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spark
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Joined: 13 Jun 2021
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Location: Lakes Entrance Victoria, Australia

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2020 6:48 pm    Post subject: when do I get first inspection?

when do I get the first inspection? I have got Rod Tech to build my chassis it is made from A Model repayment rails and is boxed with K member, It will have a independent front end (also Rod Tech), so I get the chassis setup with front end welded in, rear end (4 bar) setup, the motor and gearbox mounted, brakes working, cab on the chassis... now I have a rolling chassis, I don't see how I could get the first inspection before getting it to this stage.

I wrote to the local VicRoads office and said that I was building a 31 pickup and that the chassis was very rusty and I wanted to use replacement rails, I asked how the Replacement rails would viewed when it came time to register the pickup. I also asked for a list of approved engineers.

About 2 weeks later I got a phone call from the manager and he said that if it was a restoration and I was using A model components, I didn't have to have a engineer look at it, just get it a road worthy and put the papers in. I told him that I was going to "up date the running gear and front end" Oh he said,
yes the replacement rails will still be considered 1928 - 31 A model chassis, and any modifications to- brakes, motor, suspension checked by a approved engineer. He sent 2 pages about VASS Approval Certificate's , 2 photo copied VEHICLE ASSESSMENT SIGNATORY SCHEME Approval Certificates and a list of Engineers. The VicRoads man said there are changes coming.

Sorry if this post is a bit long, I just wanted give all the info on where I'm up to, and ask am I on the right track? and what comes next? The VicRoads man said there are changes coming, when I talked to him on the phone.
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Pep
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Location: Georges Hall, NSW

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2020 9:21 am    Post subject:

Spark...I have already spoken to the engineer thats going to inspect my 37 and the first thing he asked me after I told him it going to be a rod is, is it a steel body?. After I said yes, he said then he wants to see the rolling chassis with engine, front end, brakes etc. It appears each engineer has their own requirements so contact the one you intend to use and get his requirements. Here is also a tip....get feedback from other rodders who they used., not all engineers are rod literate and some have wierd interpretations of the rules.

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spark
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Joined: 13 Jun 2021
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Location: Lakes Entrance Victoria, Australia

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2020 10:06 am    Post subject:

Thanks Pep, the nearest engineers to me is Pakenham (Ian Prain of Prain Consulting), about 4 hours away! a bit further down the track is Dandenong- Greyham Docker & Associates - also Craig Norling C&S; Norling Pty Ltd.

Any one had dealings with any of these people?

what is the cost of inspection? I have heard $600.?

Again thanks Pep, I will go and see these engineers and see what they say, at least I'm on the right track ..I hope.
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gregwapling
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Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2020 10:09 am    Post subject: Selecting an engineer

G'Day Spark,
Ring 'em all and then decide which one suits you.
Then before you do anymore work go and see him take photos and document what you have done or are planning to do.

First inspection is as Pep said, make sure you don't grind any of the welds as they need to be able to see the quality of the welding. He will be looking at the basic design. One of the classic things engineers like to see is lots of bracing.

Sounds like your ready to go.

I got my certificate through TIC, cost $650.
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Pep
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Joined: 14 Jun 2021
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Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2020 10:37 am    Post subject: Re: Selecting an engineer

gregwapling wrote:
G'Day Spark,
Ring 'em all and then decide which one suits you.
Then before you do anymore work go and see him take photos and document what you have done or are planning to do.

First inspection is as Pep said, make sure you don't grind any of the welds as they need to be able to see the quality of the welding. He will be looking at the basic design. One of the classic things engineers like to see is lots of bracing.

Sounds like your ready to go.

I got my certificate through TIC, cost $650.




You are right with the bracing Greg...when I decided to use the Cleveland and the L300 IFS, it required a bit of surgury. So I put the L300 IFS into my car and drove it out to the engineer and told him what I intended to do. He said fair enough but to brace this, gusset that. It was what I basically had in mind but it was nice to know that I was on the right track. I have taken his request to get the rolling chassis inspected...but it will be painted and yep the welds will be ground smooth. He will be able to see the "over engineering" that I've done to compensate and I have taken pictures before it was painted in various stages.
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