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JB's rusty lumps & MoT story addition



OK JB, but please let us not prolong the off topic stuff, compliments
accepted thank you. (Remember Julian's regular reminder on snipping also
JB). Anyway, pleased you will remember me for my description of the average
Toyota technician. Pleased you also went to a normal kind of mechanic who
knows how to be a mechanic if you know what I mean.
As for the MoT, no it changed a long time ago. It too takes a half hour but
the standards are very high these days, well for the past 10 years I guess.
But they are now looking closely at tyres and failing them if the rubber
looks cracked - i.e perished. This will soon be endorsed - it is forecast -
by the government putting a 'use by date' on new tyres which will be
permanently on the tyre and inspected at each MoT.
I also respected the MoT in Bosnia, that is if one went the legal way and
did not bribe one's way around it. I got through it several times with -
once a hole in the silencer with gun gum bandage over the exit bend on my
80; also replaced stolen wing turn repeater lamps with oval orange
reflectors and not noticed. They don't check headlamp beam alignment or
seat belt condition either.
BUT they have one wonderful device that shows up every fault in the
suspension and steering. The whole test is done over a long inspection pit
the length of the test building. In one place they have a reciprocating
plate either side of the pit which are at one with a shaft that crosses the
pit. The car is driven onto the plates (front axle followed by rear) and at
the throw of a switch they then jerk about 2 inches from side to side for a
minute. Every loose joint and split rubber boot shows-up, and every
clunking joint clunks twice as loud. This would be a good introduction to
the UK test I think, especially with some of the rough cars one sees around
London and other inner city areas.
An update on the new test is that my Pajero mates are now telling me that
this new 'system' is causing a lot of problems for others. Notably kit cars
despite the fact that their 'Q' registration plate recognises that it is a
kit car. (Some have original engine and chassis from the donor, but the
system cannot accept a new bodystyle description apparently). Also hybrid
Land Rovers, like Series one and two with V8's or Transit engines fitted,
plus bobtailed Range Rovers.
I don't know the truth of it or the whole story, but it appears that they
are using a database that only recognises mainstream models supplied in UK.
I will keep you all updated on this as and when I get more info from my
other pals.
Grand Union Canal
HZJ80 ex UN surplus from Bosnia - thread extractors are an incarnation of
the devil


Hi Jon, Julian
Ah Jon its just a wee bit of praise thats all. Ill make sure to snip this
Thats the kind of inspection they do here for the steering and all those
clunky bits.
They raise the cruiser up on a ramp up to head height and then it moves side
ways, front ways and back ways.
The clunking noise is quite loude and I have wondered if it is the sound of
the ramp or the cruiser going through its paces or both.
They also put it on rollers to test the handbrake and I know there has been
talk about the strain this puts on the drive because its a permanent FWD.
I have seen the bumpers that PARIS4x4 do for the 80s and they seem /look
very strong, but at a price.
Just to be content I have to admit I would have hugh problems fitting the
cruiser out for a long trip.
My problem would be that I would think of too many circumstances where
things would go wrong.
I think its much like going on a hiliday, packing suitcases and then
repacking them again and again untill you end up with what you will really
need and not (What if) bits.
What about spending some time opening nuts and bolts well before the trip.
This would or should show up potential issues if you had to remove or
repair. You could also think about taking some nuts/bolts as spares as these
are small to carry.
John C
92HDJ 80 1HDT Ireland