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Members Buggies / Re: Predator Beach Buggy Build
« Last Post by LUDICRUZ on April 20, 2018, 11:56:05 PM »
Next on the agenda was to create a frame that I could bolt to the chassis and it would give additional support to the rear of the tub, at the same time I could bolt it to the rear section of the roll cage.

Using 20mm x 40mm Steel tubing I fabricated the following, framework, painted in the same finish as the chassis.
Apologies the frame is upside down, I was in the middle of spraying coats when I took the picture.

The large rectangular 6mm plates are fixed to the rollcage rear support arm plates via 3 bolts on each side

You can see from the below image the rollcage arms have plates too where the bolts are attached.
You can also just about see two of the five bolts that support the rear seat area to the frame.

On the chassis side, the frame is bolted to the rear shock arms, just half way down.

I also needed a method to support 3 point harness seatbelts for each seat.
To support the belts coming from either side of the seat wasn’t too hard to figure out.
The rear hoop part of the rollcage mount’s straight onto the box section chassis, so instead of a standard nut and bolt I have run a 3” eye bolt and nut. This would be the mount on the outer sides of the seats.

On the inner side I couldn’t use the central tunnel as a mount point due to lack of space so I fabricated another frame to match the shape of the tub

The frame bolts on to the chassis just behind the spring plates.

Two 2” eye bolts feed through from just above the rear part of the tunnel through the body and bolt directly onto the angle plate.

The tricky part now was, how and where do I connect the third seat belt mount that runs backwards through the top of the seats.
Then an idea came to mind….

When mike fabricated the roll cage for me, I had asked him to make me the rear mounts removable so I could slide them in and out of the rear arms.
The reason for this was so that, It would allow me to fit the rear part of the seat into the roll cage and be able to remove the seat by sliding the rear mounts off.

You will be able to see what I mean when I mount the seats.

Fitting a seatbelt mount to the roll cage was tricky because all of the roll cage bars are all hollow with a thin 2mm wall…..
So I went to a local machine shop to and asked them to turn me two 4” solid steel bars and to tap a thread in to house an eye bolt in each.

The bar has a slight raised edge on one side, this allows it to slide into the mount and protrude out by 5mm rather than fall into the mount.

Once in I can slide the mount back onto the rollcage and screw on the eyebolt……

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hello - and how do I attach a pic?
« Last Post by chrisbarker on April 20, 2018, 09:29:11 PM »
welcome to the forum
Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hi all.
« Last Post by Marky-b on April 20, 2018, 07:47:51 PM »
I will try and take a couple more pics over the weekend and start one next week  ;-)up
Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hi all.
« Last Post by Dave DND on April 20, 2018, 07:12:11 PM »
Brilliant  ;-)up ;-)up ;-)up ;-)up ;-)up

Now go and start a build thread in the Members Buggys section  ;)
Events, Cruises and Gatherings / Re: Stoneleigh Ride Out
« Last Post by Merscury on April 20, 2018, 07:08:22 PM »
Allan & Vanessa
Dave C & Gail
Dave Mayer
GP Jools
Krug & Mandy
Lee Bow + jenny
Shaggy & Pam
Scrappy &Glen
Oojamaflip + 3
Dave DND & Liz
Snoopy and mrs snoopy
Alison and Lawson
Zip Buggy (Mark)
Doug & Grace
Simon & Jo + 3
Gary & Tiff
Jason & Kath
Topsy, Cam & Jade
Groove Champion (Paul) & Brodie
Jazzy & Snowy
Matt and Sian
Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hi all.
« Last Post by Marky-b on April 20, 2018, 06:28:26 PM »

Got a load of bits and pieces as well,  :D
Bonnet, windscreen, wiper motor, side pods etc.
cheers Mark
Beach Buggy General Help / Re: The Great V5 Debate
« Last Post by Dave DND on April 20, 2018, 02:43:31 PM »
Update: 20th April 2018

I have now been accepted by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) as one of their nominated experts. To clarify a few points regarding the new regime for exemptions from the requirement to take the MoT Test that comes into force on 20 May 2018.

Principles of the List of Experts

The Department for Transport (DfT) has, as you will no doubt have seen, issued Guidance (previous post) which sets out the basis upon which the keeper of a historic vehicle registered in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) may declare to The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), through a question on the annual relicensing form or online application, that a vehicle qualifies as a Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI).

Guidance provided by a Government department is not part of the law but advises citizens of the administrative decisions of the department regarding

a)   how the Department will perform aspects of its legally mandated functions, and
b)   the rights and obligations of those citizens affected by those functions.
DVLA are providing the platform for the declaration, but the declaration is not otherwise connected to DVLA’s licensing activities.

Making a declaration to DVLA in respect of a vehicle as a VHI is not compulsory.  Not doing so in any year, because the keeper is content to have the vehicle undertake an MOT test, does not mean the vehicle cannot be validly declared a VHI in any subsequent year.

The Guidance sets out a comprehensive set of Criteria to be used in deciding whether a ‘substantial change’ has occurred. It also states that no change carried out more than thirty years ago requires to be considered.

Currently no procedure is proposed by DfT or DVLA to audit or check the validity of declarations made by keepers.

The Guidance, in its fifth paragraph, states that keepers should, if they are in doubt as to the status of their vehicle, consult a marque or historic vehicle expert prior to making a declaration to DVLA. It also states that a list of such experts will be kept by the FBHVC. This list is referred to hereafter as ‘the List of Experts’.

There is no compulsion on keepers to consult an expert from the list, or indeed any expert, before making their declaration.

The responsibility of declaring a vehicle is a VHI will rest entirely with the keeper.  The purpose of requiring availability of experts is purely to assist keepers in making their declaration, should they wish to do so.

The function of an expert is to advise keepers of their opinion, in their best judgement, on questions asked by the keeper both as to

(a)   Whether the vehicle is able in accordance with the Guidance criteria to be declared as a VHI and,

(b)   to the extent they have any relevant knowledge, the time any change was made.
For these purposes

(a)   An expert does not make the final decision on whether or not a vehicle is declared as a VHI.

(b)   An expert may require to inspect the vehicle to enable them to reach their opinion but will not be obliged to do so.

(c)   No expert will be obliged to provide an opinion, unless they are satisfied the information they have been provided with is accurate and sufficient.

(d)   An expert will have no responsibility to DfT, DVLA, FBHVC or any third party whether directly or indirectly in respect of their opinion.

(e)   An expert is free to decline to provide an opinion, whether to members of their own organisation or to others, if in their view they are not in possession of sufficient, or sufficiently precise and accurate, facts.

(f)   An expert or an organisation nominating an expert is entitled to reimbursement of any costs incurred in reaching or providing the opinion and may make a reasonable charge for the service provided, which may be different depending upon whether the keeper making the request is or is not a member.
Members Buggies / Re: Island Fugitive
« Last Post by fugglededumm on April 20, 2018, 02:24:40 PM »
Quick update

Frame in and painted - coat of Alu-zinc stuff then TS topcoat.

Shortened the fuel pump and pick up, cut the tank and mounted (the pick  up is angled so this puts it in the middle)

Just got to replace the crank seal and pilot bearing and the engine can be finally fitted.
Members Buggies / Re: Sea adventure #2
« Last Post by tansu on April 20, 2018, 01:39:29 PM »
Oh those type of hand signals.  She’s back all safe and sound and having a service.
Sound fun see you there.  I will have Bobbie the buggy with me.
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