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  1. 22 points
    Had a night last night I’d rather not ever repeat. I underwent surgery last Friday to repair an umbilical hernia that was getting close to needing emergency surgery, so caught it just in time - although I could have done without having the anaesthetic through my spine and being conscious throughout the procedure. It was successful, anyway. Part of the fun of having abdominal surgery is that your colon takes great exception to being violated, and gets its own back by shutting down. Thus since last Friday, I’ve been enduring an unwelcome visitation from the Poo Prevention Fairy. There’s very little you can do about it except ride it out, but it’s pretty uncomfortable to say the least. The medical advice is to wait a few days before trying a laxative. By the end of yesterday, three and a half days in, I was ready to try anything, so out came the Ducolax to act as an eviction order against the non-travellers in my colon. About 2:45 this morning I was awoken by a noise coming from my guts which I last heard in The Exorcist when Linda Blair was possessed, and felt a pressure near the termination of my outflow pipe that was unmistakable in intent. I hobbled to the loo as quickly as I could without releasing the toxic monster and just managed to take my place in the driver’s seat of the porcelain bus when a gust of wind emanated from my tailpipe that sounded like Satan summoning his demonic army home for a pep talk. This was followed by something I can only describe without revulsion as the worst log flume ride in the world, ever. It went on for so long I thought I’d end up on the floor and flat as a piece of paper, completely empty inside. One of the dogs came in, wrinkled its nose in disgust at the smell and left me to my fate in mid-process. This was interspersed with belches strong enough to move the curtains. All this went on 20 minutes and when it finally stopped, I managed to struggle back to bed at 315...only to repeat it all over again at 500. I only wish I’d weighed myself before the non-travellers were evicted to see how much weight I’d lost. So folks, if you think your day is a bit s**t, my literally already has been. Thought I’d share as it’s always fun to laugh at the misfortunes of others.
  2. 13 points
    Firstly can I thank @Julie Hall - AO Representative, Peak District AO for organising the "Battle of the ODO's" Congratulations to @AndrewBClarke and @Trevturtle on their efforts for 2nd and 3rd Quite a few of you know that we started a "Silver gap year" in May and pretty much spent most dry days between May and mid October touring the UK in our Westy, having this time allowed to rack the mileage up and wreck our savings, indeed we spent over 3 months on days out and mega road trips. We've made and met along the way many other club members who have been most welcoming, given advice, planned routes and ate cake, lots of cake. We have only been with the club 2 years since we got Mrs P but what a way to spend a summer living out of a Westfield and bag strapped to the roll bar. We can't imagine not having a Westy in our garage. We even ran out of clean clothes so bought new as we went, a "Rock and roll" life style I know! Were currently in India for a month before we head on to tour South Asia until April, but we are so looking to connecting the battery and blasting up the road when we get back. See you on the glorious roads of the UK next spring ish! Ali and Gail
  3. 8 points
  4. 7 points
    Albert the lab, our first dog. I’m shattered!!
  5. 7 points
    I wonder just how well set up the cars that the factory lends out to test are? Many years ago I worked for a very high end bicycle company that sent its bikes out to national bike magazines and as often as not the reviews would have a number of small negatives that in the end would add up giving a negative impression of an otherwise wonderful bike. So we took the step of having our best mechanics tweak and test and re-tweak the bikes until they were just right before any journalist ever got near it. And when the bike came back from the test it was gone over and test ridden and cleaned to perfection before it went back out the door to be once again tested. And....every bike always came home to check over before it went to the next test. Journalist are not kind to gear and most don't care if they pass on bikes that are compromised in some way to the next magazine. This process resulted in glowing reviews and a real life bump in sales - so worth the time to get the bikes just right. I wonder if Westfield, and other car companies, take the steps necessary to present their products in the best possible light. I recall a number of years ago EVO magazine tested the then new Miata and they had little good to say about it and the tone of the piece was largely one of disappointment. Their core complaint was the handling and the details of their complaint all pointed to a poor alignment. As I read it I wanted to jump into the pages of the magazine and set the toe properly just so they would talk about something else. I can't fault the magazine - are they supposed to report that they think the car would be great if only it had a proper alignment and tire pressures? No - they test the car they are given. It feels like Westfield might do well to have their best guy assemble the demo cars and make sure they ride and handle just so and that they are 100% rattle and squeak free. It's time consuming and therefore not cheap but it's time/money very well spent. If I can make my own car handle and ride just right and be free of rattles and squeaks surely the factory can do it and do it faster and cheaper...and no doubt the reviews would be more positive and be less "it's not as good as a Caterham but it's cheaper". Properly done they could have "it's every bit as good as a Caterham and much cheaper" and no doubt sales would increase. dave
  6. 7 points
    Having seen some really nice tidy engine bays, I decided to take a look at mine, and see if I could improve in the view that already contains a mighty xflow Main thing I always got drawn to, was the return pipe from the thermostat to the header tank, basically a bit of hand bent copper tube running over the exhaust header. So, had a think and looked at other cars, and a nice hardline properly clipped down as per a photo on this forum was the way to go. This was the inspiration picture Bit of 10mm alloy tube, some blue silicone pipe, couple of P clips, and a hand pipe bender. Also routed the plug leads differently, need to source some nice clips for the leads now.
  7. 7 points
    Might get some work done on the Westfield now! Just installed a 4t 2 post lift in the workshop as I needed something to keep the Camaro safe from the lads during the day! I really should do a bit with the Westfield now I've no excuse!
  8. 7 points
    After coming to my senses, i decided to sell my bike and it was collected yesterday. The proceeds are all going towards finishing the car. Yesterday i ordered a set of shocks and springs from Matt @ Procomp. I also ordered these, which arrived today. These are the fronts, i've also ordered the rears swell but these won't be made until February, but il at least be able to get the cycle wings positioned and fitted now. Mike
  9. 7 points
    well, after much thought, i have decided to let them take the vehicle before i go on hols, , and replace what they need to and test various components without actually having to start it (eg does the starter turn the engine?) etc most things have now been tested to within an inch of their lives. so hopefully it will still be the car i built and the one i get to do the initial start on (if they do, ill tell them not to tell me). i will think of it like they changed the headlights. as some of you have pointed out, there are too many other possible issues with this engine for me to contemplate removing it (several times?) but i really appreciate the offers of help. . so if i do it, after 3 weeks away, even if it goes without further ado, ill barely get anywhere in December and it could be a while before i am on the road. its over 11 months since i started. you have to remember that before this i had barely changed a spark plug so my appetite for drama may not be the same as yours. still, more than annoying. anyway, meanwhile here's where i have got to so far. as they say, never judge a book by its cover. i pushed it outside for the pics, and ran over my foot! but that's when you realise it weighs very little (cos half the engine is missing!). got to keep the sense of humour. wondering what i should ask for in compensation BRUMMM BRUMMM
  10. 6 points
    It must be strong, considering the damage its done to the Tarmac!
  11. 6 points
    Another excellent day in the peak district. Where did we go? Started in Ashbourne... followed Julie... arrived home. The boss will be along soon with details. Lots of twisting roads, very warm weather, food and friends.. who needs more. Oh and a rare picture ..two pictures!! of the Glen unit And lots of cleaning.
  12. 6 points
  13. 6 points
    Following on from my post a few weeks ago where I received some lovely kind words We had all decided that we weren't ready for a dog free house yet. We had tried the local rescue centres but as we have kids they would only rehome a pup with us. So after a few phonecalls and a drive up to oban in the snow we now have this little ball of energy to keep us all on our toes! An 8 week old border collie called Archie. He's already picking fights with much bigger opponents!!
  14. 6 points
    Well today I went for my B+E trailer test having had a 2 hour assessment by an instructor earlier on in the month he had said that I should be fine with going straight for a test and he only recommended another hour lesson to get familiar with the test routes as I am from "out of town", this was quite refreshing to hear, instead of someone trying to sell me however many hours of possibly unnecessary lessons. So, woke up this morning with knots in my stomach from the thought of my driving style being examined and scrutinised.. I've been driving 13 years now so have picked up plenty of bad habits and also have driven pretty much only automatic cars for the last 4 years, so going to do my trailer test in a manual was a little daunting. Started off by carrying the very simple show me/tell me questions (show me how you would test the horn) and then out to the carpark to carryout the manoeuvres; reverse into a bay, uncouple and recouple then a 60 or so minute drive through the city, all the time trying to gauge the examiner for any clues on how I was doing.... I started to get quite worried after 50 or so minutes when he still hadn't opened his clipboard! Back to the test station and a big sigh of relief when I was told that I had passed with no minors. Yipee. one step closer to the goal of going racing next year. All I need now is a nice big covered trailer with a little workbench in.. best get christmas shopping for myself!
  15. 6 points
  16. 5 points
    Given I will eventually rock up at Stoneleigh in this and probably expect to park on the club pitch, I suppose I should post a bit on here about my latest build project. I do very little to the Westfield other than basic servicing as it just works, and Vickie (who owns it) is perfectly happy with it as it is, so no mods are likely, meaning very little tinkering time was to be had on the Westy. I had sworn off more kit builds some time ago, but found myself wandering the interwebs one day and came across this: www.midlana.com I don't much care for the name, but other than that, it appealed. I'd never done a 'locost' style build before, although my last build could barely qualify as a kit given how much of it was missing and the fact the company went bust shortly after I acquired the 4th hand pile of junk I started with. I had done chassis mods before, but never a full build so it was a bit of a leap of faith, or perhaps ignorance. Anyhoo, decision made, first step was to pick a donor for the engine. My previous build used an Alfa V6 and my daily driver at the time was an Alfa 166, so that was one decision made. Donor 166 acquired and 'processed'. I did the same exercise with an MX5 as the car uses the uprights, brakes and steering rack (and possibly column). I looked at the options and it was cheaper to buy a whole car, plus I got to pick and choose which other bits to keep that might be useful later on. I sold the soft top for what I paid for the car, so that was handy. After tidying the mess, which involved a few trips to the tip and funny looks from the staff as I chucked large chunks of car into the scrap metal skip, there was a bit of a hiatus while I spent some time on other stuff. I finally got started on preparing the donor parts earlier this year. I wanted all the major parts to be cleaned up & ready to go so I didn't have to endlessly mess with filthy bits of old car. Donor engine was first. I didn't want to get into stripping it for a number of reasons. Mainly budget, this was supposed(!) to be a budget build, and given how expensive these engines get once you start to mess with them, I was determined to do the bare minimum to it. It's a solid engine so I just did basic service items like cam belt & tensioner & idlers, oil seals, water pump & plugs. Second reason was I plan on using the OEM ECU and although they can be re-mapped to take advantage of mods, again, it gets spendy very quickly. Other than cleaning, painting & plating, I also put new boots and sleeving on the upper engine loom. Before: After: And the gearbox: Process was to strip down and remove auxiliary bits, plug all holes, jet wash sandblast to remove crud, rinse, dry, paint. I completely stripped the gearbox to make that process a bit easier. For the steel parts like brackets and bolts, I used the small sandblasting cabinet to get them back to base steel then a DIY zinc plating kit to protect them. Pretty happy with how that worked actually. The suspension uprights and brake parts from the MX5 looked like they had been recovered from the seafloor so I used the washing soda electrolysis method for those. Don't seem to have any pictures of that stage - shame really as the results are excellent. Having got the main donor parts sorted, it was time to make a build table.......
  17. 5 points
    It might work that way. I think since the wheel wells are still fully open on the sides that they would be a bigger, lower pressure area and that any air that wants to come out would do so out that way. I spaced the trailing end of the diffuser down 5/8" to have the lower edge of the strakes look level and the lower the roof angle of the diffuser. The steepest part of the roof measures about 20° which is a bit steep to maintain attached airflow and my spacer lowers that by a bit. Again real string tests and a Go Pro to show what's going on back under they will be the real test. I suspect, just going by the numbers, that the angle will still be too steep (especially on the outer two side sections) and that it would benefit from being lower still. This is pretty easy to test with cardboard and duct tape and if it proves to be beneficial I can make a lower roof angle. Years ago I competed in a Lotus Elise and it was super tail happy during dropped throttle at speed - scary stuff. I did a lot of testing of airlfow and was able to make a new diffuser that, along with a front splitter and rear wing really tamed it. It was very stable and quick after that work. Fun stuff. dave
  18. 5 points
    Postie delivered two big boxes of buetifull shiny carbon panels from mark at carbon nv, great to deal with and great products Cannae wait to get on now yeeha A wee taster I’ve left the others wrapped up for now
  19. 5 points
    Have you had an advert running on the Boardroom, whether for a car, or a part, or even something not car related at all? Did it sell? (Congratulations by the way, if it did! If so, can the club please, please, please ask you to do one last thing; go back to your for sale thread, go up to your opening post, and click on the edit button, just underneath. Then, where it shows the title of the thread, add the word "sold", it doesn't matter what format, capitals, lowercase, what ever you like, but please, mark the item as sold in the title! Then just click to confirm and save the edit, and you're all done. - We've had a few people recently searching back through adverts, desperate to find some particular item, only to have to wait, frustratingly, to find out if it's still available, potentially missing others, while the original poster is getting back to them. Please help us to help everyone, by marking your posts. Thankyou.
  20. 5 points
    I have driven my Westfield 16.8 miles and can't stop smiling it is everything I was hoping for and more although never having been in one I was a bit nervous as to what to expect Roll on the spring and getting some serious miles on the beauty
  21. 5 points
    Just had a warm welcome from members of the WSCC - thank you very much. Bought the 250 to build with my teenage boys. Made some progress but running out of manual quickly. Have spent more time getting the garage ready and organised than being able to build the car! We have a short list of jobs we think we can knock off. Guessing we'll spend more time trying to work jobs out than actually using a spanner. Panic is subsiding slightly along with the 'What on earth have I done?' thoughts in the middle of the night. Pretty unimpressed with the manuals so far and the random way the parts a packed. Would prefer parts picked in modules that match sections of the manual. I.e. box one - front suspension. All you need to complete the front plus steering rack; corresponds to chapters 1 and 2 of the manual... sadly not the case! We will endeavour and work it out. Will be grateful for advice from members! I have two teenage boys to keep interested!!
  22. 5 points
    Ssh, don't tell anyone, but I might have miss-read the time for this! I swear the last few meets have been 10 am at the Artists Corner car park!! still lovely run over, if you ignore the occasional heavy rain,
  23. 5 points
    Thanks all. It's all been too much excitement for one day
  24. 5 points
    Well it .......... PASSED I'll PM the Fog light details, it's complicated !!!
  25. 5 points
    Got the harnesses fitted today. So very comfortable and so easy to adjust. Feel very secure and in my own opinion it was money well spent. Really happy with them.
  26. 5 points
    A little more progress with the boot box. I want to keep the roll bar mounting points clear, so I've dropped the box in on to some brackets. Started cutting the sections to bond in and form a 'box' over the fuel pipes and a stepped floor to cover the fuel tank.
  27. 5 points
    You wont be allowed to 'not' park it on the Westfield area. We all want to see what 'Westfield' owners get up to , whatever car they build .
  28. 5 points
    C type update need to hide the fibre glass matting on the inside door, the challenge was how to get an aluminium effect. At weekend light bulb moment slot the bottom of the door then slide in and bond a 0.5mm sheet of aluminium Pleased with the result original grp not brilliant for an interior the 0.5mm can be cut with scissors rolled the top edge of the alloy Slot the bottom of the doors slide in sheet and bond with tiger bond Finished doors just need to resin the slot and then matt the base of door
  29. 5 points
    Like a few others I've caught the upgrade bug and fitted a second pair of tail and stop lights to my FW body. I found them for £63.20 for the pair, including VAT and delivery from Maxparts.biz. They are the same Dasteri DSLR400STL12 units fitted by Westfield. (And close to half the price of everywhere else.) On the Dasteri website the DSLR400STL12 shows only 10 LED's but these are the 12 LED's as provided in the Westfield kit. The center reflector is slightly larger than the hole (59mm against 58mm) but a little careful sanding of the reflector outer edge got a good fit. They are not on the Maxparts.biz web site but ring 01252 512 148 and ask for Rob or David. They came next day.
  30. 5 points
    Mazda 1.8 Turbo td04 from a Subaru. 248 bhp 230ftlbs torque ME 221 ecu.
  31. 5 points
    Today has been a day working on the TB throttle levers bit of suck and see, think the pictures tell the story hardest bit was filing the slotted holes
  32. 5 points
    A quick meet up in Matlock. Dave, Martyn and Sue, Chris and Mo in the Westfields and Paul, who has SORN the VX220, came in his other flashy motor, a GT86. I asked if he would travel with the heater off and the windows down, but he just growled at me . The interior of the GT86 We drove through Chatsworth and on until we got to Grindleford Station Cafe. I have a new hobby, when I approach the cyclists and slow down, I overtake them and then just lift off the throttle slightly, so I can hear Dave behind me accelerate past them. It works every time and it sounds fantastic, now that is how to turn a negative into a positive. We had breakfast next to the real fire But not before John and Jacky arrived in their super special car. It is a Honda S2000, GT model, with a rare platinum pearl white paint. It is an 08 plate with only 7500 miles on the clock, it is immaculate, just wait until you see the engine bay, a rare sight on this forum, a Honda engine actually in a Honda car. After brekkie, we set off on some very scenic roads, everyone was glad when the slow MX5 turned off, why would you drop the top and bring your sports car out on a day like today, only to drive at 40 mph? When you see SLOW written on the road in white paint, it means normal cars must SLOW for the tight corner ahead, in sports car language it translates to FUN, prepare to speed up around the corner, yes? tell me I am wrong. Moving on, we booted it up the essess to Elton, and booted it down the Via Gellia, nice quiet roads today, thank you. We waited for the others at one point, which was an excellent photo opportunity. We arrived at the Cromford Canal cafe, and it was cake time, yummy, yummy, ginger and lemon cake, I've never had that one before. Dave showed us his interior lighting display, which was impressive, I didn't know Westfield's had interior lights, what colour would sir like to travel by today, blue, green or orange? The view from inside the cafe, we sat upstairs The cafe The canal The GT86 Another brilliant day, with great, fun, roads, lovely views, lovely cars, excellent eating establishments, but best of all is the people and the laugh that we have. Now, next weekend is the WSCC committee meeting so we will not be out, I am going to let Martyn's tyres down in the week , so he cannot go without us. If the weather is as sparkling as this I will be mortified and wildly jealous, and I definitely don't want to know about it Martyn. We will be back in action the weekend after though.
  33. 5 points
    Glad to see that others are progressing well with their winter tinkering on this thread. Hopefully it will give others inspiration to get their little niggles sorted before the evenings re-appear again and the thermals start to thin out a bit. Well, not feeling great today , with toothache ( yes man pills have run out) meant I didnt venture out to the club meet today. Walking the dogs in the cold was enough for me. I decided to hit this coolant weep, I still seem to be suffering on the rad. Albeit, this time, I didnt have a drip of coolant under the rad by the hose, but sat on the fan switch !! So, the leak now seems for the upper hose fitting. I had bought some black Mikalor jubilee clips, with the view of double clipping the rad and hoses. These are nicely made and very narrow, so hope to give a more uniform clamp pressure round the hose. It also , being black looks nicer on the hose to hockey stick , which is behind the NS wheel. I have once again cleaned the little 'snowflakes' of coolant that it seems to create when weeping off the chassis, battery and anything in its path and hope this is the end of it.
  34. 5 points
    Unfortunately, the aero screen remained stuck to the backing sheet, and I had to reduce the distance ever so slightly between the monkeys to get it to fit between the lines, but here we go
  35. 5 points
    Picked up the westy today. Didn’t get a wink of sleep last night I was that excited!! Massive thanks to @RussH for all the help, support and guidance throughout this journey and for the time freely given to assist me find the right car. Anyway, I bought a Kingfisher Blue SEIW with a tuned 2l XE engine. The car is absolutely epic.....I love everything about it and so does the Mrs! I bought the car from @john10speed and it’s a known car within the club. Looking forward to getting my head around what’s what and meeting a few of you at events through the warmer weather. Heres a few piccies.......
  36. 4 points
    Just imagine (for the sake of argument), a 'friend' thought that after 20 years of Westfield ownership, they *might* like to try a cabin heater. This 'friend' might be thinking of something from t7design - but which size would be worth fitting? I believe the car in question has a half-hood, occasional windscreen (no demister needed), half door and tonneau - so probably a dash vent and some heat into the driver footwell would be preferred... Can anyone recommend a size? Is 3.5kW about right, or would my 'friend' need more?
  37. 4 points
    Few more pictures for today, and I'll put up some more tomorrow. Next step was the front suspension rockers. These pivot on another couple of spherical bearings. I made a very minor tweak to the book design that I thought sensible, intended to remove the side loading on the bearings that the original setup had. The rockers are fairly simple, made from pieces of flat plate with the bearing cups welded in the side plates. The only tricky bit was setting up a jig of sorts to make sure that the bearing cups where set at the right depth into the side plates before welding. This was fussing with the spacings. Jig made and cups being welded in. And a couple of rockers. There were a few hard to get at welds in there, but the TIG did a great job. I had to reshape the ends a bit to get better clearance for the top of the damper and the end of the pushrod, but that was expected. The pushrods were quick & easy to make, just a simple tube with left hand and right hand bungs in. The only thing about the pushrod setup that I don't like is the angle the pushrod works at when it hits the bottom wishbone. There's a lot of side loading on the bottom joint and no way I can see to do anything about it. In practice, I think it'll be a case of keep an eye and as soon as the joint starts to show signs of wear, replace it. I did what I could by spacing it as far back as possible to reduce the angle a bit, rather than having it land in the middle. I could always re-make the pushrod with a bigger joint at the bottom if it proves troublesome. That said, I'm reasonably optimistic as the designer has been running his car pretty hard for a good while now and had no issues with this. Locating the rockers wasn't too bad. First step was to make up a couple of simple height jigs to set the axis at the right height above the table, hang the rocker then make brackets to fit the space. No pictures of the jig stage for some reason, probably because it isn't very interesting! Getting the assembly in a single plane is important to reduce the side loadings on the rest of the system. That laser level came in handy again. The first stab at setting pushrod length and damper bottom mount location resulted in a pretty crazy angle on the rocker at full bump. Decided that needed some work so shifted the operating points around a bit, put a notch in the top rail to allow the rocker to go lower at full droop, raised the lower damper mounting and got to a better solution. For the bolt nerds, don't fret, I won't be using these stainless bolts when it gets to final assembly, these are just handy for this stage, grabbed from my box of random 1/2" UNF bolts. I've got a batch of AN hardware for actual use. On the topic of bolts, all the suspension brackets and fixing holes are at least double thickness, with stainless washers welded on, then drilled close to size and finally reamed out to an accurate 1/2". No rattly bolts. Full droop. And full bump. This is without the stop spacer that is needed so it'll never likely get this far anyway - this is just a hard-stop point it can never get past. That rocker still goes pretty high though so I suspect there may well have to be a bulge in the bonnet. If it ever experiences this much bump the chassis will be grinding along the road anyway as there is only about 1/2" clearance left with the suspension here, and that assumes zero tyre squash.
  38. 4 points
    reminds me of that Del boy classic. Del: Put your coat on luv .. Mrs: why? are you taking me out ? Del: No ! I'm going out and I'm turning the heating off ;-)
  39. 4 points
    Preparing for the new harness anchor points. The tubes for 3 point harness need to come off, out with the angle grinder! Need to fit headrests to satisfy IVA, so mocked one up.
  40. 4 points
    Great pictures Santa Trevor, thank you for posting them. We met Trevor (above) and Martyn and Sue, pictured below in Ashbourne, with Glen It was a warm day and these costumes are very warm, so when we go inside anywhere we start to overheat like a Zetec. Trevor came well prepared with his Santa T-Shirt. We drove through the centre of Ashbourne, to Matlock Bath where we waved at all the bikers, through Matlock Town where the Victorian Market was on and then STOP. A Chatsworth traffic jam, so we took a quick turn left and I was delighted to divert down the Elton Esses to come back out in Bakewell, brill, then onwards, to our comfort break at Hassop Station Cafe, where a certain pink nose was waiting for us. Do you recognise it? It was Ian and he had bought Bagpuss with him, a waterproofed Bagpuss that is It was here that a little boy asked both Trevor and Glen separately if they were the REAL father Christmas, poor thing, he must have been confused with all this going on. We continued our journey down Surprise View, which looked stunning in the winter sun, into Hathersage, around Castleton village square, smiled at the most miserable policeman in his car and into the Travellers Rest car park. This family had followed us and pulled up with us for a photo, they were so excited and it was our pleasure. The Travellers Rest We had lunch and then it was time to go and meet the Santa Train at Peak Rail. There were lots of family's there and they went barmy when they saw us, the staff were quite excited too. Glen was handing out chocolates to the kids, and notice the Christmas pudding on the front of the train. Somebody got told off for going on to the foot plate We were too hot to sit indoors so we sat outside the station cafe and waved at everyone on the train as it departed, they loved it, we loved it. We said our goodbyes and headed off home, that is when disaster struck, it was now dark, I was on an unlit twisty country road and my headlight fell off completely. It was hanging on by the wiring only. All I could do was carefully carry on, knowing that there was a hospice coming up on my left shortly. Santa and his blooming little elf pulled into the car park and taped it back in position for the last few careful miles. Back home and it was the bracket that had sheared off, you couldn't make that one up could you? Thank you so much to everyone, you really are a fun bunch of people to know, fun and a bit crazy, just how I like my friends. Mucky pup again
  41. 4 points
    Whilst SE owners can read a test of one of their cars in this week's Autocar magazine, XI owners are also having their 15 minutes of fame. Classic Car Weekly, one of two weekly classic car papers that are widely available and read, have been looking at classic replicas and picked seven of the best. The Westfield XI is the first car featured. It is only a short article covering the background of the kits' history but, with a picture of an attractive light blue car running on a circuit,it could well fire interest in potential builders unaware of the XI's existence. It points out a saving of £75k over the purchase of a real Lotus Eleven - probably rather mean in light of the Lotus prices I have seen recently! Simon
  42. 4 points
    Old. I’m only 65....Cheeky b*******..
  43. 4 points
    With icy roads on the tops, plan B was put into action, so lunch with a difference it was then, pork pie, cheese, biscuits, pickled onions and pickles, yum, yum. But I had promised ice cream, so, firstly, I found an ice cream farm near Matlock that was serving mince pie flavoured ice cream. My more traditional method of navigation, the JulieNav ( memorise the route basically, with reminders on a bit of paper), failed me today because I turned left too early, and the ice cream farm was only a 4 minutes drive from the Artists Corner car park. So we can practice our Christmas songs '4 minutes drive, 3 point turn, 2 seater car and a plonker in a Westfield' sorry guys. Glen thanked me kindly for parking next to the pile of poo, right where he steps out of the car, it's hard enough getting out of the car with the roof on, avoiding the hot exhaust AND now the cow poo too. I didn't laugh...much. The Ice Cream Farm in Matlock. Martyn and Sue, Dave Eastwood, PaulVX and Pat (in the GT86). After our strange breakfast option we headed East, away from the rain, to arrive at The Travellers Rest, Apperknowle for lunch. It has far reaching countryside views, real fires, real ale and is famous for its food. Beef stew in a hollowed out loaf of bread and the pork pie platter. Erdinger Weissbier and a Fuggle Bunny real ale to wash it all down with. Paul, one of the Derby/Notts areas biggest fan, with his Dick Spanner t-shirt on It rained all day and the roads were filthy, bring it on It was only half past one and we needed a sweet, did we? well maybe not, but it was the last day that The Tea Junction at Hulme End was open, as the owner flys off to Australia for the winter, so we went for kisses and goodbyes. We went for a monkeys tea party really, and the roads were better this way. Slack Hill plus Vtech, oh what fun we had. The Tea Junction, Hulme End The monkeys tea party And still it rained I did have to check my own instructions for the start time, I have no idea why I chose 10.30 and not the usual 10.00. It was funny though, because it was raining and there is no cover at the car park, when I arrived, we all stayed in our cars and I got Dave to ring me so we could discuss what the plan was. In future we will meet at the Sainsburys in Matlock. It is the Santa Run next weekend, but the weekend after that we will re-instate the Blaze Farm run. Thank you to everyone for coming out to play on such a freezing, wet day, I love you all, kiss, kiss.
  44. 4 points
    1L is plenty. I use an old coke bottle, with the lid drilled to push some PVC hose through, then a bolt screwed into the end of the hose (in the bottle) and a slit made lengthways in the hose. The slit opens up when pressurised from the inside (pressing the brake pedal) and closes when fluid is attempted to be sucked back through it (releasing the pedal). This combined with some PTFE tape on the bleed nipple threads allows quick and easy one-man bleeding - just pump the pedal slowly and you're done Another tip is to empty the master before starting, otherwise you're just pushing a few hundred mil of old fluid through the system before starting with the fresh stuff.
  45. 4 points
    Blimey guys, its all guns a blazin' . I managed to go for a quick blat today and my nuts are still frozen . Was 7 deg when I went out , with another Westie owner, who owns my pre-lit, but hasnt seen the light of day for a couple of years now. Hope , when he defrosts it will to give him the incentive to get it back on the road next year.
  46. 4 points
    Not too much progress to report on, I have been looking at the ducting for the airbox, the idea is to open the airbox when the bonnet goes up to show the trumpets So I made a mock up with some plastic card then glassed up the duct box, this the was duct taped into the correct position and finally glassed onto the bonnet the intention is to give it another layer of matt then make up the forward ductwork to allow air entry from behind the radiator grill, I may also duct some in from the wheel arch area but I believe this may not be as effective as I seem to remember that wheel arches have a slight negative when car is traveling I now need to get something like a door seal so when the bonnet is lowered the seal is created on the air box In the last couple of pictures you can see the bonnet support which fowled the Mk airbox.
  47. 4 points
    John, sorry to hear of trouble you’re having - unbelievable! However the car looks fantastic and you should be really proud of what you’ve achieved in 11 months! The bottom line is YOU have built the car, Westfield can fix their cockup! As mentioned, getting them to do a full pre IVA check for you while it’s there might be reasonable compensation for the frustration this issue has caused.
  48. 4 points
    Finished the code changes for you, @Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary Channel 5 wiper switch (from either transmitter) - First push gives 'intermittent' on 'slow' relay 5 (1sec on, 5sec off). 1sec should be enough to clear the mechanical park switch. Second push gives 'slow' latched relay 5. Third push gives 'fast' latched relay 6 (and turns off relay 5). Fourth push turns off relay 6. Channel 7 wash switch (from either transmitter) Gives momentary operation of relay 7 while button is pressed. If wipers are off, 'slow' relay 5 also becomes momentary on while washer is held - so wiper should finish at least a full stroke and return to auto-park. Give this a whirl and we can always amend the times/ logic if needed...
  49. 4 points
    @Ali and Gail have won this competition by driving 9270 miles in their Westfield. @AndrewBClarke is in second place with 3124 miles. @Trevturtle is in third place with 2737 miles. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that entered.
  50. 4 points
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