IVA Passed :)

Woohooooo we have lift off or in our world we have an IVA pass, YES! Couldn’t be happier about that. Finally after 9 months of building the car, then a year out and a then back with a couple of months finishing it all off, its done 🙂

As you know basically all I had to do was get to the IVA station with an intact speedo sensor and run the test. I knew it was calibrated more or less, and as it happens, it turned out to be fine! Pity it didn’t do the first time! It still annoys me that because of the one failure I had to pay £90 for a retest that took literally 5 minutes! Was it a weakness in the sensor or did I over tighten it and the vibrations snapped it in two. Who knows … well to be fair it doesn’t matter any more, I have my IVC 🙂


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I guess the only thing I did different second time around with the speed sensor was when I installed it I put it through a grommet so that it would have a certain amount of dampening if the vibrations were an issue last time. Seemed to work fine 🙂 and it was straight forward to install a new one.

The drive down was lovely, the weather was gorgeous and the temps kept rising to probably about 25deg on my way back, perfect weather to enjoy such a great car.

So what’s next … registration. I have my V55/5 all filled in, plus the other necessary paper work and the tax for a PLG with an engine this size works out to be £255 so thats all sorted. Hopefully the DVLA won’t take to long and I’ll receive my new V5 and reg very soon.

At the end of it all, or well to be honest, months ago I decided I would name the car and had a sticker made so I could proudly display on my car … my car 🙂 one of a kind in its configuration. Love it and her name is LUCILLE … after one of my favourite tv shows ‘Walking Dead’

But this isn’t the end, there are modifications I now want to do and I’ll be documenting all of those too so keep your eye peeled for more, or if you’re using the build to aid your own build then I wish you best of luck, you will and I have get there.


I wish I had better news but sadly I didn’t get a pass first time.  It’s really annoying actually on what the car failed on, but let me elaborate first on the day …

We had a nice early start, 6am which I’m sure the neighbours loved, but after the last few weeks I was pretty confident that the car was good to go and everything was as ready as I could make.

On arrival the IVA inspector was very friendly and started off by saying he wasn’t there to judge or point out all the floors but to help get the car through and ensure it was safe. And I have to say my experience down at Southampton was very good. After driving the car up on the ramps and checking underneath he checked for all snags or anything loose. Check the wheels and brake hoses, so far so good. Checked the lights all working fine, mirror test and brakes were all good, both with and without servo assistance. Noise test came in at 95dbs and the emissions were down at 1.5c so all good too. Seat belts were checked along with internal and external projections, again all good.

The ONLY sticking point was when it came to the speedo test. I’d already measured and calibrated the speedo. We tested it at all the speeds on the way to the test centre which was pretty much spot on. Until about a mile togo … the needle started moving all over the place. When it came to the test, sure enough the speedo didn’t read and then it did and then it was all over the place. Thankfully the IVA man let me put the car back on the ramp to see if I could figure out what it was. I was hoping that perhaps the sensor had come a little loose, maybe from vibrations … but sadly no, as I was checking it, the sensor had sheared in half, no way of repairing it. So it ended with a fail on the speedo, not for incorrect speed, but because the thing broke! So annoying!

On a positive note everything I’d built up to this point was good and the car was fine, I was just beaten by a dodgy sensor, just my luck.

New one on order, I’ll re-book a test asap tomorrow and hope I get an early date, it’s an easy fix, because I know it was working. Still very annoying to get that far and it to brake literally as it goes in for its test. Should have passed first time!

Retest set for Friday the 6th July 2018, new speedo on the way, that’s my weekend planned!

Tidying up

After a brief visit to Pilgrim to pick up a few bits, I needed some extra tidying up bits which I’ll explain below along with a new top ball joint because the one I have had a tear in the rubber which was noticed at the pre MOT, thankfully. Not sure if it would be an IVA foul but I’m not taking the chance.

So onto today … It doesn’t feel like much but I’ve on the car for about another 6 hours today tinkering. I thought it was about time I set up the speedo, so I popped under the car to work out the diff ratio as I couldn’t find a tag or stamp for it. I basically moved the wheels and counted the number of rotations on the driveshaft for two full turns then halved the figure. Hopefully my diff has a ration of 3.92 cos thats about what I worked it out to be. After this you have to measure the rear wheel circumference in inches and work out the number of inches in a mile (63,360 in case you were wondering) this is divided by the wheel circumference then multiplied by the diff ratio and then the number of magnets I’d installed on the prop-shaft (2) so my pulses came out to 6180. I reset the speedo and will see next time I drive it, fingers crossed. While I was under the car I tightened the handbrake so that I have between 2-3 clicks before it tightens and I had one of the flexible brake hoses slightly touching the copper brake lines, So I moved this over and attached a small clip to ensure it didn’t cause any further problems.

Next up was the battery. As part of the IVA you need terminal covers and to make sure that as much as possible you don’t have any wobbly cables. Mine were quire long and Tony had commented that perhaps I should trim them a bit … so I did. I ended up cutting them shorter, with the terminal covers on and making a small bracket to attach the fuel line and live battery cable too. Fairly simple to do, just takes a little time. I also clipped another one of the hoses down to the rocker covers with p-clips to tidy it up.

At the MOT as we were checking the car we noticed that the top water hose from the top of the engine to the top of the radiator was fouling on the bonnet hinge, not good. I decided to buy a large 50mm p-clip and fix this down to the top of the chassis rail. this proved a little fiddly because the body was on now so anything from now-on wasn’t going to be simple. But with a 90deg gadget on the end of the power drill, it wasn’t to much trouble. With the hose held down I now have a little bit of space above it. I also decide to just trim about 6mm off the bottom of the bracket, which again gives more room above the hoses when the bonnet is closed.

Other little bits were just tidying up the electrics where I’d grabbed some boots for the live terminals and altered the connection to include these on the starter motor and coil, similar to that on the alternator.

Lastly was I had to change the seat belts, unfortunately I had a set that were no longer IVA compliant due to the length of the webbing and they didn’t have any covers over the reels. As I’d already installed these, I simply had to remove the old ones and install the new ones.

Still a few little bits to do and only a week to go for the IVA, biggest worry at the moment is sorting the geometry out and getting the horn to work. Not quite sure whats happening here, but I think I forgot to sort this at the start, so now I HAVE to figure it out and fix it. But I still have a few days spare to problem solve so I don’t think it will be an issue.

I’ll keep you posted 🙂

7 days and counting …

UPDATE … managed to get the horn working. It was a simple case of one of the wires hadn’t been connected in the steering rack. Little annoying because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me but none the less it sorted now. The best part is where I hate and don’t fully understand the whole wiring/electrics bit, I managed to check the the loom and live wire to and from the horn and again in the steering rack to problem solve the issue. I wanted to make sure connecting the wires was the correct thing to do. Pretty chuffed about that.

5 days and counting …



Was really excited to be driving the car today down the mot station for a pre test. We made it about 2 miles before the car over heated and I had to turn around and stop, didn’t even make it back home 😦 somethings not right

I have a few weeks to get it sorted before the IVA so I best do otherwise I won’t be doing that either, considering I have to drive it there, it’s not down the road 😦 … Gutted!

IVA – 26th JUNE 2018

It’s done, following the online application , which has now been approved and paid for … £450.00 (ouch) I now have a date set for the 26th JUNE 2018.

Nervous and excited all in one is the best way to explain it!

Next things to do, are to get a pre-MOT booked to test the various aspects, brakes and lights, emission etc and have a garage give it a proper look over.

oh Heck!


It’s done!

I took the week off work with the intension of getting the car ready for the IVA and I can finally say it’s done.

VIN plate is stamped and riveted to the car in the engine bay, I finished tidying up a few of the wires that I thought might be a little dodgy at the IVA by basically extending the conduit on some of them. The paper work is all done, forms all filled out, photos enclosed of the build … now sent!

All I can do now is wait for a test date! Once I receive that I’ll get the car down for an MOT to test the various aspects, brakes and lights etc.

More on this when I have news 🙂

Forgot to add, its all done online too, so scan everything and keep it all under 5MB

Winter Update

Sadly nothing to report yet, with one thing and another towards the middle and end of this year, worlds have been turned upside down (mum passing away) and then home situations changed a little (took my motorbike license as another form of transport, LONG STORY, needless to say we had too many vehicles so two cars had to be sold, replaced with one so now the wife and I share that, BUT I wasn’t going to sell the Cobra)

Then I had an unfortunate accident on the bike, thankfully nothing to seriously but its left my right hand (my do everything hand) needing physio and my grip is rubbish, so I literally can’t complete the work on the car currently with one hand! Hence she still sits in the garage gathering dust waiting to be completed, I’m gutted about that, but little I can do currently.

As soon as I can, and its not far from the IVA really I’ll be able to get that sorted and let you know how it all goes, the pit falls, how the car performed getting through, if it gets through of course, any niggles and things I can help with. HOPEFULLY!

Sorry for those who were waiting to see how it finishes, you’ll have to wait a little longer … Thank you