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I got told when my car failed on rust, I could either bring back a receipt from a panel shop for the repair

or bring the car back with that area in bare steel to show the wof guy the repair.

I paid a panel shop and just returned with a receipt and got a wof

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I am looking at options to put some decent brakes on the front of my 1968 Firebird. Summit racing has these kits from Classic Performance that use C% corvette calipers, discs and hubs. The question I have is will the aftermarket spindle pass certification or not?

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Cpp stuff is usually ok, the main concern with aftermarket spindles is what they are made of and what the spindle pin is made of, the fact that kit uses a bolt on wheel bearing kit gets rid of the spindle pin issue  

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39 minutes ago, cletus said:

Cpp stuff is usually ok, the main concern with aftermarket spindles is what they are made of and what the spindle pin is made of, the fact that kit uses a bolt on wheel bearing kit gets rid of the spindle pin issue  

Thank you

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I'm quite keen on these new Sparco Stradale seats for "oldschool aplications". Issue is that they have no head rest. Is this going to cause an issue?

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For reference, my current Racepro seats are 810mm on the F dimensions.

Here's the only pic of them in a car (Datsun 510) that I can find:

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6 hours ago, zep said:

I'm quite keen on these new Sparco Stradale seats for "oldschool aplications". Issue is that they have no head rest. Is this going to cause an issue?

If you have anything hard within 300mm of the back of the seat then yes you will need a headrest, I suspect the cage will be your nemesis.

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16 hours ago, KKtrips said:

If you have anything hard within 300mm of the back of the seat then yes you will need a headrest, I suspect the cage will be your nemesis.

Ah yep. I imagine even the b pillar would be within 300mm. There are a severe lack of new retro inspired buckets that look good.

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4 hours ago, cletus said:

A head rest doesnt have to be part of the seat, it could be attached to something else, it is reasonably common for hot rods to have them attached to things like the roll bar or to the body  

Do you have any examples of this?  Could that just be roll Cage foam?

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I've failed a wof on rust before. I just had to get the panelbeaters to print me out a letter on their letter head which stated that 'rust on x pillar has been repaired with welded-in steel plates'.

ebay coilovers: 

can they pass a cert? I just want something that's a bit more adjustable than lowering springs that will be alright for looks and back road drives, not race spec. 

Following this article it seems pretty straightforward http://lowvolumevehicle.co.nz/resource-pages/suspension/ , but dont coilovers have to be a reputable brand? I remember reading something about them having to be a reputable brand, but may be thinking about some other suspension component! 

Thanks in advance 

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That link is to a page run by a disgruntled ex certifier who got sued by lvvta for defamation so I wouldn't put too much emphasis on what's on there

I wouldn't certify a no name brand coilover, I dunno about other certifiers but in my opinion it's not worth the risk to say some cheap crap is all good when I have no idea what the insides are made like 

I have seen a set of china coilovers that the piston fell off the end of the shaft and it all flopped around and destroyed itself 

 

 

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Out of interest for coilover manufacturers.  What about Japanese brands that aren't well known here?

I've got some KTS coilovers which seems to be somewhat common in Japan, but a tier below the name brands, ie HKS, Apexi, Tein etc.

Would a quick google from the certifier be enough to see that its not a shit chinese brand, or will i run into issues as its likely they'd have never had them presented for cert previously?

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Depends on the certifier I guess, and their level of experience with japanese parts. I cant speak for other certifiers but you can usually tell just from looking at something whether its shit or not , or at least if you need to investigate further 

 

I cant remember ever failing any Japanese brands on quality issues, lots of worn out problems though. 

 

Especially when 20+year old imports from japan got popular

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42 minutes ago, cletus said:

Depends on the certifier I guess, and their level of experience with japanese parts. I cant speak for other certifiers but you can usually tell just from looking at something whether its shit or not , or at least if you need to investigate further 

 

I cant remember ever failing any Japanese brands on quality issues, lots of worn out problems though. 

 

Especially when 20+year old imports from japan got popular

Hi mate, not trying to beat up the messenger (wouldn't want your job for all the tea in China!)  but it does raise a question. I'm interested to know if you are given any specific guidelines or is the  subjective "you can usually tell just from looking at something whether its shit or not" that you have to rely on? If so that's a huge amount of potential personal liability you have to shoulder and the obvious question is do you guys get any public liability cover?

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10 hours ago, sr2 said:

I'm interested to know if you are given any specific guidelines or is the  subjective "you can usually tell just from looking at something whether its shit or not" that you have to rely on? If so that's a huge amount of potential personal liability you have to shoulder and the obvious question is do you guys get any public liability cover?

Yes, there are 

Lvv standards

The car construction manual

Info sheets

Certifier email updates

Newsletters

Usually training twice a year 

NZTA sends a reviewer every two years to be present while a vehicle is certified, and the certifier has to show all their paperwork and recording systems to prove they are doing things properly 

Random jobs are desktop audited when they go through LVVTA for processing as well. 

 

So the shit/not shit assessment is like that adjustable spanner in your toolbox, you dont use it often because there are better tools available most of the time

 

 

As for coverage, we have to have insurance policies for public liability and professional indemnity as part of our operating requirements 

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