Saw this on another forum about new problems in France;
I have started the paperwork trail to register it in France, (Its got a normal uk V5 in my name) but I forsee problems getting french approval. I might be able to wing it, but it depends on how anal the tester wants to be. First prolem is the engine. I have a MG Metro engine for it. This is a bread n butter conversion in UK, but vans were never homologated for a 1275cc engine here, therefor the engine swap shouldnt pass inspection. Will some tester who checks Meganes all day be able to tell the difference between a 1275 and a 998cc A series engine? I'm hoping not. The MG metro engine number plate fell off when I cleaned the motor, so I will make a new plate with the engine number from the V5 on it. I'm 80% confident this will work. If not, I will need to swap in a 998 engine for the test.
Second problem is the wheels and tyres. Tyres are the new "big thing" for testers in France. Regulations have been amended to make it obligatory to keep the standard size tyres on a car, or an alternative size specified by the manufacturer for that specific model. I have 165/60/12`s, where the van should have 140r10`s. Again, this is a common swap in UK, but here its not. I'm hoping that the tester has no data for this model, so wont be able to say they are wrong. I'm kind of boned if he does pick it up though - I will have to buy a set of 10`s for my scabby 10" steels, but the 10`s wont fit over the disc brakes......dunno what to do there. Cross that bridge when I come to it, I suppose.