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

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July 2019

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

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June 2019

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

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May 2019

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.  

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April 2019

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

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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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