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  1. WOW WOW what on earth did I start. I am will always be proud of all old and new members. You may not know that I am seriously ill in hospital (terminal) and want to make the most of everything.I’ve had the most fantastic life being my own boss since 1965. Done all things I wanted to do from early days Curborough to Monaco in a GP car. Anything I can help with just shout cheers chris
    18 points
  2. Lovely crisp,chilly morning perfect for a loop around Loch lomond. squeezed in a refuel stop
    13 points
  3. Almost missed the big day…thankfully Vickie is on the ball and had a bottle of bubbly chilling…. 30 years since I built the Westy.
    12 points
  4. Everything you do from build to blats send tingles to me all over. I have been very lucky and would have liked to do more. I regret nothing. For me there are so many reasons to buy a Westie. learn what a spanner is show your kids what a spanner is build your own competition car enjoy driving get away from kids and tv the list is endless if I get to walk a paddock again I will say hope it puts a grin on your face!! chris
    12 points
  5. Update on Chris, he has prostate cancer and kidney problems. But he's doing ok, hoping to be discharged from hospital and looking forward to being home next week. Still has all his faculties, and his dry sense of humour. He's writing his next article for Westfield World from his hospital bed, can't wait to read that. John.
    12 points
  6. I decided it was time to start repairing the chassis. My steel arrived yesterday. I decided to make my own outriggers rather than spend nearly £600 buying some premade ones. I started on the passenger side by deciding on where to cut the outriggers and marked up the positions with tape. Then I got the angle grinder out and cut it. The inside of the chassis tubes where I cut them. This was pleasing to see. I cut and marked up some insert sleeves. The sleeves got knocked into the chassis tubes. These would act as a jig and also add some strength as well as allowing me to weld the sleeve to the chassis tubes and then the new chassis sections to the sleeve and also go over it all after. I made up my bottom sections, clamped and then and tacked them together. Then fully welded on the topside. The chassis needs turning over to complete the welds on the underside.
    11 points
  7. Right all you Andy's @AndrewBClarke @aeg@Andy Westwood you can chuff right off because I am the Champion of Cake, winner of the Largest Slice of the Day award for today. I can report that it was absolutely very tasty and a much better choice for breakfast than a full English!! But I must thank ABC for the black pudding he gave me as a solid aperitif, that was yummy too. Everyone else had more traditional breakfast fare We all met at The Bull i Thorn and we had all travelled through heavy drizzle so I take my hat off to you all for coming out. Out of camera shot was Allan and Callan who joined us with no roof on, well done boys. I am pleased to report that when we came out of the Bull it had stopped raining and it was dry for the rest of the day. Glynn, Dan and us at the Bull Allan and Callan, ABC and aeg parked at the Bull Billy and Bill Senior in the fastest car of the day. Everyone else, on triple 8's or otherwise, had wiggley back ends and had to slow it a bit. Speed is a bit of a sore subject at the mo because someone picked up a speeding ticket on the way to the Lake District for her holidays last week. Was I in the the racy Westfield? No. Was I in the sporty MX5? No. I was in the ruddy van going along the A66. The speed limit changes 60mph to 50mph and back again, I saw the speed camera van, looked down and saw I was doing 58mph and thought great, carry on girl, it's national speed limit. Then just after I saw the 50 sign, drat, what a numpty, what an idiot. So off to the speed awareness course it is for me. Our route for today headed East on the 13 bends to a quiet Bakewell, up the Curbar Gap, through Chatsworth and to Peak Rail at Rowsley, where there was a steam train waiting for us. Young Callan was highly delighted and it was a joy to see his little face. The train in the station The train on the move It was not long before the nose bags were on and and we all tucked into lunch as everyone else had disappeared onto the train. It all worked out in the end and we were rewarded with quiet roads as everyone else had stayed home. It's been wonderful company and thank you all for coming, see you next weekend at the museum.
    10 points
  8. Fresh mot on Saturday, deserves a couple of photos!
    10 points
  9. More interior work - time to do headlining, roof lights and flooring I decided not to use the original headliner despite being in great condition as it left some odd untidy areas where the door pillar trims were. So I bought a set of ready cut ply from custom shop designs for £100 and sold the old headliner for the same amount. Getting used to this carpeting malarkey now… also getting used to empty tins of adhesive! once carpeted I fitted the leds and taped the wires up with foil tape - I noted while removing panels that Mercedes do this, so if it’s good enough for OEM then it works for me. affixed some more insulation with yet more spray adhesive then attached the front panel with push in trim clips - I needed to pass led wires over the support so used spade connectors in case I need to drop a single panel in future. front one done, rear insulation next and attach panel with trim clips (while forgetting to take photos!) Next up is the vinyl floor. Hands up - yes, I’m blatantly copying @Andy - a15cro down to using the exact same supplier… My last job was to connect the rear lights as it was just starting to get dark. But this had an unexpected advantage - because my wife wanted the flooring to have a more warmer brown/grey and so when we turn on some warm leds… result 😁
    10 points
  10. In other small jobs I’ve been trying up spacers for the shocks on the lathe, 8 done and another 8 to go.
    9 points
  11. First time in the Deathfield
    9 points
  12. Breakfast ride in Dads and then continued bedding my brakes in some more ☀️
    9 points
  13. Welds cleaned up on all main outrigger tubes Seat belt mounting plate and boss welded onto chassis on both sides Old versus New, just the gusset plates left to do on the new outriggers
    9 points
  14. Hey guys, keep cool. The difference between Austria and Australia are 2 tiny letters and it happens a lot that people mix it up. 🙂 I'm fine with it even if I've never heard the phrase "let’s put another shrimp on the barbie". 😄 Here's my beauty:
    9 points
  15. Drivers side outriggers cut off, sleeved and new outriggers in progress New outriggers all made on drivers side. Then I turned the chassis over to weld the underside of the tubes. 50% completed
    9 points
  16. A quick 4 laps at Croft last week trying out the CXR’s and amazing Avon tyres.
    9 points
  17. Another cabinet today. I made a template of my cupboard doors out of 9mm MDF and after the usual copious amounts of double checking the measurements (and another template had to be made) I finally took the plunge 😁 Which brings me to the new bit of equipment to try. Say hello to a katsu cordless router. Not a Makita, but a blatant 100% copy - even takes Makita LXT batteries. I took a bit of a punt on it due to the cost of a real one but, maybe because I know no better, it seems pretty good to me yet again, these things take much longer than I’d hoped - but got there in the end. next step is to trim the doors and fit them.
    8 points
  18. Had a ride out to the Kings Arms at Heath Common in Wakefield this afternoon in between gardening. It's an informal meeting of various classics and American cars on the green in front of the pub. A shandy and a packet of crisps in the autumn sunshine, then home to cut the lawn.
    8 points
  19. Beautiful morning for a meet up at Donington followed by a quick blat up the Peaks for lunch 😎
    8 points
  20. Thankfully the weather was kind this morning, chilly and a little damp to start with, but soon brightened up. Five of us met up at Ashby services for a quick chat after playing "reverse gear" for Ben's MNR R1.... apparently he has a reverse ready to fit, but it's easier just to block traffic and ask us to push! 😂 We then had a fun run down the lanes to Curborough to meet @Andy83 in his Tiger (the Megabusa is being worked on) to watch the cars on track. Not a huge meet at Curborough, but some interesting cars like a BMW bike engined Hillman Imp, a well driven 1.8 VVC engined Metro, a sweet sounding Evora and a turbocharged MX5 that was sideways everywhere. This of course got us on the subject of forced induction for @Glynn Walters Mazda engined car 😂 During much leg pulling and banter, the eagle eyed @Andy83spotted another Westfield had parked next us while we had walked the paddock. Luckily we had James Bond with us (aka @Glynn Andrews) who through some slightly disturbing online stalking, managed to track down Dan from Cannock who is a recent Toybox owner (hopefully we didn't scare you off! 😂). Dan's car is a beautiful blue 2.0 Zetec on Omex ITB's with a set of lovely split rims. Oh, and thanks for the bacon buttie @HB46443, it's my shout next time 👍
    8 points
  21. Not updated this for a bit - been busy with work plus holidays etc. So here’s a quick catch up (mostly in pics) Remove panels, add sound deadening and insulation remove old floor and marvel at how clean & rust free the van is! use as template buy new toy (gotta love Makita) use new toy trial fit floor - needed more trimming to accommodate the yet to be added arch insulation and carpet glue battens then add sound deadening and van liner on floor Finish sides fit the solar panel while underestimating the time needed so it ends up getting dark! Cut out for roof vent sound deadening and insulate roof Apply carpet Fit 3D printed covers to solar panel feet and drill more holes for cables then buy a load of stupidly overpriced furniture board!
    8 points
  22. My first track experience was a success. I had no car issues and even more surprisingly...... No driver issues either. Big Thanks to@Martyn Vann - Warwickshire AO for organising the event and letting a newbie like me attend. Also thanks to @NigelO for the pictures (the first lineup picture is my dodgy work)
    8 points
  23. ABC and ourselves arrived at a drizzly looking Hulme End Tea Junction cafe Martin and Nigel soon arrived Just in case there might be a sugar shortage in the future Glen and I decided to panic buy the cakes. The others ate a more normal breakfast sandwich but we are now used to eating cake for breakfast. We took our route along the b roads, found plenty of cow poo and went past the pretty Magpie Mine, which I can confirm is a lead mine, you wouldn't think an old lead mine would look nice would you? We briefly called in at Quackers to check the phone, on into Bakewell, huff it was busy which is why we don't go through there, but there was petrol at the pumps. I briefly lost Martin, who had a wire come loose on his fan, it was a good job Andrew spotted him. Next we drove through the Chatsworth Estate with views over the house and fountain, then up the Curbar Gap where we were glad to see that they have put double yellow lines along the road making it much safer to drive. Next we drove past the traffic queue from hell, there must have been a road closed somewhere as this is normally an empty country road and it had a queue a mile long. Thankfully we were going in the opposite direction and beautifully landed at the Bistro at Dunston Hall Garden Centre for lunch on time. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of us in the Bistro. Andrew had a minor problem with his steering wheel and conveniently has to remove his bonnet to access the tool roll, a great V8 photo opportunity for me. They managed to tie wrap the wheel back on😱 In the meantime Nigel had us in stitches with with his stories of wet bums in Westfield seats, get that drill out! Thanks for a great day out guys, we have had easier days, less panicky days, but nobody ran out of fuel and the weather came good in the end, see you next time. P.S I have found out that the road was closed at the Golden Gates roundabout to the Robin Hood pub due to an accident. That is the main A road into the Peak District, so all that traffic was shoved onto the b road, so glad we were coming out of the Peak District.
    8 points
  24. 1985 pre-lit car 1600 X-flow
    7 points
  25. This is not a build diary. As much as I like reading yours, I could never write one. So I thought at least I could share some pics and comments from my build, now that it passed IVA. It all began in 2019 with a rusty MX5 with a few months of MOT left and a relatively low mileage 1.8 non VVT engine. This was a carefully selected ebay finest with six previous owners, acquired for the sum of £450. Having to drive it from Manchester to the Isle of Wight was just one of those moments that make life less boring. My plan was to drive it around for a while and have a feel for the engine and drivetrain, before I strip and rebuild the engine and give all other donated parts a good overhaul. In the meantime SDV starter kit was ordered. This first set of images follows the process up to the point where the rolling chassis with the engine installed and wired up were taken for a run in and tuning These could've been found at the bottom of the ocean It took some wire brushing / sand blasting Painted with POR15 These were painted as well 94kg of fine Japanese engineering DIY attachment for the honing This drill was too heavy for honing, so I made lighter version out of battery powered drill Very rich mixture had been burned here. Before and after carbon build up clean Before and after very light lapping It's all stock engine, apart from forged rods and upgraded oil pump. All new bearings and seals/gaskets of course. Hard to tell with this light, but there's good cross hatch pattern actually. Bits and bobs to the tune of ~3.5K. And Cody! Timing is crucial It's a shame Nick (Skuzzle) went out of business And there was the chassis Side panels lined up just for drilling. I installed them permanently at the very end of the build, just before the bodywork. Money well spent The hand brake lever support was welded on the wrong side It was starting to take shape 270kg for rolling chassis with Mazda dif Yours truly behind the wheel Right, where's the shoehorn!? The holes for the engine mount didn't quite line up Engine wiring loom in the making Modified fuel rail to suit fuel hoses routing Gearbox oil drain plug upgrade Early incarnation of the cooling system. Radiator supports were late re-designed to take rubber legs TVS 900 charger on a custom manifold by Fast Forward Superchargers 4xEGT probes And a quick heat shield Loaded for run-in / tuning 160hp won't impress, but check out that torque curve Bodywork to follows soon...
    7 points
  26. Well, I have a "significant" birthday next Monday, so I wanted to treat myself. I've sold my heavily-modified turbo-nutter Fiat Coupe and also got rid of the daily-driver Alfa GT. However, I love the coupe bodystyle, so...
    7 points
  27. How do you know when you’ve lost the plot? Answer :- when you walk out of the house on a cold wet Sunday morning ,the garden lights come on because it still thinks it’s dark and you tie yourselves into a open top sports car for the hour and a half trip to see “friends” . I thank my fellow nutcases for another great day out, we’re now home warm and dry and the car is now free of cow **** , see you next time luv Andy & Becky a train going backwards 🤔 follow the leader and down the pretty tree lined roads
    7 points
  28. Some early winter tinkering completed, new Omex ecu and carb tuning by NMS, new Protech’s fitted (Procomp tuned, thanks Matt) and Wunoff exhaust. All have totally transformed the car😁😁!
    7 points
  29. Well, it passed! First time, what a relief! It was a long day (had to get up 3am to catch 4:30 ferry from the Isle of Wight to Southampton), but well worth it. In brief, it was a very close call, with one more serious advisory and a few little niggles. The advisory (it came halfway through the test) was about the handbrake wire coming from the bottom of the lever – it is routed in such a way, that when the brake is applied, the wire pulls at a slight angle, causing it to rub against the lever’s guiding pulley – this may cause premature wear. So I’ll have to either reposition the handbrake lever at a different angle, or simply make the guiding pulley slightly wider to sit the wire more squarely. Still a pass though! In the very beginning, the tester was puzzled with my light selector – a simple three position toggle switch like that: Up – high beam Mid – side lights only Down – dipped beam (there’s a separate lights “master switch” that was OK) Somehow Mark (the tester) believed side lights must be in the Up position with dipped and main following down, and he found my arrangement confusing! He stated that his colleague will look at the case! To make matter worse, my indicator switch – again a toggle switch – was set to toggle up and down (much like a stalk switch goes up and down), while the indicator sign next to it depicts side pointing arrows (just like it should). Mark pointed there's a conflict between the sign and the direction of toggle. I kept my cool, didn’t argue and simply turned the indicator switch 90 degrees, (to toggle sideways). The investigation of the lights switch was somehow forgotten. This toggles jumble didn’t make the best of initial impressions, but then both testers started to notice that the whole car was actually neatly finished and things turned for the better. First emission test showed slightly higher CO, so they allowed me to circle around the station to warm-up the cat. I had started the engine way earlier (still on the trailer) and since I knew it’s not just heat that’s needed, I went round the corner, plugged the laptop and leaned the mixture slightly – that nearly backfired, as this time Lambda was on the edge of too lean, but at least CO was low enough - another pass. Another potential issue were the brakes – having Ben’s recent experience (they mentioned it!) I was almost expected to fail. Much to their surprise brakes were spot on – maybe the combo Westfield master cyl / Mazda calipers works better, I don’t know. I had spent probably about 60 minutes in total on the road (4-5 neighborhood runs), pads were new genuine stock Mazda stuff. Anyway, from there onwards it was all a breeze – biscuits were on the table, both testers complimented the quality of the build and pointed out how easy it is for them to fail a dodgy build and vice versa. There were no spheres, no cones, no projections, no radiuses. They mentioned the noise did not sound offensive, so didn’t bother measuring. We were done well before lunchtime. I was well chuffed! All in all I think it comes down to the major bits - brakes, emissions, possibly lights and all else is subjective and a matter of well presented overall package and luck - just like it has been pointed out multiple times in this forum! Cheers
    7 points
  30. The start of something......hopefully rewarding.
    7 points
  31. Not too much done on Saturday as I was in a local parade with the Camaro. Worked 5pm-10pm on getting the mid bulk head sorted. Today however has a decent shift, managed to get the first part of the rear bed in as well as a bit of a cupboard for the battery’s etc, and a step which will house the heating duct outlets. It feels like it’s coming together now. Ive not attempted any door templates yet, that’s a job for one night this week.
    7 points
  32. Out early this morning and Tommy all washed down then off to Alford. Roads were cold damp and sketchy so took it easy, even took Tommy to Kirk … Got to Alford and washed the crud off again lol,then Scott and Sheila arrived having had the cheek to ask the policeman who was washing the police car down to do the westy too !!! And he did !!!! Willy and William arrived and then John so parked up it was time for a blether and a bacon roll . Unfortunately there wasn’t a great turnout so we would head out for a blast round the hills via Ballater and corgarf. On pulling out near Aboyne Willies westy cut out under acceleration so doubled back and checked as much as possible at the roadside to no avail, hope the recovery got you home safely . So a lovely blast over the hills saw me catch up at corgarf where we had a bite to eat before blatting up over the lecht and back to Dufftown A great day out with great company and hope Willy is sorted soon.
    7 points
  33. Sorry for bragging , but I am still on high after Yesterday competition and proud of the Westfield yesterday was 3rd on almost 100 cars in two different classifications, and three firts in its cpacity / sport-prepared classes, not mention emotions and fun it gives
    7 points
  34. I am delighted to hear that long time club member Ash Mason has won the Midland Hillclimb Championship this weekend at the last event of the season at Loton Park today. Ash drives a super charged Hayabusa Westfield in the modified specialist production car class and has set numerous class records this season to achieve the overall win. Well done Ash!!!
    7 points
  35. Well that was more work than anticipated! the morning started with setting up the plunge saw tracks I used the 2.5mm setting to do a first cut of the laminate, then the full depth on a second pass. More time, but the result is a lovely clean edge. also very pleased with the accuracy - 730mm sir? when it came to cutting out the ”U” section for the fridge, I decided to use the plunge saw as much as I could and then finish off with the jigsaw so then I assembled it using a pocket drill jig for the rear and 17mm radius ally corners at the front. ta-daaa… need to add trim around the door but pretty happy with it.
    7 points
  36. Chassis flipped over again this evening and then all the body fixing gussets were measured, cut and welded on. I also welded the underside of the two seat belt bosses. Drivers side Passengers side Not too bad for an amatuer
    7 points
  37. I’ve been busy beaver 🦫 at nights painting brackets etc , changed some bolts to stainless , awaiting new water hoses and crank seal
    7 points
  38. Thanks Chris, such sad news; but what an amazing legacy you’ve given us. The friends that have been made thanks to you passion and vision for the cars you created, and the places that we’ve been, and experiences we’ve enjoyed as a result will long continue.
    7 points
  39. A few still photos from today's Curborough meeting. I think I've got everyone, but let me know if you're missing and I'll see if I have any images. Rather than post phots and use up my image allowance, here's a link to my Westfields Flickr album. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWAdNNj Feel free to download for safekeeping Also managed to put together a brief video from the drone footage
    7 points
  40. My paint arrived today, so I mixed up 250ml and put some on. It took about 90 minutes to do that area.
    6 points
  41. I don’t like to jump in and self promote… but feel free to Email me …
    6 points
  42. I have also been removing various metalastic bushes from suspension components. First up was to apply plenty of heat to the rubber until it was sizzling Then with the rubber sizzling and debonded I pushed the inner sleeve out Followed by what was left of the rubber. This left me with the outer metal sleeve to deal with. So I cut a slot with a hacksaw. Once the slot was cut, I drove the sleeve out with a socket I kept the outer sleeves just to keep a track on sizes and quantities
    6 points
  43. One of the difficulties of old race cars and particularly those that are prototypes is that there’s very little information or anything to copy when it comes to some of the technical details. Shock length was easy enough to calculate from the geometry and there was four old Spax dampers that came with the collection of parts which supposedly were from the car. All good so far but then comes spring selection. I had twice as many springs as there were shocks so little idea as to which were for this car so somehow I needed to work out the spring rates. The obvious way would be to physically test them but as they will need to be replaced and the budget needs reining in a bit I opted for the mathematical route. Those that know the maths can skip ahead but for those of you that don’t the spring rate is calculated from the following parameters: L = Free Length of The Unloaded Spring (m) G = Shear Modulus of Rigidity of Material d = Wire Diameter (m) D = Mean Diameter (m) N = Number of active coils (an active coil sweeps one full circle) For spring steel the shear modulus would be around 79,300,000,000 Pa and the Mean Diameter = Total Spring Diameter – Wire Diameter These parameters are then entered into the following formula. Based on the dimensions of my on springs this gave me spring rates of 83983, 98620, 33196 and 42766 N/m which equates to 478, 562, 189 and 243 lbs/ins in old money. Now I know the spring rates the next task is to determine which of these were fitted to the car and for this we need to look at the wheel rates and suspension frequency. I won’t type it all out but this guide from Koni is what I’m working from. The published data for my JW4’s was much better and these had a suspension frequency of 3.5Hz which seems consistent with racing cars so I will stick with this but I’ve had to estimate corner weights for the Costin since the car is nowhere near complete. I’ve taken an educated guess at 85kg for the front wheels and 125kg rear again based on the same F/R bias as the JW4 but allowing a bit more for the heavier engine and chassis. By way of a comparison I found these figures online for various different types of cars. 0.5-1.0Hz Passenger cars, typical OEM 1.5-2.0Hz Rally Cars 1.5-2.5Hz Non-Aero racecars, moderate downforce Formula cars 2.5-3.5Hz Moderate downforce racecars with up to 50% total weight in max downforce capability 3.5-5.0+Hz High downforce racecars with more than 50% of their weight in max downforce Plugging the different spring rates into the formula I found the 189lbs/ins springs at the front gave a wheel frequency of 3.6Hz and the same with 24bs/ins on the rear. Conversely the heavier springs would have given a wheel frequency of 5.5Hz so clearly wrong for this car. So based on these results and what’s available from Faulkner off the shelf I’ll be fitting 175lbs/ins springs to the front and 250lbs/ins on the rear as my starting point. and that’s how to loose several evenings and not make it look like you’ve done anything 😀
    6 points
  44. Getting through the jobs slowly. New wiring loom made and loosely assembled then once I was happy with the routing everything was bound in loom tape. the spare tails are for the rain light switch and an oil pressure light if I decide to fit one.
    6 points
  45. Back in the workshop again. Love it
    6 points
  46. Just waiting for the DVLA to send my registration back. So just a couple of pics after wash, polish and wax on the drive.
    6 points
  47. Ive done red wrinkle and powder coating and the powder coated one stayed alot cleaner Prep it myself and got my coater to drop some candy red on it and a high gloss coat clear looked awesome and was easy to wipe clean
    6 points
  48. A nice but chilly morning with dry and damp roads meant an interesting drive joined by Scott and his hyabusa’d westy, we had a great morning out and home before the rain
    6 points
  49. I'm so sorry to read this @Chris Smith but so great to hear you've got such a positive reflection on your life to date. We're all very grateful for the amazing cars you created for us and you'll always be cherished and remembered.
    6 points
  50. Went back to Sandy Lane and passed the IVA 😃. Do i need to register the car? How do i do that?
    6 points
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