GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by expat2000 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:28 am

Just had a reply to my numerous emails to the inspection office (if nothing else I thought I try to wear them down by attrition).

Again it stated that the technical perfomance information (steering column intrusion, noise and brakes) was required if the car didn't have EU type approval, as well as simple specifications such as weight, length etc.

However then goes onto to state that I can apply to have it registered using an exception clause as it has already been registered in another EØS (EEA) country which will exempt it from having to prove the performance, the implication being that the technical performance is met during its original registration abroad (i.e. UK type approval in 1977).

This can only be done at one inspection station by one inspector in the whole country. Luckily it's only 50 miles from home so not too onerous (knowing my luck it could have been in Tromsø which would have meant a two day drive).

I have mailed him back with the list of specs that I have and the source material used to get black and white confirmation that this is sufficient before I take it though.

Fingers crossed that I am going to beat the bureaucrats!!

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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by scimjim » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:09 pm

good news. the engine bay E sticker may help though - there are several being scrapped here, so I would source one and stick it on :-)


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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by Taggers » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:18 pm

Surely the type approval sticker is for the type, not the individual car, so as long as you can provide evidence (which is for the seem type of car, and doesn't post date it) they should take it as read (or be able to look it up)?


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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by Taggers » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:18 pm

Or maybe Speedy can make one?


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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by expat2000 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:32 pm

Taggers wrote:Or maybe Speedy can make one?
For what is on it I could mock one up in Visio, print it off, laminate, run it a few times through the washing machine in my trouser pocket and stick it on with superglue. I doubt anyone would be the wiser. :D


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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by scimjim » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:46 pm

Taggers wrote:Surely the type approval sticker is for the type, not the individual car
absolutely - but it's far easier to point to an underbonnet sticker and nonchalantly say "see - it's EC Type Approved" than it is to say "it's approved but you'll have to look it up mister" :-)


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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by expat2000 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:49 pm

Another step on the road, indicator repeaters arrived in the post today. Will have to get them fitted before taking it back for the next inspection. Hopefully they won't look too out of place once they are fitted.

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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by expat2000 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:21 pm

Aesthetic question, have got my indicator repeaters, I have now got to decide where to fit them. Obviously have to be on the wing but I think that either in front or behind the wheel would be acceptable. So opinions would be gratefully received about where you can think would look the best?

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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by peter freeman » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:33 pm

This is where mine are fitted - done by the previous owner but they look ok to me.
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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by expat2000 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:50 pm

SUCCESS!!!!

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Shiny new Norwegian number plates.

Notice also the additional side indicator repeaters, had to have these to get through.

After many emails and phone calls they admitted that it could be registered as a normal car and so used everyday. The 'normal' route for classic import cars is "conservation worthy cars" but that restricts their use and meant I couldn't get everyday insurance for it so had to keep insisting that I wanted a straightforward inspection.

Turned out the chap doing the inspection was very keen on the car and very helpful. His english was almost as bad as my Norwegian but we managed between us. The only slight sticky was the absence of the original chassis number but I convinced him that they don't have one (Mine doesn't as the chassis was replaced with a galvanised one in March 2000). Not sure if he believed me or not but he insisted it had to have the chassis number engraved/stamped on the chassis so he got out an air tool engraver and did it for me, what a result.

Helpful inspector engraving my chassis number for me!
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So all set now, bit of a relief after all the hassle so far.

Spotted this in for an import inspection as well....
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Absolutely mint, made mine look like a right shed.

Thanks for everyones help and advice.

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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by scimjim » Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:51 pm

good news :-)


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Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:00 pm

Excellent, Well done! :D


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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by DARK STAR » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:02 pm

Brilliant, congratulations.
Car looks good too.


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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by expat2000 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:04 pm

DARK STAR wrote:Brilliant, congratulations.
Car looks good too.
Hmm, the photos are quite forgiving, it's mechanically sound but has a 100 yard paint job, looks good until you get within a 100 yards then you realise it has a major bubbling issue. With the brown colour I think it should have an 'Aero' badge on the back!



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Re: GTE SE6A Import Difficulties

Post by erikscimitardemon » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:20 pm

Great news!
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