Sc@ Chi

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  1. Minibitz (Lee) is awesome, also Minispares.com - delivery can be as little as a week depending on time zones/ordering time/couriers etc. Windscreen: Can be a pain in the arse. Trade Me or Minibitz for new rubber and filler strip, but while the screen's out remove the dash and check everything behind there (electrics, heating) as you can't really remove the dash with the window in. Front subframe: May be better to get a new (to you) one. Headlights: Common to everything that came out of the UK post-war (WW1 that is). Upgrade to H4s but install relays so your wiring doesn't catch fire. Stop lights: Multimeter on the switch (front right of the subframe) first, the bulbs. PM me and I'll send you some new rear shocks.
  2. Do it. They are not that bad at all, once you get used to them and the manliness to onlookers is worth 20bhp easy. Mind you, my PE400 could kick back like a bitch and more than once I was hopping round the garage forecourt swearing into my (crash) helmet.
  3. You're right, you have the advantage of a separate chassis. Should make it much easier. You should draw up what you plan to do, making sure it's neither weaker than the original structure nor too strong, i.e. retains some of the original crumple zones. I know, it doesn't make sense with old cars but it's what I did with my plans for a Mini flip front (a crumple zone in a Mini? Well, it's what they said...). Then send your drawing to the LVVTA technical committee (costs $35 or something like that) and they'll approve your plans. Build it to the plans and you're sorted. Bear in mind that not all certifiers can sign off chassis modifications like this. You'll be needing a certifier anyway with the engine swap, so planning ahead and talking it through makes sense. They will be able to guide you as well, usually over the phone or email. The LVVTA forum is a great resource; Justin (the admin) seems to monitor it and answer questions accurately and quickly. I just wish I'd asked a question there before starting down a suspension upgrade on our Clubman Estate... I like Scimitars, or anything that is less likely to rust. They still look great even though the design must be 40 years old.