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Fingers
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Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2021 7:48 am    Post subject:

Bcal wrote

By the way, excuse my ignorance, who are the "Magenta Gestapo" . Magenta is a purply red colour and I've been racking my brain trying to figure out who wears this colour uniform . They can't be very nice whom ever they are .


I think Choco was refering to the colour of the flashing lights on the roof of an RTA inspectors vehicle
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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2021 7:38 am    Post subject: Magenta Gestapo

That's right, man!
In Canberra, they came out in their droves when we moved from mandatory annual inspections to re-rego only inspections. They have the power to whip your plates off if they see your car in the car park and the rego sticker is a few days out. They did it to a mate's trailer a couple of years ago.
They also cruise the public car parks, looking for "bald tyres" or modified cars. I was looking at them out of my window at work one day (I had the grocery getter that day). My friend's red XR (1964 XR) ute had their attention. They proceeded to write it up, and I told my mate. He streaked out into the car park to give them a mouthful. They had already slapped a green canary on the windscreen for tyre width and ride height. He had an engineering certificate which covered all those things, but they wouldn't budge. He had to take it to rego and plead his case to get the green canary removed. Cost $32 just to go over the pits and have the inspection, then show his eng. cert. What a pisser!
At Summernats time, they must recruit a hundred more staff to give ACT rodders the shits. Doesn't matter what you drive, how long you've driven it or what it's roadworthiness is, it's a target! When you get a green canary, you then have to go over the pits. They usually find other things to pick on, whether real or imaginary/made up. We had the TAC come down on them during their firt year of operation, and they agreed that some of their staff were being a bit to "conscientious".
The NSW Magenta Gestapo are equally ruthless. They make the rules up as they go along, leaving the onus on the owner/driver to prove them wrong in their assessment. To be fair, they do a good job with obviously unroadworthy cars. Those Hyundais with no springs riding on bump stops, rust buckets, steel belt-exposed tyres, etc are easy targets for them. However, the culture within this group is such that any modification deems the car "unroadworthy".
With the story of the "car park" incident fresh in my mind, the MG came back a couple of weeks later. They then proceeded to write up my female colleague's XP 2 door, a beautiful car indeed. She was most vexed! When she came back, she was rather embarrassed. The MG had left a "brown envelope" on her windscreen, stating that they were on a campaign to recognise the care with which certain people took in ensuring their cars were roadworthy. In their eyes, this XP was a "shining example" of a well maintained car! She was red-faced, and quite pleased, but, really, what a ridiculous thing to do! There was no PR about this "nice man with the magenta lights on his car" doing the rounds of "we love your car", so how else did they expect people to react when they saw them? I know they have a job to do, but they should try a bit harder to recognise unroadworthiness for what it is, despite the modifications.
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Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2021 4:18 pm    Post subject:

Choco,
Your story about the MG's publicity stunt reminds me of a similar experience I had in Victoria some years back. I had flown down to visit family and borrowed my brother's Fiat to go into town. The car had a good paint job but in every other respect it was a real bomb. Anyway, just before town the police had set up a roadworthy checking station. Sure enough, I got signaled to pull in. It was 5 in the arvo and I noticed that they were packing up for the day. After a very cursory check for lights, blinkers etc, the cop called over a guy with a camera. He introduced himself as a newspaper reporter who was doing an article on young guys with old cars. He explained to me that he had been waiting there for hours to photograph a car that passed inspection and that just as they were packing up along comes this old Fiat with a good paint job. He must of begged them to pass it. Of course I agreed to let him photograph my brother's car as I reasoned that I was in no position to argue.
Later when I got back I told my brother that I had been pulled over for a roadworthy; his face began to turn white. Then when I told him that it had been photographed his colour disappeared altogether. Of course I couldn't leave him in this state so I had to tell him the rest of the story.
A couple of weeks later he sent me a newspaper article about young blokes keeping their old cars in roadworthy condition. Sure enough, there I was, standing there grinning beside his shit heap of a Fiat.

Thanks for enlightening me on the MG. Here is Sydney they seem too interested in picking on the truckies to worry about us. Or maybe I've just been lucky so far.
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Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2021 7:18 am    Post subject:

Yeah, in NSW (especially here in "rural" Queanbeyan) they have a few regular haunts where they set up shop right where the truckies MUST pass. And right on the ACT border, too.
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Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2021 6:55 pm    Post subject:

regarding your need to use original rails and one crossmember to make you chassis right and legal. I would be putting a new front crossmember ie; 1932 type, at the front above the independant front crossmember then you could use the radiator mounts on the 32 crossmember you may have to gind the bottom flat a little but should go close it would also hide behind the front splash apron. then you have 1 original type in your chassis even if the only thing it does is hold the radiator. just an idea regards Peter
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coupe
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Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2021 7:56 pm    Post subject: Rego

One quick question... If I do obtain a chassis number, will I still need to have an original cross member?
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Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2021 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: Rego

coupe wrote:
One quick question... If I do obtain a chassis number, will I still need to have an original cross member?


By having a chassis number just denotes that its original....sooo....you will need at least one original crossmember to make it a re engined car instead of individually constructed.
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