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Anton Redman II

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  1. The CT report advises you of things which do not mean a failure or a return visit. The next list of items require a return visit within two months with the fault corrected.

    The failure I had which was severe brake imbalance at the rear did not require the car to be low loaded and I could drive it to the garage to have it fixed before a contra visit.

    Agree with separation of test and repair work
  2. Concensus on net seems to be than life may be as short as two years in Southern Spain where large dishes,lots of sunshine and marginal reception mean any deterioration leads to regular replacement.

    Equally loads of 10 year plus LNBs must be in use in Northern GB and Sky do not seem to inundated with calls about LNBs.

    However everbody agrees performance can decrease with age or abruptly stop.

    I would see what happens when weather cools down or sunspot activity decreases.
  3. If somebody had a country cottage in say the Lake District in England and said they had Sat TV and I found all they had was French TV I might be a bit upset
  4. Broadly dealers have to account for VAT on the profit they make selling second hand cars not the full price. Attached note covers it in more detail


    But the VAT they account for is not recoverable by a VAT registered business nor I suspect on export
  5. Old note about engine changes in France - written by me so I feel free to quote :

    As in many things in France it can be done but you need Friends in Low Places and persistence. I have navigated a Renault 8 detailed as a Gordini with a Renault 16 engine and gearbox. I do not think that the 306s with the 407 V6 which were coming out of Scotland in small number 10 years ago would be on.

    First case – Mini 850 to Mini 1275GT possible and easy provided everything else is changed and the manufacturer authorises the conversion.

    Second case – BDA engine into Escort Mexico or RS 2000. Even though Ford may agree car never sold in France. See list of tests and weep

    Third case – Manufacturer does not comment, test and inspections as listed.

    Forth case – Manufacturers says no. So you cannot build a Merlin engine into a Silver Shadow estate

    Tidied up translation below :

    Change of engine (source http://www.aquitaine.drire.gouv.fr)

    The change of engine and / or transmission on a vehicle is a delicate operation, which may have influence on safety: handling, Braking, impact resistance front. Prior to processing, the opinion of the vehicle manufacturer must be asked. Four cases can then occur:

    • The manufacturer authorizes the conversion of a vehicle type X, and states that the vehicle is consistent with a known model (if necessary after adjustment) type Z: the receipt as may be isolated granted. The fiscal power of the converted vehicle will be identical to that of known model sold in France

    • The manufacturer authorizes the conversion, but the vehicle does not comply fully converted to the model-known as a single receipt can be given, but the power Tax will be recalculated. It will probably be higher than the known model.

    • The manufacturer does not comment on the conversion, the application will be forwarded to the Division of Technical Controls DRIRE for consideration. Specific tests can then be applied (such as brake tests by a laboratory recognized as UTAC)

    • The manufacturer is opposed to the transformation. The conversion will not be registered.

    Records to be filed with the Prefecture

    • Printed CERFA registration application, completed and signed.

    • A cheque for the current price (to be given when presenting the vehicle to DRIRE).

    • Description of specific changes.

    • Registration document for the original car and a photocopy

    • Proof of the origin engine and / or transmission (eg, certificate of destruction of the vehicle type Y whose elements are derived, invoice detailing Engine the type and number of engine and / or transmission as well as the trade name of vehicle it was mounted (eg, BX 15, 405SRI) or type Y)

    • The technical advice of the manufacturer detailing all the changes to be made to adapt the engine and / or transmission of the Y type, and whether the vehicle type is X or not conform to a design already approved type Z.

    • A certificate issued by transformer (on company letterhead stating the name and title of signatory) confirming that the transformation was performed according to the rules of art and requirements set by the vehicle manufacturer

    • Descriptive notes the types of vehicles before (Type X) and after processing (type Z), if the original engine and / or transmission (type Y)

    • A ticket to control emissions of pollutants, accepted (eg performed in a technical control centre for light vehicles).

    • A report of noise control, established by a brigade of technical control of the national police, accepted

    • Prove control the suppression by the technical services of broadcast service France, accepted (unless the new diesel engine)

    •Figures for corner weights of the unladen vehicle

    • If the vehicle has more than 4 years, copies of minutes (initial and additional after change) Controlle Technique(MOT)


    A metal plate bearing the information below should be riveted to the plate near the original manufacturer manufacturers plate.



    VIN Number

    Reason for Change


    DIMENSIONS: 10 x 7 cm CHARACTERS: The minimum height 4 mm brand, type and serial number (VIN) will be those contained in the vehicle registration current.

    The date will be the RTI appointment made for the presentation of the vehicle to DRIRE

  6. Have you ever had anything set up on a rolling road ?

    Never seen anything with an A series which has not had a significant improvement in torque. Anything with an SU carburetor can have both the size and shape of the needle changed. Changing the taper does make a difference accross the flow range and which does make a difference.

  7. Suggest you sort out air travel first.

    We were shocked at how expensive Tunisia was a destination from France versus last minute from UK
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