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

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And so it ends

October 27th, 2020     I wasn't expecting it to go this quick, but after being contacted on Sunday by a Gumtree buyer, we arranged for a viewing today and he ❤️ it.  Deal was done and now I'm Westfield-less!    

September 2020

September 5th, 2020 Spend: £23.78     Bought a new Racetech rear view mirror as the one I had bought previously was a convex glass (wrongly advertised as flat glass) and it looked like every car behind me was up my *rse.   September 12th, 2020 Spend: £0.00   Had the tiniest of coolant leaks on the thermostat bypass side.  Emptied it of coolant and investigated, but can't see where it is coming from, other than assuming it comes from the weld on

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July 2020

July 12th, 2020 Spend: £0.00   What else to do on a sunny day?  Keeping hydrated of course!         Last month: £  9654.76 This month: £     0.00             ----------+ Total:      £  9654.76

June 2020

June 2nd, 2020 Spend: £0.00   First (official) drive!  Can't believe how nice the weather has been this year whilst we were in total lockdown.  Couldn't drive it yesterday as I had to be in London to renew a passport, but I had a little sneaky 40 mile detour around Northamptonshire after work today.  It's good to be back!          June 13th, 2020 Spend: £0.00     And then the weather turned bad .   But this weekend it's been

May 2020

May 17th, 2020 Spend: £0.00   Spending a day on the garage, instead of in.  Got these Mototile tiles on Ebay at a very good price and after cleaning them as good as I could, started to clear out the garage so I could fit them.       May 25th, 2020 Spend: £0.00         Found a piece of old 3M carbon film in the garage which must have been at least 7 years old.  It was just enough to create some rear arch protectors

April 2020

April 24th, 2020 Spend: £0.00     Although being confined at home, I have spend very little of it with the Westfield as that's more or less finished and raring to go.  I did 3D print some interior bits to see how they will fare in use.         Last month: £  9636.76 This month: £     0.00             ----------+ Total:      £  9636.76

February 2020

February 1st, 2020 Spend: £0.00     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 Spend: £11.94   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

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January 2020

January 5th, 2020 Spend: £0.00   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 Spend: £123.64   As mentioned

December 2019

December 1st, 2019 Spend: £36.99   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

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November 2019

November 16th, 2019 Spend: £10.00   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.

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October 2019

October 19th, 2019 Spend: £0.00   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 2019

September 21st, 2019 Spend: £0.00   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***

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July 2019

July 8th, 2019 Spend: £0.00   A lovely evening at the pub with likeminded people     July 17th, 2019 Spend: £0.00   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 2019

June 2nd, 2019 Spend: £18.45   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 Spend: £174.00   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 2019

May 4th, 2019 Spend: £78.00   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 2019

April 1st, 2019 Spend: £62.00   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 Spend: £0.00   Went for some coffee at Caffeine and Machine in Ettington.  Nice place!     April 15th, 2019 Spend: £30.00     MOT time!  Great service at Nene Auto Repairs as u

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

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 anoth

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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!       La

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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: £  8749.45 This month: £     0.00             ----------+ Total:      £  8749.45

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: £  8744.46 This month: £     4.99             ----------+ Total:      £  8749.45

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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

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

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 journe

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'
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