I have a 1974 TR6 and just called my local garage to book an MOT. The owner informed me of the change in law which had completely passed me by. I've read up on it and i'm not sure I qualify. I fitted the telescopic shock absorber brackets in place of the lever arm version, this was to improve stability and in the exceptions on the .gov page it seems to be a bit of a grey area (in the exceptions to the exceptions bit).
The rule is you don't qualify if you have made substantial changes to the vehicle namely in this case:
• Axles and running gear – alteration of the type and or method of suspension or steering constitutes a substantial change;
however there are exeptions:
• in respect of axles and running gear changes made to improve efficiency, safety or environmental performance;
- not strictly applicable I know..
• changes of a type, that can be demonstrated to have been made when vehicles of the type were in production or in general use (within ten years of the end of production);
- possible? I think it's fairly likely that the telescopic modification was in use within ten years of the end of production.. but can't be sure.
What does everybody think?
I have the original lever arm dampers in storage and could refit if need be, i'd rather not though i'll probably just keep MOTing it.