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December 9, 2013
8:30 pm
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stewart
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Talking about the raised traffic calming crossings here in Spain reminded me of my first ground clearance surprise with the Zero.
We, son and I, trailered the Zero from a very snowy GBS in December 2010 to here in Wild West Spain in one non-stop shared driving voyage, with a brief rest on the ferry.
Unloaded the Zero in our spacious car park and tucked it up for the period we crashed out to recharge our batteries.
Then the first outing on our roads did not entirely go to plan.
Our land is on many levels (terraces) and the car park straddles two or more so is quite steep.
The track outside the gate is fairly level, but the builder had to make a level for the huge gate to roll on.
So outside the gate was slightly lower than inside which was, as I said, on the slope.
The Zero went up the slope effortlessly as you would expect then came to an abrupt halt with wheels spinning and the car rocking see-saw fashion, pivoted on the metal runner for the gate.
Ejected passenger (son) and found some timber to create a ramp and the car was soon outside.
However, the return entry was equally accomplished with more wood.
So, a top priority, with the aid of our builder, was to increase the level outside the gate with concrete and provide a gentle crown to the exit.
Only the faintest of grating can be heard now, on the seat runner bolts.
But then there is about a hundred metres of totally unmade track to the highway, which is negotiated with a zig zag route to try and miss the high points or at least use them to advantage.
I did manage to divert one of the workers with a pecker on his JCB to smooth a few peaks off the granite rocks on this track but it is still a little perilous with a passenger and a slow meander with just me on board.

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December 10, 2013
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And I thought the slope from my garage onto the road was close Laugh

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December 10, 2013
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Bill Rees
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Only done 200 miles since registration and have found every route I've done "speed humps" ! Picking my lad up from school... every road around has "Speed humps", trip into town for Christmas shopping... "Speed humps", Dropping the wife off at work... MASSIVE "Speed humps",(rear wheels off the ground), shortest and least humps route to a mates house ... 14 "Speed humps" !! Don't think I'll have any seat mounting bolts left by the time I reach 1000 miles ?CryYell

December 10, 2013
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I also seem to ground out when out for a Blat!!!

Apparently looks quite spectacular from behind, until the debris hits!!!! LOL

Must drive faster

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December 31, 2013
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Graterham
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And a Happy New Year to you all!!
Is it an IVA thing that seat/ seat runner bolts must be heads-up
with washers, locknuts and two exposed threads all sticking down on the lowest part of the car?
Especially on the lowered floor models.
The rear gearbox fixings have to be heads down don't they?
Could the rails be welded or riveted?
Or just replace bolts after IVA? What's the score? GH
p.s. Could we cover them with strips of magnesium for effect?

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January 1, 2014
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Graterham said

And a Happy New Year to you all!!
Is it an IVA thing that seat/ seat runner bolts must be heads-up
with washers, locknuts and two exposed threads all sticking down on the lowest part of the car?
Especially on the lowered floor models.
The rear gearbox fixings have to be heads down don't they?
Could the rails be welded or riveted?
Or just replace bolts after IVA? What's the score? GH
p.s. Could we cover them with strips of magnesium for effect?

orientation of bolts for seat runners is the fact that the runners won't work with them the other way up

for seat only you can bolt straight into the seat from the underside, but is more of a fiddle, especially if you need to spacer the seat, so studs through the floor is usually easier.

No IVA issue with any fitting, except locking device (must be visible), 8.8 or above rating, and load spreading washer.

I tend to use low height nuts with a built in spring washer (special ford type we have in stock, just ask), you can then cut the bolt flush to the nut, gains quite a bit.

There are other options such as studs welded to the floor on the inside, but that would reduce seat and runner options for the builder.

suppose we could make some titanium nut covers, like biker knee sliders. pretty sparks without the risk of the whole car going up Smile.

But, as with knee sliders, someone would take a grinder to them to "prove" they are trying "harder" than the next man Wink

January 1, 2014
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"But, as with knee sliders, someone would take a grinder to them to "prove" they are trying "harder" than the next man"

What do you mean?? You haven't been out on one of my runs yet Simon!! LaughLaughWink

John

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