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  3. Ian Kinder (Bagpuss) - Joint Peak District AO

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  1. 29 points
    So today we managed to start my dads (don homer) westfield up. For the first time i got behind the wheel, started it up and drove it out onto the drive. We cleaned and polished it. Hope ive done my dad proud. Hopefully next weekend i can practice on one of the car parks.
  2. 16 points
    Had my CXRs painted, so popped out to check they still work.
  3. 16 points
    An interesting day today. Started well with some progress on the project to make another ignition key that will actually start the car. If you recall, I had one key with the immobiliser transponder and a 'valet key'. So, after a slightly false start, I extracted the contents of the EEPROM in the immobiliser module and passed it to the chap doing the work. He was able to extract the 'emergency code' from this data and using a rather arcane procedure on the car, I was able to input this code and get it to start...with the valet key. This is great news because it confirms the data extraction was correct, and also gives me the emergency code that I didn't have before. Never know, it might come in handy one day? Fiddled and faffed with a few small jobs then came to a what the devil? moment. I was looking at the front caliper hydraulic lines with a view to making them more secure where they bolt on. The OEM lines have a stub sticking out that locates in a plain hole in the caliper body to prevent rotation and the banjo bolt working loose. First step was to tap the plain hole and insert an M6 helicoil. Drill hole to right size for tap. Check...only as I was drilling, there was a weird buzzing kind of noise coming from the front of the car. Curious... Did the other side and it was worse. Prodding, poking, tapping etc and it got worse and worse. Then I realised it was coming from the relay unit at the front and most of the noise was coming from the horn compressor. By dint of some percussive detection, it seemed most sensitive around the main battery cable junction/megafuse block. Inspected that, nope, all solid. Then the horn blasted out so I removed the fuse to keep it quiet. Then I realised it was only the horn relay chattering.....and found the culprit. I'd left the horn push wire very close to the rim of the steering wheel and the smallest vibration was allowing it to make contact and buzz the relay. As I say, what the devil?? Anyhoo, 'fixed' that problem. Back to more important stuff, I decided I needed the wheels on and the car on the floor so I can finally sort out the string box. Got as far as getting the car on it's wheels, so wheeled it outside and fired it up. Treated the neighbours to a few minutes of the pitter-patter of tiny pistons I even managed to drive it back into the garage. Only snag is the clutch - had to adjust the pedal as I wasn't getting enough travel for it to disengage properly. Puzzled by that at the moment - I am using the OEM slave, and the master is the same size as OEM, but it's possible the pedal ratio is different, but I now have no way to check that and I didn't think to do so when I did have the Alfa pedals to hand. May have to get a larger master. It does feel rather light, so it might be as simple as that. I do have the spec for slave travel so will check that first. Could be as simple as just bedding in a wee bit. String box tomorrow. Probably! Front ride height is high, rear is low, so those are easy wins. The rest, not so much. One really odd thing...from the front, it looks as if the front track is massively bigger than the rear. It isn't. Presume it's the tapering nose that creates the illusion. Get a better idea once all the body parts are on I guess. Given it now drives, I suppose it is technically a car.
  4. 15 points
    After all the hours I spent making the body panels, they are getting used!! Still plodding away at all the fiddly bits around the engine & gearbox. Wasted ages today trying to track down some parts from the gear linkage that I had put somewhere 'safe'.... Anyway, it's coming along. Cooling system now almost finished, just the header tank to put back on then I can fill it up again and spend a week or two chasing leaks like last time. Clutch hydraulic system completed, filled with fluid and bled. Gear linkage completed and adjusted. Assorted bits & bobs put back on the engine around PCV and main intake areas. Wiring to engine put back and dressed (as well as I'm able). The gear linkage is from LB Specialist Cars (Stratos replica manufacturer). Last time I did this task I bought a DIY conversion from a mate that used the original Alfa cable mechanism, but modified to face the other way, and a modified MR2 gearstick. It worked fine and was cleverly done, but took a lot of tinkering, particularly as I wanted to add a reverse lockout to it. This time I just cheated and bought a known-good system. It uses the Alfa gearstick and bolts straight on to the gearbox. We thought the cables for the LBSC Stratos would have fitted too, but they turned out to be a wee bit long so LBSC made me custom ones. Craig at LBSC has been a huge help during this build - he designed the engine mounting support structure layout for me using his stock Alfa V6 engine mounts and incorporated the forward suspension pickup points for the lower arms into them for me too, then supplied laser cut parts so I just had to glue it all together. Part of the mount is visible in the picture below, the bottom left corner of the triangle. Engine now complete bar the exhaust and coolant header tank. Jobs for tomorrow. If I didn't already know there is room for the rear suspension, I'd be panicking about now.... That said, it really is quite snug.
  5. 15 points
    More furtling today. Really, really finished at the front now...well, apart from needing a new pipe on the screen wash anyway. Oh, and I need to design and print a couple of 'things' to hold the clutch line more securely and to help 'manage' the front circuit brake lines as they get close to the master cylinder. But apart from that...it's done. And made a start on the suspension. You can probably see from this why I've been putting this bit off. It gets wide pretty quickly now. I had intended fitting the passenger side dash today but realised I'd forgotten to paint/sand/improve the switch bezel I'd printed, and it's much easier to fit the switches before fitting the dash panel, so that can wait.
  6. 13 points
    Woke the neighbours at 5.15 this morning but the drive throughout North Wales was so worth it. One of those mornings where everything was just perfect, weather, twisty B roads, very few cars about, westfield running sweet.... 150 miles then back home for breakfast at 9. The cloud just visible above the first hill was very dense and completely covering Bala lake. Dropping down into Bala I needed headlights and wipers as visibility was down to about 30 feet. Soon climbed back into the sun on the far side.... This is what a Summers morning is all about.
  7. 13 points
    Another day of fiddling and time wasting, although I did manage to get the exhaust on and fire it up again. The phone only seems to have captured the mechanical sounds, not the exhaust note...which is actually pretty good. You can certainly tell it's running an OEM ECU with DBW, the throttle response is way more sluggish than it could be. I'll try it again when I have the 'Sport Throttle Response' button reconnected (and pressed in). TBH, I'm not sure why I even bothered with a switch, I could have just wired it permanently ON...but thought it wise to have the choice. A still image of the final assembly.
  8. 13 points
    Summer sunshine and finally unSORN....
  9. 12 points
    I recently received this picture of my SEiGHT from John Eales of JE Developments, from when he raced it with its 5.2 lt. engine back in the day. Looks like fun.
  10. 12 points
    Yay, engine in. Sadly, it's looking shabby already after the best part of 3 years sitting in damp sheds & garages. Weighed the engine & gearbox for the running total. Engine mostly complete, with alternator, one exhaust manifold, oil, oil cooler & lines, remote oil filter & lines, flywheel but no clutch came to a far from svelte 196.5kg. Gearbox was 44.2kg. I'll weigh the rest of the bits as I go of course. Another piece of 3D printed usefulness And the gearbox in too. The rest of the assembly should go fairly quickly now I think. Be really good to see it on it's own four feet.
  11. 12 points
    Tonight should have been our midsummer night's "Run to the sun" going to the east coast, and heading home late into the setting sun, but due to the lockdown the pub is shut, so instead we visited @BugMan at his home. Steve has been self isolating with his wife and not seen anyone from the club for around 3 months, so a run was arranged. It was supposed to be a small group of around 10 to 12 people, but things escalated with some NWKCOG coming along as part of a run they were organising. 6 of us met at the Swan and Cygnet for the half hour run to Steve's, taking a longer route to avoid speed humps and arriving first to get the pick of the cake made by Dawn. Luckily, not all of the NWKCOG came as there probably wouldn't have been enough room in the street, so 2 Westfields, 2 Tigers and a Grinnal Scorpion joined the 7 Westfields already there. Coffee and cake was consumed, cars and Carona talked about, and I hope everyone, especially Steve had a good time. Again, a big thank you to Dawn for the cake and their understanding neighbour's.
  12. 12 points
    Few more bits gone on now. Surprisingyl slow progress really. I blame the fact I've got bits bl**** everywhere and seem to spend more time looking for them than fitting them. I hope this situation will improve as more gets put on the car. Already had one minor false start. After doing the lower rear bulkhead I decided to fit the coolant swirl pot and forward curved bulkhead. Simple task which was probably why I chose to do it at the point I did - one last quick thing before stopping for the day Monday. On Tuesday, I then realised that was a mistake. After fitting the upper rear bulkhead panel to finish that bit off, I then tried to fit the main coolant pipes. Much like Dirk Gently's sofa in the stairwell, it was impossible unless I was able to use additional dimensions. So, removed the forward curved bulkhead and swirl tank. After consulting my carefully made(!) disassembly note about the correct sequence for fitting the coolant lines, I then once again fell foul of the sofa conundrum until I finally realised my notes were wrong. After realising this I was then able to fit both pipes. Fairly obviously, I cheated and only painted the ends of the tubes that might be vaguely visible. They may not look all that tricky, but trust me, there is zero wiggle room. That was close of play Tuesday. Last night I remembered what I had forgotten...to weigh the tubes before putting them in. So, today, remove one tube, weigh it and while I was at it, I weighed every other part currently in easy reach to try and reduce the number of things I forget later on. After that bit of time killing activity, I got round to fitting the footwell end panels. The large rod end just poking out above where the drivers right foot will be is the upper support for the lower steering column. This is another 'sequence' part that has to go in before the bulkhead. I actually had the wit to make sure it was properly aligned and tightened too. I'm going to 'bearing fit' the column into this rod end when the time comes - don't want the rotation to be taken up by the shaft moving in the ball and leading to wear. It'll add a wee bit of friction but not much. I tried very hard to make this part easily serviceable, but just couldn't make it work with the other parts I was committed to. Worst case would mean removing this bulkhead piece or cutting a bit of it out for clearance to get the joint out. A calculated risk that it will last. With hindsight, I could have had a closing plate and a much bigger hole. And the DBW pot. There's a bit of a sequence to this whole section that only works one way, and it means that if I ever have to remove those coolant pipes, everything except the rear bulkhead needs to come out again, and I mean everything. The screen demist heater coolant lines sit on top of these main pipes then there's a tray that sits on top that carries all the wiring, and the brake and clutch lines sit to one side, fixed to the side of the spine. I'm hoping I never have to mess with those pipes......
  13. 11 points
    The joys of sticking a private plate on mean that whilst I don’t have the physical V5 yet, an online check shows the car is registered and taxed!!!!!! Plates have been on for a while now so it was just a quick call to @A-Plan Insurance THATCHAM to swap it onto a road policy under its new reg and it’s good to hit the road. Except I can’t as I have the kids today!!! Oh well maybe tonight it will get it’s first run out which gives me the afternoon to triple check it all.
  14. 11 points
    Methinks it'll be the long way home from work tonight 😎
  15. 11 points
    Nice run out this weekend
  16. 10 points
    As a young man I was a professional cyclist and I've earned my living all my adult life in the bike business. I ride nearly everyday. The number of serious incidents I've personally experienced over the decades is shocking....some are due to people just not paying attention (the advent of the cell phone has made my life notably more dangerous) and some are due to outright aggression on the part of the driver. At the same time I've seen absolutely awful behavior from cyclists....riding with complete indifference to others around them. Riding 3-4 abreast around blind corners just inviting issues from drivers coming up from behind. Purposely being in the way to exert their 'rights' to use the road. There are plenty of a-holes on bikes just as there are in cars. And that's my point - a certain number of people are just jerks and some of them drive and some of them ride bikes and some do both. In the end it's the speed differential between the two that highlights the issues. If I'm out for a blat and there's a jerk in front of me in a car I'll almost never notice it as he's moving at about the same speed....but a jerk cyclist will be easy to spot as you come up on him. What's interesting to me is that I know some cyclists who are road hogging jerks while on bikes and then they get in a car and crowd and scream at riders who they feel are in their way. What's the common denominator here? In the end it all boils down to being respectful of other road users regardless of the machine they are using. As the years have gone by I've seen this respect deteriorate in a big way. We just don't give a damn about other people the way we used to to the point where we resent others merely existing and being on the same road. It's as if we feel something is being taken from us personally if others are allowed to enjoy the same space. It's not a zero-sum game where if others enjoy the road that I'm going to lose my enjoyment. It's also not a matter of skill or education. All drivers go through real training (unless you are in the USA where all you need to do to get a driver's license is fog a mirror) and there are plenty of bad drivers out there. It's a matter or respect and courtesy toward others from both drivers and riders. I would ask that drivers look at the rider as their kid or spouse and you'll find that giving them a bit or room will come easy....and I ask that cyclist think of every driver as a person on their way to the hospital with a medical emergency. Cut each other some slack....give others some consideration and space. No one 'owns' the road and has more right to use it. It's a public resource. Be nice to other people. Treat others as you'd like to be treated and don't be 'that guy'. Thanks for reading. dave
  17. 10 points
    A few from the other night, her first every registered blat.
  18. 10 points
    Nice quiet drive through the country to the petrol station.
  19. 10 points
    big clean before the first blast of this year today
  20. 10 points
    Makes my Narrow look very small indeed 😛
  21. 10 points
    Finally started my Westfield journey after buying the perfect car from @Rallimart, cannot fault Martin at all for his professionalism with handling the sale. The journey home was a tale of ups and downs as the fuel pump decided to go duff, after breaking down on the A38 and in calls with Martin who was scouring the owners club for possible faults and the best place to tow (Lifesaver), managed to get the car to a garage in Derby, then had a drive over to Euro spares for a new Facet fuel pump. Got the pump fitted and was back on the road! Absolutely love the car and can't thank Martin enough for the help he gave me. It also gives me a perfect first job of taking apart the fuel filter and source why the fuel pressure is so low from the outlet to the carbs. Once again cheers Martin!
  22. 10 points
    My wife’s first ride in the Westfield. I don’t know where she thinks she is going to put that shopping? 😁
  23. 10 points
    I have Gone with a carbon fibre vinyl laid over the top of the Westfield logo, I think it’s a nice subtle touch.
  24. 10 points
    If I were you, I’d complain to @Ian Kinder (Bagpuss) - Joint Peak District AO this time- thank you.
  25. 9 points
    Hello all, after much debate and almost purchasing a built car this week, through fate and slight impulse whist sat in the North Sea (Working) I thought sod it, Iam 40 next year. Let’s bite the bullet and build a Westfield, so I dropped Simon an email and sent over my deposit!... A mixture of very excited, and what have I done feelings are flying around my head this morning. I work week on week off, so have the time to commit to it. My dad has one too which I love working on and my lad is an apprentice mechanic, I love all things petrol so we should hopefully be ok!! 🤞🏼 Anyway, 12 weeks to prepare before collection and a tour of the factory. I will be sorting the garage and reading lots of your build diaries, also I thought I’d start my own. I have Module 1 and 2 on order. Then later on will get the last module to complete. I will share my progress along the way
  26. 9 points
    I shall sign this thread off with a short report on the "holiday". Arrived and loaded the boat, no requirement to teach me how to drive it after the question "driven a boat before?".... "errr yeah, several the largest being 4500 ton submarines" We pottered off and before long the mother in law says "the dog needs to have a walk", "where are we?", "can you lift the dog on/off" "where are we now" and repeat. First night, the domestic water pump that was situated under our bed ran continuously....... until I found the fuse, that was then followed at regular intervals through the night with "can you switch the water on" after every visit to the loo..... and they not once managed to arrange a pee at the same time. "can you lift the dog on/off" Then the shower hose in our bathroom fell apart and got stuck in its storage tube, this rendered it entirely useful for washing hands but not at all useful for having a shower. "can you lift the dog on/off" I forget the specifics due to self medicating with lashings of beer, wine and spirits but after a day or two of not seeing any town or village that required more than 10 minutes to explore, I got the "is there anywhere to walk about and sight see/shop/go to the pub?", so I pointed the boat at Great Yarmouth, "can you lift the dog on/off" and when we arrived told the boatyard where we were for fixing the defects, a half day lost in Great Yarmouth Yacht Station waiting for a fixer person fit a new pump & shower hose, finished off by a walk about in biblical rain, Der Hund got so wet that he looked utterly miserable and he smelled worse than a moldy rug as he dried out, and to ice the cake so to speak, I got an ear bashing from everyone except Der Hund because the ladders on the quayside (being a tidal part of the river) were difficult to use. The following morning we left Great Yarmouth behind and motored all day to Wroxham, "can you lift the dog on/off" etc...(the equivalent of crossing the Atlantic in a 747), 10 chip shops, a toy store, a small supermarket and the worst pub meal ever. Overnight stay punctuated with "can you lift the dog on/off" etc... The following morning whilst I waiting for the marina staff to pump the effluent tanks I decided to give the outside of the boat a clean with the mop and some mild detergent, something that had been missed by the hire company before we collected the boat...... nothing too strenuous, just a gentle mop and microfiber to get the crud off...... tanks pumped, breakfast at a local cafe followed by a short motor downstream to a nice looking pub called "The New Inn" the plan was an early mooring and walk about, "can you lift the dog on/off"..... almost immediately I got assaulted by a grumpy swan, it didn't seem to like getting a slap when he went for me (totally unprovoked, it decided to attack just for fun) anyway we booked in for dinner with the warning that there was a limited menu..... Limited my rear..... superb food and great beer, oh the beer was good, did I mention how good the beer was? I seemed to have found a state of happy that no amount of "can you lift the dog on/off" was going to destroy, and I was soooooo looking forward to getting to bed..... however my "cleaning" of the boats exterior seemed to have removed the crud that was sealing the cut out in the roof (assuming from a re-fit of the engine) and our bed was now the same moisture content as the swamp that is Norfolk, and there was a steady trickle of rain water adding to it by the minute. "can you lift the dog on/off" Engineers called again (couldn't fault the poor lad who had to come and sort it)"can you lift the dog on/off" the roof re-sealed in the hoofing rain, the engineer had to go back to the boatyard to get us some non swamp bedding and we pulled out and made up what should have been a double bed in the saloon, however, this "bed" was never intended to be used following a downgrade of the boats passenger capacity, so some of the bits that made up the mattress were missing, I attempted to sleep in what I can only describe as a trench until the Sage (who is a slight thing) rolled over and the whole thing collapsed faster than an economy under COVID...... twenty minutes of teeth gnashing "can you lift the dog on/off" and the Sage suffering from hysterical laughter saw us sleeping on the floor with Der Hund, he's lucky I didn't evict him, his bed was comfier than ours, I woke up with Der Hund snuggled up to me, I drank several cups of coffee ate a bacon sarnie and promptly set about returning the boat early, but of course there was the "can you lift the dog on/off" even the drive home in our T5 camper was punctuated with "can you lift the dog in/out".... It's been a couple of days at home now, I'm feeling a little better thanks. Nem..............
  27. 9 points
    My new stripes. Done by the talented Mr Pid with a bit of help from me.
  28. 9 points
    some tidy set up's here is mine
  29. 9 points
    Dashboard is back from the trimmer
  30. 9 points
    Carbon rear arches just out of the moulds😁
  31. 9 points
    Yesterdays endeavours.
  32. 9 points
    I can say it was fantastic to see people in the flash, and had great time catching up with everyone and some new friends from NWCOGS Cant say enough about my super wife, Dawn who just takes this sort of thing in her stride. MASSIVE thanks to everyone, this sort of thing is a really big thing for me in my fight against the big C A super day, so glad we had the drive expanded
  33. 9 points
    Plodding along with what is probably the worst part of the build really - I recall just how long it took to figure out how to get this lot to fit the first time round. Second time isn't a whole lot better really, although I do at least know it does fit, as long as I can remember how.....I took pictures during the strip down, but somehow managed to avoid taking any useful ones it seems. This is the first layer done. Main coolant pipes at the bottom, 'heater' pipes and the bleed return pipe next, the brake (lower) and clutch (upper) hydraulic lines on the side. Small sections of suitably sized silicone hose on the coolant pipes make for good buffers. The bolts on the P clips holding the hydraulic lines are deliberately long - they locate into cunningly placed holes in the side of the cable tray to hold that side in position. Handbrake lever is now in, as are the cables, although they aren't quite visible in this shot. I've also fitted the cable tray that sits above these pipes and almost got to fitting the cables...until I remembered I wanted to replace some multiway connectors on the main loom. There was a 32 way joint that needed moving and I'd used some 9 & 6 way connectors to do it....but they were garbage and although they worked during testing, they needed replacing with something a bit better. Still tight on space so couldn't go too nuts. Anyway, those are now replaced so next step is to put the loom etc in next. As usual, a simple job that took far longer than it should have.
  34. 9 points
    The return home after full setup. Nitrons rebuilt and new springs. Can't wait to get on track now
  35. 9 points
    This post is probably the most satisfying so far, Many thanks to all who have helped me especially Bagpuss. She is now up and running. Don’t know what the issue was but practically stripped it all back reconnected it and bingo. First start video below. Bit of a pain with the engine in but I’m actually happier with the position of the looms now.
  36. 9 points
    Recovery of my right eye is just fine but eyesight still a bit wonky. Need a few more days for it to settle down. Poor photo of engine bay but it's just georgous!! (Sunshine in the way)!
  37. 8 points
    No pics, no problem 😉 - also a video from my visit at the weekend: I don’t need to tell everyone how cool this thing obviously is, and the standard of finish is fantastic, can’t wait to see this finished! And those wheels 🤤
  38. 8 points
    Had a great day out today at Lloyds Specialist developments. Finally got around to getting the V8 mapped, and set up for IVA. Engine is basically new. and uses a mish mash of parts cherry picked from the various versions of the rover v8. brand new 4ltr block, 270 cam, fuel injected via Canems. ended up with just over 203bhp at the wheels, but as can be seen from the plots, very drivable. definitely my favourite part of the build :-).
  39. 8 points
    Decided to make the car a bit different with some strips. Work carried out by the talented Mr Pid with a bit of help from me. I always like the colours of the Jordon F1 cars. So this is why chose this colour scheme.
  40. 8 points
    Stop for picnic lunch today, on one of my favourite loops around the eastern side of Exmoor.
  41. 8 points
    Despite having more time off than I've ever had I've really struggled to get any garage time! I have been chipping away the last few days at a few jobs. Firstly I've had a weep from the heater matrix area. I had thought it was just the silicon hoses needing nipped but it still persisted. So the full dash strip out commenced . The mrs stuck her head around the door at one point when the whole lot was in bits and did point out that the car had been finished a few weeks ago. I did tell her she wasn't being helpful . So was expecting it to be the joint where the pipes join but no seemed to be in the matrix itself can see the orange staining. I had toyed with building the freewheel over and over again as I still have the iva retest to get through. However at the test the examiner asked me why I hadn't fitted a decent steering wheel, I did say I wasn't sure it would've passed. He said as long as tbe spokes had a radius he wouldn't have batted an eyelid. Ive read and read the regs and have come to the conclusion I shouldn't have a problem. Even more so as it wasn't a fail point either. Anyway its done now and very happy with it (apart from the cable ties which have now gone) Also made up a new centre console and wired up the heated seats and the USB socket. I may well add rotary heater and bypass controls at a later date. The first version included a mount for the EWP controller screen, it looked great but the lcd display had a weird viewing angle and wasn't great from the drivers view. So then a 2nd version. Also fitted the switch surround as kindly designed and printed by @corsechris and the dash bezel which was a collaborative effort from @Paul Aspden The 2nd and @EBD Engineering looks well smart. and the much Improved drivers eye view of the dash. Can see every corner of the dash fully now even with the indicator buttons. Just need the dash pad back on now. Once I can find where I've put it for safe keeping......
  42. 8 points
    I had a spare hour this afternoon so I decided to populate the dashboard. I am really pleased with how it has turned out.
  43. 8 points
    First time out in the new car yesterday at blyton
  44. 8 points
    I tried to stop the mount swivelling with Blutak inside the socket, silicon sealant inside the socket, and also blutak around the outside. All with no success. Something more permanent is called for. I measured the distance from the mount edge to the centre of the ball This measurement was the used to drill a small hole through the socket in the mount. A self tapping screw was then put into the mount hole. The TomTom was put in the mount and adjusted to the optimum viewing angle from the Driver's seat and the self tapping screw tightened straight into the ball! Sadly this only stopped it rotating side to side but not up and down! Another self tapping screw was then put in from the bottom of the mount and it's now nice and solid. A great feature of Onshape is the y to print out a 2D template to make the 3D item. The hole centres on the dash to be used are 200mm apart, but are 204.9mm on paper, to allow for the folds in the bracket. This was cut out and tried in the car. It looked fine, so time to make it in metal. The paper template was transferred to a piece of aluminium 1.5mm thick. (Ideally I'd suggest 2mm) It was cut out roughly with tin snips, and then cut closer with a hack saw. It was then filled with a mixture of files and permagrit tools to the desired shape. The bends were then marked onto the item The required 30 degree bends were then made by holding it between pieces of wood in a vice and tapping another piece of wood with @Greenstreak-Andy D 's favorite tool, the hammer. The bends turned out well. The item was then covered with some self adhesive carbon fakery, kindly donated by Andy. The TomTom disc, was pursuaded off the dash with a little heat and a twist: Leaving no marks. Holes were then marked and drilled into the bracket and the Brodit mount was fastened on with some M4 countersunk screws, washers and nyloc nuts. A small piece of 3M VHB tape was put at the bottom to affix it to the dash and stop it vibrating. Here it is fitted: and with the TomTom fitted: The pen is fitted to move the shade up slightly as it covers the top 10mm of the screen! Thanks for the great design work @Greenstreak-Andy D I'm very pleased with how this has turned out!
  45. 8 points
    Yellow one with yellow odd bits and black wheels. Very similar to the factory current demonstrator which is soon to be replaced with a grey one. Factory demonstrator also has a few decals on it and if I do something like that, I will commission my arty daughter in law to design something.
  46. 8 points
    After 2 hours of toing and froing, ended up with a SEFW with 170bhp Throttle bodied zetec. LSD, wide track, uprated brakes, turbo seats and 4 point, and a heater. Delivery end of august..... Can't wait.
  47. 8 points
  48. 8 points
    A good old clean ready for Some cracking weather!
  49. 8 points
    Pretty happy with how that’s gone. midway Done.
  50. 8 points
    For those of you who may have been wondering what's going on with my build I have been trying to resolve some niggling issues post IVA. 1, I have made a remote gear lever as the original position was just a bit too far forward. Using a £500 pound remote shifter as a template I made my own for the princely sum of....£20. All aluminium except the handle which is stainless. Has a really solid and smooth operation. 2, I have also designed an Aluminium rear diffuser. Just waiting on it being cut out and then I'll assemble it and get it powder coated. My plan it to make it quick release with upside bonnet pins securing it at the back. I couldn't be sure that an off the shelf diffuser would fit as I've done some things on my that aren't standard so rather than risk the cost of a carbon one needing butchering I thought I'd do it myself. Why not eh! 3, Since removing the Black plastic numberplate surround post IVA I now need to mount the foglight in a different position. My plan it to fit it (or another slimmer one) on the diffuser if possible. 4, Whilst the car has been in the garage for a while I decided I'd use the time to fit the performance camshaft I bought 4 years ago. This was the only mod I ever planned for the engine and whilst it is only considered a mild 'daily driver' profile cam the performance increase from this alone is quite unbelievable! I'll be getting the map tweaked once all is back to normal.
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