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  1. 32 points
    My wonderful girlfriend decided to have a go at painting my Westfield. I love how it's turned out so thought I would share it with you guys. She's so talented!
  2. 30 points
    I've just popped this on my blog but thought it might be better served here to generate some well mannered lock down debate. Or name calling, any kind of interaction will do nowadays! It will possibly be a bit patronising in places as we already know what Westfields are like, so apologies for that. My thoughts on owning a ‘big power’ Westfield With a few years of a 340bhp Westfield under my belt, I’ve found myself more and more hinting others against such levels of power. I did have the word “advising” rather than hinting in there, but that’s not fair as I don’t think a big power Westfield is a bad thing. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s just a very different thing to when it was a middling power Westfield. Given that I’m strongly considering a rather dramatic change of direction for my car, I thought it best to write down my thoughts on what it’s meant, even if just for my own benefit. I’ll approach a few of the more popular themes when someone mentions a rather silly bhp for a Westfield “It’s a handful on the road” Well, I suppose if it’s a track only car, which mine has been for a couple of years, that doesn’t really matter. However, when it had an MOT, it was a fantastic road car. I never had to change gear to find a higher speed, just ride the massively flat torque curve. It’s a ridiculously docile car which, aside from a slightly grabby clutch (more OEM feeling ones that handle the power are available), could probably be driven by just about anyone. It’s about the furthest from a handful that you can get. What you can’t do, however, is work it on the road. It is far too quick for us mere mortals to be aware of hazards, correct the car over any bumps, change gear, process what’s going on around you, have to change gear again and even by the time you’ve read this, you’re significantly above any speed limits or indeed speeds where you’d survive and accident. To that end, it does stop being a Westfield, and become the world’s smallest GT car. Great and smoothing out the corners and cruising up to the next one with the gentlest of squeezes of the throttle. Thoroughly dangerous when deploying all of the horses. This is not a bad thing. In some ways it’s positive because you tend to drive slower and smoother, and you already know that you genuinely are the fastest thing on the road and have nothing to prove. The person with a 150bhp Westfield accelerating hard for 15 seconds between corners might be having more fun though. “You can’t keep it cool” More power, more heat. More revs, more heat. Can’t really escape that one. A Westfield also doesn’t have a lot of ways of getting rid of that heat. The bonnet opening is filled by a radiator originally specced to cool a 1.0 Polo. Now we’re trying to use the same area to cool a power output a comedy factor more than said Polo. This is where you spend your money. The radtec radiator/intercooler combo was the single biggest investment in the turbo projects and it’s fulfilled its role beautifully. These are the coolant and intake temps recorded over a track session that must have had 26 minutes of full speed work. That was on one of those rare summer days with actual sun as well, so mid 20s plus the sunshine baking the tarmac. Those peaks are within 1.5 degrees of each other – to handle that for all that length of time is particularly impressive. Though of course, I deserve more praise for staying out there that long. I’d say one of the benefits of having a large amount of power is also that you can afford to lose some. My engine runs a tiny bit rich precisely to provide a little bit of cooling assistance. “Turbo engines are laggy, peaky and difficult to drive” You tend to see these comments from the older generation, and that’s fair enough… they’ve driven 80’s turbos and, frankly, they’ve earned that opinion! None of it holds true nowadays though. The very modern turbo engines are impressively responsive. I think the only criticism you can throw at them nowadays is they don’t tend to rev that high anymore. My car sits in the middle of those two extremes. It’s not laggy, it’s not peaky and it’s easy to drive. It also revs to 7.4k and makes power all the way there. But it’s not as responsive as something like an EcoBoost when lower in the rev range. Fine on track, but I do think it would be a bit frustrating on the road. Then I suppose, we’ve already decided that the throttle is to be used sparingly on the road. Also, is it any worse than an N/A engine with cams aimed for top end power? Back to throttle response on track, it’s fine. You don’t wait for the power to come in. You don’t wait for the boost to build. It’s all there if you ask for it. Take the following graph of throttle position (blue), boost (red) and RPM (beige?): This shows the entry into a chicane, balancing the throttle through it and powering out of it. The throttle has been off for 4 seconds before this, suggesting I’ve caught a car up and it let me past on the exit. You can see the first input into the throttle produces an instant response from the turbo, and this is from 3.3k rpm so reasonably low for track work. This tracks the throttle position until the second application, where by the turbo responds again but is held back once it reaches the actuator level. Here, because the RPMs are in the mid range, the boost level is reduced to manage that massive lump of torque turbos like to give. Perhaps the reason they’re often described as peaky. The boost is now following a rising limit to keep the torque curve as flat as possible. At the gear change, the throttle is off 100% for 0.5 seconds. The boost follows this, taking 0.6s to achieve 21psi again. Which yes, is higher than it was originally set but crucially, not higher than it has been mapped for. Either way, I think that’s plenty responsive enough. So what do I think? Big power doesn’t ruin a Westfield. I’m 100% confident in that. What it does do though, at least for mere mortals, is change it. I’ve found that corners on track are mere obstacles to be cleared ready for the next application of power. Get the car slowed down (no mean feat!), turn in, get it roughly near the apex, balance the throttle, wait for it to straighten out, then deploy the power down the straight ready for the next corner. It’s made me lazy in many respects. On a sequence of close together corners or chicanes, I won’t be taking stabs of throttle between them. Just a gentle squeeze to smoothly get me to the next one without arriving too quickly and giving myself too much to do. Quite the difference to when I had 150-160bhp on throttle bodies. I suppose in that respect it’s ironically safer on track as you don’t tend to go hunting for those extra tenths. You don’t need to. It’s probably quite telling that since fitting a turbo, I’ve never spun on track. I’ve gone straight on at corners more than once! But never spun it. There is only ever one thing quicker than me on a track, and that’s a lighter, less powerful Westfield/Caterham. They’re usually on slicks, so a more serious effort than mine, but typically 100bhp or more down on me. And if they’re quick enough to catch me up despite the deficit on the straights, it shows how much I waste through the corners by not applying the throttle or pushing the car. Which isn’t speed I’m wasting, it’s fun and personal reward. I’ve had a lot of fun with my Westfield, and I don’t regret any of the options and even at my most modest I think I’ve done a really good job of breaking the 300bhp barrier in the right way. Even if I never actually meant to. But I’ve had my fun now, and it’s time for a change. For a long time now I’ve wanted to build another, knowing what I’ve learned over the last 7 years. So I’m going to rebuild this one, with less power, and more revs, and less weight, and more noise. Goodbye gentle beast. Hello bl**** idiot. That’s an RX-8 231 engine. It’s going to rev to 10k+, it’s going to breathe fire, it’s going to drink fuel like it's a water wheel and confine me to the noisy step on track days… and every now and again… it might even work!
  3. 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.
  4. 25 points
    This year The Air Ambulance was the nominated charity for the Stoneleigh show. As some of you will have read in @Julie Hall - AO Representative, Peak District AO winter 2016 WW report we sadly lost member Ian Welch aka 'Molestrangler' in 2016. We asked Ian's wife Pat to nominate a Charity of choice and she chose The Air Ambulance. So we collected donations at Stoneleigh by selling tea, coffee, biscuits and crisps. We were also very generously given 8 charity drift rides by @Westfield Parts Dept @Julian Turner - Westfield Sportscars Ltd @Simon Westwood - Westfield Sportscars Ltd Westfield Sports cars Ltd which were raffled off over the weekend. We have managed to raise a total of £542.49p A very big Thank You to all who donated we were never expecting to raise this amount so all the fun of the weekend at Stoneleigh 2017 has also helped a very worthy cause.
  5. 24 points
    Warning, long post which goes off on a bit of a tangent! Three Sisters - Japanese Sprint Series Round 2. After competing in Round 1 at Cadwell sharing @BCF Barny's silver ****ter (MX-5), we decided to have a crack at Round 2 yesterday, though this time I was in the Lobster. Though the series is mainly for Japanese-based cars - including some big, big power stuff, the winner of the last round and last year's overall champ - they have 'X' and 'T' categories for non Japanese cars, so there were a couple of single seaters and other kit cars there too. These guys were on sprint slicks and with me on 1B tyres I didn't really see them in the same league, I just wanted to see what my little Lobster could do against the likes of the top boys who also have to use 1Bs. To give an idea, this car won the overall series last year (680bhp, 1150kg): https://www.fensport.co.uk/fensport-cars/gt86r-turbo/ And this was also entered (818bhp, 1120kg and 4th overall at Goodwood Festival in 2011!): https://www.fensport.co.uk/fensport-cars/celica-gt4-x/ However, this post isn't going to be just about the sprint, or the car; there's something else intrinsically linked with the whole thing and it's being talked about a lot this week - mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/get-involved A couple of you guys know, but most reading will have no idea, that it's something I have struggled terribly with for over half of my just-under-36-year life. Depression, compulsions, counselling, cognitive therapy - it's a very complex area, and everyone is different, but here's my abridged version. Formed early on in life due to various factors, I developed 'bottom lines' which took on forms such as 'I am not good enough' and 'I am not likeable'. In order to try and cope with and / or cover up these bottom lines, 'rules for living' were constructed; 'I must not be late' (makes me unlikeable), 'I must please others' (usually by putting myself way down the list), 'I must meet expectations' (and sometimes even making up what I thought people expected of me and then trying to meet them, further driving myself into the ground), 'I must be better than others' (in order to try and feel good enough), and so on. These became completely automatic and every time I fell into the trap I was left feeling terrible and confused, yet utterly compelled to repeat the same behaviours as I was sure they would cover up the bottom line. This didn't work, and it always sent me the same way. Unable to figure out what was happening, the default was to bury myself in my business, a project or other such complex thing that could take all of my attention. I appreciate you may now be thinking 'What does all this have to do with this thread?' - well - what started as 'a bit of a fun and a winter project' (this car) took over my life. I didn't mean it to, and I didn't want it to, but for the last 8 or 9 months it has been the complex thing to steal my attention. Constantly thinking about solutions, designing parts in my head, speccing everything down to bolt lengths and thread sizes before even being a few weeks from adding those parts to the car, writing fuel and ignition maps while lying in bed awake at night - you get the idea. Combined with other tough 'life stuff' going on, it meant almost 6 months without sleeping past 3:30am - which in itself makes it hard to cope with the rest of life when you feel constantly exhausted. Using the car as an 'outlet' to push other things out of my brain, I guess very similar to alcohol or drugs, it also allowed me little 'hits' of satisfaction when a plan came together, but there was always something else in future to try and solve... A relentless mission to try and be 'better', make the car faster, lighter... But, it shouldn't have been about that, and I knew it - right from the start... Being aware of this 'problem' of mine - constantly striving to be 'better' in order to prove I am good enough - I've walked a tightrope with this project, wobbling my way along it, sometimes falling off, but learning about myself along the way and becoming better at considering why I'm doing things and if the outcome of them is positive or not. And that's what I think it's all about with mental health; trying to learn about yourself, find positive strategies for changing your behaviour moving forward, and remembering that there will always be ups and down. Anyone else out there with similar struggles, you are definitely not alone - even within this club - and I for one am always here to chat if necessary Anyway, yesterday was one of those up and down days! At the time I let it get to me a little too much, but with support from Barny (thanks mate) I got through and finished the day taking a positive spin from it, following reflection. The day started dry and sunny, with track temps pretty high, and I was around 1.5s faster than anything else on 1B tyres on the first run, and feeling fairly pleased as I knew there was time to come. The car didn't feel quite right so made some damping changes and went back out for timed run 2 (T2). Slower. Car a bit of a handful. Hmm. More changes for T3, including increased tyre pressures and another damping tweak. Slower again, car even more of a handful. Went totally the wrong way on car setup. Speedo and gear indicator playing up again, left foot rest had become bent. Feeling quite dejected by this point, especially as car adjustments are meant to be my 'thing', I was giving myself a really hard time and needed to try and sort my head out. This is often easier said than done though, when you are using so much mental energy just trying to stop yourself from heading down 'that path', anything else feels like too much. T4 came and went, with others improving and getting closer and me still not gelling with the car at all. I couldn't get any front tyre temp (something I've never struggled with before, ever, in any car), braking far too early, not thinking about what I was doing around the lap. I felt like packing up and going home. I wasn't having a fun day at all and I needed to try and relax. Easier said than done... With reflection, I am wondering if the drop in pace had a good chunk to do with everything having got really cold over lunch (pretty everyone else was going slower too), including the track as grey clouds had now rolled over. Me in a good place would have recognised this at the time, it just totally passed me by yesterday. T5 - driving to the queue the front end felt weird, like there was a 'dead spot' in the middle of the steering. As I pulled up ready for my run, I noticed that waggling the steering gently only produced movement in one of the front wheels! One of the steering 'stubs' had come loose, which meant a jog back to the van to grab an 8mm allen key, a jog back, a quick tighten of the steering stub, quickly strap in, and do my run. Not exactly great preparation, but maybe the alternative focus helped, as it turned out to be my quickest of the day. As an aside, the time would have been quick enough for very good Speed Series points, despite the gloomy conditions. But that wasn't the aim of the game today, and the GT86 mentioned above had got a re-run in T5 and was now just 8 tenths behind me, improving all the time. I could sense it was going to be close... He went before me in T6 and found that 0.8s, ending 0.04 quicker than me, and both of us now nearly 2s ahead of the rest of the pack. Pressure on! The very light and fine drizzle as I went to the start line continued through my run, so I'd pretty much written off my chances. Despite the adjustments I'd made to the car being the 'right' way, and finally getting my bum into gear and putting together a half decent run, I fell 0.2 short of my new target. Gutted. I didn't hang around for the presentations as I wasn't going to be good company, and I was the only one in my class anyway. When I got home and chatted with my partner about how the day went, saying I was a little disappointed in myself, disappointed in the lap times and how I got on compared with others, she actually laughed at me. "So you've just built a car 'for a bit of something to do over the winter', taken it out properly for the first time, and very nearly beaten a car with insane amounts of power that's been money-no-object developed for 6 years by a professional company?". I started laughing too. It really is all about perspective. This started turning things around again and I realised that the front aero I added made a significant difference, the knee rests and elbow pads were brilliant, and generally the car is awesome to drive. The braking is like nothing I've experienced before and I'm still nowhere near the limit. I think it could do with a touch more front camber, or a bit more roll stiffness, but other than that it was faultless again - and so much FUN to slide about! Quite a few people came to say hi and say they enjoyed watching it going round. I'll finish with the video. A case of 'what could have been', but that's sprinting! Again, pleased and glad not to have anything major to fix on the car before Cadwell on Thursday
  6. 23 points
    I thought I would share my cake with you! Its superb!
  7. 22 points
    Had a night last night I’d rather not ever repeat. I underwent surgery last Friday to repair an umbilical hernia that was getting close to needing emergency surgery, so caught it just in time - although I could have done without having the anaesthetic through my spine and being conscious throughout the procedure. It was successful, anyway. Part of the fun of having abdominal surgery is that your colon takes great exception to being violated, and gets its own back by shutting down. Thus since last Friday, I’ve been enduring an unwelcome visitation from the Poo Prevention Fairy. There’s very little you can do about it except ride it out, but it’s pretty uncomfortable to say the least. The medical advice is to wait a few days before trying a laxative. By the end of yesterday, three and a half days in, I was ready to try anything, so out came the Ducolax to act as an eviction order against the non-travellers in my colon. About 2:45 this morning I was awoken by a noise coming from my guts which I last heard in The Exorcist when Linda Blair was possessed, and felt a pressure near the termination of my outflow pipe that was unmistakable in intent. I hobbled to the loo as quickly as I could without releasing the toxic monster and just managed to take my place in the driver’s seat of the porcelain bus when a gust of wind emanated from my tailpipe that sounded like Satan summoning his demonic army home for a pep talk. This was followed by something I can only describe without revulsion as the worst log flume ride in the world, ever. It went on for so long I thought I’d end up on the floor and flat as a piece of paper, completely empty inside. One of the dogs came in, wrinkled its nose in disgust at the smell and left me to my fate in mid-process. This was interspersed with belches strong enough to move the curtains. All this went on 20 minutes and when it finally stopped, I managed to struggle back to bed at 315...only to repeat it all over again at 500. I only wish I’d weighed myself before the non-travellers were evicted to see how much weight I’d lost. So folks, if you think your day is a bit s**t, my literally already has been. Thought I’d share as it’s always fun to laugh at the misfortunes of others.
  8. 21 points
    My scuttle looks like it had caught chicken pox. So i've been thinking of what to do to tidy it up. Last week I ordered this from from Easy composites: Their regular sized carbon fibre skinning starter kit. Today I started the process which is going to need 3 days to complete. Stage 1 - priming the filled holes Stage 2 - Applying the base coat Waiting now for the base coat to get to the right tackiness to lay the carbon onto it. Carbon fibre cloth laid and 1st of 5 coats of resin applied. Even though the cloth was sold as 300mm deep , there was only 290mm of usable cloth so not quite enough to wrap under the bottom of the scuttle. Tomorrow once it's hardend, I'll trim the ends and cut the holes, 1 more coat must be applied tonight though. Start of day 2. De_knibbed, holes cut and then flatted back with 120 grit ready for stage 2 which will be 3 coats of resin. 3 coats of resin applied today. It now needs 8 hours to cure before more sanding and another coat of resin tomorrow.
  9. 21 points
    After a very frustrating wet winter, being furloughed allowed me to get started on the facelift on my Westie. Going for a full Martini livery. I am using vehicle wrap as I don't want this to be permanent. The FW poses a great many challenges with its curves and manipulating the substrate, especially on the rear. It doesn't help that NOTHING on these cars is symmetrical! lol I have designed and drawn on the files myself in Illustrator, currently working on a trick version of the Westfield Logo.
  10. 21 points
    Last year I had Buttercup rebuilt by Luke at Playskool. I am extremely happy with the work Luke carried but the work was all hidden below the bodywork. I felt that the body was letting the car down a little as there where various marks and scuffs from her 19 years. I did discuss with Luke about having a new body but I decided this option wasn't for me. I also thought about wrapping but again decided against it. I saw a car that had been painted by Aaran on this forum, and through the owner I made contact with Aaran. I had various conversations with him and travelled down to Horncastle so we could agree what needed to be done and a price. On the day of taking her down, I was still unsure if I really wanted or needed the work to be done but after collecting the car, I am so pleased that I had the work carried out. I cannot thank Aaran of AJ Restorations enough for his work and attention to detail. Here is a link with plenty of pictures in case you would like to have a look. <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmedia%2Fset%2F%3Fset%3Da.1197658287079801%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="745" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe>
  11. 21 points
  12. 20 points
    We moved house a couple of years ago into a big place and on my list was a dream workshop to spend retirement when it comes. Of course now Im working more than ever. Its my happy place
  13. 19 points
    Many people know mine is called The Wench, but fewer know why. It’s because she’s colourful, flashy, noisy, demanding, hates being ignored, likes it rough, smokes a bit, drinks like a fish, strictly for amusement, prefers to have her top off, and if you’re inside her for more than an hour your bum goes numb.
  14. 18 points
    But of a yarn to start, but bear with me...! I had a nice Westy a few years back... SEiW with a pretty highly-tuned XE engine: Much fun was had with it, then @mauricibought it off me and we became great friends! I was Westfield-less for a bit, but then bought another via Luke @Plays-Kool. This time a more simple car, SEW with tuned 1.8 Zetec - the Canary: Once again, much fun was had, but I wanted something else to play with... So I bought the below item to put into it over winter: A 2012 CBR1000RR engine with a Stage 4 head, courtesy of Mr @mark.anson Andy Bates reckons these make ~180bhp at the hubs with a good installation (increased power over the bike due to non-restrictive exhaust packaging and improved igniton map) so that's, er, pretty exciting. With a 3.54 diff and 205/60r13 tyres that means 64mph in 1st and 128mph at the top of 6th, perfection! However, Maurici then sold his car and made a very sensible offer for the Canary. So it trundled off on a trailer down to Crewe and I felt a bit sad (can you see the theme here? ) Well, it continues. Weights of the Westfields I'd owned came down from 590kg to 520kg and with each step I noticed the car became even more alive. So, I decided to go all out and build something very light. This meant an SE, preferably a rolling chassis but a complete car would do. A bit of Whatsapping with @tkm_dave via @John led to a phone call to Luke @ Plays-Kool again and then this ended up in my possession. Behold, the Lobster! I was happy about this: It's a very early 1988 SE which was put on the road in July 1992, but doesn't seem to have done much work at all since (the clocks show around 9200 miles and it's been dry stored for over 10 years). I like how the W has been squashed in before the SE! It came with most of the car minus engine, gearbox and prop - quite a lot of stuff to sort through! Why the Lobster? Well. It's a pretty fetching shade of red / orange / brown On second thoughts, maybe I should call it the La Langosta because Maurici will probably end up buying this one off me at some point too It WAS red once, honest! (Peeled some stickers off to check) What's the plan? Well, I couldn't resist chucking it on the scales to start. As it is there with rear axle, brakes, steering rack & column, wheels, wishbones, roll bar, etc it came out to 243kg. The wheels and tyres I plan to use take nearly 20kg off that. It also has M16 calipers with meaty discs, and steel front hubs, so I'd guess I'm starting at somewhere around 220kg once I swap them out. How much am I going to put in? Well the engine weighs 70kg, not sure about the rest of the stuff but I doubt it'll be more than 150kg. So that's my target - a genuine sub-450kg car without spending loads of cash on specially lightweight bits and all the carbon Mr Mickmade can muster! A no-frills build - but with some nice bits in what I deem to be the important areas: ergonomics, brakes, handling. It'll get used on the road so it needs to be completely usable in that respect, but also at home on track and given the power:weight should end up a very quick sprint car, with as much of the work done 'in-house' as possible. It's going to be a 2 stage build; first up I'll get it working mechanically with the current bodywork, then chuck it through an MOT so I can drive it a bit and learn the car. Then stage 2 will be a strip back down for titivation (either a new set of bodywork or a respray, probably) and any tweaks needed to the mechanicals. I've got quite a lot of the bits either on the way or already in the workshop, but the next few months look pretty busy so I think it'll be a case of chipping away rather than huge leaps forward. I'll update when important things happen, not going to take photos of every fine detail because these write-ups take as long as working on the car otherwise! A big thanks to all the guys tagged in this post for helping me get thus far Adam
  15. 18 points
    Firstly, let me say I'm a cynic at heart. I don't buy in to the BS you get on many an Internet forum - 'Only ABC can map your car', 'only XYZ can repair a bent chassis', 'only 123 can build a gearbox' etc etc ad infinitum. So here comes my unbiased experience of my geometry set up with Clear Motorsport yesterday. Like many, I bought a Westie because I couldn't afford a Caterham. Driven many of them in the past and have always been a little disappointed that the Westie never felt as up on its toes as the Caterhams I'd driven - handling on the limit was unpredictable, I could never provoke and hold a slide like I could in my MX5 for example. I took it to NMS back in 2012, it was much better than previous but still lacked the finesse I was after - a new steering rack and wishbones and some serious trackday kerbage later, I decided it was time to have the geometry looked at again. I've heard good things about Adam on the forum, so I thought I'd give him a try - plus to be honest, he was offering a service at a much better rate than others with higher overheads. A two hour trek to Clear Motorsport followed. Once the meet and greet was done, Adam had a chat with me about how I used the car and what I really wanted from it, between us we worked out I was looking for sharper turn it, a more lively fear that offered throttle adjustability and to be quick on track. Basically it needed to be more FUN. Adam then worked his magic, took the time to talk to me about toe in, camber, caster etc and more importantly how those changes affect the way the car behaves. He also checked my corner weights which required no adjustment and were spot on. Obviously, he took the time to explain corner weighting too! Finally he checked my shocks, which were set far too hard for the road. He softened them off, which came as a surprise to me as I thought the adjusters had seized!! He also advised how I should have them set for track work. We then took the car out to check I was happy, and Adam terrified me on the drive back. 4 hours work in total. To the results then. My God, it feels like a different car. It is absolutely FANTASTIC. I even think I'll be able to keep up with Julie on our bumpy Peak District roads. The car feels so communicative, exactly what I've wanted all this time. The rear breaks away progressively and is easy to control on the throttle. In conclusion, BRILLIANT and some of the best money I've spent on the car.
  16. 18 points
  17. 18 points
    Today has been a good day, I now have a car that's ready to go on track Jobs today were fit the rear part of the tub, including some DIY arch extensions (the classic Mini ones I bought just didn't look / fit right), make a screen, fit seat and harness, make spacers for cage and fit it, flash the tweaked map into the ECU, fit the Minilite wheels ready for track day. Extensions - cut a big chunk off the standard arches to leave an angled edge, then riveted some 1mm HDPE in position, located in slots at the front and rear. Plenty of clearance now! Headrest made up from an old bicycle handlebar stem, a lump of plastic I found in a skip, and some foam I found in a parcel that arrived at work. View from the drivers seat... better than I anticipated, the airbox isn't obtrusive really and with the lowline bonnet it drops away nicely. Fixed cycle wing benefit - always in view and perfect 'corner markers' for assisting with apex-hunting Russ kept banging on about speed holes so I devoted one to you mate And I saved the best for last... this is with my 73kg in the drivers seat, 18-19kg of fuel on board, all other fluids, and wheels that are 8kg a set heavier than the slicks / OZ ones... (corner weights not set). So I make that, for the car alone on the slicks with a bit of fuel, under 385kg ready to rock So chuffed all the hard work seems to have paid off! Rear weight looks around 55-56% depending on fuel level which is exactly what I'd estimated, so hopefully the brake bias calculations will be bob on too bl**** can't wait for Saturday
  18. 18 points
    Here I am, 3 years after being widowed following a horrific road accident in Scotland 05-09-2015, the proud owner of my late husband's hand built Westfield 7 SE. It gives me a lot of pleasure to drive and I shall be out and about meeting people and going to my local group. Having been a biker most of my life it sure brings a smile to my face. Happy days. PS Here are some photos, she has a 1600 ford crossflow engine, bored out to 1700. Brian planned to put a ztech engine in but that was never done. She had a Ford Escort donor car and very little money was spent at the time (two small kids and a nagging wife!). I might upgrade a few things... As you can see I am possibly not the most conventional owner, if there even is such a thing. My two dogs love it. Currently, following the wipe out of my Volvo by a drunk driver. The Wez is my only car - plus a motor home. I am just back from a three month road trip of Europe to get over the death of Brian. So I have two vehicles, one extreme to the other!
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    FINALLY. After shielding since mid-March I could wait no more. Blat in the hot sun to a country pub, a big burger and a pint of Peroni in the pub garden, just like normal. So good to once more drive my gorgeous baby and stretch her legs, to grin like a loon and feel human, even if it was technically two days early (screw it). Happy days that I wondered if I’d ever see again.
  20. 17 points
    Hi Guys Well, I decided to place the order with Westfield for my MDV Starter kit on the 28th February 2020 which was due for collection on June 26th. However, due to the current situation (Covid-19 Pandemic) and me being bored stiff after work, I decided to get the kit delivered by Westfields temporary “contact free” delivery service. It just so happened that the earliest day Simon at Westfield could arrange delivery was today which is my work from home college day. To say I was like a little lad at Christmas would have been an understatement this morning. The kit arrived at 11:30am and I had to help the guy lift the chassis onto my chassis stands that were kindly lent to me by @BugMan. I then had to leave the guys to offload the rest of my stuff and off they went. what have I gone for and why? I didn’t have the funds required to build a comprehensive kit, but I couldn’t find any second hand cars which were what I wanted either. So after looking through various Westfield brochures I found the MDV (Multi-Donor vehicle) Starter Kit which ticked all the boxes and I could make it exactly how I wanted it with a new registration. I added a few extras to my order which were; · V8 Bonnet · Wiring Loom · AP Racing Brake Upgrade · Extra Wide rear arches · ZK Fuel Tank I have also ordered the chassis with the brake and fuel lines fitted, as well as the aluminium panels installed (cheating I know). This decision was made due to me not having the space and how much easier it makes the build. What’s the Plan? The plan for the drivetrain of the build is to fit a 2.5 Duratec (Crate engine), mated to a MX5 NC gearbox and a 7.5” Sierra 3.92 Diff. The front suspension will be comprised of Westfield Widetrack wishbones and single adjustable Protech shock absorbers all round. The interior will be fitted with Tillett seats and a carbon fibre dash which holds a Stack ST8130 Dashboard. The build updates wont be as frequent as some of the other builds as I’m saving up for the parts as I go hence the slow progress. I cant wait to get properly stuck in to the build. Thanks Andy
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    A couple of weeks ago over a (socially distanced) beer with a neighbour of ours he was moaning about the price of the servicing of his wife's Q3, turns out they had quoted 600 odd quid to replace 2 front wishbone bushes . Thats just the bushes in their housings, not complete arms. Anyhow after nearly choking on said beer I suggested he'd be insane to pay that. Bring it over and I'll change them and he could owe me a beer. In the end we decided to go for 2 full arms so all the bushes and ball joints all from lemforder for less than 220 quid. I recieved a box of beer as reward and was very happy at that. However they went one step further and bought me another gift which I thought very thoughtful and was well chuffed with, which is an achievement as my Mrs says im the worse person to buy gifts for.
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    I'm defo in the 'mine's a tip too' club - though I know where most of the stuff is most of the time. Wish I had painted the walls white when we moved in, too much s**t to move now! It's not all mine though, the left side is commandeered by the missus' car, because (she) "don't do windscreen scraping" - I don't argue because I like being fed. My property back in NZ was a perfect man-land - the 'house' was a self-build barn with three car garage plus workshop downstairs, and a studio flat upstairs, all on 2.7 acres high up on a range that on a clear day you could see two snow-capped volcanoes 150 miles away. If you've wondered where my profile name comes from...
  23. 17 points
    A few hours spent wiring again today. I now have a complete set of working lights. That’s sidelights, indicators/side repeaters, brake, headlights, main beam, reverse and fog. Very pleased to have knocked that one over. During the day I had to turn the car around to work on the passenger side. So I could not resist any longer and put the refurbed wheels on the drivers side before turning it around. The car is sitting high at present as I have got the suspension wound right up. Other news is I met up with local trimmer that I last used when I built the Westy. Colours chosen and 2 large leather hides will be ordered on Tuesday!
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    A few final added bits. As these tanks were used in North Africa they needed extra water and fuel so I,ve knocked up a Jerry can rack. Its just a piece of soldered brass angle but I have had to use locktite glue to stick it to the aluminium hull. Latches and handles on the bin. The commanders cupola had a blank disc fitted to the htch. I'm not saying this is wrong but nearly all the tanks I have seen have a periscope dome in that location. So I thought 'I can make one' starting with this.. And when you have access to one of these.. You end up with this.. And finally I fitted the headlights, these will work of course.
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    What a cracker!! You are all to be congratulated on your enthusiasm to be able to have such amazing photographs taken. You make an old fart very happy. chris
  26. 17 points
    Those of you closing following our recent Die Alpen 2019 Tour will be aware of some of this! My 4 year old dash2 died on our first day as we drove through Doncaster on our way to Hull 😂 It had rained heavily from home to Hull and I suspected water ingress. We took the Dash2 apart as we had dinner in a pub in Hull and I rang @Mistercorn at Race Technology to cheekily ask if they could ship out a loan unit to our Hotel in Austria. They said yes , but advised out hotel location wasn't on next day delivery and it would be Fri evening before I would get it (This would mean the first day of Alps pass blatting would be with no dash or as a passenger with one of the others). I also sent @Si.Dalziel a message to ask if he could e-mail me the Dash2 config file I'd sent him. I then sent this onto RT to pre-program the replacement item with, as we'd not brought a laptop with serial lead on our trip. Once the dash was apart, I put it in a large bag of rice over night whislt we crossed to Zeebrugge by ferry. We hastily refitted it as the ferry prepared to unload the following morning, but it was still dead! 😂🤣 We continued our journey and as we travelled from Dusseldorf to Innsbruck by train, I could see the parcel was heading on a similar route (I may have even been on our train!). Once we were close to arriving in Innsbruck, I called DHL and suprisingly spoke with a human being! I asked if we could intercept the parcel and their depot near to Innsbruck to get the replacement irem a day earlier! They called me back and said it would be okay. We easily found the DHL depot and they handed the parcel over. The feet (on the floor) are the 'busy' DHL staff watching me fit the dash! No wonder i's two days to get to our hotel by DHL! Once fitted the dash worked faultlessly and many days of happy blatting were achieved including a lap of the ring. All much better for having working instrumentation! On returning home, I sent my faulty item into RT for repair and also asked for them to replace the back light whilst it was with them given it was 4 years old and I don't know how long they generally last (I recall others have had them fail at some point). Shortly after my dash2 was returned to me and the only charge was £10 + VAT for the back light! The repaired item now has improved sealing around the display to case (they offer this for any new purchases likely to be getting wet!). Many thanks for this excelent service Race Technology, our epic trip would have been a lot different without a working dash!
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  28. 17 points
    Well today was planned to be a visit during the Xmas break. But a combination of rubbish weather , a re-occurring cold which I felt I would be more than embarrassed if I passed it on , young family duties ( not me anymore hurrah !) , eventually I got to meet half of my area organiser Tim. He is a whole person and glad to say I managed to get there today. Sadly , although the weather looked promising , I chickened out and took the family wagon. Which actually was wise, with the heavy rain, snow and hail that would have caught me out on the way home. So, today , may I introduce Tim Reid After a brew and what seemed like an assault course that anyone with feet bigger than a 10, you would not find a standing place in the garage . Tim is on his way through his engine change from a 2 ltr Zetec black top to a ecoboost 1600. Some might think this as a bit of a loss of capacity being wrong to do, but the ecoboost is the new toy on the (engine) block. The transplant is far from straight forward, with more sensors and fly by wire controls than you could shake a stick at. Really not for the feint hearted and I take my hat of to him of basically starting again with this, the Mk3 incarnation of the car. So Tim, as the usual way , I have some jotted down questions and this time I had more than 30 seconds to think them up. Occupation ? I am a telecoms Project Manager Why did you buy a Westfield ? Its a long story , but I actually started looking at Tiger cars . They seemed a sensible car to buy , but looking into it they were pretty agricultural with their car designs and finish, so I dismissed them. I then saw Caterhams and Westfields and knowing that both cars had been crash tested ( including local members doing it without factory knowledge !) gave me a sense of design and construction safety being put into the cars. Caterhams were out of the financial league, so a Westfield soon appeared. What came first , the car or the club membership ? The car came first and the club soon after How long have you been in the club ? I have been in the club now for 11 years How long have you been an area organiser? I have been here with Steve Thorne for 10 years after we took the reins from Adam Reeves ( remember him ?) Why change a perfectly good Zetec engine ? Well, I have had the car for 11 years now and after blowing one engine and always enjoying the tinkering, I thought about a big change. This is the Mk3 version of this car , from being a factory built car (Mk1) , to buying from it first owner as a standard car. Blowing it up and replacing the engine and suspension and loosing weight (mk2) it was time to make it a bit more sprightly . With doing various driver training days I found a level that was only going to get better/ more enjoyable to look into a major engine transplant. Carbon Fibre ? Oh yes, see over there, that shelf, is full of carbon parts ready to go onto the car when the time is right . I also have diffusers and actually skin my own parts in carbon , which looks very smart. Was the engine change in budget? After hysterical laughter and picking himself off the floor, Tim said. No, its not !! But actually its not too far away from where I financially expected it to be. What helped me out , getting round the financial controller ( wont say too much, incase Ruth does read this !! ) but selling all the parts first from the strip down , sort of built up the bank balance before I started buying things. It seemed to work pretty well but I am now in negative , as that monies gone and now wait for paydays ( like us all !!) Time frame for Completion ? I was planning a year to get the car finished and with all the chassis work taking longer to modify than expected and actually deciding to do all the electrics and electronics myself than farming that bit out , I am 18 months in so far and want to really finish before Stoneleigh , or the Thames Valley Orienteering event or ............well, the summer ............maybe. I do miss driving the car, but I really enjoy just spending time in the garage just tinkering and making progress with something. Whether its mechanical or electrical. the electrics in the beginning daunted me , but I know every wire colour and location now , so adding relays to the original loom , so I can fit push buttons on the dash and variable back lighting is quite in depth but well within my scope now I am the point of no return ! What do you do with your car ? I have a built ( or well I always had but the Mk3 will be moreso) a track biased car that I can use on the road. With all this lighter weight, 3 piece wheels and great looking Siltech suspension fitted to the car, the engine should the next part of the puzzle. Any thing planned when the car is done ? I wish to head back to the tracks I have driven in its various stages of changes and see how much this engine has made to the package I have created and probably relearn everything I have absorbed from previous driving trainer days . So, after a little bit of a grilling, and removing myself from the obstacle course , I said cheerio to Tim. He has not built his car from scratch but has rebuilt his car on now the third time, so can say he knows every nut and bolt on it. It will be a sensational car when it gets put back together. I just hope its soon as the better weather ( albeit not today sadly for me) isnt too far away . Being a family chap, time to tinker is only when the little ones are tucked up at night , which is just a fact of life for a lot of us. I am looking forward to a pax ride in the car to see what all these hair dryers on the engine blocks do to a Westfield as opposed to being normally aspirated.
  29. 17 points
    Here at the test centre And here after PASSED Yipeee
  30. 17 points
    We have a winner, just about... I looked into Judds initially, always been such a fan of George Plasa's car, but it's just unworkable - wouldn't be road usable, silly money, hard to get parts, short rebuilds, etc. Then briefly considered the yank V8 route, but they just don't do it for me. Too easy, too common, too American. Twin bike? Loved them, but they never seemed reliable in the transfer box department. So left that one alone. Geoff Page Racing has a very interesting Busa based flat four turbo, with over 500bhp, but while it would probably have been the 'sensible' decision, I want something insane, something that makes your spine tingle and your heart skip a beat. A search round the motorsport classifieds sites turned up a few interesting things like old Indycar engines, some interesting BMW touring car engines and such like. The closest I came to was probably a few of the Lotus GT3 V6s for sale, but again, just didn't spark with me. I was actually quite close to building a V12 DDR kitcar - love the look of them, but they were so crap on email and response I decided to go with what we know and love - Westfields. So, finally settled on doing a macroblock (bike engine V8). Always liked them, always wanted one. I realise Caterham did a demo one a number of years ago, but this build will be quite different... The quirk of this build is that I don't want a naturally aspirated macroblock V8 - I want a twin-turbo one. I couldn't beat the MegaWatt with one bike engine and one turbo, so I'm going with two I tried contacting Radical about their RPE V8, didn't even get a response. A shame as we have some good Radical support out here with a permanent race series of the SR3s, but so be it. Next up was John Hartley Engines in the US. He's done some sterling work on a Busa-based one with great results, however, the quote back from him was immense as was the lead time. The whole build really. I just got the impression he's not really interested in building one and/or is happy with his current workload and as such didn't need or wasn't bothered about the build. Then I found Synergy engines out of New Zealand. They have nearly a decade under their belt of their Kawasaki-based V8 development. They were instantly responsive and very interested in the project. Stating although the twin-turbo aspect is outside of their warranty/proven area, they would be keen to work with us in developing a solution. Talking through the spec of the engine I wanted they were on exactly the same page - the price is good, the lead-time is good and so ahead we go. This is their naturally aspirated engine :- The spec of the twin-turbo version has some secret bits in there while we go through the dev phase, but shares a fair amount with the known entity above. It will be revving to nearly 12,000rpm, expected weight around 90kg, billet block, ZX12R based heads, V8 (obviously), 5-stage dry sump system, flat-plane crank, individual fly-by-wire throttles, twin roller bearing turbos with twin external wastegates. I'm pretty sure this will be one of the best sounding engines ever put into a vehicle
  31. 16 points
    A huge thank you to @Andy Banks , our freshly retired and illustrious former Chairman, for all your hard work on behalf of the club. You’ve done a top class job in both good times and bad, especially during this worldwide crisis. We also remember your sterling work before that and famously as the man who saved Stoneleigh at short notice and improved it several fold. Well done mate 👍👏 I hope you’ve found the experience to be as enjoyable and rewarding as I did, and I look forward to sharing a few jars, stories and laughs with you at Stoneleigh next year. 🍺🍺 Thanks as well to @John Dolan - Chairman for stepping forward to take on the mantle of Chairman. I know you’ll join me in agreeing that he’ll do a great job for us all and we look forward to the future - well done, sir. Best of luck to you! Just think - soon you’ll look just as handsome and distinguished as Andy and I (recent photo below):
  32. 16 points
    Wasn't sure where this should go... Stuff? Yeah I guess so. Nonsense? Not a bit of it! Anyway, perhaps I'm a day late with this as Mental Health Awareness week was last week, but here goes I've recently (almost) finished building my car, and all along the way this has had me dancing along a psychological tightrope. Due to various factors I have a tendency to strive for perfection, and this can get me into a lot of self-inflicted trouble (and has done in the past!). In a recent post I decided to 'come out' and share a bit of my story, in the hope that it would help others to be more open about any sort of mental struggles they have had, or are currently dealing with: https://forum.wscc.co.uk/forum/topic/130867-the-lobster-88-se-rebuild/page/41/?tab=comments#comment-1422129 This can be anything from suicidal thoughts, right through to relatively-harmless-but-totally-draining overthinking (something I still do too much - mentally composing email replies at 3am while I'm lying awake, or practicing phone calls in advance!). If this describes you then you're not alone - even within this club - and I have always found the support that comes from all angles when I 'break cover' to be overwhelming, completely the opposite to my original fear of being seen as 'crazy', or being ridiculed, or even excluded. In fact it kinda makes you feel like you're in some sort of exclusive club when people pop up (both 'publicly' and privately) offering similar stories or support and understanding. It's extremely heartwarming. So, I guess the over-riding message is that it is perfectly normal to feel like cr@p sometimes, and that it's absolutely OK when that happens. There is support available all around if you allow it to come into your life. I will personally offer myself as one of these support mechanisms if I'm able to at the time, I'm only a PM away Feel free to share any stories here, you won't be judged and as I said, we'll be part of a (relatively) exclusive club, haha. And don't forget that whatever happens, there's always a fun and engaging toy with a shouty engine sat in / on your garage / shed / drive to allow you to clear your head at the end of a bad day Take care everyone, x
  33. 16 points
    Well after 8 months with no westy in the garage I'm now the proud (Well ish) owner of a lot of parts that may well, one day, end up drivable A cheeky eBay bid later (not expecting to win mind) and an 800 mile round trip I now have this: An early 2000's seiw that has been sat part built for over 15 years No idea what I'm going to do with it yet, a build thread to follow once I've dug through everything. At least @Thrustyjust can't diss my empty garage any more
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    Had my CXRs painted, so popped out to check they still work.
  35. 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.
  36. 16 points
    I feel very proud that Complete Kit Car magazine are doing a two issue feature on my car. Part 1 is in the June 2020 issue which will be on sale Friday 22nd May 2020. Currently with free delivery from their website. Part 2 was a photoshoot which was done today while socially distancing which is normal for me when you meet a stranger in a car park! 😂
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    Kit collected in 2010, and the first quick drive of it today. Only 10 miles, as wanted a quick shake down
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    Just testing slippy diff, don't get why their so angry with me🤷🏻‍♂️
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    Such a beautiful morning to be out.
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    150 Days Firstly, I feel I need to apologies to all of you that have kept up with build blogs whilst actually building your cars! I had every intention of doing so, I just never found the time with building the car around work! Fortunately for me there were a number of builds taking place and I take my hat off to you all that kept up with your build blogs! Almost all the questions I asked myself or issues I came up against were covered somewhere in one blog or another! So thank you! My Westfield journey began back in December 2017, when a visit to the Westfield factory was all I needed to place an order for an FW Special Edition kit. I went down the modular route, so ordered Modules 1 and 2. With a few “upgrades”, including the LSD & heater to begin with. Upon returning from the Australian GP I picked up the first two modules at the end of March 2018. The story that’s been told a few times. Nice big Luton van up the M40 to Dudley and then brought a chassis and a load of boxes back! Trying to build the car between F1 races proved frustrating, but looking back it was also a welcome forced break. Any issues I came up against I was able to research from the hotel room at the next race. By the time I arrived home I had an idea of what I was going to do. That said the early days went really well, the build came together fairly quickly. So much so that come the May bank holiday weekend I found myself at Stoneleigh ordering Module 3! Taking full advantage of the discount on offer at the show I ordered module 3. The discount seemed to be an excuse to again order some extras – diamond stitched seats, LED light upgrade (excluding headlights), wider rear wheels to name a few. By the end of May, I had pretty much run out of bits to bolt to the car, which in a way was a good thing as I spent most of June and July on the road with work. So there sat the car in the garage under cover. Fortunately, it was soon August, a delay with the bodywork meant Westfield delivered Module 3 for me. With it being the F1 summer shutdown for two weeks it was full steam ahead with the build! Bodywork was built up and all fitted and the same week it arrived. Again I have to thank the excellent build blogs as I thanks to reading ahead, making a few notes and reading everyone’s tips I felt I was ahead of the game. August came and went and the car was looking like a car. Which was fortunate because between mid-September and December I was only actually in the UK for 12 days. These 12 days were well spent ‘tinkering’ and ‘fettling’ days. It was December before I really got back on with things. It was then I thought I needed to get my act together and sort out IVA paperwork! Once submitted I was offered an appointment at Bristol on Friday 11th January. For the first time of my build I felt like I had an actual target. The stress levels went up a notch, little things like not having a momentary fog light switch and a rocker switch for the fan that didn’t light up. All little things that can be found out working through the fault and possible causes. Westfield especially Ian were really good with getting parts to me quickly to aid the fault diagnosis/replacements parts. Friday 11th January, IVA Day. I was really nervous for the day. I’d hired a recovery truck and a friend came along to give me a hand. Took a bag full of tools, and a box of spares/foam/conduit you know the normal stuff! It was a 5am alarm for a 5.30am leave from just south of Oxford. The weather was dry and we arrived at Bristol at approximately 7.30am. Enough time to warm the car up, get it off the trailer and have a last look over. I went over to reception and was directed to the IVA lane and told to drive the car over and the inspector would be along shortly. The inspector came over and introduced himself and had a cup of tea with us, we spoke about the build. Everything went really well, with a minimal amount of work required at the test. I removed the boot box, pedal box cover, added a single cable tie to the wiring behind the dash and tweaked the headlights. The inspector played his cards really close to his chest, but I had a feeling it was going well. We seemed to be flying through the tests. Before too long we were outside doing the noise test, then off the inspector went, did a lap of the warehouse in it. He brought it back and said right feel free to drive it back around and load it up onto your trailer, which I did. He said he needed to go through the brake calculations and he’d be out soon to let me know the result. Me and my mate loaded the car and just stood anxiously waiting for him! I daren’t go in and bother him. So we waited for about 15mins (Perhaps he was having a cup of tea as well)! Needless to say he appeared with a pass certificate and congratulated me on a well-built car. Over the moon was an understatement! I couldn’t believe it! A year of doing a bit here and bit there had resulted in an IVA pass! I’m still on cloud 9! Therefore, with the added benefit of having a mate who was also driving the recovery truck for me… you know where this is going! We pulled of the M4 at Swindon and found a layby! Thought I might as well take advantage we had the truck! The car was insured on the chassis number, so off it came and I drove the last 15miles home, in convoy with my recovery vehicle! It wasn’t needed the car drove like a dream! This thing really is going to be all about smiles per mile! The only squeaky bum time at the IVA test was with headlights. I’d aligned them on the garage door and the LH light really wasn’t far away. Literally a little tweak forward and we got the right pattern. We really struggled with the RH one and I genuinely feel it was the discretion of the inspector which meant he didn’t fail it. Just strongly suggested I get in touch with Westfield to see if there was a fault with the unit itself. We did everything possible to try and achieve the correct pattern, it just wasn’t happening though. At the time of writing this I’m waiting for Westfield to get back to me. So hopefully I’ll have an answer soon. I spent the weekend making a start on the registration paperwork, letting Westfield know so they can get my Certificate of Newness in the post! All being well I’ll be able to get a few miles in before work gets busy! Once again I apologies for not keeping a built blog. I just couldn’t face starting one then having to abandon it/not keeping it up to date. Equally you all deserve to know that another Westfield is on the road! Plus, I honestly couldn’t have done it without the brilliant build diary’s/blogs a number of you have kept! So guys like BugMan, MrMgoo, Chris Brading, Insuranceman. You don’t know me but I feel like I know you! Thanks for all your brilliant blogs. They were so helpful whilst I was building my kit. I had a count up on the calendar of how many days I was in the UK to be able to work on the car last year and it’s around the 150 mark. Hence the title 150 days! As a post IVA treat/celebration I’ve brought myself the Momo steering wheel kit and quick release steering boss! These cars are never finished! I will post a few photos later!
  41. 16 points
    A French field with a little bit of England... And a couple of shots from a handy Chateau (The blue car is me, maroon is Andy, @Greenstreak-Andy D And the white Ian, @IanK (Bagpuss) )
  42. 16 points
    Well I did it. 5mm Makralon AR anti-scratch coated polycarbonate, plus a couple of lighting rig nylon clamps. Just a few minutes to fit/remove, works with the Westfield Caged half hood and actually means I can use a longer windscreen wiper arm too. Shape needs a bit of fiddling to look less awkward, but I think I like it- no rattles or shakes at 70mph ish either. Probably I shouldn't have ever sold my windscreen, but there you go If a stone hits it and it breaks into shards and decapitates me, it was nice knowing you all.
  43. 16 points
    So 7 months ago i started my winter upgrades. The upgrades started as planning as an engine and gearbox change from silvertop zetec and mt75 gearbox. Changing to what i planned to be a standard ST150 engine and type 9 gearbox. This (along with some carbon added) was meant to be the only change but as so often happens i got a little carried away with my self which caused a full strip and re build and as such the budget that id set to blown miles out of the water. Brand new Body work painted in kawasaki green. Re bushed all wishbones and a ton more carbon soon followed. The engine i purchased was an ST150 that had the internals re worked and fully re built, and an SPC type 9 box. Which againblew the budget even further. The engine is now running on jenvey throttle bodies and has a custom exhaust from AAS in newcastle. Car was meant to have the MOT 2 weeks ago but and oil leak from the gearbox put an end to that hope. Anyway shes passed today with flying colours. Time to put a few miles on the engine before it goes to JDM dyno on the 12th for a mapping session before i can fully enjoy it again.
  44. 16 points
    Just to say a huge thank you to Scott (ex Chairman and now Capt Colonial) for all the work over many years getting the WSCC back on course when he took over Membership Sec all that time ago, then onto becoming Chairman steering the WSCC course for the betterment of all - Thank You, happy retirement and of course to the new Chairman Andy - Good Luck
  45. 16 points
    Just got back from Stoneleigh, I will let Mike and Dave explain all in due course, but there was still a lot for them to do today to get my girl finished in challenging conditions. The car, even with just the base map, is utterly transformed, just amazing, better than I could have imagined. It backed off Mike's trailer and drove it into my garage under its own power for the first time, and the sound of the TBs was spine tingling even under slight load. Roll on NMS on 12 May! My sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, and particularly @bunje @Kit Car Electronics @Chris King - Webmaster and Joint North East AO @Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary who selflessly sacrificed their time, resources, and efforts to help make the most amazing thing happen, and help give my old girl her mojo back. It's been an incredibly emotional weekend and my gratitude is boundless. No idea what I did to deserve this, but happy beyond words - bless you all.
  46. 16 points
    Got married yesterday and had the reception at the Bugatti Owners Club, Prescott hill climb. The sun shone and it was brilliant......Not sure the narrow was designed for so many passengers though!!
  47. 16 points
    Isn't it weird how a subject comes up in one conversation, then you hear it mentioned again and again over the course of a few days! Well, fires in kitcars or, at least, fire related discussions about fires in kitcars, was one of those subjects that has come up repeatedly recently.. First, those that may be FB friends with Tiger owning Trevor Harmer will know that one of his troupe suffered from a kitcar fire on their European tour recently (no injuries thankfully), then someone posted a link to ECP who are selling a 1kg dry powder (DP) for £7.99 discounted and then a local member has asked for my advice on what is the best type to get....spooky! Anyway, this has spurred me on to write this guide to fighting fires in kitcars, not only efficiently, but safely! My credentials - I've been a firefighter for 26 years and in that time, I've spent a number of years at brigade and national level as a fire instructor and I've spent a fair bit of my career fighting vehicle fires for real! Not saying that I'm a know-it-all but hopefully some of my own experiences and the following can be shared and put to good use should you ever need it! I could go on forever but will try and keep this succinct! Okay, type and location - Halons (BCF) were great performers based on the medium-to-effect ratio ie not a lot needed to knock down a given size of fire when compared to the ratios required of CO2, foam, dry powder and the likes for the same given fire size. BCFs are no longer available to us mortals and are only used in very specific industrial applications. So what's left? Foam and water are inefficient unless you've got an 18,000 litre tank to hand ie a fire engine! CO2 are good but large quantities are needed and they don't possess good cooling attributes therefore, a fire may easily re-ignite. Plus, they are stored at greater pressures hence the much heavier container! This leaves dry powder (DP) which on the whole are very effective IF used correctly! Note, from a 1kg DP extinguisher, you can expect around 7-10 seconds of use at an effective range of around 1.5 to 2m and so control and accuracy are of the utmost importance as you can imagine! Know where your extinguisher is! A fire in your pride'n'joy can often induce confusion in your thought process. Ideal location are often close at hand to be quickly got at ie on the bulkhead between the driver and passenger or under either/both driver and passenger seats. Footnote: do not rely upon just the clip to hold it in place but add a velcro strap - you don't want it flying forward like a missile in the event of a head-on collision! Instructions - Read the instructions on your extinguisher today - do not wait until you need it! Understand the basics of its operation. Time - Don't panic! Take your time as haste can often lead to injury and premature use of extinguisher. Careful - Stay safe! Approach at a low angle keeping your head low and ready to turn your head away should things suddenly go t*ts up! Never stand over your car engine! If removing the bonnet, do so quickly with your face turned away and give yourself room to step back. Accuracy - Aim the extinguisher before pressing the lever. Aim for the seat of the fire as best you can. Range - Remember that small extinguishers have a limited range. Position yourself relatively close and always low down and use an outstretched arm to maximise your distance from the fire. WRONG - running towards the fire having already operated the extinguisher. Note how he is also on the windward side with the flames, smoke and now dry powder blowing back towards him! How the professionals are trained...keep low! Although these guys are using (plenty of) water and have the range, they will move forward as they knock down the fire. This is something that you could do too, should you feel confident that you are beating the fire back. If I can reiterate just one point and that is about safety when opening/removing a bonnet. Many people are burnt by removing/opening a bonnet as the removal of the bonnet introduces more air to the fire and they can and often 'flare up'! Be aware of this, stay low, quickly flick open your catches, flip the bonnet off (to hell with damaging it at this point, people!) and step quickly back. Grab your extinguisher (which you have taken with you when you got out of the car and it's lying beside you ready!), position yourself, remove tab/tag/clip, approach low, aim, fire! [pun] I started by saying this is a guide to fighting fires, not firefighting .. I don't expect anyone to become conversant to any kind of professional or even competent level but I do hope that this wee guide helps should you be in the unfortunate position of having to deal with a kitcar fire. Lastly, if anyone has any questions, please ask away on here or PM me
  48. 16 points
    Had a fantastic drive out today, despite a few gremlins, taking in some of my old biking haunts in Northumberland. The main reason it was so memorable was that I had a chance to take a close friend out with me who has been diagnosed with MND. I was hoping to do this before it was too difficult for him and so was relieved that the weather held up and that he was up for it. The best part was near the end after an hour around the twisties when I asked what he thought. He just said "well, I haven't stopped grinning from the moment we left, and it has been quite a while since I've had something to smile about". Job done. Made my day.
  49. 15 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
  50. 15 points
    Well, the Silverstone Classic seems to have been a big hit with everyone who attended, but it couldn't have happened without some wonderful people, so I'd personally like to thank: > Lord Banks for his hard work and efforts in getting things together, from the gazebo and T-shirts to the flags and showing up early to get it installed, plus many admin bits and pieces > "Slasher" for also lending a helping hand - you, sir, are a star, always there to assist at every show and event I can remember, yet fading away when praise is being publicly passed out - we see you and we're very grateful > Clare and her team from A-Plan Insurance for doing all the organising on the parade lap side of things - you took a load off our hands with no reward other than our gratitude and being surrounded by lunatics - thanks for your sacrifice and for all you do for the club and all our members year-round > The Silverstone Classic organisers for putting on a terrific show and for working with us to provide us with such a memorable 30th anniversary weekend > Those of you who came to the event - I saw nothing but smiles and heard nothing but praise, but thanks must go to you for turning out in numbers and filling up our stand > Everyone who went on the parade lap - compared to some of the other clubs who went around politely and sedately, whatever I had to say publicly before the lap, I privately hoped you would behave in an orderly disgraceful manner and you did not disappoint me, with lots of exhaust noise, tyre spinning, horn honking and acting like kids - the highlight of it all for me was seeing you waiting on the grid, your faces looking like Christmas had arrived and Santa had brought what you wanted - just brilliant and probably the highlight of my time as chairman to date > ...and especially Gareth Homfray-Davies (GarethHD), who was kind enough to give me a passenger ride on the parade lap in his brand new car > David Jenkins, the club's longest serving member, who brought his 1986 pre-lit out of retirement and led our parade lap > Peter Osborne, who pointed the Silverstone Classic out to me and suggested attending the event when we met at his house last autumn > ...and of course, anyone old age has made me forget to mention My most sincere thanks to you all If there is enough interest, and even though it would probably be another 5 years before we can waggle another parade lap, we are prepared to consider making the Silverstone Classic a regular event in the club calendar - what do you all think?
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