15 Feb 2013

The week was spent researching how to get Midlana on the road. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said that since the SB100 paperwork was already started, I don’t need to go in until all the inspections are completed: CHP, lamp and brake, and smog. This led to questions on the Locost forum; what did California Locost builders find when they went through this. Three issues were prominent: windscreen, lighting height, and fenders. The windscreen’s done, and the lights, almost. The taillights are of legal height but the fronts are close – but that’s what adjustable suspension is for. I’m not surprised that fenders are required and to be honest it didn’t take much to convince me; I already have them, don’t look forward to getting pelted by rocks, and honestly, if I was driving behind me, I wouldn’t appreciate my windshield getting hit by rocks… Changed my mind; the fenders will be painted dark green in order to draw attention away from them, though preliminary reshaping has already done wonders to improve their looks. We’ll see, though they’ll be painted after inspection in order to save time.

In the insurance department, the car’s been rejected twice, of course for no stated reason. Asking around it appears to be because I was honest… figures. Insurance companies don’t have check-boxes for scratch-built cars of no heritage, which confuses their little minds. However, it’s okay if you insure a “replica” of a Lotus Seven – that you scratch-built in your garage, but whatever. So it’ll be insured as a replica 1960 Lotus Seven (the year that California will smog the car as.) Of course there’s the small issue of where the engine’s located… so while it’s a replica, it’s just not a very good one! I don’t like twisting things, but then again I don’t like it when companies are too lazy to think on their own. Is the car any less safe that a Locost that they do insure? No, so it’s no more risky from a business standpoint, either. I don’t like it when I’m giving money to businesses while having to also manage/babysit them…

Hopefully the front fender supports will be done this weekend, though that might be a bit optimistic. They aren’t trivial because many Locost owners have found out the hard way that they shake themselves apart, work-hardening and breaking at the welds or drilled holes. Also, the CHP has to be called to set up an appointment; don’t know how backlogged such things are – maybe there’ll be time to paint the fenders. The trailer is a non-issue since my brother has a tow-dolly. That’ll serve to get it around town to the various inspections.