Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
August 07, 2020, 02:09:34 AM

Show Posts - Paul1953

Welcome to Beach Buggy .Info - The UK's Online Beach Buggy Community.

Show Posts

You can view here all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas to which you currently have access.

Messages - Paul1953

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 82
Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hello, thanks for letting me join
« on: July 30, 2020, 03:15:54 PM »
saw somewhere that they had closed the specials department down in London.

Yes... I had to go elsewhere.

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: MIG set up for an absolute beginner!
« on: July 30, 2020, 03:11:53 PM »
MIG welding..... it`s important for your safety and that of the household that you ensure the 240v single phase supply you intend to use is suitable for the welder current drain. Cannot recall off the top of my head but around 150 up over you really should have a 16 AMP supply and legally the welder should be "hard wired"  using 16A socket and plug, (the blue variety. (This will be stated in the instruction sheets).  In the past I have seen the result of someone connecting the welder to a domestic cooker supply circuit.  The lads mam had cooker oven and hob on for sunday lunch. He tried welding and ...oh dear !!   Fuses\circuit breakers did them no good...  Stay safe and do it correctly.... ;-)up ;-)up

Parts Wanted / Re: Wanted dual circuit master cylinder (RHD)
« on: July 24, 2020, 08:38:44 AM »
Keep trying as I have been ordering items repeatedly during the lockdown period and it seems that every supplier has received unprecedented number of orders as people furloughed etc started\restarted their builds. However the parts are slowly being re-stocked it just may take a week or two.     Watch out for any supplier trying to talk you into buying a  expensive lhd master cylinder which originates from Germany and has the two ports for twin brake switches. They say this will fit a rhd chassis. It will not as there is insufficient clearance to allow the front side port to accept a brake pipe. The pipe cannot bend tightly enough...  Serves me right for being a fool just because I needed one desparately.   ;D ;D

Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / Re: Piston broke
« on: July 24, 2020, 08:27:18 AM »
Many, many moons ago I rescued a black Beetle for about 50. (The going rate then for something just 1 step away from the scrap yard). Ran it for many months and it caught a lot of attention simply due to a loud tappy rattle from the rear.  When my next Beetle came along took the engine out of the back one just to see what the noise was beacuse I had checked that the valve clearances were ok. Knew it wasn`t that anyway because of the distintctive noise it made. This turned out to be a washer that must have gone down the manifild. (Single port).   Guess nothing is definite but what I can say this engine ran for several thousand miles to work and back etc with no issue or damage at all.   

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Has my buggy been cloned?
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:54:53 AM »
Not being nasty here but some people have to learn the hard way. Treat DVLA contact of all type with kid gloves and great care. A very small minority get lucky... the rest do not. 

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Has my buggy been cloned?
« on: July 22, 2020, 05:30:25 PM »
the v5 has no legal status,

Don`t assume this to be 100% correct.  Many a document assumes legal status the moment it is submitted within a court of law as an item of evidence. (The thing to remember about the V5C is that it is not proof of ownership).

Say this due to experience,,,

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: V5 Description
« on: July 20, 2020, 07:50:12 PM »
The other reason for no windscreen at test was that you would also need a de-misting system fitted as well.

Correct Andy   ;-)up

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: V5 Description
« on: July 18, 2020, 11:42:00 AM »
unless the lucas system was fitted

I actually prefer the lucas system with Mini wipers for a buggy.  No need for additional modification

I agree with you. Lucas system from ages past but works perfectly and totally adaptable for location. I opted for the adjustable arms which allowed me to choose the overall length of each arm to suit the screen area.

I agree ... This is definately not an thing to weld without confidence that you have a good , full penetration, weld.

Mig verses Tig.   Mig welding brought a means for people to self teach the welding process with some ease. There is not a lot of welding classes available that don`t require signing up to a full course at a cost of hundreds of pounds. Mig is the way to go.

Tig welding really is an art to get it right. It is used for stainless steel fabrication as well as other metals where an extremely neat weld finish is required. I cannot get tig welding up to the level many can. It`s the getting one hand to wobble the filler rod in a C shaped pattern while the other hand advances the electrode along that I find lets me down. Both of my hands want to do the same motion.. ;D ;D

Another thing with Tig is that to get a good, full penetration, can involve introducing argon behind the piece you are welding. I am pretty sure if you u tube this you will see what I mean.   

You will be surprised how many welders are out there if you ask in person. Honestly... the tyre\servicing places often farm out their welding needs and will know someone locally. 

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: V5 Description
« on: July 17, 2020, 02:10:12 PM »
Hi....  Keith hope you are keeping well....   Re-check.  I meant to indicate that say.... build no 1 is iva examined and certified. Then builds 2 onwards can be certified using the relevant paperwork only providing 2 onwards is identical in every way to no 1. Then say you submit paperwork for build no 10 vosa can ask for a physical examination to check that you are still complying with the No 1 spec.

Mark used harness for the iva buggies. If he ever fitted standard seat belts and got one through iva then I am not aware of this. Aero screens meant no windscreen wiper checks which believe it or not became a main failure item unless the lucas system was fitted and that you ensured the wiper arm stems met the raddii check....many of which didn`t. Have seen a iva failure notice with the comment written... "wiper arm too sharp".. ;D

I wonder if there is a very simple solution to your issue that would need no shortening or change of central shaft....  Just a thought this.....

The shroud you have does not extend down the outer column tube sufficiently...

So this shroud could be extended using fibreglass so that it would reach the dashboard and possibly cover most, if not all of the hole in the dashboard.   I often use thin flexible cardboard to create basic shapes. The two edges butted up and held in place with masking tape. Then the cardboard coated with the polyester resin to make it rigid. To this additional glass fibre tissue to give the required thickness to the structure. Surface\s smoothed and painted.

Is this remotely feasible in your case?   Would need to be a slip fit as it will need to be removable should you wish to gain access to wiring plugs. Would need a hole in it at the locality of the allen clamp screw.

Just a thought and maybe a cuckoo one at that   ;D ;D

Beach Buggy IVA / SVA Help / Re: V5 Description
« on: July 17, 2020, 08:33:56 AM »
keith is correct here in that flatlands and anyone else building a vehicle that requires iva certification to become dvla registered and road legal needs only to put a first vehicle through an actual test. All other builds, providing they are identical in every way to the origina,l can be given certification following the submission of the iva documentation for each of the subsequent vehicles. Vosa can ask for an actual physical examination at their discretion should they choose to in order to keep a "check" on build compliance.

The westfield example is one of a producer who has undertaken the necessary steps to ensure the "parts" you purchase that comprises a "kit" has inbuilt "conformity" to the iva requirements providing you assemble to iva standards and anything you add over this has to be iva compliant.  I don`t know if the likes of westfield etc offer a fully built vehicle that has been put through iva and subsequent registration through dvla and a Q plate issued.

I know from talking to Mark in person that his iva builds went though examination without a windscreen or roll bar so if you see one of these buggies that are on offer with a windscreen and\or roll bar then they are technically no longer road legal. (They can however have compliance if they went through an examination fitted with one or two "aero screens" and these are still fitted).

To stay clear of a mine field I would, and this is simply my opinion, try to find a buggy that has the best compliance regarding chassis vin number that matches the V5C along with a V5C that has a type\model description that excludes the word "beetle".  ;-)up ;-)up

Long shot here...... Do you still have the circular disc that the hole cutter removed?   If so it could go back in place. A bit of work I know but that`s the buggy world I have found out. 

Re- shortening. This is not difficult. The column shaft is hollow. Draw a line down the tube if you cannot see the tube seam. Cut the section out to shorten it. Drill two holes.. One next to each end. Get a piece of steel bar off ebay. Think I used 18mm dia but check yours. About 6 inches long.

Go and see a local welder or contact a mobile welder. Slip the  bar into the column tube. (For additional support). Plug weld to bar through each drilled hole. Weld around the joint and away you go.   

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: finally a fully paid up member again
« on: July 13, 2020, 12:13:47 PM »
It`s a hi from me  ;-)up

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Greetings!
« on: July 13, 2020, 12:12:35 PM »
It`s a hi from me   ;-)up

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 82