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Quick, it's not raining

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

toys4x4boys

toys4x4boys

November 2017

November 12th, 2017 Spend: £0.00   @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 Spend: £0.00   Created a nice puzzle on the garage floor.         Last month: £  6379.80 This month: £     0.00             ----------+ Tota

Quinten Uijldert - Webmaster

Quinten Uijldert - Webmaster

All Change

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

Terzo204

Terzo204

Reflecting on a mirror change

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 

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toys4x4boys

3 2 1 Ignition

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

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toys4x4boys

SORN, do you ?

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

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toys4x4boys

Engine bay tidy

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

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toys4x4boys

Sport E Sprinting - Dyno time

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

johnev

johnev

October 2017

October 13th, 2017 Spend: £30   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

Boot Lid

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 ) Anywa

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toys4x4boys

Sunday Lumpy

So we went out for a quick run Sunday, had to be at the inlaws in the afternoon, so just out for an hour to buzz about. Would give me a chance to observe the temp gauge after fitting a new sender, see if I can fill the fuel tank ! I have to go really slow and point the nozzle up, might have to investigate the tank filler situation at some point ! Anyway, had a fun run round, temp was all good, tank is full, gauge reads about 130% full, lol, none of the gauges are very accurate ! H

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toys4x4boys

Half day = Half Doors !

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.

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toys4x4boys

Tel's Tales Curborough Fig 8 on 8th Oct 2017

Tel’s Tales 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

Too Busy to Play

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

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toys4x4boys

Tel's Tales Harewood and Blyton Sept 2017

Tel’s Tales Harewood weekend and Blyton  Sept  2017 Saturday 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

Hot or Not ?

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

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toys4x4boys

Half a hood is still a hood

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

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toys4x4boys

Catch Can Tme

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

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toys4x4boys

Let the modifications begin

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. Roun

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toys4x4boys

No love, it's not car bits

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.  

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toys4x4boys

Play Time

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. OK We run around for 40 minutes or so and she's

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toys4x4boys

Ebay and the Distance Calculation

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

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toys4x4boys

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