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General Discussion / Re: Part built car
« Last post by Nigel Haldane on March 18, 2021, 08:58:46 PM »
Hi it sounds like a bulldog, a chap called Ian watches this site and he has a lot of information, hopefully he will drop you a note. A photo of the car would help. Nigel
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General Discussion / Part built car
« Last post by johnboy on March 18, 2021, 08:54:24 PM »
Hi, new to these cars but collected this part built a few weeks ago. Looks like it was built, possibly complete, but then somebody started to dismantle it. Looks like mostly Marina parts with an 1800 engine.
Is it still possible to get a build manual? I don't even know which version...
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General Discussion / Re: Custom Brake Hoses on my 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on February 25, 2021, 11:47:54 PM »
Thanks for the links, after a bit of looking around they(car builder solutions) have some videos on Youtube, this one shows how to make your own custom hoses


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tdsgZ-KfWI
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General Discussion / Re: Custom Brake Hoses on my 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on February 21, 2021, 10:36:34 PM »
Thanks for all the links, I will take good look at them tomorrow. My hoses look fine but they have been on for a long time so I plan to replace them before too long.

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General Discussion / Re: Logbook for Bulldog Marina Based
« Last post by istreatf on February 21, 2021, 12:25:38 PM »
Just for the record, I have just been speaking to John about this problem, and he is in possession of the log book of the original donor car, together with a set of number plates which the car was driven around on for several years, so there is a chance that we can hope that the DVLA will look kindly upon this particular case and issue a new V5C in the name of the current owner, and possibly showing the car as a Bulldog. John has spent the last (covid) year refurbishing the car (body off!) with no knowledge of the technical requirements of the IVA test, so there is little or no chance it could pass the test without modification. I know that the DVLA had an amnesty for kit cars that were not correctly registered, which is long gone, but there must be so few kit-cars our there now that are wrongly registered that getting one off that list and correctly registered must be something that they might well want to do? John has already spoken to the DVLA and they want to see a few forms filled in. Anyway I am going to help John on this path for now and see what happens. Nothing to loose and everything to gain I think. Wish us luck! Anything to prove that the car was used on the road would be helpful, so if anyone has any pictures of BKF 738K at a show, or anywhere come to think of it, or remembers the original owner/builder John Thomas (yes I know) who hailed from Liverpool please let me know.
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General Discussion / Re: Custom Brake Hoses on my 3000
« Last post by Nigel Haldane on February 21, 2021, 12:01:30 PM »
I have had a look around and one end is 3/8 unf banjo the other end I have a metric fitting I think, as the rest of my breaks are BMW’s,
Have a look at this or there are some places that will make them from your sizes
https://www.classicfordmag.co.uk/tech/make-your-own-braided-brake-lines/
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https://www.carbuilder.com/cbs_catalogue.pdf
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General Discussion / Re: Custom Brake Hoses on my 3000
« Last post by Nigel Haldane on February 21, 2021, 10:16:14 AM »
You can get braided hose that you put the end on yourself. I have fitted these to my car from the start, not hard to do, have a look at merlin motorsport or Europa, I will have a look at the size when I get home.
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General Discussion / Custom Brake Hoses on my 3000
« Last post by jon3000 on February 21, 2021, 10:00:29 AM »
I was thinking about replacing my front brake hoses on my 3000. The build manual calls for the same hoses on the front and back but they seemed too short for the front, so I fitted longer ones of the same style on the front. To be honest I think they are touch long and I would prefer something in between. I have looked at custom hoses but I am not sure what the ends are. Any advice on the the bits I need to buy or make my own custom hoses . I have the standard cortina brake calipers, does anyone know if they are metric?

Can anyone give me advice on the things I need, that would be great.
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General Discussion / Re: Logbook for Bulldog Marina Based
« Last post by jon3000 on February 21, 2021, 09:36:09 AM »
I hope you take up the challenge. I wish you success with the IVA test, I did its predecessor the SVA test for my 3000 kit in 2004, so I am out of date but I believe the IVA is not hugely different. It may seem daunting but don't be put off. As Ian says read the IVA manual lots of times to take it in, it will make you understand the alterations that you will need to make, and will save you money and time in the long run. The thing about kit cars is that you spend can a lot of time doing things over if you don't think through all the implications of changes. To give you an idea of the content it covers things like

The height of all the lights, the spacing of lights.
Mandatory lights rear fogs etc
Curves of all the external features.
Design of Mirrors and position
Protrusion and design of door/boot handles,Hinges,
Wheel being inside the body
Cockpit switches
cockpit instrument lights markings
curves and protrusion on the dashboard
Security of the cable loom


Whilst I painted my my car before the SVA, I would advise against it because if you did end up making any alterations to the car for the test it would make it more difficult .

I urge you to take on the challenge, the reward of doing so is amazing,  I had to go for the retest after failing on some points but it was an amazing high driving home, at least it was until my brake caliper seized on the way home!
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General Discussion / Re: Logbook for Bulldog Marina Based
« Last post by istreatf on February 16, 2021, 08:15:46 PM »
If your car has never been registered then you will have to have it IVA tested, which will be some task unless it was built with the IVA in mind. Has it ever been on the road? I am guessing here, have you just acquired it?
It is not impossible to get a car that was never designed to pass that test but it is difficult and time consuming changing the many parts that will fail the test. I have built a Pilgrim Hawthorn to pass the SVA test - the fore-runner of the IVA test - just to prove it can be done, but if you choose to undertake the task, obtain the manual first and spend a few weeks reading and re-reading it until you understand exactly what you are letting yourself in for.
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