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Post by 02Anders » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:22 pm

And there's yet another change in our household. Having only recently relocated from the UK to Germany, I've now had yet another change of jobs which in turn means we've relocated once again! It's all good though as we're now back in Denmark where we originally come from. A bit of a novelty after living the last 14 years abroad... :P

Of course, that also means that with the Scimitar having only recently been imported into Germany, I've now started the whole process again as I now need to import the car into Denmark. Round and round we go!! :roll:

Luckily though, we've been blessed with the most gorgeous Indian Summer here in Denmark, so I've been driving and enjoying my Scimitar plenty! Best motivation possible for just getting on with all the bureaucracy of obtaining a set of Danish numberplates...

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So between all the driving, I've also been preparing the Scimitar for its new life here in Denmark. The left manifold was blowing a little, so six new gaskets were fitted between the heads and the manifolds. At the same time, I replaced the old rusty bolts with new ones in stainless steel. The generator also needed a rebuild as one bearing was horribly noisy and the voltage was also entirely out of control delivering anything between 11 to 16 volts. Hardly ideal. But now that's all sorted too.

Danish law also requires us to install indicator repeaters on the front wings. To be honest, they're never going to do anything positive for the looks of a classic car, but where many Danes fit small modern indicators which they try to hide as much as possible, I instead opted to accept the requirements and go with what would have been done in period if my Scimitar had hit the shores of Denmark back in period. All things considered, I feel it turned out reasonably alright... What's the verdict??

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Tomorrow morning I've got the Scimitar booked in for it's first ever Danish MOT. They're pretty strict with them here in Denmark, so I'll confess that I'm a bit anxious! At the end of the day, it's a 42 year old car, so you never really know what they might find.
Finger's crossed...
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Post by The Dog » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:45 pm

Make friends with the MOT man....essential


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Post by rjudcsx » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:46 pm

I think the side indicators do look " in period ". Did things pan out ok with the PA wheels ? Regards Richard .



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Post by DARK STAR » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:51 pm

Those indicator repeaters look very neat.
Good luck with the MoT.


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Post by 02Anders » Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:08 am

Argh... Nigel, I wish there had been enough time to agt on your advice!
My Scimitar just failed its Danish MOT... :cry:
The MOT man was extremely complimentary about the condition of the car. He could barely believe just how clean and rustfree the chassis is. Brakes, emissions and all the rest was good too. But he failed me on the adjustable AVO suspension as it’s not original nor even period correct. In fact, according to Danish law, it’s viewed as a “Constructional Change”. That means I now have to prove that the suspension has been approved for use on the Scimitar... Uhmmm... right then?? Where to start??
I guess I’ll try contacting AVO to see whether they have any offficial documentation which I can use.
If I come up empty-handed, my only option will be to return the suspension to a 100% stock set-up...

As for the side indicators, glad you guys approve. To be honest, the car looks better without them, but all things considered, they’re probably as good as it gets...

Richard, I still haven’t quite managed to buy those Princess Anne alloys from the guy in Ireland, but I’m working on it and still feel reasonably confident that it’ll happen eventually...


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Post by AJL Electronics » Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:25 am

Spax would be period correct. I can get some built for you with fixed seats and if painted black, I would imagine that they would pass scrutiny.


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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:32 am

Would a TuV certificate be accepted by the Danish MOT - I think AVO “may” be TuV approved like Spax?


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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:05 am

Anders , some people might suggest that you buy some Spax stickers , of course, I would not suggest such a thing . Regards Richard .



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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:11 pm

Being ignorant of Danish MOT legislation , may I ask if this if this " law " is specific to Denmark or European wide ? What would happen if some one imported a set of Avo shocks , asked a garage to fit them , then the next week asked the same garage to MOT the car ? Regards, Richard .



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Post by philhoward » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:31 pm

Type Approval (how a car is originally made by the manufacturer) is theoretically EU-wide (broadly speaking) but each country can set their own rules on regular inspections (i.e. the MoT). Some countries are more accommodating than others when it comes to modifications, and which ones. TuV approval is generally accepted as "OK" everywhere else as a rule, but not exclusively.


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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:15 pm

Anders , does the MOT inspector have some quite specific data available to him /her regards the original equipment on a car , or did they just notice it had come in from the UK recently !! Your friend Claus should have lent you GT40 2079/1023 and you could have taken that to the garage and see what the MoT person says , I will give you Ronnie Spains Email :lol: Regards, Richard .



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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:33 pm

I was lucky enough to visit Nigel Hulme a few years ago and the number of things that seem to fall off a new GT40 when it’s passed IVA is incredible!

Doors (inc opening windows and mirrors), exhausts, wheels, steering wheels, half of the dashboard, ECU - even the windscreen wipers :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:52 pm

Nigel Hulme, now you have impressed me Jim, did he have 39 PH then or had it moved on ? Regards Richard .



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Post by scimjim » Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:09 pm

I’m not out to impress Richard - particularly someone who has owned a car that’s been firmly in my top 5 for decades. A senior guy in the SA factory that builds the cars owned a Scimitar Sabre so he sent some bits (Essex fuel injection) over in the back of a GT40 for me :D

Nigel was a gent (he likes helicopters apparently and I used to fix them for a living) and allowed me to salivate around his workshop which had two new cars in being prepared for IVA, I was able to sit in one, confirming I don’t fit without a bubble roof :D

I didn’t see 39PH but I did see his demonstrator in a lovely light green - Mrs K liked it too, so the colour is on the shortlist for her coupe.


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SECURE DRY STORAGE FOR YOUR SCIMITAR

Current: SE5 (8Ball), 1400 1600 1800 Zetec ST170 powered SS1 (G97), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre, TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR).
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), 1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

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Post by rjudcsx » Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:29 pm

Neither am I Jim , just a term of speech. As enthusiasts of a certain age [ no offence intended ] certain names evoke certain memories , Jack Sears , John Whitmore ,Gerry Marshall, Archie Scott Brown ect ect , all trigger fond thoughts even if you did not know them personally. Regards, Richard .



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