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The pic doesn't show it well.
It is not a big hole and may be about a foot from a seat belt mount. The other side is not nearly such a big hole
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2003 M13 early KAP build.
3" Trailmaster lift with 1.5 Spacers on front
Customised winch bumper and roll cage
235/85R16 Maxxis Bighorns on 16" Rims, 4:1 Rocklobster, Rear ARB locker and on-board air
Corrected arms all-round, rear disks, Recaro seats and harnesses
Norwegian 01 Jimny
2” Trail Master
215/75-15 -15 offset wheels
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Just re-read your post. Yes they are allowed to poke with a tool. Otherwise people would just underseal over everything and they'd never know.
11/60 wrote: Anything that constitutes a perforation of the body within 30 cm of a body mounting even if it is essentially a separate structure is classed as grounds for refusal.
Thing is it was not perforated till he poked it through. I was watching him on the CCTV really poking at it. I'll be checking how near to a body mount or belt mount it is later.
It's within 12" of the body mount so it's a fail.....you have to wonder why the tester was so determined to make a hole......time to weld your rust bucket up....it's a wonder you survived the journey to the test station it being so excessively corroded.....did you trailer it home due to the risks?
Keithy wrote: The ministry approved assessment tool is a tiny aluminium handled nylon headed hammer....pretty harmless...
Well this was a long reach bar. Hard to tell watching on the CCTV but I'd guess it was about a foot long and was like a jemmy used for opening wood boxes.................basically a tyre lever. The sort used for checking play in steering joints. It would be almost impossible to get a little hammer into that area; it needed a long pointy tool.
Looked like this
The hole he made is about 2" diameter. He had a go at the other side but could only make a hole the size of a thimble.
I made a flippant comment to the "boss" that it's about time to scrap it - local Ford are doing a deal on scrappage (but no way can I afford the other £10K needed for a new car) - and he said "it is way too good to scrap it..........nowhere near as bad as some of the rot boxes he gets in". That was the point I was trying to make.
I have no intention of scrapping it. My previous MoT garage that I have been with for 20 years has always said it is built like a tank and as long as I keep on top of maintenance should go on for years and it is already 25 years old!
You see my thinking is that this is a garage that looks for business. I shall take off the arch extensions myself so I can see the real situation. I have had Vitaras where i have taken off the plastic on the sills to find almost nothing underneath thanks to the tinworm. Also it means I can see any welding that they do if I decide not to weld myself and I can put Hammerite on the work to protect it before I put the arches back.
I have just moved house and being a 150 mile move it has been chaos so work I would normally do myself I can't easily do just yet but I need to get it done to get the MoT ticket.
However, if I can get scrappage of about £3K and the new Jimny is like the pics show then I might be tempted.