Rockingham Sunday 25th March 2018
So the miserable cold wet winter “closed” season was over and it was a return visit to the fast circuit at Rockingham. Despite the wet weather we have had recently the forecast was ok and so the drivers were looking forward to being out on track again despite the tarmac temperature being cold. I had only changed my engine oil and put a new set of radial slicks on the car but with Steve’s car we ended up changing oil, refurbishing the starte
Bit of a new year update:MOT passed last week with zero advisoriesInsurance renewed, slight increase but that was down to Agreed Valuation needing to be increased to reflect recent sale prices of other SEiGHTs
Wheels refurbished in a slightly darker shade of grey -n they were 99% oerfect as they were but just wanted a subtly different look to them
New Caterham CSR vented style carbon wings ordered from Carbon NVRun out yesterday - over to the superb Chocks Away diner with a few Tiger
My 5/8 impact socket arrived this week, so I got it into my breaker bar and got the crank pulley removed.
Then got the new toothed pulley fitted, also used a new.bolt and washer, and fitted and adjusted a new gates belt.
Whilst I had the bonnet off I took off the red oil catch can
And replaced it with a blue one.
The new can has a pipe into the can with holes drilled in it, then some wire wool to allow the oil to hold and not just vent out.
I might have
So on Wednesday night I finally took delivery of the Supersport. I actually paid for the car last October but I asked for a tonneau to be fitted along with a load of other jobs prior to delivery so it was delayed until now. I now have a long list of little things to do to the car to tidy it up, nothing major but I like my car's to be just so. So far all I have done is strip all the old stickers off it. This took me ages last night but I'm just about there - just need to remove the residue before
Had a day off work today, had a few things to do, thankfully got an hour or 2 of actual free time !
So made a start on dragging the xflow into the modern era. Mounted my coil pack, using a Transit mount, and throttle position sensor, my Weber's don't have the 2 threaded holes for mounting, so got the new Dremel out and improvised.
Toothed pulley and crank sensor to go on next time I get chance, then wire up the Nodiz ECU.
Being financial precautious ( my mrs calls it tight ) , and not wanting to pay £40 extra, the new sofa we were having delivered today was due sometime today with no specific delivery slot. It arrived about 3:45 for those interested
So rather than risk a run out in the crisp sunshine, I decided to get a few little jobs done.
Got round to fitting my SBFS boot tonneau.
I has to use the poppers already fitted to the body, and in reality they could have done with being placed a bit lo
Put Christmas back in the loft today, and decided to get some mundane tasks done.
Needed a new 2D bulb for the porch and some bulbs for the living room.
Take the Westy to Toolstation seemed the obvious answer.
Off with it's wrappers, started it up and off we go, it's only a quick 15 minute run, and the weather was just nice enough to enjoy the roof off without feeling too cold.
By the time I leave Toolstation, the sky had turned grey and the first spots of rain were landing o
Thought I'd have a look at some of the new stuff I'd got off Santa today.
Tonneau cover form Soft Bots for Sevens, I've got lots of their other bits, so decided to keep to the same company, took a couple of months to convince them to take my money ( odd business model ) but they did in the end.
Took my home made cover off and offered it up.
As i'd sent them measurements on 2 different occasions, I was hoping for a more tailored fit. The inboard harness eyelet area look
Managed to sneak a package past Santas little helper ( aka the Mrs ) who seems to think it's OK to wrap anything bought in December and declare it not to be opened until xmas day !
And its yet another controversial purchase.
Now I have nthing against the black trim and black wheel brigade, but I'm a chrome fan
And I really wanted some little sidelights to sit atop the cycle wings.
Searched about and original or vintage car remakes seemed very expensive.
Now whilst looki
Westy has been sat a couple of weeks due to work commitments, so as the rain had stopped, I whipped the cover off, gave it a quick clean and decided to go and fill it with petrol so it's ready for impromptu use. ( I normally refill after each run, but was getting late last time we were out )
Let's start her up, oh dear, this is harder than usual, feels like it's not getting enough air, and too much fuel, then I remember I have a waterproof cover over my carbs, so take that off and it fires
November 12th, 2017
@maurici kindly offered some free stickers on the forums, providing they ended up on a Westfield and a picture was shared on the thread. Well, here's mine
November 18th, 2017
Created a nice puzzle on the garage floor.
Last month: £ 6379.80This month: £ 0.00
----------+Total: £ 6379.80
Ok. I didn't post a blog following my last race. I was so annoyed with myself after a very frustrating quali, where someone in a 420 just got in the way on the corners and then blocked my on the straights. On a drying track (I did try to hold back on two occasions to get some clear track) he insisted on racing me and as a result I was near the back, at a track that I know well.
I had a good start but annoyingly span at Coppice:
This sapped my confidence on a wet track
The black mirrors on my car are the next thing on my bug me list.
They look rubbish and the original fitter seems to have been challenged in the use of a tap, and then self tappers !
So, grabbed a set if chrome motorbike mirrors, and in between rain showers today, have fitted on up.
I'm sold on the chrome look, they suit my car better, will get the other fitted and see how they perform.
It stopped raining long enough to dive out again before it goes dark
The mighty crossflow runs great, I have the tickover a little higher than normal to soften out the lumpy cam, but once on the cam it goes really well.
However, like a lot of crossflow uprated motors it can be an A*** to start.
It's got some nice ignition parts ( for distributor style ignition at least ) fancy coil, Accuspark electronic dizzy, Accuspark leads. So it's not an out of the box 70's setup.
So I've started collecting parts to update it a little
Whilst I could
My Westy lives outside all year round, as have all my previous 'toys'
I've never bothered to SORN them, as I do enjoy a run if the sun is out, even if the temp doesn't match the outlook.
And SORN doesn't mean I get to lock it in the garage and work in the warm, so I pay the full years road tax, and hope to get some winter use.
And so we decided to have a little run today.
Spent 3 hours out and about without stopping so plenty of smiles per gallon, even if the might xfl
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 inspirat
So my Storm Cap arrived form soft bits for Sevens
Now I can return my Halfords car cover that has split on the seem !
Storm Cap goes on easy, though I can probably spend a bit more time adjusting it to fit nicer.
And now the cat has a really expensive bed !
Finally, I have my Sport E repaired and working again - just in time to miss the season!
It's been a long haul - over 2 years actually. Last month I completed the wiring and so took the car over to Potenza Technology for electrical testing (my sponsor). Here is a picture of the car in the workshop alongside the original Westfield iRacer. The iRacer had been recently recommissioned (and painted) for a trade show. This is a quick car. About the same power and weight as today's Formula E cars
Nothing specific to report other than that the crank out of my spare Zetec has been tested for cracks, etc and has been given the up. Have been piling up parts and the last of deliveries was today, so the rebuild can finally commence!
Last month: £ 6349.80 This month: £ 30.00
----------+ Total: £ 6379.80
I'm awaiting a boot cover price from Soft bits for Sevens ( great kit, but their customer contact is shocking, still awaiting delivery of my storm cover too ) so thought I'd knock up a temporary boot cover.
Got a sheet of ABS form Plays Kool ( It took ages to arrive, which for £10 delivery charge, is also a little lacking, but blamed squarely on the carrier, DPD, I'd have demanded a refund from my carrier and passed that to the customer in my business, but everyone is different )