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From my mate down the road.

"I just taxed the MGB without an MOT. The Gov.uk/vehicle-tax website now has an extra page where you just declare that the car isn't substantially modified with a tick box and that's it! The extra page comes up automatically for vehicles over 40 years old"

Doug

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26 minutes ago, dave.vitesse said:

I do agree with Mark it can be difficult to find a garage that is used to classic cars and the spec they were built to.

I've been going to the same place for 25 years.... They only do MOTs (no repairs) and are quite happy for me to hop down the inspection pit to look at things they point out. I dread to think what I'm going to do if they ever close/retire! 

If anyone else in the Halifax/Bradford area needs a "classic friendly" MOT station.... go to Moorlea (no connection other than a happy customer of Nigel and Richard for 25 years!)

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eBay item number: 232792977880, and if the link is not still available I'll quote directly from the listing:

"Triumph herald coupe v8. This is definitely what you would describe ass a 1 off monster It is on the road and in working order I have been using to go to work and back every day witch is great fun 

The body itself is a genuine coupe The chassis has been modified to house the v8 ,5 speed gear box , simitar rear axle and coil over suspension 

The engine itself is a fully rebuilt 3.9 rover v8 it also has tubular manifolds and a holly carb The gearbox is a standard lt77 5 speed 

The set up is very good it pulls and handles well. The only real things that let car down is the body work witch is quite poor (poor filler work and crap paint finish).the back window is just a peice of Perspex taped in 

The seats are in good condition and so are the belts Genuine set of mini lights fitted (not pattern rubbish ones). Larger brakes have fitted to the front witch work very well"

I emailed the seller and he informed me that there was no MOT, and the modifications have never been notified to anyone.

I expect he just ticked the box, and the new owner will do likewise... :)

 

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3 hours ago, dave.vitesse said:

I do agree with Mark it can be difficult to find a garage that is used to classic cars and the spec they were built to.

Dave

This business about testing to original spec... If anyone is unhappy with their testing station they need to report it to the DoT, saying that they aren't complying with the (lucrative) licensing requirement. It's no different to not following the regulations for a new car and there's absolutely no excuse for not being able to test to the appropriate standard apart from ignorance, laziness or incompetence. We shouldn't be hunting around for a decent mot station. I'm not going out of my way to make life easier for poor garages to continue to exist, it's their problem, not mine. 

While I'm on a rant, self declaration for modifications isn't a new thing, we've done it on our insurance policies for years. It's illegal and remains that way be it for insurance or the new declaration for MoTs. 

Right, where's my tablets ?

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The garage I used many many years for MOT has just stopped trading. Shame, all long term experienced people who enjoyed carrying out an MOT on a classic. When I first went there it was just an oldish car.

I have asked the locals for recommendations for other garages, as most small garages has someone with a classic car interest.

Dave  

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I take quite a lot of care of both my Triumphs and yet both had issues on their last MOTs that I hadn't spotted. 

The Spitfire had a serious imbalance on the rear brakes, upon investigation I found the NS drum and shoes contaminated with grease, further investigation revealed that the wheel bearings were "on their way out".... but I caught the bearing issue long before failure due to the braking issue being spotted on the test.

The Dolomite had a leaking front brake hose (a year old!), who knows how long it would have taken me to spot the fluid loss? 

I'm lucky enough to have a local tester that I trust, as such I'm happy to keep paying them to inspect my car once a year whether I required to by law or not.

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1 hour ago, yorkshire_spam said:

The Dolomite had a leaking front brake hose (a year old!), who knows how long it would have taken me to spot the fluid loss? 

Depends how clean your drive is ?

It's always worth being observant, these things don't just start leaking when the test is due, even though it often feels like it. 

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I can remember a Herald owner in the Oxford area some years back in the 1990's who's car both leaked and burnt oil. He reasoned that he didn't need to do an oil change as the car did it for him.

Having travelled behind him in a group going to the Stafford event I think he was right!

Dave 

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1 hour ago, AidanT said:

Im very lucky, my mot (Does not do anything else) station knows all about the triumph rust prevention system!!

Aidan

 

Rust prevention? I thought it replaced the need for a dipstick. No drips, no oil. 

Anyways I'm doing my bit for future generations, recycling oil by directly returning it to where it came from. 

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I just get mine MOT’d at the local branch of MoTest.... never bothered looking for any kind of specialist. I just ask them to check with me if there is anything they aren’t sure about - the things they have pointed out have always been spot on.

.... Andy 

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Mine's booked in for Monday. In a chance conversion about the weather when I booked it, I mentioned that I needed to refit my sun visors. He said you need to because it's an mot failure not to have any. 

I've never heard of it before (not surprising really) and I've never seen it on any check lists. 

Was he pulling my leg? 

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