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How much money can you plough into a car before the wife complains.

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March 2019

March 2019

March 2nd, 2019 Spend: £98.33 If you need to vent frustration, I can recommend replacing wheel studs...  hammering those in allows a lot of venting    But in they went, and so did the half shafts.  Had also ordered new Pagid brake drums from Euro Car Parts (9" drums for a 1978 RS2000) and they fitted nicely.And finally the new wheels  They still stick out a little beyond the arch, but I will decide on any action after I've driven it like this first.   Have

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February 2019

February 2019

February 21st, 2019 Spend: £0.00 The sun is out and the urge to go out in the Westfield again is growing.  Time to start cracking! Agreed to borrow @Marto303's sliding hammer so that I could remove the half shafts.  What a difference the right tool makes to a job .  They were out in 5 minutes, although I could not remove the OS without also removing the brake drum back plate.  And that means replacing the brake fluid as I've had to disconnect the lines.  Oh well, just another job

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January 2019

Nothing to report     Last month: £  8749.45This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  8749.45

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December 2018

Nothing to report     Last month: £  8749.45This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  8749.45

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November 2018

November 2018

November 2nd, 2018 Spend: £0.00 Oooh, it's fresh today... November 29th, 2018 Spend: £0.00 Realistically, I'm not seeing the weather being nice enough to drive the car to work and back without getting p*ssed on, so I SORNed it today.  I need to get the half-shafts machined so my new wheels fit, and I need to take the petrol tank out to re-fit the pump so it reads on the gauge again.  Plenty to do this winter!   Last month: £  8749.45This month: £     0.00

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October 2018

October 2018

October 5th, 2018 Spend: £0.00 What a muppet...  ran out of petrol on the way into work.  Must! Fix! The! Petrol! Gauge!   Last month: £  8749.45This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  8749.45

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September 2018

September 2018

September 1st, 2018 Spend: £4.99 New exhaust bobbin of 4cm high instead of 3cm, to give it a little more clearance.     Last month: £  8744.46This month: £     4.99             ----------+Total:      £  8749.45

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August 2018

August 2018

August 20th, 2018 Spend: £511.02 An early birthday present!  I desperately needed new tyres and as I was also considering going to a smaller wheel size or having the wheels refurbished into a different colour, I weight up the options and costs for each permutation.  New wheels won! They are John Brown Wheels Smoothie's in 5.5J 13" for the front and 7J 13" for the back.  They fitted them with Nankang NS-2R tyres in 185/60R13. I've ordered some low profile black whe

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July 2018

July 2018

July 6th, 2018 Spend: £0.00 Oops!  Did something stupid and will now pay the price for it.  Ran into the crashbar of a truck (he didn't even notice) and damaged my cycle wing and nose cone in the process. Made some roadside "repair" and got the car home. July 8th, 2018 Spend: £0.00 Met up with @richyb and went to the Kimbolton Country Fayre. July 15th, 2018 Spend: £120.00 Lovely new replacement cycle wings from @car

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June 2018

June 2018

Nothing to report     Last month: £  8002.95This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  8002.95

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May 2018

May 2018

May 5th, 2018 Spend: £0.00 Cleaning the car for the big day tomorrow. May 6th, 2018 Spend: £30.00 Stoneleigh.  Arranged for breakfast at McDonalds and was happy to see I was not alone.  @richyb and @dombanks had both just arrived so we got ourselves some unhealthy food and coffee and just as we finished up, @lewis arrived in his 'regular' car as he had broken his car the night before.  Doh!  As we set off, about 5 minutes into the journey I noticed that the car wou

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April 2018

April 2018

April 1st, 2018 Spend: £0.00 Big day today.  It is dry, almost sunny and now it is time to enjoy it!  Checked oil/coolant levels again before I started the engine and then set off to fill up with petrol 0.7m away.  1st and 2nd gear still not feel right so I returned home and adjusted the clutch cable slightly.  But it was a step too far, so undid the work and then tried to go for a longer run.  Unfortunately, the engine now kept on stalling as soon as I dipped the clutch.  Didn't even

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March 2018

March 2018

March 16th, 2018 Spend: £997.40 I picked up my engine from Jody (JA Kit and Customs) today!  Complete checked over, and with most parts replaced she almost looks like she just rolled off the factory floor. March 17th, 2018 Spend: £0.00 With the Beast from the East making a return the conditions outside and in the garage are awful.  But I'm determined to not let it spoil my rekindling with the Westfield!  Ensured the gearbox input shaft and spigot bearing were not i

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Februari 2018

Nothing to report     Last month: £  6379.80This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  6379.80

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January 2018

Nothing to report     Last month: £  6379.80This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  6379.80

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December 2017

Nothing to report     Last month: £  6379.80This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  6379.80

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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: £  6379.80This month: £     0.00             ----------+Total:      £  6379.80

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October 2017

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

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September 2017

Nothing to report   Last month: £  6349.80 This month: £     0.00             ----------+ Total:      £  6349.80

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August 2017

August 26th, 2017 Spend: £0.00 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 Spend: £0.00 Fitted the oil pressure gauge that I collected from my engine seller a while back.  It's not

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July 2017

July 1st, 2017 Spend: £0.00 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.                         After rotating the crank by hand and pus

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June 2017

June 1st, 2017 Spend: £25.00 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 Spend: £0.00 Free tickets to see the GT3/4 racing at Silverstone today, courtesy of P

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May 2017

May 7th, 2017 Spend: £16.95 After speaking to Graham about my 2nd gear selection issue one of the things I learned was that the Fuchs Titan Race Gear 90 LS differential oil I had put in my live axle with plated diff is the wrong one and that I should have used Castol B373.  Got 2L from Opie and replaced it today. May 12th, 2017 Spend: £112.11 My new TPS (a Penny&Giles one) arrived from Spoox Motorsport yesterday and as I was "working from home" today I nipped into th

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April 2017

April 1st, 2017 Spend: £9.00 Paul (@black st) offered to come round to see if the car was running on all cylinders and if it did, use his synchrometer to balance the throttle bodies.  After unplugging lead no 2, it was quite clear that the problem lied there.  A quick trip to Halfords to pick up a set of spark plugs was made, but they made no difference.  New coil pack ordered, but it may well be the leads.  Also had a listen at a rattle when the engine was running and this was attribu

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March 2017

March 3rd, 2017 Spend: £47.04 My boss told me to take days off or loose them at the end of the month (we can only carry 10 days over, and I've got 15 left), so today was a day off and spend in the garage.  Fitted some more Mikalor clamps and other minor bits that arrived during the week.  And then started on the big job ahead...  the electrics.  Managed to finish the exhaust side, although I am still some connectors short, but the wires are all in. March 4th, 2017 Spend: £99.

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