Thank you everyone!
I know if it fails on anything it can be fixed - it's just finding the time to get it fixed.....and as it's usually raining and I don't have a garage, that means me lying under the van getting cold n wet
The joys of the older vehicle......but I wouldn't swap him
I do feel that MOT testers are becoming more like many modern mechanics though - just fitters rather than someone who actually understanding the workings of the car.
My van has a steering box rather than rack and pinion. A box always has slightly more play (even when new) due to the design, but half the time I have to explain this to the MOT man and show him it is adjusted correctly and is not excessively worn.
I once had to have an argument with the MOT man about a VW Beetle - he tried to fail it on a 1cm circle of rust that he said was near to something that was load bearing for the suspension. It took the Haynes manual and about 15 minutes to explain that I could onbolt the body from the car and then still drive the chassis with the suspension working and intact, so how could the area with the small rust bubble on the bodywork be load bearing
I'm not against the MOT - I would rather know if my car had unsafe brakes etc than carry on driving, but it's the silly things that it can fail on now, like the dash light illuminating the speedo not being bright enough.......I mean really????
If I ever manage to get a speeding ticket in my van I'm gonna frame it!
It does seem sometimes like the Government are trying to force older cars off the road.