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Rolling Road

So teamed up with the guys form NWKCOG again, and met for a rolling road day. Just a get together, see what your car ran and have a laugh, not a full day of minor adjustments to get the best. Great weather and a good turnout. Eventually it was my go Now being vertically challenged next to our rolling road supremo for the day Ade, meant I had to work the pedals in my own car. As he couldn't fit in ! Result ? Well all road vary, but those that had done it before got the results they expected, so I'm happy to think the  100BHP at the wheels ( 118BHP at flywheel ) is reasonably accurate. And I'm happy with that, specially given some of the other results on the day. But all in all a great day, great company, and good to know there is a small one man garage that knows kits and carbs locally !

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Nodiz, it's alive.

It's alive. Its been a bit of a Saga, but the guys at https://motorsport-electronics.co.uk/products/ignition-only-systems/nodiz-pro/ have been great. Swapped to the Webcon trigger wheel setup, much happier with that, QED were good and refunded on their kit. Rolling road booked for 14th April !      

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Sunday Jobs

My 5/8 impact socket arrived this week, so I got it into my breaker bar and got the crank pulley removed. Then got the new toothed pulley fitted, also used a new.bolt and washer, and fitted and adjusted a new gates belt. Whilst I had the bonnet off I took off the red oil catch can And replaced it with a blue one. The new can has a pipe into the can with holes drilled in it, then some wire wool to allow the oil to hold and not just vent out. I might have chance to fit the crank sensor tomorrow and get another step closer to the Nodiz install.

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Nodiz first steps

Had a day off work today, had a few things to do, thankfully got an hour or 2 of actual free time ! So made a start on dragging the xflow into the modern era. Mounted my coil pack, using a Transit mount, and throttle position sensor, my Weber's don't have the 2 threaded holes for mounting, so got the new Dremel out and improvised.  Toothed pulley and crank sensor to go on next time I get chance, then wire up the Nodiz ECU.

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Waiting in for a delivery

Being financial precautious ( my mrs calls it tight  ) , and not wanting to pay £40 extra, the new sofa we were having delivered today was due sometime today with no specific delivery slot. It arrived about 3:45 for those interested  So rather than risk a run out in the crisp sunshine, I decided to get a few little jobs done. Got round to fitting my SBFS boot tonneau. I has to use the poppers already fitted to the body, and in reality they could have done with being placed a bit lower down to make the location of the clips on the cover a bit better. But it's all fitted, reasonably tensioned, and I also added another row of poppers so my half hood can still fasten easy. I now own most of the SBFS range ! Sure there should be a sponsorship deal in there somewhere !   I also replaced the gear gaiter, as I suspect the original one was a 60's survivor, and I use the term survivor loosely ! Here is the old one prior to removal And the new one, a generic Aliexpress special, I suspect pleather rather than leather, but it looks fine. And then, I've missed not having a rear view mirror, tried one of the stick on jobs on the screen , it fell off, not not until it had vibrated so much it was unusable. So I've gone for an old school dash mounted one. Just hoping it doesn't obscure too much vision. Other job ticked off, was to refresh the seal on the scuttle and nose that the bonnet seal against. The old ones were in poor condition and letting the panels rattle. Gone for something a little more D shaped that compress, hopefully that'll sort it.    Not a bad way to waste a day.  

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Last run of 2017

Put Christmas back in the loft today, and decided to get some mundane tasks done. Needed a new 2D bulb for the porch and some bulbs for the living room. Take the Westy to Toolstation seemed the obvious answer. Off with it's wrappers, started it up and off we go, it's only a quick 15 minute run, and the weather was just nice enough to enjoy the roof off without feeling too cold. By the time I leave Toolstation, the sky had turned grey and the first spots of rain were landing on the interior ! That's it, long way home it is, if I'm gonna get wet, I might as well get wet having fun. Couple of pleasant hours past, people pointing and laughing ( not sure if at car or me getting wet ) saw a few bikers on vintage machinery, waved and got some nods back, nice to see there are other idiots about ! Got home, unpacked my stuff and threw the roof and cover back on, just in time for the sky to turn blue gain ! Fitted my bulbs at home, then uncovered the Westy again. I have a half hood, and am about to fit a boot tonneau, and want a neat solution to all the poppers and don't really want to use gypsy double studs as I find the don't hold well. So moved the poppers for the side hood loops onto the roll bar, they actually work better here too, and don't pop off as easy when tensioning the hood. Still awaiting a reply form SBFS about boot tonneau, so not fitted that as of yet. I'm thinking of adding a 2nd set of 4 poppers to the rear tub just below the stock ones, so the half hood can be deployed with the boot tonneau on without disturbing it. If the weather is nice tomorrow, I'll do first run of 2018 and look into that I reckon.   I've really enjoyed the end of 2017, and getting a Westy is one of the main reasons, I've had faster, comfier, quieter cars, but none with quite the sense of occasion that the Westy provides, and none of them that were quite so scary at speeds that you have a chance of retaining your license doing.   Roll on 2018      

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New Stuff Day

Thought I'd have a look at some of the new stuff I'd got off Santa today. Tonneau cover form Soft Bots for Sevens, I've got lots of their other bits, so decided to keep to the same company, took a couple of months to convince them to take my money ( odd business model ) but they did in the end. Took my home made cover off and offered it up. As i'd sent them measurements on 2 different occasions, I was hoping for a more tailored fit. The inboard harness eyelet area look decidedly dodgy to me. So I held off fitting it, and have dropped them a note. Moved onto the grill, now in yet another controversial move, I like the 7 front grill, and the Mrs bought me one of the laser cut stainless ones for xmas. I was expecting a real struggle to get it to look anywhere near fitted as my early westy front nosecone doesn't look bug enough. But with a bit of messing about, I got it to a point I'm happy with. So back indoors and started on the new Lego ( well it's Chinese copy Lego, so Chego is probably more correct ) Got this far, and decided I'd stop for now and start on a new bottle of JD instead. I'll need to go back to work for a rest at this rate ! Finished the Chego    

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Santas little helper missed this one

Managed to sneak a package past Santas little helper ( aka the Mrs ) who seems to think it's OK to wrap anything bought in December and declare it not  to be opened until xmas day ! And its yet another controversial purchase. Now I have nthing against the black trim and black wheel brigade, but I'm a chrome fan And I really wanted some little sidelights to sit atop the cycle wings. Searched about and original or vintage car remakes seemed very expensive. Now whilst looking over mr brothers new scooter the other night, and admiring his vast array of lighting ! I asked where he got the chrome spot lamps and things from. Turns out its these guys https://www.beedspeed.com/lamp-bullet-light-chrome-clear-lens-p-9767.html So pair ordered and arrived. They come with orange bulbs, but standard fitting, so I'll swap those for standard sidelight issue. Then when the weather improves, set about fitting these and all the other little trinkets Santa is holding back.

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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 right up. Off to Tesco, and do the slow pump shuffle, I really need to whip the boot box out, as it feels as though there is about 2 miles of convoluted pipe leading to the tank, slowly fill with the nozzle pointing upwards seems the best. Might as well have a run out now, got to love a wintery blast. Really need to fit my indicator reminder beeper, I do have a habit of forgetting to cancel them. Otherwise, a really.nice little run out.

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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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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 easily crawl over scrapper for a few weekend collecting used bits, I've just been collecting parts as my fuel expense claims have gone into work, so via man maths it's costing me nothing ( yeah yeah, forgetting the wear and tear on my own car I'm doing work miles in ) The last trip to Scotland for work, has ordered the Nodiz electronics section, which should land soon. Pulley looks slightly smaller, not a bad thing, anyone any idea what size belt I will need now , before I get the string out ? Best donor car to get a coil bracket from, if they do one that's nice it saves making one ?  

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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 xflow does drink more juice than my Boxster did !   We went form Southport over to Horwich, up to Rivington, back via Chorley , Croston and top end of Southport. Nope, not the most exciting roads, nor the fastest, in fact we didn't breach a single speed limit all day ( some facts of this story may have been changed ) No roof, no doors, just the wind deflectors.   Mrs asked what I was wearing against the weather, I said a fleece, wooly hat and gloves, it's a lovely day out. And a balmy 7 degrees. She then set about like dressing as an extra from a winter catastrophe movie. The wind deflectors do a great job at deflecting roadside mud ( lets just agree it was mud, and not cow related ) And nothing a quick wash couldn't sort out. And we enjoyed blue sky the whole time    

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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 inspiration picture     Bit of 10mm alloy tube, some blue silicone pipe, couple of P clips, and a hand pipe bender. Also routed the plug leads differently, need to source some nice clips for the leads now.  

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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 ) Anyway, I digress, got the boot box, dremel, hand tools, and bit of trim out today, and knocked this up. Bit of cosmetic trim I had knocking about later Then back on with the half hood bag ( the real reason for doing this, so the bag doesn't disappear into the boot void ) ! Still need to look into making an opening to get into it for use, and some fasteners, but for the couple of hours I had spare, I'm OK with progress.  

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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 ! Half doors made the better half feel less like she was about to fall out of fast corners, I found them useful if a bit restrictive. Wind deflectors do a decent job too. About a mile form home, I heard a little noise, difficult to define but one of them, I 'm sure that's not right moments. Then the lumpy running started. Tickover was fine, but really down on power. Limped home, let it cool, cover back on and out we went for dinner with the inlaws. Didn't' really have any time to check anything, but have spent a couple of days pondering. Ignoring the big ticket items. I sumized that as it was ticking over fine, and was down on power, how about 1 carb not working. So tonight, as the windy weather has passed, I decided to take a look. Nope all linkages fine, everything doing as it should. OK, what about spark then. Plug leads all on plugs fine, reach down to dizzy, one lead fully off and just floating about. 1 lead about ready to do the same. Pushed them back on, but they are really a loose fit, so a bit of manipulation to the ends and back on nice and tight. Didn't' have chance to run the engine up, but it looks like the obvious cause. Now what made them decide to come off ? Were they just loose all the time, and the couple of hundred miles I've done since purchase ( more than between it's last MOT ! ) is just showing up all the little niggles ? Anyway , feeling a little brighter that it's not a big ticket item, looking forward to another run. Though looking at the forecast, it'll be a damp one !    

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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. Still have a popper or 2 to fit, but thought I'd await the boot cover, so I can align the rear ones to match both. or do gypsy poppers or the like. Hope the weather is nice this weekend, think I deserve a run out    

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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 no time  

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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 thermostat. Fitted my new one and new gasket. On with the ignition and bridged the fan connectors, fan runs fine. So change out the fan switch on the thermostat housing too. Drained the coolant and refilled with the correct type and percentage of anti freeze and begin to heat cycle top up and bleed. check the temp gauge, showing hot. Retrieve my infrared temp gun ( misspent youth, Ok misspent midlife of playing with RC cars ) Thermo housing showing around 84c, gauge showing 130+c Let it warm a but further and leccy fan kicks in, and all seems well. So I'm going with dodgy sender or gauge. I'll order a cheap 52mm gauge and sender, and see how that gets on. But if anyone has a spare SW gauge and sender that works and matches this one, I'd be interested to hear.    

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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 wasn't keen on posting things, the wrap job was amazing. Inside was a nice soft bit for sevens half hood, all neatly stored in their heavy duty bag, and also a full nylon indoor car cover thrown in. Tried it on the car quickly, and apart form needing a couple more clips sorting to help with the tension, I'm very pleased.

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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 Burtons blank in place of the home made one, in fairness the home made one had a baffle on it, so this probably wasn't needed, but as I'd removed the old one to check, thought I might as well whilst I had it. Alloy rocker has 2 unions fitted now. Block breathes into rocker, rocker breathes into catch tank Just need to mount the catch tank and vent tomorrow. Then try it out. Quick trip to Toolstation turned up a suitable bracket, I wanted the emptying plug easily accessible.

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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. Round the front, the tiny plate was removed and a black and silver stick on has gone on, and yes, I've changed the Westfield badge to a Lotus one ! It's also gained a roof, not that I'll usr it a lot probably, but as I don't have a garage, and most of it's time its wrapped up under the car port and under it's cover, the roof and frame add another level of support and weather proofing. I got the roof form a club member, and although used, it'll do the job just fine. I've not gone mad getting it aligned just fitted the poppers to the body to match the hood, and got it up and functional. I'm hoping I've been good enough for Santa to bring me a half roof for Christmas  

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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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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 smiling and enjoying the ride, I head back home, not wanting to overdo the first run. Things need checking, the temp gauge reads high as soon as power is applied and the temp hits max within minutes, but the block isn't warm. And a little oil smell. Back home, motor is about the right temp, but gauge is still reading high, and the oil leak is actually oil pishing form the catch tank. But overall impressions are good, and I'm taking this as a successful test run !   Just one last thing, does Dave like it Out he comes in his best Tie, to try sitting in it. I think that's a smile, don't you ?

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