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Nov 2014
A separate registry of the smart fortwo 450's that were imported into the USA by G&K has now been put online!  Currently we have 114 of the cars in our registry, and are looking to find and enter the information for the rest of them.  The registry can be found HERE, or under the "Car Registries" menu at the top of the page.  The same disclaimer as we applied for the Canadian registry applies here:
 

ClubsmartCar (being the collectivity of forum members and other contributors to this Registry) provides all data contained within this Registry without cost and "as is", without any express or implied warranties as to their accuracy with respect to any data concerning all motor vehicles contained therein. This also excludes any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, such as in assisting in making a decision to purchase or not purchase a used car. 

ClubsmartCar has compiled all the information contained in this Registry in good faith. ClubsmartCar has taken reasonable care to ensure this information is accurate. However, ClubsmartCar cannot accept liability for any claims, actions and demands arising from or relating to losses due to the accuracy of any of the information contained within this Registry.
 

 
Should you have any comments to make regarding this Registry and its contents, please send a PM to FlossyTheSmart, or leave a comment below.  If you've got updates to make though, feel free to edit the information yourself!

31
Oct 2014
ClubsmartCar has prepared a comprehensive Registry of all smart 450s (1998-2006 models) that we are aware of in North America.  We certainly have all 10,239 of the Canadian 450s, and we are making headway on adding the approximately 1,300 US 450s that were converted to meet US DOT certification by G&K in California.

In compiling the data within the Registry, we have added information concerning the colours and options that the cars spotted in person or on the Internet are known to have, whether they have been in collisions or have been declared “Salvage”, “Scrapped”, “Rebuilt”, or whether the engine is known to have had a serious internal failure.  This information has been collected from various sources.  It may therefore be of variable quality.  However, we hope that you find it interesting, and useful.

We are also looking to have updated information added from time to time, and in this quest, any information that you may be able to contribute may be submitted, and may be displayed after the content is reviewed.

As time and circumstances allow, we will be adding the 451 and eventually the 453 model to the Registry.

The Canadian 450 registry can be found HERE, or by following the "Car Registries" menu at the top of the page.

Disclaimer:
ClubsmartCar (being the collectivity of forum members and other contributors to this Registry) provides all data contained within this Registry without cost and "as is", without any express or implied warranties as to their accuracy with respect to any data concerning all motor vehicles contained therein.  This also excludes any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, such as in assisting in making a decision to purchase or not purchase a used car.

ClubsmartCar has compiled all the information contained in this Registry in good faith. ClubsmartCar has taken reasonable care to ensure this information is accurate. However, ClubsmartCar cannot accept liability for any claims, actions and demands arising from or relating to losses due to the accuracy of any of the information contained within this Registry.

Should you have any comments to make regarding this Registry and its contents, please send a PM to FlossyTheSmart, or leave a comment below.  If you've got updates to make though, feel free to edit the information yourself!

29
Sep 2014
For those who aren't aware, Club smart Car is operated and governed by a board of directors.  The current board is made up of Leadwing, Mike T, jwight, Francesco, smartzuuk, and myself.  Despite having a board of directors, Club smart Car is not a legal entity to itself. 
 
What does this mean?  Individuals own different parts of the site, and if something were to happen, we would lose control.  TFM, the site founder, owns the domain names.  The server space is handled by SmartieParts.  I own the license for Invision Power Board.  In addition, we have been raising funds using Google Adsense in order to afford the various things we have to pay for.  Right now, the money from those ads feeds straight into my personal bank account.  If I made a run for it, there'd be nothing anyone could do, and the money would be in my pocket.  On the flip side of that, if our ads suddenly became super profitable, the CRA would suddenly start knocking on my door and I would be responsible for dealing with that.
 
Because of all of this, if the Board of Directors were to change, there would be a lot of transfer work necessary in changing over names.  Ideally, we would form Club smart Car into a Non-Profit Organization that would be able to own these various things in it's own name.  Therefore, before we start looking for nominations for a future Board of Directors, the current board would like to investigate the process to move towards incorporation.
 
This investigation will involve looking at:
  • How much money is necessary to initially become a Non-Profit Organization
  • How much money is needed to keep ourselves as a NPO (Eg. Any annual costs, potentially including having someone file our club taxes)
  • Where should we incorporate: Provincially (Probably either Ontario or BC), or Nationally (Canada)
  • What is the process for incorporation depending on where we want to incorporate?
  • Our board is fairly loosey-goosey right now.  How much additional red tape would there be after becoming an NPO?
  • What legal implications are there?
  • What real advantages would incorporation give us?
  • Do we need to be a real named corporation, or would we be fine with just having a numbered company?
 
Because of all these questions and the amount of investigation necessary, we would like to form an Incorporation Task Force of members to assist in this work.  This job won't be for the faint of heart - We're looking for a team of dedicated individuals with good reading comprehension skills, who are willing to spend some real time helping out.  Previous experience with incorporation (or just general legal experience) would be a huge plus.  Interested parties can post in the comments below.


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    @  turbomar : (22 November 2014 - 06:33 PM) Thanks for the tip lads! Going to Princess tomorrow
    @  marchanna : (22 November 2014 - 05:57 PM) Princess Auto is the best! I live less than a Km from there.
    @  Bessy : (22 November 2014 - 05:53 PM) Turbomar, Princess Auto has the socket for about $3. I've done 20 or so pairs of reluctors and haven't broken a socket yet.
    @  dmoonen : (22 November 2014 - 09:48 AM) Yes it is Turbomar.
    @  turbomar : (22 November 2014 - 07:38 AM) Is the socket size for the drive axle bolt to hub on the 450, 12 point 21mm?
    @  dmoonen : (21 November 2014 - 03:41 PM) I think glow plug gets triggered by the coolant sensor
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (21 November 2014 - 12:11 PM) I couldn't tell you for sure.
    @  kdubya : (21 November 2014 - 11:39 AM) i played around a bunch, entered everything i could. i didn't see it anywhere. Is it something we know the Star can do?
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (21 November 2014 - 09:52 AM) There are a whole lot of read outs in there, so you may have to dig around a bit, but that's where I would think they'd be.
    @  kdubya : (21 November 2014 - 09:45 AM) k ill check. i want to make sure they are working. just a read out of temp
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (21 November 2014 - 09:21 AM) probably under the "Engine" section
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (21 November 2014 - 09:20 AM) Read out is likely under Systems>N3/9 (EDG control unit) > Actual Value Indicator, somewhere.
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (21 November 2014 - 09:18 AM) As in, configurable, or just a read out?
    @  kdubya : (21 November 2014 - 08:58 AM) Anyone know where to find cylinder temp (glow plug function) on the Star??
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (19 November 2014 - 11:38 AM) classic
    @  Mike T : (19 November 2014 - 11:38 AM) Hodor
    @  evotell : (19 November 2014 - 11:35 AM) Saying your own name, I don't get it?
    @  dmoonen : (19 November 2014 - 10:52 AM) Saying your own name evotell :P
    @  evotell : (19 November 2014 - 10:49 AM) evotell
    @  KurtMan : (18 November 2014 - 06:29 PM) Well, we repaired the wires and its driving fine now... I guess I'll have to wait for another slushy day to be sure. Thanks for all the help guys!
    @  Mike T : (18 November 2014 - 05:24 PM) This happened to our dearly departed green car too and the solution was that simple.
    @  SkydiverChris : (18 November 2014 - 03:32 PM) Glad to hear that you may have found the cause Kurt! Keep us posted! It's almost never that simple.
    @  Francesco : (18 November 2014 - 12:00 PM) cost me close to $300 to tow from the Canadian border post at Hemingford to my driveway (80 km), and my car was up on blocks for two weeks while I tracked down and resolved the issues.
    @  Francesco : (18 November 2014 - 11:58 AM) jurist? During
    @  Francesco : (18 November 2014 - 11:58 AM) Yep, mine started acting up jurist a January thaw on a long steady drive through the country, then the car refused to move on a slushy day on a long steady drive on the same roads a week later. The slushy brine is both conductive and tenacious.
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (18 November 2014 - 11:40 AM) That's probably it.
    @  KurtMan : (18 November 2014 - 11:21 AM) So my friend with soldering skills is going to help me after work... I'm confident this will solve the problem. First slushy day we have so it must have splashed up there and shorted out.
    @  Francesco : (18 November 2014 - 10:25 AM) knock on wood, no recurrence after two winters and three summers.
    @  Francesco : (18 November 2014 - 10:25 AM) then wraped all in Tesa cloth harness tape ($20 a roll at MB, about the same off ebay)
    @  Francesco : (18 November 2014 - 10:24 AM) Yeah, mine was the same. I repaired the wires and coated the whole thing in Liquid Electrical Tape ($9 at CT)
    @  stickman007 : (18 November 2014 - 10:20 AM) There's probably corrosion inside the sheath due to moisture getting in
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (18 November 2014 - 07:29 AM) with the wires chafed, they're probably only intermittantly making good contact. Wrapping in electrical tape probably won't be able to keep the connection good.
    @  KurtMan : (18 November 2014 - 07:26 AM) What if I wrap the chafed wires in electrical tape and try driving around?
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (18 November 2014 - 07:21 AM) hopefully it's as simple as that!
    @  KurtMan : (18 November 2014 - 07:11 AM) I immediately found 2 chafed wires at the connection to the clutch actuator!
    @  dmoonen : (18 November 2014 - 05:49 AM) Majority of the problems are in the engine harness area right at the IC scoop. Removing the IC would give you more wiggle room and less curse words
    @  dmoonen : (18 November 2014 - 05:47 AM) SAM to rear ecu travels under the carpet and right into the firewall behind the seats.
    @  dmoonen : (18 November 2014 - 05:46 AM) Harness to two sections: 1:Rear ECU TO engine sensors and components. 2: Sam:Rear ECU.
    @  dmoonen : (18 November 2014 - 05:44 AM) No you dont need to kurt, mainly around the intercooler scoop area and back youll be
    @  KurtMan : (18 November 2014 - 04:27 AM) Do I have to remove any of the under panels to get to the harness?
    @  KurtMan : (17 November 2014 - 04:33 PM) Well maybe if I need a star machine I'll send you a message Max!
    @  FlossyTheSmart : (17 November 2014 - 04:20 PM) I think just me, Chris, and Troy have star machines in the Ottawa area.
    @  KurtMan : (17 November 2014 - 04:03 PM) Any help would be appreciated!
    @  SkydiverChris : (17 November 2014 - 03:58 PM) NOt sure if anyone out your way has a Star, but there are a couple people around Ottawa that do. If you're stuck, they may be able to help
    @  KurtMan : (17 November 2014 - 03:56 PM) Thanks I appreciate it!
    @  SkydiverChris : (17 November 2014 - 03:55 PM) Sorry man, if you're still stuck on the weekend, I might be convinced to make a trip out that way (unless someone else gets there before I do), but there's a tonne of stuff to try, and the Star may or may not give you something to go on.
    @  KurtMan : (17 November 2014 - 03:49 PM) Ya I feel ya... I guess I'll check the fork and harness tomorrow and go from there. Wish me luck!
    @  SkydiverChris : (17 November 2014 - 03:46 PM) Ewww...that's one hell of a trip. haha
    @  KurtMan : (17 November 2014 - 03:42 PM) Innes/Tenth line exactly
    @  SkydiverChris : (17 November 2014 - 03:42 PM) If it was summer, I skydive in Gatineau and am out that way almost every weekend. Unfortunately, we don't jump in winter much.
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