I am the owner & builder of the
first and only Sierra 4x4 based SS chassis Rob Budd
supplied, body No EF 1286.
I built the car about 13 or so years
ago with the blessing of Rob Budd. As a professional motor
engineer, Rob was eager for me to keep him informed on a step to
step bases. Because when Rob knew what & how far I was willing
to go with an SS, it is based on an XR4i with all the extras &
goodies I could though or fit in it (the interior alone is like
an air plane cockpit).
He admitted to me that they had near
future plans for a sierra based kit but had not yet advertised
it. So he supplied me with one that they had modified from a
Rob had said that they had took a
cortina based SS & put a sierra rear axle & carrier on it, &
from that tried to work out wear to put the sierra rear axle
mounts/suspension points on a bear chassis. Unfortunately I had
to admit to Rob nothing fitted on the one he supplied to me.
On the finished vehicle, about
everything except the basic body shape had been altered (the
build took just over 3 years) & even that been severely played
Then it did the full show circuit
with Rob & Senga, (Stoneleigh, Newark,Doncaster in the main
Then due to the fact that I am self
employed, other work commitments took over & the car was put in
to store short term.....yer right ! (Star Field Fireworks, see
Well about 18 months ago that
particular store roof collapsed (front end only. it is a long
narrow building). Luckily the car was not damaged at all, but it
had to come out quickly. We hope to repair the roof this summer
as we didn't have one last year. Since the roof collapse the
vehicle has had to sit out side, any room in our other stores is
taken up by rarer or more valuable vehicles.
As you can under stand we need to do
something with it has sitting out side is not doing it any
So I would like to discuss a problem
I have with the vehicle, nothing to do with the physical part I
may add, but more to do with the paper side!
We know all about the SVA as we have
built & modified other kits. but those were for other people.
As one in particular had to be
completed on a dead line, the SS was out of site out of mind
when the SVA came into force & therefore never SVA'd.
As you know the SS will never pass
an SVA, as it stands, so our only alternative is to scrap this car.....but we
don't want to. We do know of a very simple solution to this
problem, but we need some help.
My phone No is 01427 728403 I look
forward to hearing from you & have included a couple of photo's.
PS, I still have some original paper
work & doc's.