I think I just killed a 1960 850 Austin Mini

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Re: I think I just killed a 1960 850 Austin Mini

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Have you had any further contact with the guy who did the inspection? Surely if he can say that the monocoque is unchanged, only the bolt on boot-lid, that's going to help? they won't surely argue against their own inspector? (if he'll commit his opinion given what has happened)

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It may not be that hole, it may be from a self tapper or something else.
He said that I would not have any issues so they are already ignoring his opinion.
I think I am inadvertently a test case for a quickly growing industry and if it wasn’t a drilled hole it would be something else.
Just bad luck really
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Strange things happening at DVLA.
A cautionary note regarding Chassis Plates from the FBHVC.
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To what extent will they go to prove the plate is original ?. A new plate can easily be made to look old, how will they be able to determine that it isn't ?.
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I don't really understand what they are saying.

Two questions

1) If I purchased a new heritage body shell with newly made chassis plate that would that be a Q plate?

2) Or if I purchased a new heritage body shell with a removed old chassis plate that would keep the original number plate?

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even though you could have documented proof of identity, the old chassis plate in your hand, and a big old car standing front and centre, the DVLA needs it to have an IVA which it will fail.
If they figure out a way of proving a plates age, they will also have to figure out how to tell when it was fitted.
And I guess if the rivets wear out……ah geees I’m going back to my corner.
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With DVLA, the answer has ALWAYS been to tell them as little as possible. On no account tell them you've reshelled it. Ignorance is bliss with this lot.
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Costa is dead right. Never, ever, not ever tell them anything UNLESS they tell you what they know to start with. And if it means taking a specialist vehicle orientated solicitor with you to back them into a corner, then so be it.

Sorry to be so bloody truculent here but I have seen them, in their previous DVLC guise, at work

Added later..... the same applies to any of these semi autonomous quango's and ALWAYS ask them to state quite categorically where their authority comes from. This thread really has got me going. It really brings out the asshole in me!
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So how are all of these other companies doing these conversions getting away with it ?. Are they just not telling DVLA ?
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In the majority of cases it would appear that way.
If you do see a converted classic, just type the Registration Number into the DVLA Vehicle Checker. Most are either Petrol or Diesel.

Some would say the whole subject is about Tax Evasion, if you have a Tin Foil Hat you may even think it’s about the ability to control the movement of people by choking the Fossil Fuel Supply and forcing us all in to Teslas (rather than home built electric cars) where Mr.Musk can watch and listen to your every move then decide whether you’re allowed your freedom or not at the flick of his switch.
Crikey, where did that come from?
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