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End Of The Road

So today I said goodbye to the Seven, two years and one week since it was originally delivered.

I never had firm plans as to whether I would be keeping it forever or selling it at some stage. The original motivation to buy it was the challenge of the build and the satisfaction that gave us. Having the car at the end was a bonus.

We talked about building another, but felt that it would probably not be as much fun as doing the first one as we would know what we were doing. We were pretty proud of the quality of our first attempt,  so did not feel there was much room for improvement (in our standards, anyway).

Although frustrating at first when reflecting back we agreed that solving the problems, or finding workarounds was actually the most rewarding  bit. I fancied trying something that involved more actual fabrication, initiative and personalisation.

I’m not sure where this will lead, but I have started another blog; Team Ivans Cobra….

The car has gone to a good home and I wish Jeff, the new owner as much enjoyment as I got out of the car.

Nottingham IVA Requirements

Carl called into Caterham Midlands today to find out more about the options for the IVA test. He came back with lots to discuss, together with a useful checklist of additional IVA requirements.

Extract from a sheet provided by Caterham Midlands: [My observations or clarifications in blue]

This is a list of additional preparation beyond that listed in the build manual for cars being presented for IVA at the NOTTINGHAM test centre.

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Manual Frustrations

No work on the car this weekend due to Christmas visiting. However I did use the time to try and plan ahead for the week between Christmas and New Year. Derek was not working, but had said that he would be monitoring his emails during the period to support the kit builders. What a top chap!

The rest of my email was concerning clarification of the electrical connections for the engine and gearbox the manual was sadly out of date regarding these topics between pp 81 and 82 the following collections are described:

Given that the version of the manual was dated August 2014 it is disappointing to see that this is so far wrong I ended up emailing a picture with every lead allocated a reference and asking Derek to clarify what each was for

It was a similar situation with the gearbox The manual describes connecting the reversing light cables from the gearbox to the connector in the transmission tunnel. Our gearbox had two pairs of cables coming from it and there was no mention of what the second pair was for. Derek confirmed that it was for a neutral light, which is not used.

Given this is the new 2014 gearbox, surely it would be worth noting that in the manual and prevent everyone asking the same question, or connecting the wrong cables…


I’ve been having real withdrawal symptoms this weekend. I was out and about on social occasions so was reduced to talking to fellow guests at these events about the project and boring them with photographs…