June 18th, 2022
For a while I was planning to replace my rear lights with something homebrew as I just can not find a nice aftermarket set that I like as much as I did on my previous Westfield. Having already replaced my fog and reverse lights with those from the LED AutoLamps 82 Series, I thought maybe I should do the same for the indicators and stop/tail lights...?
The old units are quite wide, and these round lights are slightly taller than the spac
April 9th, 2022
Having had @Nemesis SEiGHT in my garage for the past 2 months for an entire rewire job, I welcomed Barney back today.
April 17th, 2022
After a lovely easter breakfast with the family, set off with Q-jr to meet up with Paul to drop off some tools that he'd forgotten to take home. About a mile in, the engine shut off and we had to coast to a stop in a quiet road. When turning the ignition the usual 2s f
January 9th, 2022
New year, time for action. Having had a tiny coolant leak for ages it was time to sort it out. But how the heck do you get the nose cone off when the radiator is part of it? Turns out it relatively easy. Just undo the top 3 screws on the duct and the 3 bolts holding the cone itself in place. Access to the top 2 bolts was a challenge, but with the help of @Nemesis quickly sorted.
The number of joins is in
You'd have to head back all the way to August 2020 to find a light hearted fun musical blog of mine - music can be serious stuff!
This band came up on my Spotify stream while working and thought some may be interested...
So it's time to head into frivolity with a Manc band I have seen several times at local gigs.
Gypsies of Bohemia are masters of the cover version, serious re-writing of classics with great musicianship and humour in the presentation:
As the UKs
October 1st, 2021
Last week discovered to my great horror an oil spill on my drive the size of Exxon Valdez left after a drive. After inspection it turned out to be squeezing oil past the oil pressure sensor, but even after tightening it, it still came dripping out. Got some Permatex 59214 High Temperature thread sealant and re-assembled it all today. So far it seems to have done the trick, but I need to take it on a trip (any excuse) first to ensure
September 8th, 2021
Company update required us to be back at the office (since over a year!) and when the weather is good, it would be rude not to take the Westie.
September 11th, 2021
Took advantage of the Westfield Stoneleigh discount and bought new wiper arms to go with the taller windscreen. I needed new blades anway. Didn't realise I'd only been given one wiper arm when I collected it, but @Westfi
July 9th, 2021
First MOT in my ownership. Given the all clear for another year
July 24th, 2021
Used the 3D printer again to fabricate a phone holder. Already had a .stl for the iPhone 8, and then designed a new clip that just slides between dash and scuttle. Then fitted a USB charger so I can take it for a longer journey without worrying the phone nav runs out 😄
Snetterton Blog June 2021 weekend sprint
In 2019 we did not get the opportunity to compete at this popular venue so it was good to see it back in our calendar and arranged by Borough 19. Although it was very expensive (mainly due to hire cost for the circuit) there was a good attendance of WSCC Speed series drivers including class G with the single seater guys. The trip down from York picking up John Hoyle and my brother Steve to travel in convoy worked well for a few miles until we
Terry Everall - WSCC Competition Secretary in
May 3rd, 2021
Been at it (nose cone and scuttle) with the DA polisher and some more Fine 3M Perfect-It gelcoat polish but it does really need a coarser cut. Something to do during the winter
May 7th, 2021
Received the pillars back from Westfield and took a punt at fitting. Had to re-drill one pillar hole and the new pillars do not follow the scuttle as nice as the older version, but the
Tel’s Tales – Blyton 15th & 16th May 2021
Well what a relief it was for most of us as we got back on track sprinting following the long layoff due to the Covid Virus lockdown. My last event was at the start of October 2019 so I was glad to meet up with 10 Westfields on Sat and 11 on Sun plus 3 speed series drivers in class G single seaters. A few drivers had to withdraw including Adam and Charlotte Phelps plus Dave Cleaver. So we had a good turnout but the bad thing was that the
Terry Everall - WSCC Competition Secretary in
After a hectic couple of Months, work IT issues have reduced the work load pressure.
Of course the music journey never stops, so after a hiatus you have 2 blogs in a week !
Dream Theater are American progressive metal 'giants' formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would eventual
'Ice Fleet' the new album from Kauan has arrived,
Pre-order from Canada only - in Blue Vinyl, I also obtained the CD with booklet
Stylistically it follows on from their brilliant album Sorni Nai. This one comprises a 43-minute long opus dedicated to the terrific story from the 1930's northern shore of the USSR where a flotilla of frozen ships were suddenly found by geologists. The story is based on real letters, articles and events. The album is separated into seven narrative c
April 1st, 2021
Back on the road again! Quickly fitted some PH stickers and two press studs so I could use the doors again. Then picked up my son from his work and took the scenic route there and back.
April 7th, 2021
Seeing as the back end is now finished for the time being, I thought it was also a good time to fit the SEiGHT sticker @maurici made for me.
And added some stor
March 4th, 2021
Look what the parcel man delivered today! The JK Composites seats I ordered a month ago; a standard N4246 for the driver side and a modified N3946 for the passenger side to fit in the reduced space that that side has. Keith stretched the area for the hips to be as wide as possible within the dimensions I had passed to him. A perfect fit!
March 6th, 2021
February 6th, 2021
Using Cardboard Aided Design to get the size right of the side panels. Thankfully they are symmetrical so I only had to do this once.
Then transferring this to the stitched fabric.
And then the moment supreme, does it fit?
It does! After that, the tunnel top is easy peasy.
February 7th, 2021
Cleaned the car a
January 9th, 2021
Looking at the results of my spray painting and tears are welling up. It's just the wrong time of season for spray paint; unless you can do it inside in a warm room maybe. Cutting my losses and ordered some black vinyl wrap last week instead. It's too cold in the garage to do this, so am moving into the dining room this weekend
January 10th, 2021
Wrapped the panels and am now waiting for a deliv
Thea Eve Gilmore (born 25 November 1979) is an English singer-songwriter. She began her career working in a recording studio, where she met Nigel Stonier an English rock, roots and pop record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Gilmore was born in Oxford to Irish parents and lived in the village of North Aston, Oxfordshire. She became interested in music as a result of her father's record collection, which included work by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and The Beatles. Later,
December 5th, 2020
Using the cardboard templates, and having measured it over and over, I 3D printed a little template that will allow me to transfer the hole for the rear stays onto the composite aluminium panel I ordered for the boot lid.
Also threaded the brake light cable through the roll bar
December 12th, 2020
Long day in the garage cutting the boot lid. A week later than
Fiona Apple is a quirky alternative pop singer songwriter, greatly under-appreciated despite critical acclaim and Grammy nominations.
She is a brilliant lyricist and emotive performer. I first started listening to her in 2002 with 2nd album “Extraordinary Machine”.
Fiona Apple was born in 1977 Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart in New York City to singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart, who met when both were cast in the Broadway musical Applause. Her father is from Tennessee, an
November 3rd, 2020
Just doing some stock taking for winter.
The chrome has got to go. The cosmetic roll bar has got to go. The spare wheel has got to go. The chunky rear lights have got to go. The interior has got to go. The windscreen and doors... they may actually stay, although the chrome has got to go .
And then there is of course the maintenance, so will be ordering all fluids and filters to replace. Got to keep myself busy!
When it comes to music, 16 is absolutely spot on!
16 Horsepower are an American alternative country music group based in Denver, Colorado. Their music often invokes religious imagery dealing with conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt through David Eugene Edwards's lyrics and the heavy use of traditional bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian instrumentation cross-bred with rock.
I have been listening to them since their first album swamped my ears in 1996 with it's rural backw
Harken back to a previous blog entry on The Hu, and you'll know that this transcending genre Mongolian band were formed in 2016.
Recently I had them playing while working and a 'listening suggestion' popped into my streaming periphery 'Tengger Cavalry'
Audio impressions are of a heavier metal version of the Hu, BUT...
Tengger Cavalry was formed in March 2010 initially as one-man project by Nature Ganganbaigal. The band originate from inner Mongolia and is named after