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  2. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Silverstone Classic - News and Photos

    Friday's advance party. I'm sure that today will be somewhat busier! Bring ear defenders or plugs - the grids are massive and some of the cars are LOUD. The Lola T70s in the Masters Sports Cars are particularly stunning - just watching the drivers set off down a straight, give the car another gear and leap forward again is properly impressive! Here in Oxford (only thirty miles away) the ground is already dry as it was rather thirsty. Yesterday evening's rain was the first round here since May 30th. Simon
  3. Deanspoors

    Bolt material

    I can't say for certain what material the bolt is as it was supplied by TTS. The bolt is shearing where it exits the crankshaft. TTS explained there has previously been an issue with slightly out of true cranks due to them bending from starter kickback. This makes the pulley run slightly out of true and the supporting bearing disintegrates in minutes. To get over this they fit a bearing collar which fits under the bolt head and has a larger hole to allow it to be adjusted under the bolt head, adjusting and DTI'ing until it is true, this collar then runs in a bearing. So although the pulley is not true the bearing collar is, so yes it is supported, but not the most ideal solution. TTS have not been very helpful at all to be honest. Charged £100 for the replacement parts the first time and £180 the second time, when it seems to me that its a poor design. As can maybe be seen the pulley is connected to the drive spigot by only two small drive pins, which also shear once there is a failure of the main bolt (or possibly vice-versa). I'm thinking of drilling an additional two holes so there are 4 drive pins and trying to find a better bolt, so a 12.9 self coloured bolt possibly?
  4. Steve (sdh2903)

    What have I done now..... V6 seiw build

    Sump isn't too bad. I've got my mounts sat so the sump is above the chassis hoop. I trial fitted the standard bonnet and it fitted underneath just so there is a bit of scope to lift it a bit more with a v8 bonnet. Bruce did say that there were new more compact plenums in the pipeline but I don't know if they are the ones in the video or not. Agree though I don't think they are going to work. I suspect it will be a custom airbox leading to a single throttle body. You can use the st220 set up but it's a bit fugly. And after hearing Bruce's experiences with the jenveys I won't be going down that road especially at nearly 2k just for the bodies.
  5. Yesterday
  6. BigSkyBrad

    Chapman would have loved this

    @Blatman Eight spannies would be better (assuming it's paired pistons per head)! Multi-into-one expansion chambers just don't scavenge well enough and confusing back pressures make for a narrow power band - it's better with the drainpipes. I've been there, done that...nice try but a 750rpm power band with a four speed just didn't work! The car is my 1974 Suzuki Fronte GX coupe - 360cc two-stroke, triple carbed, reed valved, needle roller mains. I kept it in NZ for 15 years, after pulling it out of a lean-to barn (amazingly rust-free) and restoring it - only sold it in 2016 to buy the Westfield. Not quite the speed of a Westfield, but the same go-kart handling with your bum scraping the ground!
  7. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    It's raining!

    I’ve got a client with an aquarium. The water was turned off to several properties, including there’s, for a weekend, that happened to be while they were away. No official notification was given, so the clients normal back up plan couldn’t be put into operation. They lost a little over fifteeen grands worth of fish as the loss of water pressure tripped out the aquariums plant. I believe the clients insurance company sued the water board to recover their losses on the claim.
  8. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary


    I might have a spare, will check the shed over the weekend.
  9. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    Wiper Arm and Wheel Box for standard windscreen

    Splined bosses are standard Landrover parts and not too dear.
  10. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    Cycle wings and brackets

    The long type arches are known as flared wings, Note the brackets that support them at the front are identical to the normal headlamp bracket, with the exception of the monger wing support. It’s possible to convert, simply by cutting off the longer wing supporting section, to just leave the headlamp bracket. As others have said, they cyclewings have different support brackets depending on whether you have Westfield’s own aluminium front uprights or cast iron Cortina type. If you’re not sure, then posting a photo up of the uprights, from the inside, showing the steering arm, will let members identify them for you, (Note, there’s also a third, much rarer option, Westfield fabricated steel uprights!) Before starting to spend too much though, have a plan for how you’re going to deal with the cosmetic damage once the flared arches are removed, also, do you have full interior trim? As if the arches have been fixed on following the original build manual, you will need to remove the outer interior trim panels to get at the mounting bolts. As for the cosmetic damage, it’s not just the diagonal line of bolt holes up either side of the outside of the tub, but you can also find that depending on how much the car has been used, there can be quite a mark scuffed into the gel coat where the flared arches have rubbed over time. Plus GRP is quite an odd material, it moves and settles in day to day use, especially with heat and strong sunlight, so it’s not unusual to find that once you unbolt two large panels, that the panel behind, in this case the tub, is no longer flat, but that the spots where the bolts were are now raised as the panel has distorted over time, to match the wing. If you’re going to get the car painted or wrapped, then obviously this can be dealt with easily enough by filler and sanding. replacement tub sides like the carbon fibre ones from a couple of suppliers will get rid of the fist four or so holes, but not the ones from around the windscreen area back. So you’d still need to do something with those. Worst case would be slapping stickers on!
  11. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    Lost me a wiper, looking for reasonable replacement

    The splined top hat fittings the wiper arms fit on are available from most Landrover spares places too.
  12. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    Non-Westfield build

    Yep, fascinating seeing the builds for something different, especially one with as much fabrication in as this! Do please keep it coming! I do like that instrument pack, be really interesting to see how nicely you can tie it in, from both a packaging and an aesthetics point of view; it’s just such a hard one to get right - you’ve only got to look at the number of production cars that don’t quite manage it.
  13. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    Anyone on here own or know this one?

    The YouTube links do include some underbonnet stuff. Would rather see proper photos as well though. The filmed underbonnet looks ok ish, but can’t see details in close up properly without photos to say, yeah that looks good, or just OK. Likewise, it talks about having AP brakes, but lacks photo details. The other thing I would comment on, is that there is a good reason, many of those early Fire blade engined cars are aeroscreened and quite stripped out: its to make the best use of the engine/transmission’s characteristics. That particular car seems to have been built very much to the builders “ideal spec” (much as my own car is ), but that spec isn’t necessarily making best use of the Fireblade. Things like the screen, both it’s weight and the major air brake effect it has as you get over 70 mph, then just little things like the GRP boot lid arrangement, heavy style seats and extra interior trim, all add varying amounts of weight, and making the best performers of the Megablade cars was all about lots of small weight reductions. (The common consensus being, back in the day, that if you wanted a BEC that was a better compromise for a slightly heavier, more comfy/touring version, but still blisteringly quick, go for the Megabusa instead, with the extra power and torque). That said, if the build is a good one, it can always be worth giving the car a try, as while cars built to such particular requirements tend to be very Marmite cars, if you’re one of the small number that also likes the combination of features, you’re on to a winner.
  14. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    Digital multi-function dash

    That’s probably the key bit. In reality, I’d say that probably rules out most of the AiM and Race Technology type race dashes, they’re not really just plug and play, and do really need certain wiring changes to work at their best. Products from people like Koso, and ETB’s Digidash Lite (think that’s the right name ) on the other hand tend to be very straightforward to fit, if ultimately not as flexible as the full race products. Less expensive, too.
  15. Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

    What have I done now..... V6 seiw build

    Oh my word! love the new cam covers compared to stock! Wonder how the sump height works in a Westfield? And as much as I love the new plenums, the layout doesn’t look like it would work in a Westfield (oh, but the sound!
  16. Andy Banks - Chairman

    Digital multi-function dash

    Something from https://www.digital-speedos.co.uk maybe. Ask for Jon and see if he will do a member discount.
  17. Blatman

    Chapman would have loved this

    Imagine putting a pair of Micron spannies on that
  18. Rednop1

    Protech shocks Rears

    Sold subject to payment
  19. Rory's Dad

    Quick release button clips

    That's good in all sorts of ways.
  20. Chris King - Webmaster and Joint North East AO

    Croft next Weds 25th July

    Not looking likely for me now tbh. Pity I really fancy doing Croft! I a few of us were going I’d probably have twisted my own arm
  21. DanDud

    Exhaust studs/bolts

    Studs every time and never stainless where heat is involved (as has been mentioned before) Also stainless shouldn't be used in any safety related situation as the strength is poor compared to 8.8 steel fastners
  22. Ben (bunje)

    Bolt material

    Also the tensile strength is not the same as the shear strength
  23. 6carjon

    Anyone on here own or know this one?

    I think that is an error as the other details check out as 2001 and the registration. It looks ok except some key pictures are missing such as underbonnet photos and few details of suspension or close ups of the chassis and running gear that can show road rash. If it's close you can always go see in the flesh if you like it?
  24. BCF

    Non-Westfield build

    Another fan of this thread here, always look for the updates and am happy to see/read about the progress. Cracking project and a quality build.
  25. overthehill

    Bolt material

    Not all high tensile bolts are the same, we made the mistake at work buying a cheap brand name and has issues on our fixtures, went back to a premium grade like Holo-Krome and problem went away.
  26. 6carjon

    Cycle wings and brackets

    Hi Dave Your postcode is displaying in your location. As this is a public forum you might want to make it more general. Cheers Jon
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