I started the build back in November '19.
Did the easy stuff in the first, first four chapters. However.
I thought I was doing well to get the brake lines, fuel lines and bulkheads in. I failed to appreciate that the manual could be so wrong in the first few pages. The offset for the steering column hole is, in the manual, 100mm. In real life it's 80mm It's too late to remove the drivers bulkhead so some tin-bashing will have to be done.
Then I got to the fit
February 1st, 2020
Not happy with the layout of the new centre console, I moved the USB charger to the dash and moved one of the remote control buttons to the other side of the steering wheel.
February 2nd, 2020
Replaced the saddle clip and re-greased the Type 9 gearbox linkage, hoping it will improve the shifting issue I've been having for the past 2 years. This time I put two spacers on the extension to rais
January 5th, 2020
Having won a £50 voucher to spend at the Westfield Parts department with @Julie Hall - Peak District AO's Battle of the ODO's just before Christmas, I decided to replace my battery cut-off key with a proper FIA kill switch. I had one previously fitted, but that broke within a week, so having spend nearly all of the voucher on the switch, it better last longer!
January 12th, 2020
Ok so this is the start. The car get's picked up on Friday so we can then pick through everything in detail but immediately I am going to need to source the following so if anyone want's to sell the following it would be greatly appreciated:
For the whole car:
New chassis (this will be ordered from Westfield)
4 Adjustable shocks
Front Roll bar plus rose joints
Rear Roll bar plus rose joints
Full set of wheels or two to repl
December 1st, 2019
Continuing with the badge fixing.
And then I moved onto the next thing, replacing the odo display. This turned out to be a bit of a 'mare, but hopefully once put back together, not very noticeable where I had to damage things to get it apart.
I'm taking the opportunity to change the face of the gauge as the plan is to replace all gauge faces in a similar style.
December 8th, 2019
November 16th, 2019
Winter upgrade time! After cleaning the car last weekend, today I finally made a start with replacing the damaged nose cone. Part of the hesitation to do it 'in season' was that I wanted to go from 2 bolts holding the nose cone down, to 2 dzus sliding fasteners. I had @Ben (bunje) create two M8 to M4 reducers which would allow me to re-use my rivnutted M8 mounts on the chassis. But once they've been screwed in, there would be no unscrewing.
October 19th, 2019
Earlier this week I had a small electrical faux-pas as my carbon cycle wing had slowly worn away at my wiring and caused a short!
At the same time my engine would turn over but not start, so after a lot of failed attempts at diagnosing the issue, it actually turned out to be the damn idle adjuster screw again. Have now marked it's position, so I can spot it earlier. Repaired the wiring and all is good again... other th
Tel’s Tales Ty Croes, Anglesey 5th/6th Oct 2019
As has become usual, drivers headed to the Island of Anglesey for the final weekend of the year run by our friends at Longton and District Motor Club. Many of us like to arrive early on the Friday afternoon to beat the traffic and get settled in place with electric hook ups in the paddock. As we had to wait to get into the paddock due to a “private testing event” we were queued and parked up on a part of the old circuit close to Radar bend com
September 21st, 2019
I'd never been to the Peak District, so when I asked on the forums if my planned route for today was ambitious or not, @IanK (Bagpuss) kindly volunteered to show me around. What a day it was...
We started out as four with @LukeW and @Nemesis joining @IanK (Bagpuss) and my son in his Mini Cooper S in Ashbourne.
Afer some driving we met up with @Paul Hurdsfield, @bioman and Kibriyah (NWKCOG) at The Devils A***
Knockhill Sprint Sept 2019-09-09
Well I am back from a most amazing weekend in sunny Scotland having attended the 2 day sprint. It seemed like everything that could happen did happen and it turned out to be a great weekend of motorsport with 8 Westfields plus the class J cars taking part in the sprints alongside the usual Super Lap Scotland competition. It was originally Mark Anson’s idea to go to Knockhill (it has been many years since we were last there) and my discussions with Steve Arkl
3 Sisters Sunday 12st Sept 2019
Following the last few really hot weeks the weather was taking a change as we approached the first day of Autumn (1/9/19). As a results the forecast was poor with the chance of rain throughout the day but what do you expect in Lancashire? As the 8 Westfield competitors arrived at the circuit they were greeted by a nice rainbow. Quite soon it was raining as we prepared our cars for the 1000hrs start with a full entry. As predicted the track was very wet but
If it wasn't dark, I'd post a picture. The day started well, I took the car for a jaunt up to the fringes of the Big Smoke to visit my Mother. The return trip took me near the Dartford Tunnel of Love, or hate if you have to actually use it. Even at 2.45 on a Friday it was well and truly fubared, solid traffic on the coast bound A2 trying to get off for the tunnel and the M25 tailed back for miles. The idle speed rose to 2k for no apparent reason (a carb rebuild is happening soon) so I sat there
Curborough 24thAug 2019
Whilst the drivers who liked hillclimbs travelled to Loton Park a few of us entered the sprint at Curborough to tackle the favoured Figure of 8. The is by far the best layout but it does take a lot of time to get through the cars and with a full entry there was a lot of hanging around between runs in the blazing heat of the sun….and boy was it HOT. In the end we finished at 1810hrs, even with a 0900hrs start, and then I faced a long 2 hour journey home. There
Tel’s Tales 3 Sisters 4th Aug 2019
This weekend saw 4 Westfields competing at Hethel and 4 at 3 Sisters where I was. John Hoyle was in class F whilst myself, Steve and Matt were in class G. In some ways this was a strange event for Longton and District Motor Club as there were only 43 drivers taking part. The day ran well and the predicted heavy rain started at 1500hrs but by then we had completed 1 Practice and 8 Timed runs so it was great value for money and the competition was ke
July 8th, 2019
A lovely evening at the pub with likeminded people
July 17th, 2019
My son and I both wanted a 3D printer, and with the great thread from @nice_guy on all things 3D, we bought an Ender 3 Pro which was delivered a couple of days ago. Biggest hurdle for me is the CAD side, but after a few tutorials I was confident enough to print my 1st car part: a backplate for the Hella 3rd brake light mounted on
Distractions of reality - the things that keep you away from the things you like doing. Anyway, time was found to fix a few small things like fitting an air filter (kind of essential!) which entailed cutting the bonnet, fitting an abs Car Builder Solutions bulge and then a 3D printed grille to stop seagulls falling in. This is temporarily held with some old black sealant to see how it performs.
My son and I have recently shortened the sump as it had worn paper thin on all
By about 4-00 pm on Friday afternoon the decision to go for a 2 day event in July (because of better weather) seemed a little silly. After over 3 hrs to do 120 miles to get to Gurston we arrived to be greated by insecent rain.
Fortunately we had a small window of dry to allow the tents to be put up without being soaked. Almost as soon as we had finished, the rain returned for another session. A second dry period allowed Keith the Teeth to assist with the beeding of my new rear calipers afte
Blyton weekend 13th/14thJuly 2019
As usual the trackday on Friday was well attended and most people were very happy with their track time and the open pit lane as well as the tuition package offered by Alan and Nick Mugglestone of Triple M Motorsport. Mick Dent was out practicing but his car suffered brake binding , a failed bottom rose joint on his ARB and the threaded end of his flatshifter sheread off. Good use was made of the phone so that a die was obtained to rethread the gears
Harewood 6th& 7thJuly 2019
Once a year the speed series circus visits God’s own county to tackle the longest hillclimb in the country at Harewood. I have to report that the weather was fantastic on both days with both sun and warm weather despite a few threatening clouds so our decision to move the event to July rather than September seemed to pay off. The only downside is that due to its popularity there is always a big entry and we only achieved 2 practice and 2 timed runs on b
June 2nd, 2019
Too hot this weekend to do anything on the car, but did manage to spend 5 minutes replacing the coolant sensor in the thermostat housing that is connected to the ECU.
June 6th, 2019
Ever since I had been messing with the suspension, I had this profound knocking, mostly audible at low speed. Could not figure out what it was, so handed the car over to NMS and left them to sort the geometry and eliminate the
May 4th, 2019
My ECU had arrived back from Ian at Oddified and of course I could not wait to fit it. Just in time for Stoneleigh! My joy was however short lived as when I started the car, the engine would not settle in an idle, and kept trying to stall again. 😢
But as Ian had told me that he was going to be at Stoneleigh as well, armed with laptop and lead... If I could get the car to him and find him, he could tweak it.
Blyton 18th& 19thMay 2019
Well after a slow start to the season with low numbers of drivers this event proved very popular with 9 Westfields and 4 Class J2 single eaters taking part. In addition to the Westfield class competition there were good class battles on the day for both road going and modified cars mainly running on slicks. Del and Gary were back out with the upgraded Dick Spanner supercharged Honda machine which now has even more power and is off the scale. My brother S