Importing a Car from the US

allandwf

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A bit like my old 1970 manual small block. Mine ad the egg crate vents though. Enjoy.
 

Oneball

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Malboro Maroon with black interior. It's fairly active on the classic scene VRY561H
Looks a lovely car. I’m thinking yellow or orange.

... and I hope major suspension mods so it can go around corners!!
It’s pretty limited by what was homologated in period but springs dampers and geo will be changed, arb on the rear which the big block cars had anyway. Basically period spec. The first non prototype home in the 1970 Le Mans was a Vette until Porsche lodged a protest. So theyre not all bad.

Will hopefully look something like this in a year or so.

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allandwf

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Looks a lovely car. I’m thinking yellow or orange.



It’s pretty limited by what was homologated in period but springs dampers and geo will be changed, arb on the rear which the big block cars had anyway. Basically period spec. The first non prototype home in the 1970 Le Mans was a Vette until Porsche lodged a protest. So theyre not all bad.

Will hopefully look something like this in a year or so.

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Mine had the standard bonnet when I had it, new owner fitted a big block bonnet and had the engine tweaked. You may want to upgrade the standard drive shafts as mine twisted when power torque raised.!
 

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Mine had the standard bonnet when I had it, new owner fitted a big block bonnet and had the engine tweaked. You may want to upgrade the standard drive shafts as mine twisted when power torque raised.!
Yep. Drive shafts and diff flange caps are on the list. Diff will be refreshed. Gearbox will be an M22. Looking into alloy propshaft too but that’s probably overkill.
 

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May seem initially like a daft question but.... Is a F150 raptor considered commercial at import or can it be considered PLG?

My current F150 is registered as a PLG rather than a commercial vehicle. This also allows you to do 70mph on a motorway, unlike those pickups registered as commercial that are only allowed to do 60mph as a result.
 

Oneball

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May seem initially like a daft question but.... Is a F150 raptor considered commercial at import or can it be considered PLG?

My current F150 is registered as a PLG rather than a commercial vehicle. This also allows you to do 70mph on a motorway, unlike those pickups registered as commercial that are only allowed to do 60mph as a result.
Don’t know about your question but a non-articulated goods vehicle less than 7.5t can do 70 on a motorway.
 

Dan!

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Don’t know about your question but a non-articulated goods vehicle less than 7.5t can do 70 on a motorway.
Sorry, I meant Dual Carriage way.
  • Built-up areas (such as towns and cities): 30mph – the same as a car
  • Single carriageways: 50mph – 10mph less than a car
  • Dual carriageways: 60mph – 10mph less than a car
  • Motorways: 70mph – the same as a car
 

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Thanks to John it arrived a little while ago. Got it stripped to a rolling chassis which looks good, body’s had quite a few repairs over the years and the windscreen frame is rotten so that’s looking like a fair bit more work than I thought, I’ve not seen this much “proffesional” filler work since my mate’s chicken wire sill Beetle. So may have to compromise on the engine front.

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philw696

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Thanks to John it arrived a little while ago. Got it stripped to a rolling chassis which looks good, body’s had quite a few repairs over the years and the windscreen frame is rotten so that’s looking like a fair bit more work than I thought, I’ve not seen this much “proffesional” filler work since my mate’s chicken wire sill Beetle. So may have to compromise on the engine front.

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You must have too much time on your hands :)
Looks a fun project though.
 

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At least parts availability is pretty good for old Vettes, so it should be just a matter of time and effort. Looks fun and from what I understand these things are pretty straight forward.
 

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You must have too much time on your hands :)
Looks a fun project though.
There’s now 6 months of darkness here, got to find something to do! Just need to get over the tedious chassis strengthening, the box sections are two U sections tacked together, I reckon I’ve got 80ft of seam welding to do. I’ve joined the 1990s and treated myself to one of those new fangled auto-tint welding masks :cool:

At least parts availability is pretty good for old Vettes, so it should be just a matter of time and effort. Looks fun and from what I understand these things are pretty straight forward.
Most things seem available but the exchange rate has added about 40% on to everything. Every time Boris says something my wallet gets a little lighter!