The New Zealand Car Construction Manual

The NZ Car Construction Manual is developed by the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association Inc, and is incorporated by reference into the LVV Standards, which are in turn incorporated by reference in the NZ Land Transport Rules. It’s available here in either hard-copy, electronic format or individual downloadable chapters (electronic only).

Hard-copy, supplied in sturdy ring-binder
NZ Car Construction Manual (Printed hard-copy)
This is a printed hard-copy version of the NZ Car Construction Manual and includes all sections and chapters in a ring-binder.
Pages: 529 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010 with updated Chapter 9 Engine & Drivetrain, Chapter 5 Chassis Modification & Construction, Chapter 10 Fuel Systems, and Terms and Definitions (2nd Amendment, July 2021)
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Electronic – complete manual – Downloadable PDF file
NZ Car Construction Manual (Complete Electronic Download)
This is a full downloadable version of the NZ Car Construction Manual which includes all sections and chapters in one single, searchable electronic file.
Pages: 530 | Current version: – July 2021 Current version Includes 1st Amendment – November 2010 with updated Chapter 9 Engine & Drivetrain, Chapter 5 Chassis Modification & Construction, Chapter 10 Fuel Systems, and Terms and Definitions (2nd Amendment, July 2021)
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Electronic – individual chapters – Downloadable PDF files
Chapter 1 - Low Volume Vehicle System
This chapter provides you with the basic history and principles of the low volume vehicle certification system in New Zealand.
Pages: 14 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 2 - About this Manual
This chapter provides some useful information that will help you to use this manual, and to get through the LVV certification process with the least amount of stress possible.
Pages: 12 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 3 - Authority Card Process
This chapter contains information and application forms for NZ Hot Rod Association, Motorsport NZ, and NZ Drag Racing Association LVV Authority Cards.
Pages: 29 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 4 - Build Approval Process
This chapter provides all relevant details and application forms for build, design and concept approvals used in the build approval process.
Pages: 37 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 5 - Chassis Modification & Construction
This chapter covers the design, modification and construction of all common chassis types.
Pages: 37 | Current version: 2nd Amendment – July 2021
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Chapter 6 - Suspension Systems
This chapter covers the modification, construction and installation and of all commonly available suspension systems.
Pages: 68 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 7 - Steering Systems
This chapter covers component selection, compatibility, geometry, and column collapsibility in the event of a collision.
Pages: 41 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 8 - Braking Systems
This chapter covers all aspects of efficient, reliable, and durable braking systems in low volume vehicles.
Pages: 31 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 9 - Engine & Drive-train
This chapter covers installation, attachment, noise, vibration and harshness reduction, along with long-term vehicle reliability. Pages: 32 | Current version: 2nd Amendment – July 2021
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Chapter 10 - Fuel Systems
This chapter covers fuel tanks, tank location, attachment, venting, spillage and leakage dispersal, along with hoses, pipes and fittings.
Pages: 18 | Current version: 2nd Amendment – July 2021
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Chapter 11 - Emission Systems
This chapter will be introduced as an update in the future. Refer to LVV Standard 90-20 (Exhaust Noise Emissions), and LVV Standard 90-10 (Exhaust Gas Emissions) both freely available from www.lvvta.org.nz.
Pages: 6 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 12 - Wheels and Tyres
This chapter covers wheels & tyres, ensuring correct selection, fitment and function.
Pages: 26 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 13 - Body Modification & Construction
This chapter covers aspects of includes frontal impact, door retention systems, and external projections requirements.
Pages: 23 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 14 - Seats, Seatbelts, & Anchorages
This chapter covers seats and seatbelts, and their attachment to the vehicle structure.
Pages: 68 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 15 - Glazing & Vision
This chapter covers glazing types, rear view mirrors, engine hood protrusions, and washing and wiping systems.
Pages: 26 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 16 - Interior Equipment
This chapter covers a vehicle’s interior surfaces, fittings, and controls which can have an effect on occupants in the event of an accident.
Pages: 21 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 17 - Lighting Equipment
This chapter covers all lamps that are added, substituted, or modified, and their installation on a low volume vehicle.
Pages: 44 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 18 - Attachment Systems
This chapter covers all fastening systems, including welding requirements, non-destructive testing requirements, and all fastener requirements.
Pages: 19 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Chapter 19 - Vehicle Operation
This chapter covers vehicle operation, to ensure that it is stable, safe, and user-friendly enough that any competent driver could get in it and drive it safely.
Pages: 18 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Introduction
This chapter provides some background into the early beginnings of the Low Volume Vehicle system in New Zealand.
Pages: 8 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Acknowledgements
This section acknowledges the many people involved in the initial and ongoing development of the NZ Car Construction Manual.
Pages: 8 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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About the Author
This section provides some background on the Author of the NZ Car Construction Manual, Tony Johnson.
Pages: 6 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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Terms and Definitions
This section provides a list of Terms and Definitions relevant to the NZ Car Construction Manual.
Pages: 6 | Current version: 1st Amendment – November 2010
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