Bit of a hectic last weeks with work, so Friday was work form home day, and slightly early finish
Mainly timed to coincide with the arrival of my latest Soft Bits for Sevens order
Got my drill, poppers and rivets ready and spent about an hour fitting the first door, the 2nd much quicker as you get the hang of it.
I fitted the doors where I though they looked good, not sure if the is a correct height or angle etc.
Anyway, I think they go with the half hood quite nicely.
Curborough Figure of 8 Oct 2017
This event was run by MAC and the figure of 8 has become a popular layout compared to the single or double lap options. There were 12 speed series competitors (including 3 in class J2) present and a few Westfield supporters visited to watch the runs. At the briefing we were told that the event was oversubscribed and a few of us wondered why that had happened! The result was that special arrangements had been put on place to make sure we got
Not much to update,
Big work project has kept me busy evenings and weekends, but I did find a little time to internet shop.
Then before heading off to Milton Keynes ready for an early start Monday, got these wind deflectors fitted.
Need another bend adding at the top to clear the half hood cleanly, hopefully have time to do that next weekend.
Soft Bits for Sevens are also sorting me with some half doors, and a rear tonneau cover.
Be ready for Winter fun drives on n
Harewood weekend and Blyton Sept 2017
This year the popular Harewood weekend was a little later than normal but still attracted 15 speed series competitors. God’s own country provide a freezing cold start to Saturday morning. Richard Kerr was out for the first time this year having rebuilt the gearbox etc and was supported by Tim Nunn who was spectating. P1 saw Charlotte Phelps immediately had a problem with the electrics on the Busa car, Steve Everall had t
Thought I'd check over the cooling side of the car, as the gauge was always showing it as running hot, even without any physical symptoms.
And I've never heard the electric fan running.
Ordered a few bits, new thermostat, new fan switch, and a gasket or 2
Got round to looking today.
Quick taste of the water, left little lasting impression on my taste buds so probably not much antifreeze present.
Off with the thermostat housing, and the usual bodge reveals itself, no ther
Took a punt on a half hood on Ebay just before I went away for a weeks hols.
Spoke to the seller, and from his description, the roll bar etc was the same on how written off car as my bar, so there was a decent chance of it fitting OK, he was offering collection only, and down in Kent, so I managed to persuade him to wrap it up and I'd send a courier in.
Sale agreed, and I arranged courier, paid and went on holiday.
Got back Friday afternoon, and unwrapped the hood, for a guy who w
Was pretty much finished messing for the day, and thought I'd just take a look at my heavy breathing catch can issue.
I'd been collecting bit to have a go at it.
This is what I removed
The large tank ? was bolted to the motor mount, well with 1 bolt anyway, the other lost !
The smaller tank was bolted to the inlet manifold in a heath robinson kind of fashion
And a lot of home made plumbing was evident.
Anyway I just ripped it all out.
I fitted a B
So for me, tinkering and messing with cars is a lot of the fun, and simple cosmetic changes, make the car feel a bit more mine.
Now, I know it's a Westfield and not a Lotus 7, but I like car because of it's roots.
So the clear rear lights, and stripes to the rear did nothing for me, and the tiny front plate the same.
So, stock rear lights, and fog light, chrome numberplate lamp, black and silver square plate and a selection of period stickers went on.
You know how it is,
The upgrades started arriving before the car, but ssshhh, she won't notice.
She certainly won't take a picture and send it to me on Whastapp asking me if I'm single handed supporting the post office next pay rise.
So it's sunny if a little cool, so off with the cover and photo op
Check it over, and go for a startup, I'd share the video but it's a little embarrassing, been a few years since I started a car on carbs, with no choke.
But I get it going before the battery is flat, so that's a win in my book !
It's LOUD and the Mrs says, that's better, that sounds like a proper toy ! And promptly gets in, and wants to go for a drive.
We run around for 40 minutes or so and she's
After a few false starts, including one Westy described as Mint and a perfect driver, an MOT check revealed it hadn't been tested since 1999 and on questioning the seller further, he agreed it needed MOT'ing and they would repair any failures, he couldn't actually tell me what number of miles he had done in it to declare it a perfect driver.
Next, and after a few more false starts, I saw this Westy, asked lots of questions and got back sensible replies, spoke to the seller a few time
So, I had a Porsche Boxster, and it's the longest I've kept a car, just over 3 years.
The problem with them is value for money, they were expensive new, and that cost doesn't disappear as they become affordable to buy.
Now I did all my own brakes and service jobs, but anything that involved getting near the mid engine, meant a big bill, so the novelty was wearing off.
I sold it onto the motor trade in June ( the trader is still trying to sell it on after adding £2k to the
August 26th, 2017
Lost a little interest in the car over the holiday period, but set myself to it today and was pleasantly surprised to discover that removing a crank from an engine is not actually that difficult.
This is the crank out of a spare engine, which, once checked, will be making it's way into my engine.
August 28th, 2017
Fitted the oil pressure gauge that I collec
So this was my ‘home’ race really. I live about 5 miles from Castle Combe and I really wanted to race here as it’s the only race in the calendar that all my friends and family can conveniently attend. I was racing with the CSCC Magnificent 7’s.
It was all a bit of a rush to get the car ready as I managed to leave one wheel hanging off the car during my last race (see previous Blog). All was fixed (except a dodgy looking rear arch) but I had my concerns about the brakes. When I collec
One thing I'd never really liked on my car was the original aeroscreen, did not look integrated at all so decided to order and fit a Carbon NV aeroscreen.
Liaised with Mark and agreed on a V pattern with the weave, arrived on Tuesday and the quality is superb.
Bonded the four fixing bolts supplied by Mark with Vudu-Glu (highly recommended) to utilise the same holes as on the old screen.
Very happy with the new look and hopefully the expense has now stopped - £1500 on upgrades sinc
July 1st, 2017
Paul popped round with his extensive tool kit and we removed the head and inspected it for damages, marks and other clues. At first the head gasket seemed ok, and so did the pistons and valves except for a clean(ish) section on cylinder 1.
Cylinder 1 also appeared to sit a little lower than it's counterpart 4.
Regrettably, I have to write that I had my first racing incident at Pembrey on Sunday. The cars looking decidedly second hand at the moment as the rear offside wheel was literally hanging off. The upright had sheared in two places and will need to be repaired. I also sheared the brake line off the top of the calliper and the rear arch is completely mashed.
The race weekend started well as I finally found a hotel that’s welcoming, comfortable, with good food and not silly money. I pa
Few more jobs ticked off the list at the weekend
New seats arrived from Intatrim (custom designed to my spec), as did the new FIA approved Scroth harnesses.
As the harnesses came with all new fixing bolts and eyelets I obviously wanted these fitted - problem number one the left hand side passenger eyelet cannot be removed without removing the rollbar. Rather than seeing this as a problem I took it as an opportunity to remove it, clean it, paint it and tidy up all the fixing bolts which
Blyton July weekend 2017
Well as I look back at the Friday trackday (on two track layouts) plus Saturday and Sunday sprints, it seems that absolutely everyone had a fantastic weekend of motorsport, sun, bbq, gluten free meal deal, beer, buying and selling T Shirts for charity as well as support from families and club members. There was so much happening that I apologise in advance for missing or not mentioning stuff, events, praise, insults, leg pulling, car repairs
June 1st, 2017
When I notified the DVLA about the engine change, I got a letter back saying that they could only accept an inspection of a garage on headed paper. Visited a few garages today and found V-A-G Tune Services just around the corner from work who was happy to oblige to that request. Paperwork now off to the DVLA again, so fingers crossed!
June 11th, 2017
Free tickets to see the GT3/4 racing at Sil
A few more jobs ticked off the to do list.
Oil and filter change - after speaking to a fair few people including Technical support at Millers Oils I plumped for Millers Nanaodrive CFS 10w60 NT+ - not exactly cheap at £17 per litre but you can't put a price on looking after your engine. After identifying the filter as being from a Sierra Cosworth a quick trip to ECP got me 5 of them, they were on offer and as I intend oil changes twice per year it makes sense to have a stock of them
Pembrey June weekend 2017
After a 7 hours 297mile drive I arrived at about 1845hrs and was pleased to see my Westfield mates had adopted the best paddock position and saved a place for my motorhome and trailer. I thought I would break out the beer but was told I could sign on and be scrutineered straight away so that was a big plus meaning a relaxing Sat morning start. Good organisation I thought……unfortunately the weekend did not run smoothly for a range of annoying