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
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
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***
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
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.
April 1st, 2019
And we're off for the new season! New Pipercross filter arrived, so installed that and then put the car on the charger so I can drive it a little later when I finish work.
April 14th, 2019
Went for some coffee at Caffeine and Machine in Ettington. Nice place!
April 15th, 2019
MOT time! Great service at Nene Auto Repairs as u
March 2nd, 2019
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.
February 21st, 2019
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
November 2nd, 2018
Oooh, it's fresh today...
November 29th, 2018
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!
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August 20th, 2018
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
July 6th, 2018
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
Met up with @richyb and went to the Kimbolton Country Fayre.
July 15th, 2018
Lovely new replacement cycle wings from @car
May 5th, 2018
Cleaning the car for the big day tomorrow.
May 6th, 2018
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
April 1st, 2018
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
March 16th, 2018
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
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