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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunch View Post

    Were the Chevrons available in kit and built form, like the Westfields? That might explain lack of chassis#.
    Only 30 minutes ago I emailed Chevron in NZ asking about the lack of numbers and included a few photo's in the hope he can confirm if it is a Chevron and an approximate build date. Looking at their web site they mention the first clubman appeared in 1984 and as a kit.

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    Just my approach, I would pick up the phone instead of email and have a chat. I think the personal approach gets things moving very quickly and five minutes of phone is worth a month of back and forth emails. I also find that establishing a personal link by phone occasionely after the first call is a positive thing as well. Our engine builder was in NZ and I was always on the phone to him, sometimes daily and it paid off because we got good results.
    CHRIS

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    Phoning was no doubt the best way to first communicate but I also wanted to send photo's. That's probably possible for most people but I have no idea how to send a text message on my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapey View Post
    Phoning was no doubt the best way to first communicate but I also wanted to send photo's. That's probably possible for most people but I have no idea how to send a text message on my phone.
    You and me both, up until recently my mobile phone lived in the car and I used to look at it every few months to check it was still on. Sadly these days I have to re-learn life with a mobile due to new business commitments and I still haven't worked out how to do more than talk on it.
    CHRIS

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    If you do happen to find a set of second hand DCOE Weber’s they will most likely need a full rebuild, the cost for this is high and finding someone good these days is hard.
    New DCOE’s are expensive and there are a lot of cheaper reproductions that have a reputation for being not quite right with passages in the wrong location, making tuning difficult sometimes impossible.

    There are fuel injection setups that are based on DCOE body styles https://www.efihardware.com/products...hrottle-bodies
    you end up with something that looks very old school but you enjoy the tuning and drivability of EFI.

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    Where to from here? Apparently getting an engineer to certify an individually constructed vehicle (ICV) in NSW is almost impossible and if you can find that engineer he will be extremely expensive. So it appears I have a track day car unless ICV legislation changes in NSW or I try to get interstate rego. I do want to restore this car but a lot of the incentive has gone and what ever money I spend now is probably wasted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapey View Post
    Where to from here? Apparently getting an engineer to certify an individually constructed vehicle (ICV) in NSW is almost impossible and if you can find that engineer he will be extremely expensive. So it appears I have a track day car unless ICV legislation changes in NSW or I try to get interstate rego. I do want to restore this car but a lot of the incentive has gone and what ever money I spend now is probably wasted.
    So, no VIN or chassis number I presume or any possibility of getting one? Have you been able to ascertain any history? As a way out idea the hot rod guys have some arrangement for new cars that are self built, I wonder how they do that. Have a rat through this link to see if it is applicable to your case https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
    CHRIS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapey
    Apparently getting an engineer to certify an individually constructed vehicle (ICV) in NSW is almost impossible and if you can find that engineer he will be extremely expensive.
    The red tape and hoops to jump through killed the local manufacturer....and the rules and regs are worse now.

    A friend was getting a bike engined clubman engineered with someone in the central west - which I thought was impossible from an emissions standpoint - might ask if he got any dollar figure there, or has a contact, if you want to pursue it further.

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    I sold a car to a guy who had built a Cobra and had to hire Oran Park to do a brake test. He had the money so it didn't worry him too much, he was just p'd of that he had to go too so much trouble.
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    I got asked to do a roll bar for a fibreglass VW Beach Buggy, that got defected, it was quite an effort that the vehicle had to go through. The plates to the floor was OK, but the bracing plates had to be about 150mm square,8mm thick with a 25mm radii on the corners, so that they wouldn't punch through the back into the engine bay. The plates there had to be the same size, but could be 3mm thick and HT Bolts holding it all together.
    Also used to do VW Golf conversions into convertibles, and a Camaro into a convertible, the floor ended up at about 28 mm thick, as it had to be braced with 25 X 50 X 3mm RHS with 1.6 sheet on top, plus another 1.6 sheet welded underneath. It was set up on some I Beams with hydraulic jacks, chains and clamps on the vehicle to the beams, with Dial Indicators at about 20 different points, for a twisting test, it did pass, but only just.
    These were engineered by Tonkin Engineering in Adelaide, I did have the actual contacts name, but it eludes me ATM, if this was any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunch View Post
    The red tape and hoops to jump through killed the local manufacturer....and the rules and regs are worse now.

    A friend was getting a bike engined clubman engineered with someone in the central west - which I thought was impossible from an emissions standpoint - might ask if he got any dollar figure there, or has a contact, if you want to pursue it further.
    That would be Treeve from Orange. It was him who posted on one of the clubman forums about the almost impossible situation regarding IVO's in NSW. I'd be interested to see how your friend got on but unfortunately I've given up on getting mine registered so it's now just a restoration project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapey View Post
    That would be Treeve from Orange. It was him who posted on one of the clubman forums about the almost impossible situation regarding IVO's in NSW. I'd be interested to see how your friend got on but unfortunately I've given up on getting mine registered so it's now just a restoration project.
    Sounds about the right area.

    He sold, or maybe still has that clubbie on the market. Due to a long-term medical condition worsening, he had to give the project away finally about a year or 18 months ago. I don't recall how far he progressed in the bureaucratic jungle in the end, but I'll ask.

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    A bike engine in a road car is hard to do because of no reverse gear but there have been work arounds done.
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    It appears that this car has never been on the road judging by the condition of the parts I've removed. Just about everything looks new but it's also been parked for a long time so both front & back brakes will need replacing or hopefully just kits for the front calipers. Today I took the last piece off the frame so tomorrow I can begin painting or at least preparing.

    Progress so far,DSCN0905.jpgDSCN0906.jpgDSCN0907.jpg

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    I wonder if it has been privately imported and they then found out it could not be registered with no numbers.
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