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    That's interesting. I remember Richard Oakes...

    That's interesting. I remember Richard Oakes telling me that they had a problem with red gel coat discolouration (to a mucky brown colour), but I didn't realise there was a colour-fastnes problem...
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    Hi Mike - another great photo, thanks for...

    Hi Mike - another great photo, thanks for posting. Wonderful to see so many ADD Mk1 cars together, and as you say, no shortage of green examples!

    But try and find an original green car that hasn't...
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    Thanks Mike - some useful tips for when I get my...

    Thanks Mike - some useful tips for when I get my AVO front double-adjustables installed!

    (I have just about got the old SPAX units doing what they should, but they are only single-adjustable)
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    Indeed :( Stay safe Peter.

    Indeed :(

    Stay safe Peter.
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    That is interesting - so ADD cars had markings on...

    That is interesting - so ADD cars had markings on some of the separate panels as well as the main body tub. Another mystery solved!

    Lauren
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    Hi Barry - there was no factory spoiler or rear...

    Hi Barry - there was no factory spoiler or rear wing designed for the Nova, although previous club members have sold "Whale Tail" spoilers in the 1980s, when such things were popularised by the...
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    Hi Phill - I guess that is a possibility for the...

    Hi Phill - I guess that is a possibility for the Mk2 - the nose of the car is braced by the front undertray, so the angle that the nose adopts will be determined to a degree by the position of the...
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    Hi Barry - ADD is Automotive Design and...

    Hi Barry - ADD is Automotive Design and Development, which was the name of the company founded by Richard Oakes (the designer of the Nova) and Phil Sayers (who did the engineering) in 1972. Your Nova...
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    Possible I guess, with heavily loaded FWD. It all...

    Possible I guess, with heavily loaded FWD. It all comes down to proximity and radiated heat. I genuinely can't see the need, unless you have a lot of mountain passes nearby. My balljoints are the...
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    Depressing isn't it? The clearance problem can...

    Depressing isn't it? The clearance problem can only arise from two issues, both easily fixed - the first is not using the factory spacers between the two body mounting points and the front beam, and...
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    Hi Alistair - dust shields are not mandatory for...

    Hi Alistair - dust shields are not mandatory for the MoT. My dust shields were very badly corroded (MkIV Cortina), so I toyed with the idea of using them as a pattern for fibreglass versions with...
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    Hi Barry - I don't think it is a date code. The...

    Hi Barry - I don't think it is a date code. The seats come from a ADD Nova, manufactured between 1972 and 1975. The green gel coat is consistent with a bodyshell manufactured in the same timeframe....
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    That's a shame - looking at the underbonnet...

    That's a shame - looking at the underbonnet picture it looks like a chunk of bodywork has been cut out to access the steering box adjuster, I suspect the serial number was on that bit of bodywork :(...
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    Hi Barry - if the number is on the rear undertray...

    Hi Barry - if the number is on the rear undertray it may be a date code, 1996 would have been about right for a Nova Developments Mk4 moulding.

    If it is on the front undertray on the curved spare...
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    As my wiper sweeps across the screen curvature...

    As my wiper sweeps across the screen curvature the arms run really close to the screen surface. Plus, I don't care :bleh:

    The entire Nova windscreen wiper assembly is one great big eyesore, which...
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    ...No sunroof either, as the ADD cars all came...

    ...No sunroof either, as the ADD cars all came with manual canopy actuators from the factory (Austin Maxi tailgate gas rams, if your hydraulic options don't pan out).

    Lauren
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    Aha - Mk4 rear undertray as well. ADD did not...

    Aha - Mk4 rear undertray as well.

    ADD did not offer the Nova in yellow gel coat (only 3 colours were available to keep costs down, lime green, blue and red), but the lime green has a strong yellow...
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    Looks like the shell was lime green gel coat...

    Looks like the shell was lime green gel coat originally.

    Your LED headlights look very cool, I hope that they are E-marked.
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    Hi guys - having experienced the dousing from...

    Hi guys - having experienced the dousing from front wing mounted windscreen washers, and also how ineffective they are in this position, particularly when travelling at speed, I went for a wiper...
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    Sounds like a nice short to-do list :thumbup: ...

    Sounds like a nice short to-do list :thumbup:

    Do you have a hydraulic pump already or do you need to source one?

    My car originally had a Cadillac convertible roof pump, which was typical of...
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    Nice! ADD Mk1 seats :thumbup: ...And a Mk4...

    Nice! ADD Mk1 seats :thumbup:

    ...And a Mk4 dashboard :thumbup:

    Your interior looks to be in good shape, with the chassis work done how far are you from getting on the road?

    Lauren
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    Hi Barry, welcome to the forum! Having the...

    Hi Barry, welcome to the forum!

    Having the original seat shells for a Mk1 is actually very rare, given that most were changed for aftermarket items. Are they ADD era low-back or the later Elam...
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    Not at all - it certainly highlights the problems...

    Not at all - it certainly highlights the problems with handling Hydrogen.

    I remember using Helium as a leak tracer in pressurised high power microwave filters some years back. Even precision laser...
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    Yes, I made that mistake once. I couldn't believe...

    Yes, I made that mistake once. I couldn't believe it when I found out that the Alfasud was front steer, but the clown car steering made it all too obvious :blushing:

    You live and learn!

    You're...
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    Thanks GG, it's good to be back :D

    Thanks GG, it's good to be back :D
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