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  1. 2 points
    Decided my engine bay needed a bit of a tidy up. Had a local company dip the cam cover. https://www.hydragraphics.co.uk/ Really pleased with the result. May not be to everyone's taste but I like it. I'll add some more photos at the weekend after I've fitted it back on.
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    Decided to have a go at putting some stripes on my car, did it over a couple rainy days, so had a spin out yesterday to test them. They seem to work, either that or it was the effect of cold air, dry roads and being cooped up for a couple of days. Gary
  3. 2 points
    Looks fantastic but do check on the underside for blasting medium trapped in any baffles or crevices, any doubt -- wash it out. We have a member that lost his engine due to grit circulating the engine after a sand blast of his cam cover
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    Please note that at the Dinner we will be holding a raffle/auction to raise money for the "MAKE A WISH" foundation which creates life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I would therefore appreciate and prizes people might donate such as chocs, wine, vouchers, toiletries or anything else appropriate. To see what the foundation does you can visit https://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/ Please get them to me or hand them over at the start of the evening. Let's hope we can raise a lot for this worthy cause.
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    Hi Folks for our usual pre Christmas get together I’ve booked the “ Glover Arms” , Crieff road , Perth. On Sunday the 1st December at 1pm, bring your wife’s , partners and as the weather will be questionable Westies are optional if you can let me know who’s coming I can confirm numbers with the Glover Arms Gary Brian Rab Brad & Diane Jim & Jean Michael
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    Correction - looks like I missed me. Sure I expressed my interest. 😊
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    Perhaps it would be polite to post your own wanted advert if I may be so bold 😁
  8. 1 point
    Nothing to see here... Just a guy, casually walking his cow, next to a gold topped building in Ukraine while I drive my Westfield past...
  9. 1 point
    Boot hinges loosely fitted tonight, for a change it was a relatively straight forward job 😂 Working nicely I also bonded my new front end brackets onto the inside of the body. Once these are cured I will glass over the body end, and then drill and tap a bolt into the chassis on the vertical side of the bracket..
  10. 1 point
    Oct 2019 update Time for a update. My car's now been on the road for two fun filled years. Now done some 9350 miles, enjoyed every one of them. Last October decide to change the tyres and "retire" the T1 R's and get something with more grip. No regrets on starting with T1R's however, think they were a good way of getting the feel of driving a Westfield! Having done quite a bit of investigation, chose Yokohama AD08R. Have now done just over 4K miles on them, and I'm pleased with the result. Traction and cornering are much improved in the dry, and they seem to be good in the wet. Having done my first trackday at Castle Combe in September, I can confirm the tyres certainly hang on when pushed hard. Mind you I think the car's abilities outstrip my ability (and bravery)! Whilst I don't deliberately go out in wet conditions, I don't bale out of prearranged trips if it's wet. Find the SBFS half hood continues to perform well and with the flat wiper blades rain is no problem. Living in a rural area find I need to wash and wipe the screen often in damp conditions. Also found I was continually switching wipers on and off every few seconds in damp conditions or light rain. Concluded it would be useful to have some form of intermittent wipe system. Google search found a device called a "Smartscreen", which is a clever electronic intermittent wipe plus wash/wipe system which could be fitted to our cars. Thought it would be worth trying for £54. Easy to wire in and fit behind the dash, even on a 250 with all the gubbins that resides there. Smartscreen unit: Velcro'd onto rear of dash: Pleased with the result, now have variable wipe, good for light rain or damp conditions. Plus one press of the washers is automatically accompanied by three sweeps of the wipers, very useful for Somerset mud! Have been carrying out regular checks of the car, spanner checks are easy having paint marked all critical bolts. Did find the M6 nuts on a couple of the rad fan mounts coming loose. Hadn't fitted nylocs as concerned about strength of the welds on the steel studs to aluminium brackets. Cured this by fitting locknuts. Also discovered that a couple of the "big head" rivets I'd used to mount the rear tub support angle to the chassis had failed, the heads had sheared off completely. Several of the remainder were loose. Drilled out and replaced with a high tensile M6 cap head bolt and nut on each longitudinal chassis member. Remainder of the rivets were replaced. Failed rivets: Bolts fitted and rivets replaced: Appears to be fine to date. Moreto follow, if you're not too bored!
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    Can you not put the car on axle stands then take all 4 wheels off and store them somewhere out the way? If it wont roll then they wont be interested in the time it takes to get it out of there
  12. 1 point
    I think it looks good. Makes a change from the standard black. Now got me thinking about looking into doing mine
  13. 1 point
    I think that looks very smart.
  14. 1 point
    Dodging showers, in between visits to banks
  15. 1 point
    They should have something like 0-10Bar stamped on the collar. As suggested above, keep hold of both until you're happy!
  16. 1 point
    *** BARGAIN PRICE... IDEAL 1ST WESTY AND I NEED THE GARAGE SPACE 🙂*** Westfield SEIW 2004. (F REG from SDV) 2.1 Ford Pinto engine with stage 2 head, polished and ported with FR32 cam twin 45 webbers. Full recent rebuild of the twin 45 DCOE webber carbs. Good strong engine. K&N stainless air filters 14500 genuine miles. 15" Team Dynamics Monza R Black Wheels 195/50/15 VR Toyo Proxes T1-R Tyres. LESS THAN 200 MILES OLD Body is immaculate and been well looked after. Never been on track. MOT July 2020 Extremely quick car. Full service and build history with a huge catalogue of receipts. Genuine reason for sale. £6750 ** OPEN TO SENSIBLE OFFERS FOR A GREAT CAR*** +447793739180 ** ANY MORE INFO REQUIRED - PLEASE MESSAGE ME**
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    This is what mine looks like. i have seen pressure but as it’s still in build it was only a very brief run
  18. 1 point
    Well they do indeed look the same. ( are the threads tapered and 1/8 npt)? Keep both until you're sure one is working once your engine is up and running.
  19. 1 point
    With regard to width, in my case I am around 40 inch waist. I fit snugly in the standard bucket seat, but have to carry my usual pocketfuls of possessions in a "man bag" as there is not room for me and loaded trousers (including my reading glasses in their case which normally live in a right leg cargo pocket) between the transmission tunnel and cockpit side. There used to be an option of an upholstered bulkhead and seat cushions which would release valuable inches in both directions. Simon
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    As alluded to earlier in the thread, I fancied another track day and there was a date at Oulton which fell nicely yesterday. The day was host to quite a lot of 'firsts' for me! Burton Power were 'sponsoring' the day which meant a goodie bag at sign on - including a 'history of motorsport' from Bilstein, which has loads of nerdy stuff in it, including exploded diagrams of their posh dampers. Bedtime reading for tonight @CosKev was there as well as @maurici, and @Nic (NICO) - Shropshire and Mid-Wales AO came along with another Shropshire chap to say hello too. Great to continue putting more faces to forum names, and lovely to meet and chat with you Nic The day was fairly quiet in terms of numbers but there were a handful of red flags (one in the very first session which I was the first to the scene of - a Civic brushing the barriers to stage left at Island bend!) and this meant few clear laps; nearly everyone played nicely though so got plenty of track time in. The day started typically dry in the air, but wet and very slippery on the ground - even more so once a V8 Westfield had split a fuel line and emptied the entire contents of its fuel tank all the way round the track - then dried almost completely, before more showers at around 4pm soaked the circuit again meaning most people went home. Fairly sure I triggered that downpour by fitting my slicks (that's 3 times in a row now!) - couldn't be arsed changing back so I just went out anyway, more on that later... As I said, the first session was pretty wet. I was enjoying myself but it got cut short by a black flag. My first in 12 years of track days! Too much drifting. Oops. Luckily I used to work at Oulton as an instructor, so know the guys there, and was met with a facial expression of 'you should know better' rather than a proper telling off. Sorry Mike, won't happen again As the track started to dry, I spent a bit of time tweaking the setup, dampers, ARBs, and got the car to a point where it has some mild understeer (very important - allows for power application due to excess traction capacity at the rear wheels) but still very playful when wanted. The car is a weapon even on the road tyres, faster than nearly everything out there - the exceptions being some slicks and wings type cars, and a lovely BAC Mono. Various Caterhams of all specs right up to R500 and top end Porkers were all dispatched with ease, so I think for the fun factor (and price!) these wheelbarrow tyres are 'keepers'. Maurici had also brought along a bunch of his mates from Bentley; Alistair in his ST170 Westfield which was having its first 'proper' track outing, Robin in a 205GTi and Steve (?) in a lovely bog standard 106 Rallye. Edd was also in tow without a car, Maurici's sort of former ex boss (I couldn't really work that one out sorry mate), so he was treated to the Lobster Experience. Despite being used to 700bhp+ Bentleys as part of his job he was thoroughly surprised by the straight line pace of the little crustacean! After chat last time of lap times, I couldn't resist using some of lunchtime to chuck on a set of Nankang AR1s I'd bought as a sprint tyre (they are road legal, 1B list), to see what they were like when warmed up. I'd used them before on MX-5s and liked them, but didn't really get on with them when I sprinted at Three Sisters - absolutely zero temp in them after a run. I wondered if they were 'too much tyre' for the car and wouldn't ever get up to temp, but after a couple of laps they came in pretty nicely and certainly offered more grip than the road tyres. Not really streets ahead in terms of lap time as you might expect - perhaps 2s a minute - and much heavier (nearly 5kg a tyre!), which was noticeable. One thing I did immediately feel though was that they ride kerbs much better than the Uniroyals, which seemed to kick the car violently despite their soft sidewall. Unsure why this could be - heavier wheel therefore less likely to bounce up? Stiffer sidewall transfers more load into the dampers (rather than it just flexing the sidewall), and thus the deflection is much more controlled? I think the second is more likely; either way I was surprised and it made me re-think my tyre choice yet again! Perhaps a 'proper' tyre with a proper sidewall but less grip, like an A021R, is a good compromise. I am still short on gearing with the 205/60 Nankangs (top speed 121mph) so some 185/70 Yokos could be the one to go for, given that this size offers me another 4mph top end due to larger diameter. Anyway - I got a good couple of sessions on the Nankangs and some reasonably tidy laps. Checking the footage back showed a best lap time of 1:50, even though that was not a good lap at all! All this buzzing around track seemed to generate quite a lot of interest in the car, I must have had 12-15 different people / sets of people coming to chat to me during the day. As you have probably gathered, I'll chat all day about the car, but tried my best not to do so! Ha. A chap from DS Motorsport was in the garage next to us running a Caterham Roadsports car, was good chatting to him about their race series and the historic stuff they do too, and he had a chap called Neil working with him as an instructor. I know Neil from my aforementioned employment at Oulton. The surname 'Primrose' may not mean much to you, but you've probably heard of the band Travis. Well, he is the drummer! A proper full on petrolhead, a quick driver and a thoroughly nice bloke. We had more time to chat than previously and got into all sorts of deep stuff like autism and finding your own little 'niche'. Super stuff With all this excitement I only had half an eye on the fuel level, and it turns out when you have grippy tyres you use a lot more full throttle. Oops - my first red flag ever - for running out of fuel! Luckily I managed to get pulled into the cut-through just before Island bend and was safe and out of the way. Positive note - the car went from absolutely zero fuelling issues to cutting out and dying within one corner! So the tank I've built obviously works very well Back in the paddock I pretended to poke around in the engine bay a bit, then put fuel in, then decided to change wheels again to make sure I'd spent even longer off circuit! With the track now bone dry it would be a good chance to try the slicks out and compared them to the Nankangs, or so I thought. As is becoming the norm, it started to rain just as I finished fitting them To hell with it, I went out anyway, there was only an hour left of the day and it had quietened right down by now. This was a really long and really fun session, with some serious concentration required. I was out there for over half an hour, starting with a pretty wet track, the odd shower to re-moisten certain areas of it, then it gradually dried - at different rates in different parts of the track - to almost a dry line by the end. Lap times started around 2:30 and dropping every lap as it dried. The track was still damp in a couple of important areas by the time I'd got my second black flag (!) and into the 1:52s, so I'm fairly sure the slicks will be quicker than the Nankangs. Shock horror - more expensive tyres are better - but the main thing I noticed was the feel of the slicks. They are so light (4kg lighter than the Nankangs) yet very direct laterally, loads of feedback, but also good compliance in a vertical direction. It really is magical. Anyway, back to that black flag. Drifting. Again! Maybe there is something weird at Oulton where the speed of light is delayed by about 20 minutes, I don't know, but I honestly wasn't being a nob by this point. I got 'that look' from Mike again and decided to call it a day at 4:30pm. Day stats: Fuel used: about 40L (about 5L more than expected, ha) Max water temp: 82 Max oil temp: 97 Oil burned / leaked from somewhere around the sump: Couple of hundred mil, same as usual Bits fell off: None Things that come loose: None Things to do before next time: check potential leak from front diff seal, change that if necessary. Check diff oil level. Note: diff seems a bit quieter this time, perhaps the CWP has bedded in a bit as I anticipated, perhaps with changing the diff oil if this is the case... Add a bit more front camber and / or caster, tyres are still wearing outside edges a bit more. Perhaps make up a really soft (12mm or 10mm bar) rear ARB to play about with, I still feel this can benefit the car. Play about with the shift light logic, perhaps bringing down the 'time to shift!' full flash to match more where I tend to shift (12k ish). Take a note of where the dampers are set at the moment, compare that to the 'baseline' Penske set them at, state at some graphs a bit and probably not touch them any further. Have a look at the data from the Woolich system and see if there's anywhere the map cap be updated / tweaked now the car has had some more running. It still feels great to me but improvements can always be made! Time for videos... Quite a lot of footage here, I'm going to go over it with a fine-toothed comb to see where I can make some improvements. First thing is braking, I'm still way shy of what the car can do, other than that I think I'm probably turning in too early a lot and 'jinking' the car to induce a small slide. We'll see. Anyway, if - like me - your attention span is too short for watching long vids of someone you don't really give two hoots about having fun, the first bit of the first vid is probably the most entertaining, then 'quick' lap starts at 6 mins in the second First up, wet first session cut short by black flag, sliding about on the road tyres. Plus a lap from the last session, also in the wet, also sliding about, also cut short by a black flag, this time on slicks. As you can see, there's not a lot of difference at all in grip between the road tyres and the slicks! You have to be pretty careful either way, just the slicks obviously would be game over should there be standing water. Dry laps from mid afternoon... on the Nankang AR-1 tyres. Quite a lot of traffic in the video but as you can see the standard of driving was good throughout. Quickest / clearest lap at 6:00 mins in - far from a good lap though as you'll see! Quick view of Kev (heading back to the pits?) at 3:30, and the rear wheels lighting up at ~115mph in 6th going down the straight at 7:32
  21. 1 point
    Also took the opportunity to have a little photo shoot in the carpark at Curborough Link to Flickr album
  22. 1 point
    Long time since I did any modelling, but spent a couple of hours in the loft today. Carried on with a Lotus 72 I started over 6 years ago. Got quite a lot of the decals on.
  23. 1 point
    Yea I am up for it, @Josh Lawson - North London AO @Scarey @Andy Banks - Chairman what about you lot?
  24. 1 point
    Mine passed with no issues bare other than a small section of convolute where I cable tied it to the wishbone as in @IanK (Bagpuss)'s suggestion on my thread here. I only used a couple of inches of convolute on each side. Possibly could have gotten away without it as they didn't touch anything when going lock to lock but decided not to risk it.
  25. 1 point
    Had a couple of hours on the car today, front ARB is sorted and various bits spanner checked. I haven't got a bolt head drilling jig and didn't fancy the stress of snapping all of my small drill bits, so used these funky little tabs. You bend them up to grip the bolt head (like the front disc tabs on old Fords), then they can be lockwired to each other or something else. The loosening problem I had was because the bolts aren't done up super tight - if I do then the ARB almost locks out. Ta-daa! Not going anywhere now. Deliberately left one tab on each bolt unscathed so I have a second shot if really necessary, doubt it will be but just in case... Also inspected the tyres, thought they would be a lot more worn than this given the abuse they had at Oulton last week! It's also astonishing how much grip they offer considering how little actual rubber they put in contact with the road - the footprint of the tyre is a smidge under 130mm, of which only around 70mm touches the floor at any one time due to the grooves! Looking to book another track day soon to get the handling finally nailed down, potentially next week at Oulton again... I really enjoyed the last one and haven't got the beans at the moment for a long trip, so we'll see.
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    Ouch, sorry to hear this Glyn. I'm sure someone will snap this bargain off you!
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    I've gone for this one: http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/Product.do?method=view&n=1774&g=390998&p=390997&c=215&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Base&utm_campaign=Gauge%20Sender%20Units&gclid=CIG_jar4qsMCFUzJtAod93AAjg
  30. 1 point
    Wouldn't be a problem with an aero screen ;-)
  31. 1 point
    Hi Craig, Sump is off and is very clean: and now it's even cleaner! This is a 2004 48,000 mile engine. I'm sure a ford or Vauxhall engine would be full of sludge at this age/mileage. Best regards, Ian
  32. 1 point
    I popped into see Phil the other day and his fantastic car! I'm very jealous! He's done a fab job and given me plenty more things to think about. Thanks a lot Phil, it was very useful.
  33. 1 point
    Thanks, CTD, That looks spot on and a data sheet with plug and pin details is here: http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/307042.pdf
  34. 1 point
    I've modified Dave's picture to show the boss having aprox 15 degrees tilt in it to enable the probe to sit horizontal once the engines in the car. This should make the likelihood of it or it's wiring being wiped out slightly less.
  35. 1 point
    Hi Phil, the choices in the Dash2 config are: None of these match the description of my chosen sensor, hence the question. I'm sure I could do a plot of temp vs resistance and program it that way. However you'd expect RT to supply a sensor that was an option in the Dash2 config!
  36. 1 point
    Gents for clarity, here's my question and Mark's response: 1. Is the Omex ECU locked or can owners connect/modify/tweak? No the ECU is a closed OEM module and cannot be accessed to change parameters. I was hoping to use the outputs to operate the cooling pump/fan, though the former wouldn't be variable speed and wouldn't give the true benefit of an electric cooling pump. I'm not trying to 'steal' the map settings etc.
  37. 1 point
    I was told by Mark Walker today, that the ECU is locked!
  38. 1 point
    Hi Phil, looking good and you must be delighted to have got to this stage. What are your plans with the cooling. I was planning to use the same electric water pump as you! Are you using the factory supplied cooling fan? Is the Omex controlling the pump and fan or are you using the Davies Craig Digital Controller for the pump and fan?
  39. 1 point
    Thanks for the offer of the sockets Steve. Amazon delivered via royal Mail on time despite the bad snow.
  40. 1 point
    I need to get my engine off a pallet and on to my engine stand. I'll hire a crane when it comes to fitting into the chassis, however I could do with a loan of a crane just for an hour to lift the engine. Does anyone within an hours drive of Stoke-on-Trent, have one I could loan? Thanks, Ian
  41. 1 point
    Dave's crane collected and engine now on stand. Many thanks Dave. It's much easier with the correct tool! I'll update my build thread shortly.....
  42. 1 point
    @Dave, that's aweful. I hope you manage to repair it satisfactorily. @Mark, that video is ace! @the others. You're all very kind I just need the snow to disappear then I've a chance of getting out of our estate! Lex won't replace my tyres until 2mm and they are about 2.5mm with 225 width in snow isnt fun!
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    Dave, you're a star! I failed to bolt my engine stand to the block as the clutch is in the way! Amazon are due to deliver a 12 point star socket tomorrow and then I can get the clutch off! I'll make contact again once I'm confident I can bolt the block to the stand. Ideally some time over the hols would be great! What stage is your car at? Thanks again, Ian
  45. 1 point
    I don't yet.......but was considering it, though it will only get used once and won't be ideal for putting the engine into the chassis as a crane is more maneuverable. Thanks for the prompt offer though.
  46. 1 point
    And how much are those?
  47. 1 point
    Welcome Glyn, when do you get your kit? What spec have you gone for?
  48. 1 point
    Can I buy some of your leftover carbon film off you? I want to copy the heat protector on the body. It looks ace and has got to be better than yellowed bodywork!
  49. 1 point
    Thanks James!
  50. 1 point
    Engine & Gbox found. WFC Can't deliver a kit until Jan though 8-(. It will be one clean and shiny engine by then though!
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