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Perfect Donor (Hawk)

Post by AllanW » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:35 pm

Hi all,

I've been procrastinating about taking the plunge on a Hawk for a fair few months now and lockdown part 2 has presented me with more time at home, so I think it might be time to take the plunge. I know I need to get on waiting lists and things, but step one is to locate a donor and start working on it so I'm after your advice...

The goal (currently) is a Hawk 1.8/2.6 with a Triumph I6 engine, although that could change.

What I think this means is I want:
- MGB (GT or roadster? Does that make any difference?)
- Associated V5 (to classify as a "Kit Converted Car" for IVA)
- wire wheel axle (I've seen MGB wire wheel conversions to accommodate the wider axle - would they work on a Hawk?)
- "2 original major parts" in reusable order (for age-related plate) - front axle/rear axle and steering rack sound like the obvious ones. Engine and therefore transmission are out if I'm replacing them. Suspension could be an alternative but it sounds like the Hawk front suspension is a desirable upgrade and I think you need both front and rear to qualify as "a major component".
- Age? - Other than the impact on the age-related plate are e.g. chrome bumper MGBs better as a donor than rubber bumper? I know there are some mechanical differences between the years but don't believe they would significantly affect suitability as a donor?
- Don't care about body rust (within reason) as I won't use the body?
- The better the condition the car in general, the more parts I will likely be able to reuse?

I'm going to speak to Hawk cars as well, but any advice appreciated.



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Re: Perfect Donor (Hawk)

Post by StewbieC » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:22 pm

Hi Allan,
It is good you are giving your project plenty of thought.
Hawk has a long lead time for kits currently so it is worthwhile paying the deposit to get your name on the list. At this stage you don't need to confirm specification so it will allow you to further your research.
If you want an Ace type body and wires you really need a B wire wheel axle for the correct track width. Even though prices are on the increase buying the right axle would be cheaper and the best option over any modified alternatives.
The IVA is a test and for that you just need to build the car to meet the requirements of the test and demonstrate that the car is Amateur built by taking photos of the build and preferably with you in it to have the least stringent test (if you can describe it as such).
The V5 and donor parts are for registration to conform with the requirement for an age related plate.
For this application you will complete the V55/5 form and built up inspection report (all available online). You will want to demonstrate that at least two major components are from the donor vehicle that relate to the V5 in your name (you can use more) and the rest are receipted new or as new other than one other major component (which normally is the engine) that can be used and from somewhere else. If you download the forms you will see it is straightforward enough. The technical data required for the V55/5 is available on the IAC certificate which you receive when you pass IVA.
So the running order is normally.
Put down deposit
Decide what kit you want
Locate suitable donor and parts
Refurbish donor parts
Obtain and rebuild engine
Receive kit
Build to pass IVA test
Have a well earned beer.
The rarest parts needed are early solid MGB columns that we use.
Look me up on the members list and feel free to mail me if you have any specific questions. We are all here to help
Hawk 289, maximum smiles per mile..

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