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19-08-2020, 13:08   #16
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There would originally have been a bracket for the seats bolted to the floor. It probably got removed at some stage. This is what it looks like:
http://www.minispares.com/product/Cl...%20to%20search
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19-08-2020, 14:49   #17
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So does that mean my mini must meet the standards you quoted above. Officially where are those standards prescribed and I will get my garage to check the emissions.

If the engine is fitted with a 286 fast road cam and performance head (seller stated that it was years ago) what are the implications for emissions and how do I approach this for the nct?
Officially, they are prescribed in the NCT Manual as posted above. Any A-series engine in reasonable shape should pass them.
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20-08-2020, 01:24   #18
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Officially, they are prescribed in the NCT Manual as posted above. Any A-series engine in reasonable shape should pass them.
Thanks very much, that clarifies things for me
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20-08-2020, 08:18   #19
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Whether you pass or fail an NCT, its the best value for money check on your
cars roadworthiness, if you are not tech savvy for classics or any car.

You will get a comprehensive breakdown of your cars condition for 50+ euros.

you wont beat that.
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21-08-2020, 21:29   #20
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Also, you will get fix list which if you get them done in time for the retest, then you will pass with no further fixes.

Bargain, at €55, for what they do, and what it means for road safety.
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22-08-2020, 16:59   #21
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I've put several minis through the test and nearly everytime they can't figure out how to open the bonnet. It doesn't start well.

Things to watch out for:

Loose rear seat
Front seats will fail if no catch is there
Wiper blades
Headlights are an obvious one.

Also, are they the original rear lights? IE: The indicator lenses aren't clear? They have a tendency to fail for not being orange enough.

Also, the number plate light, as useless as it is on the mini, needs to be working.

Engine wise/emissions wise, should be fine if it's all working as it should.

Do you have a bodykit on it by any chance?
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24-08-2020, 22:47   #22
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I've put several minis through the test and nearly everytime they can't figure out how to open the bonnet. It doesn't start well.

Things to watch out for:

Loose rear seat
Front seats will fail if no catch is there
Wiper blades
Headlights are an obvious one.

Also, are they the original rear lights? IE: The indicator lenses aren't clear? They have a tendency to fail for not being orange enough.

Also, the number plate light, as useless as it is on the mini, needs to be working.

Engine wise/emissions wise, should be fine if it's all working as it should.

Do you have a bodykit on it by any chance?

Thanks very much, wipers are quite slow, but improve if it’s raining, will this be a problem if tester tries them dry? No body kit, but need to source drivers seat to fit as present rally seat doesn’t have one and the day I cleared the car for the vrt, I happened to get one of the testers passing and he said if I was using the rally seats in the car at present I would have to get an engineers report. any idea where I could source a secondhand drivers seat if only for the test and condition would not be that important?
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26-08-2020, 20:35   #23
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Officially, they are prescribed in the NCT Manual as posted above. Any A-series engine in reasonable shape should pass them.
Left car with the Mini Specialist this evening and informed him of the emission spec to be met.

Because the engine has been modified with an MD Kent 286 Rally fast road cam peg drive, LCB Maniflow 1 7/8 Side Exit System and an RC 40 Cooper Exhaust Fit Kit, he said it may be difficult to achieve the required NCT emission levels compared to what is required in Northern Ireland for the MOT. I would appreciate your thoughts on this and any suggestions for overcoming the problem without putting the engine back to original spec. ie 998cc.
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27-08-2020, 16:36   #24
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Put car in for test. If it fails then worry about it. Do basic checks yourself.
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Officially, they are prescribed in the NCT Manual as posted above. Any A-series engine in reasonable shape should pass them.
Getting mini back in few days, CO now at 1.6, however mechanic does not have way of checking the HC. If the CO is low would that suggest that the HC May come in below 750? Any suggestions about checking the HC and where would I get this done before the nct? I am in Donegal.
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What state of tune is your engine in, does it perform well on the road.
Is the compression well up and equal, is the ignition system in good order. High
HC readings normally suggest unburnt fuels at the exhaust.
Which could point to possible ignition issues, or compression at the cylinders.

I imagine any garage offering pre NCT checks can do an emission check for you.
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High HC is also over fueling on a carb setup.

I had high HC (nct) on a carb in the past with "worn" jets.. they were 35 years old and were corroded.
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What state of tune is your engine in, does it perform well on the road.
Is the compression well up and equal, is the ignition system in good order. High
HC readings normally suggest unburnt fuels at the exhaust.
Which could point to possible ignition issues, or compression at the cylinders.

I imagine any garage offering pre NCT checks can do an emission check for you.
Thanks very much, engine is running well, has now been fitted with electronic ignition, fully serviced, so will put through nct and hope for the best.
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High HC is also over fueling on a carb setup.

I had high HC (nct) on a carb in the past with "worn" jets.. they were 35 years old and were corroded.
Thanks very much, when the engine was modified a new bigger jet was fitted to the carb, my mechanic has now fitted a finer jet which should help, so will put through nct now
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