this year, after 5 years of him saying the front suspension legs were leaking oil on the van I changed them last month *whistle* when I used to take the bike he would say "will the alarm go off if I touch it" *lol* *lol* it was me who asked to try it out on the brake machine just for interest, he's a biker and we spend an hour talking bikes and his latest tank spray jobs for mates, but one thing is for sure he won't fail the van on petty things like his gaffer wanted to, saying because it was a 1991 it should have a rear fog light, it fell off when my brother owned it before me and hasn't had it on since about 1998 *eek* some garages will be petty and fail them on an empty washer bottle others will change your blown bulbs for you *good3*
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #295 on: 16.07. 2020 10:20 »
Many years ago, I took my car in for its MoT.  Without knowing it, a brake light went on the way down and the tester offered to replace it.  Chuffed, I agreed, he replaced it and I reached for the change in my pocket.  Feeling chuffed soon turned to stifled rage when he announced it'd be £5 *angry* *angry* *angry* *angry* *razz* *razz* *razz* >:D >:D >:D

To make it worse, not only had I got loads of spares at home (time roving breaker's yards), there was a motor factors place right next door selling said item for £1 a pair. *evil* *evil* *evil* *problem* *problem* *angry* *angry* *fight* *fight*

Conversely, the MoT place I go to now, which is MoTs only, have a little store of common bulbs they replace free of charge if they have them in.  I was so impressed, I took a large part of my bulb stash to them as a way of saying thanks for the way they've treated me over the years.

One other thing, I do have a small number of old bulbs which may be of use to someone with an old car.  If you're interested, let me know and I'll post them out to you - no charge, of course.  Not sure how many work, but I'd rather see them used than binned.
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #296 on: 16.07. 2020 11:05 »
G'day fellas.
Pretty pleased with the progress of the shed. Built the bench, put up the shelving and built the bar out of the old kitchen cupboards from the house. Tomorrow sort out the tools into their respective box's.
Then it's time to order the essentials (no not beer, it's already in the bar fridge under the bench). Two bike lifts (HD capable), parts washer, blasting cabinet, drill press, 20 ton press and lathe.
Hope there's enough room left for the bikes!
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #297 on: 22.07. 2020 19:43 »
well I tried to run before I can walk. i wanted to jump on the kicker and see if I could set up the carb with the smaller pilot jet. it was not to be, as soon as I put my head forwards the grumbling erupted , the grumbling being the mouth without three of it's nashers on one side,  oh well things take time so I will be patient , I will have to be------ no like *bash* *problem*
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Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
« Reply #298 on: 23.07. 2020 10:38 »
Wife *ex*
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« Reply #299 on: 23.07. 2020 14:35 »
Impending visit by relatives so frantic redecorating :(
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