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FROM YOUR EDITOR First the good news - my Beauford has passed its IVA (at the second attempt). Contrary to what I had been led to expect, the examiner only looked at things that he had failed the first time, rather than going through the whole thing again, so it was all over quite quickly. There was one little niggle with the handbrake cable still getting a bit close to the exhaust when the suspension was flexing, but we managed to get away with a cable tie to hold it up a bit. I had been told that the examiner would take a lot of photos of the car at the time of test, in case there was any dispute afterwards about it conforming to the regulations, but none were. Something else that wasn’t taken was the £90 fee, but I had a phone call soon after I got home explaining that Swansea wouldn’t complete the paperwork without payment. Oh well, it was a good feeling while it lasted. The IVA test was on a Wednesday morning and on the way home I called in to the DVLA office in Maidstone to find out about how I go about finally getting it registered and taxed. As well as filling out two more forms I was told to come back with receipts for the kit and the donor car along with personal ID before they would process the registration. When I went back in the afternoon they told me that the car has to be inspected, but the man who does this only works there on Wednesday mornings! This to me was a week wasted: I wouldn’t be able to legally drive it for another week. We had a timed appointment for the following week and basically all it involved was check on the chassis and engine numbers. While we were in the car park we saw the inspector looking in vain for numbers on a Tuk-Tuk, the Thailand taxi; there was a horse box in there, and, and an old Daimler Dart drove in, so plenty of interest to keep us amused while we waited. Now I had to wait for the new age related registration number to be issued. This was supposed to take just a couple of days, but when it hadn’t arrived on the Monday I went back to the office and they found the papers all ready and waiting to go out in the post. At last I had the tax disc and the number plate authorisation certificate. The new log book (sorry V5C/3) arrived from Swansea about ten days later. After the inspection I took off the door trim panels and the rear seats came out. The luggage rack cover and one or two other bits of trim that were put on just to get it through the test also came
off ready to take the car to be sprayed. Even this was delayed as there was a terrific thunderstorm on the day I’d arranged to take it over to them, hoodless of course. So at the moment the Beauford is still in the paint-shop, the door cappings are being veneered to match the dashboard and the seats are being re-upholstered. This seemed like a good time to have a clear out in the garage. I’d been keeping all the little odd bits of metal, plastic, wire and wood ‘just in case, you never know’. I have kept the rubber trim that I put round the bumpers, and the edges of the bonnet as well as the board that covered the luggage rack, so if there are any builders who could make use of them to get through IVA, please get in touch. I’ve been able to make two runs to the tip now the car is ‘finished’. Of course, I can’t find anything I kept because it’s all gone back in the garage but not in the same place as before! No doubt I’ll soon be looking for something that’s been thrown out, though. Those of you who were at the club’s AGM will know that I have decided to resign from my position as editor of the magazine. Looking back, I saw that it had been ten years since I first took on the job, and I think that is quite long enough. I’m sure there must be plenty of people out there able to do it, it just needs someone willing to have a crack at the job. It really isn’t technically difficult to produce the magazine, I use Microsoft Publisher to lay out the pages, the club owns a dedicated double sided printer and then there’s just the folding and stapling to do before getting them in the envelopes for posting. I have said that I will do this edition and the next one for the autumn but after that it will over to the new incumbent. email@example.com is the e-mail address, which is probably the easiest way to contact me, but do please either write, or phone if you’d like a chat about it. All the details are on page 3. If you are interested please get in touch as soon as you can and I will give you all the help and encouragement I can. In the meantime don’t forget to let me have your best jokes and pictures for what will be my final edition.
FROM YOUR EDITOR’S OTHER HALF I would like to start by saying a very big “WELL DONE” to my dear husband on finally completing his Beauford and getting it through IVA. The build has most certainly been a labour of love over the past 11 years (but we won’t mention time frames!!!) and it is only since retiring last year that he has been able to give a full time commitment to getting it finished. We are now looking forward, weather permitting, to spending many hours cruising the leafy lanes of England’s beautiful countryside and more importantly, can attend shows with our Beauford instead of the Modus. We shall be at Exeter in October, so if you would like to see the completed wonder of the 11 year build (oops, mentioned time again!), we’d love to see you. My other exciting news is that, if you refer back to Issue No.64, Autumn 2005, you’ll see that I had started an ambitious cross stitch project, which I hoped would be finished by Christmas. As you can see from the picture, it was finally completed this year and I was able to give it to my Dad for his birthday in May. Sadly my Mum is not able to properly see what a very good likeness it is of her, but it now proudly sits on my Dad’s bed. I have to extend very grateful thanks to Liz for her part in my project. I had always intended to make it into a cushion, but not being a ‘Blue Peter’ type person, I was quite happy doing the cross stitch but hadn’t got a clue how I was going to make the cushion. Thankfully Liz, who is a very talented craft person, offered her help. We had an enjoyable trip into Rugby one day, when we were staying with them and chose material etc. Liz then very quickly produced the finished article you see in the picture. So a big “THANK YOU” Liz for all your help. If nothing else, we are persistent. We did eventually complete our projects, which we thoroughly enjoyed doing and are very proud of our achievements. I was quite pleased that I finished mine in a shorter time period than Dennis (oh dear! That time thing again!)
As this is the penultimate edition before Dennis stands down as editor and my final contribution, I would like to thank all those who have regularly contributed articles during the past 10 years. I have enjoyed my job as proof reader and head of envelope stuffing and stamping, being occasionally helped by our son Keith. By reading the address labels as I stuck them on, I was transported, not only around the country, but around the world, due to our overseas members. This made the task much more interesting. I wish you all safe and happy motoring in your Beaufords and look forward to meeting up at future shows.
OVENDEN’S OFFERING Now that summer is officially here I do hope you are all well and enjoying your Beaufords. It has been nice to attend some of the recent shows, meet people, have a catch up and admire other people’s Beaufords as ours is still not on the road. As mentioned in the last edition our car was being sprayed. When we took it in we were told it would probably be three or four weeks but this dragged out to over five weeks. Meanwhile we had booked our IVA test for the 19th April which, we worked out, would give us about three or four weeks to get the bits back on the car ready for its test. Unfortunately, because of the extra time it spent at the sprayers we only had 10 days to get it ready for IVA. Must admit the sprayers made a beautiful job on the car, and it seems that when a Beauford goes in for spraying its only the fully qualified sprayers who are allowed to work on them, the juniors or trainee sprayers just don’t get a look in, which is good I guess for us. Our spraying job was interrupted by the guy who owned the business going off on honeymoon and in his absence he had left strict instructions that no one else should touch our car! Anyway, having got the car back it was then full speed ahead to get everything back on which was an almost impossible task, especially as it took us three days to get the windscreen in! On the day before the test Tony started the car up and there was a loud bang and power steering fluid spurted out everywhere – one of the pipes had come off. Fixed the pipe and once more started the car and the same thing happened. We then got our local mechanic to look at it and he said it must be the power steering pump, it was now five in the afternoon and we were due to leave at seven in the morning. We therefore had to ring up IVA and cancel the test (lost our £450 as well). However, it turned out that there was nothing wrong with the pump but that a connector in one of the pipes was not really a connector but a one way valve – need I say more! The IVA test was then re-booked for 6th May and another £450 paid out, and although it was working out fairly expensive we were a little bit relieved as it meant that Tony could spend the extra time getting more things sorted on the car because we definitely knew that it would fail as it was. Come 6th May we duly arrived at IVA only to be told that the tester was off sick. Bearing in mind that
we had travelled 27 miles to get to the centre we were a bit peeved that no one had phoned us, especially as he had been off the day before, but I guess thatâ€™s government officials for you. Our third attempt at the IVA was re-booked for the 3rd June and we duly arrived there at 8.30 for the test. Unfortunately, but as expected it failed, but not on too many things and most of them a bit silly like the knob on the glove box stuck out too far (replaced it) the radio was too square (took the front off and put a vinyl cover over it) the heater knobs stuck out too far (replaced them with smaller ones), the corners of the wooden tray over the rack at the back had too sharp corners on it (yet to do this), the steering wheel spokes were too sharp on the edges (edging strip), the emissions were low but because the tick over revs were slightly high it was not a true reading, the speedo was out reading 70 mph when the car was doing 80 (itâ€™s electronic so can be adjusted) and the brakes were not efficient enough (probably because we discovered that there was a leak on one of the callipers. Also, we had used front seats from an XJS which we had recovered, but these failed as the headrests were too low, being the sort which fit directly onto the top of the seat (have fixed this by putting a spacer in between). When the car was up on the ramps and the tester was underneath it hot water dripped on him, but this was not a failure and it turned out that we had a leaking radiator which we have now replaced. We are now hoping that the re-test will take place in the next couple of weeks. I just want to be able to go out in our car for part of this summer as I really miss being able to take it to shows, etc. I really must tell you about an exchange of e-mails I have recently had with a Beauford owner in Cyprus. He is not a member of the club so I can put this in writing without fear of offence. The first e-mail arrived to say that he had purchased a Cortina based Beauford which had a 2.8 Nissan engine in it. He wanted power steering so asked me what steering wheel he should buy to give him this. I e-mailed back to explain about power steering pumps etc and that it had nothing to do with the steering wheel. A few more weeks went by when I received another e-mail from him to say that his gearbox had broken and that he had managed to get hold of a Cortina gearbox but it did not seem to fit. I tactfully replied that although his car was Cortina based the engine was actually a Nissan one and as such needed a Nissan gearbox. I await the next missive. 11
I read the following on a birthday card recently: A real man never reads instructions… After all it is only the manufacturer’s opinion on how to put something together. How very true! GPS Security Trackers In the last magazine I gave a write up on the GPS security trackers and would just like to let you know that the price of £99 (usually £129) has been extended indefinitely to club members. Tony has given this a lot of thought and has decided that in the whole scheme of things that £99 would be worth paying out for this tracker. We have therefore ‘treated’ ourselves to one for the Beauford and hopefully it may even mean that our next insurance premium may be lower. Insurance Please remember that most of the kit car insurance companies also do house buildings and contents cover as well so it may be worth contacting them to see if you can get a better deal if you have your car with them. IVA/MOT We now seem to have some clarification on the IVA/MOT saga. The DVLA have now agreed that once a car has passed its IVA it is registered as being built in the current year, i.e. 2011, but it will be given age related plates. This also means that as a 2011 registered vehicle you will not require an MOT for three years. DVLA/SORN As you know any car now on or off the road has either to have a SORN on it or insurance, so if you have a car which is not on the road and does not have a SORN then you must have it insured, even if it is an old wreck or your donor vehicle. I have also been told that the DVLA is definitely clamping down on kit cars which are still registered as the donor vehicle and any such car will have to be re-registered with accompanying IVA test. If you are about to purchase a second-hand Beauford then please ensure that it is registered as such or if it is still a Cortina then be prepared to
have to work on it and this should be reflected in the buying price. Congratulations I must give my congratulations to Paul Hicks, Joe Potter and Dennis Murphy whose cars have now passed their IVA. Commiserations Our heart felt commiserations go to Clifford Leask, who sadly lost his wife of many years just before Christmas. Clifford has been a club member for many years and he and his wife used to attend shows on a regular basis in their Beauford. We do wish him well. Editor After ten years being editor of the club magazine I am very sorry to say that Dennis Murphy has decided that he would like to step down from this position. On behalf of all the club members we would like to thank Dennis (and Maureen, his wife and helper) for all their hard work over the years in producing such a splendid magazine. Dennis has agreed to do this magazine and one more after which I am hoping that someone will volunteer to take over this position. If you would be interested in giving it a go then please let either Dennis or me know as soon as possible and we can give you all the relevant details. Obviously both Dennis and I would be there to help a new editor and show him or her the ropes. A printer and stapler would be provided and all paper, envelopes, stamps etc are paid for by the club â€“ its just your time and enthusiasm we require. E-mail addresses I have been going through my membership list and find that I am lacking e-mail addresses for some members and would be very grateful, if your membership number is one of the following, if you could possibly let me have your e-mail address or if you really do not have access to one then a quick note or phone call would be appreciated. You can just drop me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I can then add it to my records. The numbers are: 3, 25, 35, 171, 176, 257, 331, 337, 358, 371, 408, 462, 575, 604, 745, 834, 881 and 885. If you are not sure 13
of your membership number then the envelope containing this magazine has your number on it next to your name. Renewals Thanks to everyone who has sent their subs in for club membership. I still have about 30 or so who have not renewed and have not told me that they do not wish to renew despite e-mail reminders. If I get the chance I will send out further reminders but in the meantime they will not be receiving this magazine. National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh, 1st and 2nd May 2011 As you all know this is the main kit car show of the year, plus we have our AGM on the Sunday (see separate Minutes). On Sunday we had a fairly good turnout of 11 cars and there were at least four members present (ourselves included) who for one reason or another were unable to bring their Beaufords to the Show. The weather was good and we had plenty to eat and drink, convivial company and an altogether good time. Sunday evening saw eight of us meet up at the Harvester pub for dinner and catch up and unfortunately the evening went by too quickly as we were virtually the last to leave the pub! Once again thanks to everyone who helped set up the gazebo on Saturday and take it down again on Monday â€“ it never ceases to amaze me how it seems to take so much longer to set up than put away. Kit and Car Builder Show Detling 21st and 22nd May 2011 Having booked an indoor club stand some months back I was hoping that our car would have been finished by then, but as mentioned above, it was not meant to be. Once I realised that we were going to be stuck for a car I sent out a quick e-mail to Kent based local members and John Golding very kindly came to our rescue. Although he uses his car for weddings it was not booked out that week-end and he very kindly brought it over to the showground on Friday and left it there until the show finished on Sunday. Although I enjoyed this show, it is becoming obvious that many people in the car component business are not bothering to come to shows these days, probably because they can do their business on the internet. As a consequence the second hall which
we were in had plenty of room in it for others. In fact we could probably have had about three or four Beaufords in there! Once upon a time that hall was absolutely full of autojumble. Kit Car Show Newark, 18th and 19th June 2011 As previously mentioned we were only intended to attend this show on the Sunday and with the barest of club facilities. In fact we were not intending to take a gazebo up there, but on the day it was looking a bit rainy, so we put our own one in the back of the car which was fortunate as it did indeed rain and was rather windy. However, we did manage something of a record with four Beaufords present (would have been five if ours was on the road). The day started off with quite a few people present, but once again not a lot of autojumble but we did manage to get everything we were after. By about 3.00pm the show was getting quite empty so we decided to pack up then which meant we got home at a fairly reasonable time. Hampton Ferry Car Show, Boat Lane, Evesham Sunday 3rd July 2011 Dennis Dealey, the organiser of this show sent me details as it is in support of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit (cancer ward). The show itself had free entry as this is a non profit making event, there were no forms to fill in, people just arrived to enjoy a pleasant day alongside the River Avon with like minded folk. There was a licensed restaurant with reasonable prices for a sandwich or a full carvery. A trophy went to the ‘car of the day’ along with a yearly cup with your name and car engraved. All veteran, vintage, classic, kit cars, army vehicles, special, motorbikes, static or steam engines were welcomed. Something to put in your diary for next year? Kit and Car Builder Show, Exeter 22nd and 23rd October 2011 I have now heard from John Cooke, the organiser of this show and we have a stand booked so I am hoping to see you all there.
The Beauford Club Minutes of the 2011 Annual General Meeting held at the Warwick Rooms, NAC Stoneleigh on Sunday 1st May 2011 at 12 noon
Bill Buckley Chairman Liz Ovenden Secretary Dennis Murphy Editor Tony Ovenden Web Master Keith Woolfenden Committee Member Ken and Carol Price Debbie Buckley Maureen Murphy Hamish Freeman Ted and Chris Byron Pete and Maureen Horsfield John Forbes Derek Bracegirdle John Stirk Derek and Gwen Baguley Ray and Paula Dobbs Kevin Jones
Bill opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for attending the meeting Minutes of the 2010 Annual General Meeting It was agreed that any matters arising from the 2010 Annual General Meeting would be dealt with under the appropriate section of this meeting. Otherwise the Minutes were agreed. Chairmanâ€™s Report Bill gave thanks to the Committee, especially Liz, Dennis and Mike Peachey, who without them the Club would not exist. The events attended by the Club last year were this event (Stoneleigh) where the AGM was held, Newark, and Exeter. Last year at Stoneleigh there were 10 cars present on the Sunday, the same as this year but it was noted that there were at least four members present who for various reasons were not able to bring
their Beaufords to the show. Newark – again due to lack of members attending the club was only present at this show on Sunday Exeter – the club has an indoor stand at this show and thanks were given to Paul Hicks for putting his car on the club stand for the two days of this show. Bill reminded members that if they kept their Beaufords off road, say during the winter months and had not declared a SORN, then they must still have valid insurance during this time. Also new builders must have insurance when taking their cars for IVA – this has proved a problem as some insurance companies will only insure for seven days on a chassis number. Bill also mentioned that some insurance companies would not insure drivers once they reach the age of 69. Also it’s worth looking around for insurance if you intend to do occasional weddings, as one off ‘admin’ charges could put the cost of wedding insurance up considerably. Treasurer’s Report Mike Peachey had sent the Treasurer’s Report and Liz summarised this as follows. The figures in brackets being for the previous year Total income Subscriptions Advertising Regalia
£3635.36 (£2885.20) £1819 (£29 down on previous year) £784 (£165 down on the previous year’s unprecedented result) £27.80 (£18.64)
Total expenditure Car show expenses Insurance Depreciation
£2255.10 (£637 down from last year) £154 (less than half of last year) £196.87 (same as last year) £255.29 (£928.12) which will fall to £66 next year The surplus for the year, amounting to £380.26 puts the accumulated fund at £11,606.14. Total bank balances at the end of February 2011 were £10,794.47. Mike was thanked for his excellent accounts. Secretary/Membership Secretary’s Report Last year the membership remained the same as the previous year 17
at 214 members, but new members were up by three to 21 from 18. There are currently 56 members who have not renewed but some of these I hope will do so following reminders which have very recently been sent out. Since the 1st March this year there have been two new members as opposed to eight new members last year. Regarding the charge of £10 for being on the wedding list, there are 16 members on the list who have not renewed and their listings have now been removed. With effect from June this year, banks, in the first phase of stopping the use of cheques will be cancelling cheque guarantee cards. With effect from renewal next year (2012) the Club will hopefully be making arrangements for members to pay their renewals by bank transfers although cheque guarantee cards do not affect the £10 membership fee. PayPal is available but for each £10 received 54p is deducted as fees by PayPal. There are still the occasional Cortina registered Beaufords coming to light. Members should note that any car so registered will have to comply with and pass an IVA test before it can become registered for road use. Despite having asked Beauford Cars for a comment on their situation, nothing has been received from them. Note: Since the meeting contact has been made with Beauford Cars who say that business has picked up a bit recently and they have car(s) to build. Editor’s Report Four editions have been sent out this year. The last magazine to go out was slightly thinner than usual because of time restraints. All future adverts will be in black and white. Webmaster’s Report The web site was still self supporting due to revenue from the adverts page, although he did not think there had been quite so
many adverts as in previous years, which may be due to a knock on effect of not so many new cars being purchased. Unfortunately the hosting companyâ€™s statistics page has been down for several days, so at the date of the meeting figures for the previous year were unavailable. However, it was hoped that they would be available to go in the Minutes. Note: Since the meeting the statistics for the web site have become available. The main ones to note are that in the past year, the number of â€˜hitsâ€™ on the following two pages were: Sales and Wants Wedding Listings
As this is the first time we have been able to obtain individual page hit numbers it is difficult to say whether the figures have gone up or down on previous years. Tony reminded the meeting that the last page on the web site is for links to useful companies which members may find of use, e.g. insurance companies, Ford and Nissan spares, chrome plating and other services and even a site dedicated to traffic and weather reports. Election of Committee Dennis Murphy, who has been our Editor for ten years, has after much thought decided to tender his resignation as Editor, although he has agreed to stay on as a Committee member. He did agree to do another two editions of the magazine whilst a new editor was being sought. The members present (with reluctance) accepted his resignation and thanked him for all his hard work. If any member would like to take over as Editor then please contact Dennis who will discuss the work involved. The position of Treasurer is also open to anyone UK based as Mike Peachey our current Treasurer resides in France. Although Mike is happy to continue doing our accounts it may be easier if we had someone UK based. As no other Committee member had tendered their resignations it was agreed on a show of hands that the remaining Chairman and Committee carry on for another year. 19
Club Activities Hamish mentioned that he had been unable to obtain permission for Beauford owners to have their cars photographed at Brooklands, as mentioned in the last Minutes. If there are any shows which members think the club would benefit from attending then please let either Bill or Liz know. Club Facilities The trailer had only been used once in the last year, but if any member wanted to take it to a show then they should contact Liz. It was decided that as the hot water boiler had now become slightly hazardous it should be replaced. Any Other Business A proposal for the AGM Agenda had been received from Derek Bracegirdle as follows: That the club membership consider making a nominal contribution, for services rendered throughout the year, to A - the Secretary B -the Editor and C -The Treasurer of an amount of £100 each or a figure sub-proposed at the meeting. Following receipt of this proposal Liz had visited the local Inland Revenue office to discuss it with them. She was told that if the club pays us a token remuneration of £100 or whatever, and if the recipients are receiving income on which they pay tax, any extra amounts they receive would also be subject to 20p in the pound tax. Not only that but should the club start paying their officials then they would have to be registered as a salary paying club, with all the paperwork involved (an accountant would also have to be employed). The recipients of this remuneration would also have to do a separate declaration to the Inland Revenue. Although the gesture was appreciated it was stated that the committee members concerned did their ‘jobs’ on a voluntary basis and were quite happy to continue to do so. The proposal was put to the meeting but was not seconded and therefore not voted upon. Derek was thanked for his kind thoughts and for bringing the proposal to the meeting. Regarding the magazine and the resignation of Dennis as editor, it was thought that serious consideration ought to be given to sending
out an E-Mag as this seemed to be the way that several clubs were going. At the same time a quote would be obtained for having the magazine printed by a professional printing company. There being no further business the meeting then closed with members being thanked for attending. Minutes prepared by
Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have. Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news she said, “Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love...I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness. The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.” Edna replied, “He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry…How soon can I go home?” Happy Mental Health Day! You can do your bit by passing this on to an unstable friend...
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WHAT’S THAT NOISE? A blonde ran over an interior sprung mattress on the highway, and decided not to worry - just kept on driving. It caught on the underside of her Ford. The ensuing jumble finally whipped around enough to tear a hole in the fuel tank and it was the lack of fuel that finally brought her vehicle to its knees. She had managed to drive 30 miles, with a 60 pound tangle of stuff wrapped around the drive shaft. She had it towed to her Ford dealership, and complained that the vehicle was making a “sort of a noise” when she was driving at high speeds. These photos show what they found in the garage.
PUZZLE TIME A little silver-haired lady called her neighbour and said, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.” Her neighbour asked her, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?” The little silverhaired lady said, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.” Her neighbour decided to go over and help with the puzzle. She let him in and showed him where she has the pieces spread out all over the table. He studied the pieces for a moment, looked at the box, then turned to her and said, “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to get these pieces to look anything like a rooster.” He took her hand and said, “Secondly, I want you to relax and not worry about it. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then,” he said with a deep sigh, “We’ll put all the corn flakes back in the box.”
Maureen Horsfield A group of 40-year old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the waiters there had tight pants and nice asses. 10 years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food was good and the wine selection was excellent. 10 years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they could dine in peace and quiet and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean. 10 years later, at age 70, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the restaurant was wheel chair accessible and had an elevator. 10 years later, at 80 years of age, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they had never been there before.
PARKING SUCCESS I have been sent details of a successful appeal against a Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket) by Allan Razey. Apparently his car had been returned from the garage and the mechanic parked it in a side street near his shop. The yellow lines in this area were very badly worn and had not been properly ‘maintained to an enforceable standard’ Allan sent in his appeal accompanied by photographs showing the state of the road and received a letter containing the admission that the PCN should not have been issued and an apology for any inconvenience caused. Apparently there is no such thing in law as a ‘No Parking’ sign. The legislation refers to waiting. Allan also sent me a newspaper cutting with the story about a chap in London who won a High Court appeal against a ticket because he drove off before the warden could actually place the ticket on his car or hand it to him. However, within a week this loophole had been closed. As long as the warden has evidence of a car being parked illegally, usually a digital photo, the notice can be posted to the owner. A more recent article, this time taken from the Daily Express (15.6.2011), concerns the rules regarding parking on private land such as supermarket car parks. In this case if you receive a letter from the company managing the parking this is not a fine but an invoice. If you don’t pay up the company will have to take you to court. But first they need to know the name of the driver, who is not necessarily the registered keeper. There is no obligation on you to disclose the driver’s name, so if it honestly wasn’t you and you don’t tell them who it was, they will have to find out by other means. Also the signage has to be clearly visible and unambiguous. If you were the driver at the time, the offer to send them a small sum to cover the extra hour’s parking or whatever, might be enough to get you off the hook, but a claim for £100 or so for going over the time limit by a few minutes would probably be deemed excessive by a court and they wouldn’t want to risk costs in pursuing you. So good luck if you think you have been hard done by and you are appealing (to the court, not to me, that is)
Curing a Fuel Starvation Problem Early on in my Beauford build I concluded that the Beauford factory approach of simply using a high pressure pump connected between the tank and the fuel injection rail would not be reliable as the tank does not include a swirl pot. These are fitted to modern fuel injected vehicles to maintain fuel in the vicinity of the fuel pump intake under all conditions such as cornering and when near empty. I made up a separate ‘swirl pot’ using the original Ford Sierra fuel tank high pressure pump, still on its own tank mounting plate, which was then soldered to a beer kit can. A combined return to the tank from both engine and can included a one-way valve to avoid possible air recirculation to the can. A bracket was welded to the tank support on the car (driver’s side) and a clamping arrangement made to attach the can to the bracket. Whilst the system initially self primed, as soon as any load was applied the fuel rate proved insufficient and the engine died. A ‘carburettor’ type electric lift pump was added which then kept the can full. At that time I was deep in the problems of steam in the exhaust, so as the fuel system was ‘not as recommended’ I reluctantly swapped the swirl pot arrangement for a Jaguar XJ6 fuel injection pump as per Beauford’s recommendations. After a short period of use, I was infuriated to find that the pump was filling up with metal dust from the ‘many times cleaned’ tank. It finally seized about a week before the first IVA test. I fitted a generously sized in-line filter upstream and, despite the pump being a non-serviceable item I cleaned it out, which proved to be a character building experience. Finally the pump worked again and gave the requisite 2 bar at the fuel rail. In this condition the engine easily passed its emissions test on the first IVA but somehow the car felt somewhat lacking in performance, particularly as the donor was a Sierra GT and despite the tailor-made differential giving the same ‘engine speed to road speed’ ratio with large wheels as with
standard wheels in the donor. The crux of the matter came on the way to the Exeter Show last year when attempting to overtake a very slow line of cars going up the steep hill where the A35 finally opens up into a dual carriageway between Winterbourne Abbas and Bridport. I got half way up the hill when suddenly cough-cough - bad fuel starvation forced me to rapidly get back in line and cringe the rest of the way to the top - very embarrassing! Careful driving was required from then on to avoid more of the same. The possibility of an even larger less restrictive filter existed but this system had to go because, as expected, it was a pain on corners even with half a tank as fuel starvation was always waiting to catch me out should I corner too fast. Thus it was time to reappraise the swirl pot design in lieu of the fact that it was not actually the cause of the steam that was finally attributed to the need to allow the ECU to recalibrate itself after the battery had been removed and reconnected. Examination of other people's external swirl pot designs suggested that experience had shown that the recirculation fuel from the engine was best taken back to the swirl pot which itself had a separate unrestrictive return to the tank. A low pressure lift pump was used to maintain the fuel level in the swirl pot, which would run flat out at all times, somewhat of an overkill if one considers that the main advantage of using a carburettor style lift pump to fill the swirl pot is that such devices cut off when the requisite pressure is achieved. My design now uses a restrictor in the return to the tank which enables a slightly higher pressure to be maintained in the pot whilst bleeding out any air and minimising the on-time of the lift pump due to quite large hysteresis in its pressure switching. The question arose as to whether this slightly higher pressure would overburden the pressure relief valve on the fuel rail as the high pressure pump is nominally a constant Delta-P device 27
and would add the head of the pot to the supply pressure to the rail as well as the relief from the rail returning to a slightly higher pressure? In this case the quickest way to find out was to try. My original design of swirl pot had only one return line to the tank so, after nearly two years in the spares box, the pot was retrieved, an extra union was attached to the main plate and the system pressure tested. To my dismay I could get no flow through the pump and this left only one alternative - take the pot apart - not something I wanted to do in view of the heat required would be likely to melt the electrical connector. Before this I made up a mini inspection lamp using a heavily modified ‘Book illuminator’, which has a very small diameter white LED. This enabled me to see through the union that the built-in nylon micro-gauze filter on the pump was in fact hard against the end face and over the period of inactivity had become solidified. This left no option but to take the whole thing apart and start again. The plastic connector survived enough for me to Araldite it back in place and for it to remain fuel tight. After some judicious repositioning of the top seal for the pulsation damper, it was possible to move the pump up nearly 10mm towards the top plate, thus allowing a loosely wound coil spring to be inserted into the nylon filter at the entry to the pump to ensure that it remains open and spread out at all times. A new can was soldered onto the main plate and the assembly mounted on the car only to find that the ‘approved minimum’ curve on the ‘back to tank’ recirculation pipe led to encroachment on the chassis. A lot of very careful bending was then necessary to finally get clearance and maintain pipe cross section without crimping. Finally it was all fitted, the electrics modified for the revised connections and time to start - prime the swirl pot with an external battery on the lift pump, check recirculation back to the tank, refit all the hoses, hit the key and ... it started! By then it was quite late so the system was left full of fuel and under pressure overnight. Next day it was a relief to find that nothing had leaked. A quick check on
the rail pressure at idle showed that it was indeed the target 2 bar so off for a drive. What a difference! The car that had previously felt stodgy, required ‘foot to the board’ for any performance and was a general disappointment was now lively, flexible and definitely something with some ‘get up and go’! The final test was on one of the local dual carriageways up a steep hill and yes, it was now finally possible to accelerate uphill with no fear of fuel starvation! Judging from my experience, I would certainly recommend anyone who is building a petrol-engined Beauford with fuel injection to adopt a separate swirl pot system to overcome the shortcomings of having to use the Beauford vertical tank without an inboard swirl pot. Be warned however that it is a lot easier to connect all of this together without the rear seat in position! I have now covered enough ground to need a fill-up to enable me to assess the swirl pot effect. The results are very encouraging for a journey of 143 miles, even if a third of the mileage was undertaken with the previous HP pump only. The consumption has improved from a meagre 23-26 miles/gallon variance to date to over 31 miles/gallon plus the benefit of a responsive vehicle that is enjoyable to drive.
ROAD SAFETY Should every driver have 'road safety' uppermost in her/his mind? This objective will be nice. Unfortunately, this subject can be far from reality. All of us are aware of the bad tempered, belligerent, uncouth, irrational, bully on the road driving a black 4x4 like a tank, expecting the 'freedom' of the road. This type of driver must underwrite his own insurance fund and lose his savings when he causes a crash. Also, overtaking on the inside must be outlawed. It must be made illegal.
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