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23rd December

I arrive back from the SVA at about 9.30, and start to worry about registering the car next. All along I've been hoping to get it on a new '52' plate rather than a 'Q'. To get a new plate you must use all new parts apart from being allowed one component which is reconditioned to 'as new' condition. This will depend therefore on the DVLA accepting that my engine is reconditioned to 'as new' condition. To this end I've kept all my receipts form the engine rebuild and have written a report detailing the rebuild.

I get all my forms together along with the cheque book and set off in the Evo. When I'd initially enquired at the VRO they'd told me they only inspected a random proportion of cars. The local VRO is on the same site as the main DVLA building. When I arrived there was no queue (I was lucky - it seemed really busy the rest of the time I was there!) and I handed over my paperwork. The lady dealing with me clearly was a bit lost with a kitcar registration and said she'd consult with a colleague. I could see them at the back of the office looking through the paperwork, including having a look through the engine rebuild report, which I'd put in a PVC folder with the pages in clear pockets.

Click here to download the engine rebuild report (Adobe Acrobat PDF format 1.2 Megabytes).

After a few minutes the lady came back and said they'd need to make me an appointment for the vehicle to be inspected. At this point her colleague who'd come up to the counter asked if I had the car with me. "No, but I'm local and can be back here with it in ten minutes or so". She said that would be OK, so long as I was there by 11.

Back into the Evo, bomb home, get my weather gear back on, and out again in the Westy. Chris rides shotgun this time, the first ride he's been waiting so long for!

Back at the VRO we're kept waiting a bit as they're pretty busy. After 10 minutes the second lady (the one who knows about kitcars) says she'll meet me by the car. She asks to see the VIN. I show her the VIN plate, but she asks if there's a number stamped on the chassis. I show her where it is. It's pretty dark under the nosecone and I'm sure she can't really read it all, she's not as well prepared as the SVA inspectors who had a torch and definitiely did check it carefully. Next she checks the engine number. Then asks me if the rest of the car is new, which I confirm, and add that it was spotlessly clean until this morning! She's already seen my certificate of newness from Westfield anyway. She sems happy and says she'll see us inside again. I pop the bonnet back on and Chris and I wait. I'm on tenterhooks waiting to see what the outcome is. A few minutes later I'm called to the counter and handed a tax disk and told the log book will be in the post. I say thank you, turn back to Chris and have a look at the disk. YESSSSSS!! It's a '52'.

So finally, 5 weeks and 6 days after first taking the car for SVA it's road legal, and we're on a new plate. It's officially a new car.

All that remains is to get some number plates, so I pop down in the Evo to our local spares shop and wait while he makes up a couple of plates. I'm not sure about the front one, standard ones look pretty naff on Westies and will ground quite easily. In the end I just stick it on with some double sided tape. Since there isn't much surface area I use a couple of tiewraps as well just in case. As sson as we're past the holiday period I'll order a stickon vinyl one to stick on the top of the nosecone.

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