|Posted by Simon Ganderton on March 7, 2015 at 2:40 PM||comments (33)|
Th Ronart was entered into the Historics at Brooklands auction today and was successfully sold, I wish the new owner all the best with his purchase for the future.
Brooklands is a fantastic setting and well worth a visit, we highly recommend it.
Time for a new project - I have a Jaguar XJR on the drive which is calling out for attention for its 4.0 Supercharged V8.
|Posted by James on May 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM||comments (1)|
Summer has arrived and it is a better time than ever to get yourself a Ronart! The car is still for sale, and if your interested, do contact us via the many ways through the website or telephone/email using the details in the previous post.
|Posted by James on November 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments (2)|
After a wonderful and warm summer driving the Ronart it is now time to move on and the car is now being offered for sale.
It has been an incredible few years building the car and even more of a blast to drive but I need to free some space and capital for the next project.
If you are interested then please feel free to contact us via the contact page, email at [email protected] or call on +44 7737 499586
|Posted by Simon Ganderton on June 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM||comments (1)|
Having applied for the registration in person and easily passing the one donor test, I was confident that the new number would drop through the door within a couple of days. As the sun shone brighter and May became June there was no sign of it but the days continued to tick away. After a week I called DVLA to ask what was happening and I was told that I was not allowed to enquire until a full two weeks had passed! I waited patiently but still no sign of the number. After the full two weeks had elapsed I called the DVLA again and eventually got through to the local office. A very pleasant chap took my details and then disappeared for what seemed an eternity only to return with the news that the application had been lost! After a few seconds of irate discussion he proceeded to tell me that the branch was closing and that there were hardly any staff left. This did little to calm my rage so I left the pleasant chap to go and find my application whilst I continued to vent my frustration at my children.
Just a few minutes passed when the DVLA called back to tell me that it had in fact been posted the day before and all was well. I apologised profusely to the kind chap and wished him the best for his somewhat uncertain future. Knowing that the postal service in our area has also declined in recent years I tried not to watch out for the postman and sure enough at around 2:15 pm he meandered up our short drive carrying the usual brown envelope. To say that I was pleased would be an understatement, EJT 85T is a tidy number and would fit tidily on the small number plates the car has.
Not wishing to be delayed any longer I printed the new number onto paper at the right size with the correct font which I then cut out to make a stencil. Using the stencil and a marker pen I drew some very neat, temporary number plates onto the car. This all came just in time for the Friday evening "quay for my car" event in Poole so we hastily prepared the car and set off for the quay to proudly show off the last year's work.
|Posted by Simon Ganderton on May 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Having had some splendid weather for the Ronart's first two outings, things didn't look too good for the visit to Poole for the DVLA inspection. I took a few precautions by covering half of the cockpit with plastic sheet and the seats with towels but as I set off the sky turned black and the heavens opened. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't simply rain but a full on hail storm! After a couple of minutes, the pain was too much and I had to dive into a petrol station for shelter. After the worst had passed I carried on to the inspection to meet the DVLA chap.
A very pleasant chap he was too, he looked over the car, checked the chassis & engine numbers and discussed the donor vehicle with me. He seemed suitably happy with the component sources and confirmed that an age related plate would be appropriate. Following the inspection I headed for home and as luck would have it I encountered another wall of hail which only subsided as I reached home.
If all goes to plan I have only to wait for the DVLA to issue a number and the tax disk before the car can be legally driven again. The only other job is to make or buy a properly fitted tonneau cover to protect the interior when the car is parked outside.
|Posted by Simon Ganderton on May 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Having addressed the issues raised at the first IVA test I took the Ronart back to Northam to have it re-assessed. The same tester as before ran through the list of items that he had raised checking that I had done something about them, in all about 20 mins - not bad considering the £90 retest fee! No further issues were raised and a certificate was duly issued.
I then went to the Bournemouth DVLA office and applied for a registration. There should be no issue here as I have only used a single donor vehicle, however they have insisted on another VOSA inspection. Hopefully if that goes to plan the car should have an age related number plate and be ready for 1st June.
|Posted by Simon Ganderton on May 8, 2013 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
It was a lovely, sunny morning as I left home in the Ronart for the IVA test in Southampton. This was the first outing for the car and I was immediately struck by just how windy 30 mph can be! with no screens fitted I had to wear full goggles to drive and I had to remember to keep my mouth closed. The drive to the centre was great, there were no issues and we arrived in plenty of time.
The tester was a pleasant chap and clearly knew the rules as within a minute he declared the first failure. The car was supplied with the chassis number stamped on a plate which is then riveted onto the chassis, apparently this is not acceptable and the number has to be stamped directly onto the chassis.
We progressed well through the test which took six hours in all. I was very pleased to have passed on all of the major items such as brakes, emmissions, noise, speedo, etc. so there is no major rework to do. The main issues found were:
I am actually very pleased with this result, everything is fixable so there is a clear way forward. Hopefully I can get it back for a retest within a couple of weeks and then move on to registration.
|Posted by James on March 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
So, lately, we have been doing the little jobs, the whole interior is completed (photos soon), a passenger headrest fitted (see below), a crank-case breather fitted and all sorts of thing of that manner.
A requirement for the individual vehicle approval test (IVA), is that we must have a headrest for all seats. Another requirement is that nothing can be (nor appear) temporary. Normally, to meet the headrest requirement, Ronart would lend you a headrest which can be temporarily fitted for IVA. This is grey and Dad feared it may seem temporary (comparing to the driver’s headrest being red leather) and therefore the car would fail. Also, in a crash, having a headrest can save lives. It would also help to keep your head on when you get hit by 200 ft-lb of torque. As the seats are made from the original XJ’s leather, and so was the drivers headrest, we looked back at the headrests from the donor. They match the other headrest and seats as it is out of the same perforated red leather. They are also quite minimalist and have a single chrome stalk and a small chrome trim around the hole. So, Dad installed the mount for the headrest and now there is a small hole in the body behind the passenger seat where, if needed, a second headrest can be fitted and then removed when parked or driving alone.
As the car would fail the emissions section of the IVA without a proper breather system fitted, and the original was broken, we needed to make one. The older cars to use the XK engine had a breather that, unlike the XJ, went sideways and then out to a catch can. The XJ had an uglier way of using a breather. It went vertical and then had a rubber mount which ran to the carbs. Still using the carbs to create a negative pressure, Dad positioned the mounting downwards, this looks much better. There is then a copper 90° pipe which attaches to rubber hoses which run to the carbs original vacuum pipe. This looks quite neat and means we won’t need a catch can and won’t have any spare inlets on the carbs.
To pass the sound requirements for IVA, the car needs to be less than 99 dB 50cm away from the exhaust. At the moment, it’s on a straight, open pipe. This will not pass IVA so we need a box/silencer. Dad has got a cylindrical stainless box that should work nicely. This is yet to be fitted.
We have also fitted wing mirrors, although, Dad fears that these may not pass as they need to be easily adjustable. The mirrors can be adjusted but the bolt has to be loosened. We have also had to make a larger plate for the rear number plate as IVA requires a certain size which the Ronart plate isn’t.
Next… IVA! We are definitely now at the stage where the next thing is IVA. We will be doing a mock IVA test, going through every rule, trying to make sure that it will pass. So, wish us luck!
|Posted by Simon Ganderton on February 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
Over the Christmas period I was able to get the wings glassed into final position, though they still need to be shaped and polished, they are at least where they should be. This enabled me to fit the remainder of the lights which were quite straightforward. With everything wired up it was very pleasing to test all of the switches and find that it all worked as planned.
Attention has now turned to the interior where I have now managed to get most of the carpets fitted, I wouldn't claim that it was an easy job but I am pleased that it's mostly over. I have been determined to do as much of the work as possible myself and this included binding the carpets with my wife's sewing machine! After a bit of practice I got some good results, not perfect but okay.
I have also started the seats which are a bit of a challenge. We have always planned to make the most of the donor car's parts and as it had red leather seats they will be used as much as possible. The great benefit of this is that the seats will have a patina that would otherwise take years to create. After a few experiments it does seem feasible to cover the fiberglass seat bases and back supplied with the perforated leather from the Jag's seats.
There is actually relatively little left to do so I have to start thinking about the IVA test!
|Posted by James on December 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
I can only apologise for the lack of activity on the website. I haven't been able to update the site because of school, exams and other commitments in general. Anyway...
You may be wondering how the title of this post can be what it is. Well, it has surprised us too. Dad has been hard at work in the garage. He has got the rear section on, with some difficulty (meaning lots of help from me). He has got all 4 wings on the car, fitted and fiberglassed to their brackets. He has got all lights (other than reverse and fog) fitted and working. He has also got all body panels fitted along with other things such as bonnet stay and locks. He has fitted a shelf in the head fairing, for easy storage of hats, gloves, etc. Also, mounted to the shelf is the switch for the fuel pumps. As we have fitted two fuel pumps in series (for reliability reasons alone), it is necessary to switch between either of the two, or disable them completely. This is also a very good security feature. The front grill is in, the side panel grills are all in and the rear number plate mount is also fitted.
With the car this far down the lines, we took it out of the garage for a small run. Just down our road to check everything was in order. All was good but it is very windy. With a smile on our faces, the car was reversed back into the garage (with a few attempts).
The only things left to do on the car before it can go to IVA are: Reverse and fog lights, the interior (other than dash), the exhaust box, and breather filter on the engine. That's it.
The kit was delivered to us in May 2012. We estimated build time to be approximately 2 years. Now, we think the car will be ready for IVA sometime in February. This means the build would have taken between ten and eleven months. I think both Dad and I are both shocked by the fact that it has just blown by. It has almost been too quick to enjoy it. I say that as if we haven't enjoyed it but, so far, it has been brilliant (and that's an understatement).
I apologise again for the fact that this post has not contained muchdetail. Although it seems that a lot has been missed, there has not been manydetailed jobs. It has pretty much been big things that don't really take that much time.
So, currently, Dad is beginning to tackle the interior. I have made adigital plan for the carpet and we will look to order that soon. As I writethis, Dad is making up the seats. As we have always said, we are using the original leather from the XJ and using it on the new seat bases. It is going well so far.