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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. 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
  3. 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>
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 17 points
  8. 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.
  9. 16 points
    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!
  10. 15 points
    Panels on the car and ready for its maiden voyage.
  11. 14 points
    It’s just about in! And test fitting bodywork together. Off side seems fine, but near side is definitely needing some fettling.
  12. 14 points
    Well, found myself with a few spare hours unexpectedly this afternoon, so I bled the brakes, and stuck some wheels on... Given that our politicians seemingly can't organise anything, I decided to do my own version of Brexit, Lexit: Then had a little drive So, anti climax of the year right there. With my left foot wedged firmly against the brake pedal, which is all the way to the left, my brain thought it was the clutch After that quick recalibration though, the clutch is brilliant. First pull away (the one in the video) perfectly smooth, subsequent ones the same. Downshifts feel natural, grab the lever while pushing the stick. Auto blip works but a little 'flat' right now at low speed / revs, I think its a combination of the map (feels rich) and the cams (engine is a bit grumpy low down). Only went to 5 clicks out of 9 though. Steering and chassis feels amazing. So much communication. When it had warmed up I sent it wheelspinning all the way down the road, opposite lock both ways, and it just felt so natural. Turning circle is very very good! Ergonomics brilliant, everything about the car just feels 'right'. The noise. The acceleration. Different league! Yours sincerely, Chuffed of chuffedsville
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  15. 14 points
    Collected the car from the factory last Wednesday afternoon - but forgot to take any pictures at the factory (too keen to get driving)!! Managed to take a few over the next couple of days in between the bouts of heavy rain. The rain certainly made for an "interesting" couple of hundred miles trip on Friday from Northants up to Lancaster ready for the ferry crossing on Saturday to IoM. In its new home Saturday night: Final photos from a quick run out to the Laxey wheel this evening.
  16. 13 points
    Today was the day Stick some headphones on to hear the deeper grumble of the exhaust
  17. 13 points
    My DAD! & Dad's Dad was a car enthusiast too. A few years ago Dad's first car was a sporty Jowett convertible. He drives every day and for last 6+ years he's been driving an MX5 mk3 - with 2 speeding tickets and no bumps! Not unusual you think! But he is now in his mid 90's and has just completed a power upgrade..... So proud of him. & so wish to be as sprightly and able to burn up the highways when I reach his age. (and be able to afford to)
  18. 13 points
    Since having my aeroscreen fitted I hadn’t given a full screen any thought untill I was killing time in the garage and found my old pillars and plastic mirrors..They were looking tired and the plastic had faded a bit and in general looked scruffy ,so I thought about giving them a makeover . I picked them up today and they looked like this got them done at a place called Hydrov8 in Peterborough by a great bloke called Chris . Top job . I may even put them on from time to time.
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    Thought I would start a thread for all to join in for ideas that can make life easier come servicing time with our cars. Not everyone has built them, but everyone should service them or learn to service them. So, everyone can join in with ideas to help make it easier for others who might feel a bit stumped on how to do things and with what tools. So, I start this thread with the five quid oil pump for filling gearboxes and diffs and ( unless you have a type nine without a drain plug) be done in 15 minutes and thats diff and gearbox. Here is a five quid ketchup pump from ebay. Its threaded the same as the oil pots you get gearbox and diff oil. I have fitted a small see through flexible hose on it and a piece of copper 1/4 inch od fridge pipe, although any small bore pipe will do. The pipe is hooked, so will let it sit in the fill hole. This is my version, but you can obviously adjust to suit. You cut the fill pipe to the length it just sits on the bottom of the oil pot. It pumps about 50 ml or so each pump and doesnt feel like it took more than a minute to empty the pot. S2000 gearboxes are 1.5 ish litres , so you knew the whole first tub would go in. Second one you were able to watch the level on the tub side going down. Also, with using a funnel and tube in the 'old days' by the time you knew it was pouring out the gearbox, you still had half a funnel and pipe full of oil aiming to hit the floor and make a stinking mess. Not with this. I lost about 5ml before I plugged the hole. I suppose with those without drain plugs, you could invert the pump, so attach a pipe on the end that goes into the tub of oil and slide that into the fill hole and pump away and measure what you get out relative to the gearbox or diff capacity. Its strong enough to move ketchup , so GL5 is not an issue. Joy is that the heavy resin plastic finish is all strippable , so can be cleaned of contaminated oil before you fill with fresh. I genuinely managed to drain and refill the engine and box in under 20 minutes and made no mess at all. Just wish GL5 didnt stink so bad !!
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    I bought an 8-channel Freewheel setup from @Kit Car Electronics earlier this year - for the last few weekends I've been tinkering with ideas for the steering wheel. My quest for neatness meant that I wanted everything to be neat, so I was looking at doing all sorts of things with the wiring behind the button panel. Because I have a small-ish steering wheel, I also wanted to hide the transmitter box as well as possible. Then I hit on an idea (I'm sure its not unique, but I couldn't find anything when I searched) Normal facing panel cut out and buttons trial-installed Test fit onto the steering wheel, with screw mountings for a back-plate and a mounting pad for the transmitter. Note the revised fixing for the lower bolt so that the transmitter could be placed nearer the centre of the wheel Back-plate roughed out with "plinth" made from aluminium strip - the cut-out is to go round the steering wheel extension boss Plinth Araldited to the back-plate - (just as well my neatness drive doesn't extend to the bits I can't see...) switches installed into the front panel and wiring soldered on I also covered the aluminium with some fake carbon vinyl, then mounted the back-plate The customisation involved changing the orientation and wiring exit point of the small project box that Mike supplies with the kit - I needed the wiring to exit the box at the other end and much lower down so that it stayed behind the back-plate. I also didn't want the transmitter LED hidden behind the steering wheel boss. Job done It's not quite perfect - if I did another one, I'd certainly be able to make it a lot neater, as a lot of this was trial and error. Still, I'm fairly happy with this first effort.
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    I purchased my 1990 Westfield last February as a (barely) running project with MOT. After a year long almost nut and bolt restoration (www.10-42.com/westfield) , which included a new stage 3 Crossflow engine, Type 9 gearbox, 3.54:1 CWP, drive shafts, coolant system, ignition system, alternator, starter, carburettor, water pump, battery, complete braking system, wheels, tyres, lights, instruments, carpets, repaint etc, it has passed it's MOT with no advisories! The reason for the post is that Manor Garage in Brundall, Norfolk were truly excellent and very Westfield friendly; being able to MOT the car on a Saturday was a real bonus. I also meant to say they also understood the "Q" plate testing parameters very well.
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    I'm not sure that this is what Mum expected when she asked me to drive her to the supermarket... Fortunately she didn't buy much!
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    After my engine woes I thought I’d get this new to me engine in for mapping at BHPerformance. Glad I did, running lean at low & mid range revs & had a bit of detonation at around 4000 rpm which was possible the cause of my spark plug disintegrating. The noise was unbelievable at full chat & after 4 an half hours & a tank full of fuel I was glad to get out of there. We we did have a small issue with it cutting out a couple of times & wouldn’t start, found out there wasn’t any power going to the injector relay & eventually found a plug had come loose by the main fuse. The final power run prejudiced a respectable 252bhp. The power delivery is a lot smoother & it’s a lot more responsive going on throttle, it had a slight hesitation before which I hadn’t thought anything of before.
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    I recently put up a post 'Duratec Overheating' Had great response from persons within the club to help resolve the situation. Many posts were put up including detailed pictures to make it easier for people like me !! Without this I'm sure a costly visit to the local garage would of been had. Instead I learnt a lot more about my car and resolved the issue. The cost of membership seems very small when expert advice is freely available Once again, many thanks. Regards Richard
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    I was in the process of looking for a replacement to the Westfield logo that was on the back of Buttercup. At the same time, @IanK (Bagpuss) was producing silhouettes of members cars so my search was about to come to fruition. I contacted Ian and he was happy to help and so various designs went between us so that I achieved the look I was looking for. I would like to thank Ian for all the help and time he gave for this little project to happen. Here is a picture of the logo on Buttercup and I hope you like it as much as I do. You will notice the Buttercup in the grill. It was a brilliant idea by Ian but thanks also go to @Gary Taylor - Scotland AO for the suggestion to have the flowers yellow.
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    On the way to Stoneleigh yesterday! Binding front left caliper. Auto Aid wanted to send us back to Glasgow. B&B where we are staying said that one of their guests was going to the show and had a car full of tools and was happy to help, so Auto Aid transported us there. Working by cellphone torchlight we got it sorted - the Westie will go to the ball (and hopefully get back to Glasgow for a brake strip down)!
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    Very heavy tail wind down into Turn 1 Furthest the new speed series t shirt has traveled I expect
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    The wait is over, hope you like them @garytipping
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    Here’s a clip of our westy on a photo shoot up at Inverness, enjoy
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    Evening all, Just came across this video and wanted to share. It's a brilliant overview of all the sorts of adjustments we have on our cars, how to use them, when to use them, and what does what. The guy is mainly into rallying but he discusses track use too and all the info crosses over. Enjoy! Adam
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    Just squeezed 3 Westfield’s on the Reedham Ferry on the Norfolk Broads.
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    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
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    And now pictures...
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    Good news, it works! It ran really well considering I hadn’t set the ITB’s up. Bodywork & test drive tomorrow, See you all at Stoneleigh if all goes to plan
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    So, Blyton. As I said on Saturday, a bit of a mixed day. The forecase was horrendous, and this side of the Pennines it was torrential rain for most of the drive. After that it cleared up though, and seemingly hadn't rained at all at the circuit, it was bone dry! Sighting laps started dry, car behaving nicely, all temps and pressures good. Morning was on the Eastern layout, which had just been host to a rallycross round so there was dirt all over the infield part of the track. Once that had been rained on pretty heavoly throughout the first session, the track was VERY slippery. Had a really good first run, just using 7-8-9k revs and barely breathing on the throttle, getting a feel for the car. It is VERY direct at the front end, stiff chassis, stiff suspension, quick steering. Gear change is lovely, you can just hold your hand / arm in position and use two or three fingers to shift up. Downshifts I eventually found it best to grab and hold the clutch in, shift as many times as necessary and let the auto blip do the rest of the work. Set to 6 clicks out of 9 it works beautifully - in fact you can kind of 'play' with the revs using the shifter, a quick nudge forward gives less blip, hold it a bit longer and the revs rise further. Getting this right was very satisfying and kind of necessary - I'm not sure if the slipper clutch has been taken off this engine or not (it has one as standard), but downshifts were pretty harsh and snatchy without the blip. Here's a video from the second session, when it had almost dried up again, trying to start pressing on and - well - making an A*** of it! I know how BECs normally feel and how much time there is between shifts, but this thing just seems to absolutely rip through the gears on the way up, bonkers. Note that this is on brand new, 8mm tread, ballon-like 185 section Uniroyal Rainexpert tyres, and there's still a ludicrous amount of grip Subsequent sessions were drying with little showers in between, which didn't give much chance to learn the car as I had enough on my plate trying to keep on top of the conditions! Then I noticed a misfire as I started to press on a bit. It only happened after a few laps so that pointed to something electrical, as resistance changes as things heat up. A quick call and some help from @maurici confirmed my thoughts - ignition coils - so I swapped these out while getting chatted at by an annoying man, made a tweak to the front ARB, and went out to try again. Same problem. b*******. Head scratching. Checked the logs and what the map was doing. Hard to tell whether TPS was dropping out randomly, or the dips were where I was upshifting - but again after some chatting with Maurici we decided it wasn't the TPS, as that usually fails gradually and would never return to working properly. I did however notice the auto-tune system was suggesting I pull a LOT of fuel out at low throttle percentages, so wondered if the plugs might have become momentarily fouled / flooded, causing the misfire. A quick change to the map and I tried again. Seemed better, but still the same problem once it had got hot. With hindsight I doubt it was the map, though the bonnet appears play havoc with air going into the intake, so will keep an eye on this. A quick check over of the 'vital signs' revealed no oil used all morning, less than 1/4 of a tank of fuel, brakes still barely bedded in, no leaks of any sort anywhere. Happy days. After lunch saw time for more sighting laps as we changed to the outer layout for the afternoon. Car again perfect on sighting laps, I wasn't exactly hopeful but more wishing it had magically cured itself by now! Not so. Still misfiring once hot but at least I could do a lap or two before that happened. The problem was I didn't really know the car at all still, cruising round with low throttle and low revs it was still faster than anything else on the track, but as soon as I tried to press on I basically **** myself. There had been such low grip all morning that I wasn't carrying any speed through the corners, had no confidence on the brakes, and getting into the power on the straights it was just lighting up the wheels. If I did manage to get it hooked up, I'd be coming into the braking zones with the car still pulling so hard everything got a bit hectic and I'd make a mistake (such as what happens in the video above!). I was pretty disappointed at this moment, telling myself I'd wasted 8 months building a pointless car that was almost undriveable, it just felt too fast. I know that's a daft thing to say, but I have driven some quick stuff in the past (including some very fast speed series cars) and never felt totally out of my depth like this. A little dejected, I had to think pretty hard about what to do. Was it handling? Was it me? Was it the changing conditions? Was it the misfire? The track now had a dry line so I decided it was time to put the slicks on, hopefully these would give me a bit more confidence to press on. Fitting the final wheel nut, the heavens opened. Track totally soaked again I applied the Maurici Mantra (fack it) and decided to go out anyway. In the first corner I was reminded quite starkly that the rear tyres had become completely shiny from the dyno. It was like driving on ice. Normally I find slicks in the wet brilliant, as long as there's no standing water, but this was... almost impossible. Still, I decided it was good 'training' and it proved the car was very driveable in low grip conditions, sliding everywhere and a few brown trouser moments where it would completely light up the rear tyres in a straight line using 3rd, 4th & 5th gear even with less than 50% throttle. Hard work! The next session started drying and I got into the car a bit more. Checking the data afterwards reveals stupid acceleration levels, even with the random misfiring and only using about 11k revs, but this was fairly short-lived as I didn't want to hurt the engine. By this point I'd also noticed the rpm reading on the dash dropping right down, much lower than the actual engine speed / road speed, so decided it was some sort of engine sensor, obviously the one that sends the tacho signal. Due to this the ECU would be sending timing and fuelling from completely the wrong part of the map, so didn't want to risk hurting the engine, and it was time to bring her home for an early bath. Negatives from the day... I didn't really feel like I gelled with the car, the bl**** cam sensor spoiled things somewhat! Positives from the day... It didn't 'properly' break, it's definitely fast, and literally every little thing I built on the car worked perfectly. I think I have to take heart from this, people have been telling me this is rare and shows a good level of detail and understanding in the build, so I'll take that. A quick run-down through the car from front to back... Front end aero tweaks: Hard to say how well these work as I never got 'into' the car at any of the high speed sections, but it certainly wasn't worse than standard! Nose cone ducting / cooling: Seems to work brilliantly. Water temps were 78 degrees on the steady laps, 79 degrees once or twice flickering to 80 while trying to press on, seemingly with no thermal 'inertia' as the temps stayed at the same point once coming into the paddock. For this I have to add huge thanks to Maurici for his hard work and consultancy with the layout and parts for the cooling system! Thank you! Oil temps - again rock solid, 77 on steady laps and up to 84 when pressing on. Pressure seems to drop fairly significantly when hot and I saw a rather scary 7psi on the gauge at idle, but I am told that is pretty normal - good pressure in the 60s on track though. 'Those' front wings: Well, they don't flap around at high speed, so surely that has to indicate there is less force tugging on them (whether up or down) which means less drag, and they are still attached. That'll do! Front suspension / steering / handling: It's very very direct and responsive. Little steering input needed, which felt weird at first and I could feel myself tugging at the wheel while shifting, but once I got used to it then it was a bit of a dream, especially for correcting slides (which I had a lot of practice at!). Car drives perfectly straight on and off throttle, and on the brakes, great feedback from the tyres. The improved Ackerman is really, really noticeable, the car seems to roll through corners rather than scrubbing. Brakes: I didn't really lean on them properly all day, but it's safe to say they stop the car, don't fade and feel good at the pedal. Bias is pretty much exactly where I thought it would end up - with the adjuster set slightly rearwards. Clutch: Brilliant. I would never consider a foot clutch in a BEC again. Pulling off the line is very easy as you have so much more feel in the hand, obviuously not needed for up shifts and on downshifts it feels natural. One of the biggest bonuses is being able to keep your feet in position, the reduced faffing about thinking about where to put them releases extra brain power for other things! Even driving around the paddock it became normal too, after being a bit weird at first. I nearly span a couple of times but already have trained myself to head for the clutch when things go tits up. Engine: What a bl**** monstrous thing. Loads of torque when you want to 'pootle', loads of power when you give it some, amazing noise, sublime gearbox. Driving position: As expected, absolutely spot on. With the quick steering I can keep my elbows inside the cockpit too, so I'll sort out some side doors I reckon. Windscreen works perfectly, no buffeting at all. Shifter positioned brilliantly, pedals spot on, dash all visible as intended, visibility out the front is good - I did 'forget' to look past the airbox once or twice and get a little confused by it, but with proper vision it's not an issue at all. Rear end: The rose jointed panhard rod is noticeable, with far less 'shimmy' than on previous cars with a rubber bushed one. Diff works exactly as I remember, lovely smooth transitions. No weird noises anywhere. General: Other than a slight altercation with a cone which saw a screw ripped through the rear tub, no spanners were required all day, which I'm still finding a bit miraculous really. I think if the day is considered as a shakedown, then it was a resounding success! Just a little bit of work to recalibrate the organic interface (me), and a few setup tweaks, a new cam sensor, and then try again. On that note - also a huge thanks to @TomS, to whom I sent a message to as I was leaving Blyton, asking if I could possibly borrow the cam sensor fom his dead engine (I pretty much drive past him on the way home). 3 hours later I'm doing my best to get my van and trailer stuck on his drive and clatter into his plant pots, coming away after a nice chat and with a sensor in my pocket. Amazing benefits of the club and the great people within it - thanks again dude. I have more videos than the above, mostly me sliding about, but this computer's editing software is cack so I'll tackle them another time. Moving forward... Yesterday saw a few changes to setup - I'd been advised that my spring selction was probably a bit on the soft side of optimum. I had it in my mind that this car was designed to be as fast as possible, so toyed with increasing rates and seeing how I got on. However, in the past I've always gone soft and enjoyed the car. Even if it wasn't optimal, it yielded good results and was easy to drive. I always say that the car and driver package is the important thing - eg. you can have a stupidly fast car, but if the driver can't get the performance out of it then this is pointless - so opted to go the 'wrong' way on setup. I also feel now that it was too oversteer biased. This is great fun, and works in a car with less power:weight, but constantly having to nanny the thing and never really getting it opened up meant I just couldn't enjoy it. With all that considered, my afternoon's work saw some slightly softer rear springs fitted, rear ride height dropped by a few mil, slight tweak to front toe, a good chunk of camber taken off the front, damping amounts reduced, and corner weights set (I knew it would be close enough already, and would be changing springs, so no point doing it properly for Blyton). This is with 73kg in the driver's seat, 13kg of fuel, and a passenger harness (couple of kg): I have some track time at Three Sisters tomorrow so let's see how it goes there!
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    Ol' Meatypants on it with the puns lately, keep em coming Anyway, Tuesday. Quite a mission in the end. Arrived on time, but only just thanks to a stranded lorry only a few hundred metres from EFI Parts - air brakes stuck on. When I arrived there was a rough-sounding Renault 5 Turbo on the dyno, which had been having issues all day. Eventually I got my car on the rollers an hour and a half late, after having dropped the rear door / ramp of my trailer directly onto my right big toe. The blood in the photo above is only a very small portion of what eventually ended up all over the car park So, a good start... I already knew the car started and ran well, so it was time to show Chris around the Woolich software and the auto tune functions. Except he didn't trust the auto tune, so we ended up doing the map iteratively, with a reflash of the ECU between each change. This works great for a standalone ECU, but when each flash of the Honda ECU takes about 8 minutes... well... you get the idea, hence only finishing at 9:30pm. The Woolich system also, annoyingly, wants to keep the fuel pump running while writing, so I had to disconnect each time. And with the power on and water temp about 70 degrees, the water pump was running also, so I was disconnecting that too I forgot to reconnect it at one point, so during a full throttle run saw about 110 degree water temp, up from 70 within a couple of seconds, which left coolant all over the floor. However - it proves the water pump and cooling system works (car stayed perfectly at temp the rest of the time), also showed the lemon juice bottle works exactly as intended. After the spillage issue, the system sucked the 'tank' dry once it cooled down and so re-filled the system. No significant softening of the bottle either. Happy days. At this point the car started wildly rev blipping while going into 1st, and gear change was becoming troublesome. Hmm. Chris - used to meaty sequential boxes in his 900bhp drag car - had been giving the shift lever so much beans it had bent one of my shift linkages! Luckily it was steel so could bend it back, but the damage was done. Luckily I managed to come up with a way to hold it in position while he went up through the gears, but with this leaving my hand only an inch or two from the prop, I was glad to be able to retreat from the car before it started getting too lairy. I'd been checking header temps with an IR gun and they looked good - 20 degrees or so hotter at the middle two, which is to be expected as they have a bit less chance to cool than pots 1 and 4, so leaving the standard Honda fuel balancing seems to work. So, power. I'd written the ignition map myself a few months back, using the Honda OE as the base, but then following conversations with Andy Bates and looking at some Woolich maps, decided to change it and add more advance at the top end, getting to around 36 degrees at full chat (Andy reckons he uses 40!). We went through the low rpm regions of the map, around 2600 to 5000, using the auto tune and it pulled out some sensible data. Applying changes made the right sort of corrections. It was clear there was a problem though - my heart sank when Chris suggested the clutch may be slipping... Luckily we identified it as wheel slip, phew! A note - don't take track tyres or slicks to a dyno if you have road tyres, sounds daft but the road tyres grip the rollers much better Once we'd adjusted the straps to pull down more vertically, taken some air out of the tyres, and added @maurici to the rear of the chassis, it seemed happier and stopped slipping (huge thanks to you mate for coming along to hold my hand, I was pretty nervous about the whole thing!). Now it was time to do some sweep tests at higher throttle openings. Chris was a little skeptical of the ignition timing but he had connected up a knock sensor just in case. The first pull saw the car jump out of the rollers momentarily, which was bl**** scary, and 225bhp on the screen! He explained this was because of the wheel slip and the jump, but still I was feeling hopeful... Once the fuelling was closer (I had added a bit up top to ensure it was safe - was running in the 11:1 AFR region first pull) and we'd added more downward pressure to the back of the car, it was time for a proper pull or two. 211bhp / 92ftlbs was a consistent figure, with it still making power right up to 13300rpm There was still a touch of wheel slip, so even with the limiter set at 13500 the graph finishes at 13200. We had a few more runs retarding the timing each time to see if it would affect power - it didn't until we'd taken 6 degrees out, meaning we could leave it at 5 degrees less than at the start of the session, putting less strain on the engine and massively reducing the possibility of detonation. More runs at 80, 60, 40% throttle were done and the fuel and ignition tables smoothed between these sites. Final numbers - 210bhp and 92ftlbs (175bhp at the wheels). bl**** chuffed with that to be honest, given a few things. The home-bodged airbox - I was a little worried this might have cocked things up, but it seems not. The home made exhaust, again a huge potential to make a mess of this, but it seems to work great! The last 'Blade Chris did made 185bhp, and his dyno regularly under-reads compared with other places. He also suggested there may have been a few losses due to having to strap the car down so much. I think the biggest improvement will be in the partial throttle stuff though, the shapes of the ignition and fuel tables is vastly improved compared with the OE map. Injector balance (how much of the work the top and bottom injectors are doing) - before: Injector balance - after. Note the smoother transitions which will give less jerking as they come in and out, and top injectors doing a lot more work at full chat now. I believe this accounts for a good chunk of the extra power over OE, especially in the partial throttle regions. It made 120bhp at 40% throttle!! Fuel tables - the OE map is pretty smooth in this respect, has a weird spike at very low revs though, and a 'shelf' around 5000rpm which I am guessing is where the exhaust flap opens. After. Note how much more fuel keeps going in towards full revs, especially in the 100% TPS column. Moooorreee pooowweerrr And ignition - this is where the real driveability changes have been made. Honda do have to cope with loads of emissions, noise, fuel consumption etc regs though, which explains a lot of the choppiness and weird areas, such as that hugely advanced 'plateau' at around 20% TPS and 6000rpm. After - much smoother now! I think it's really important to see this sort of stuff, because so many mappers only do the full throttle column! This often leaves you with a complete dog at partial throttle, where you spend a heck of a lot of time, even on a track car. The dyno plot is produced from only a fraction of the total map (the blue section highlighted here): Haven't got the final dyno plots on me now, but will add them later. And to finish... 13500rpm of glorious noise! Hopefully will get onto sorting the shift linkage today, plus going over the car to check for leaks, other loose things etc, then maybe make a start on bodywork ready for Blyton Park on 27th April
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    Buttercup earlier today.
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    Final picture for the day before I zipped the car back in its Carcoon .
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    Spent a bit of time today getting a welding area set up, which made things a lot easier! Being able to sit down and having a metal-topped bench (removing the requirement to clamp directly onto the work piece) was a revelation. Did some test welds on 32 x 1.6mm mild steel tube, not exactly the same as the 42 x 1.5mm stainless I'll be using for the manifold but at least with it being a smaller diameter it was trickier to follow the profile. I was careful to prep the joints properly, especially the fit up, using a belt sander clamped in the vice to sand the faces flat. Using the pulse function and no filler gave some pretty decent results. I'll do the same tests again when I have some stainless in the right dimensions, but happy this will do the job. The stops and starts aren't great at the moment, need more light on the table and to rotate the torch more to keep it closer to vertical at the end of each weld. When chopped up it's pretty obvious where the stops and starts are! Penetration is more than adequate for a manifold though I think, mainly needs to be gas tight as there won't be that much mechanical load. Squashed the test pieces flat ready for bending. Bent at 90 degrees in the vice with a hammer, from left to right: weld on inside of bend, weld on outside, weld perpendicular. First one pulled apart a bit as shown but the weld was intact. The other two held up perfectly. Will do the same tests on some stainless tube when I have it! The chassis only had one harness mount each side, perhaps from having an inertia reel belt, so new ones needed fitting. I don't like them being plonked on the back of the chassis tube so drilled and sunk them in. Noticed my MIG welding has magically improved since learning to TIG, I've become much more aware and considerate of the weld pool and how it moves. Also tweaked the front ARB mountings, they were previously attached to the shock mount. I wanted longer drop links (still to make) to allow better articulation, also put the bottom rod end in the middle of the adjustment range. The mounts are also a bit less cantilever-y now so that will reduce compliance. I'd prefer the rod ends to be in double shear but I'm sure this will do the job just fine. Still got the other side to do yet, likely to be end of next week now as a busy few days coming up.
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    We met in Ashbourne, Trevor, Martyn and Sue, Scott, Dave, Ian and Lee in the Alfa We had donuts, as warm up for doing them later . Trevor had been up since daft o'clock making them from scratch and take it from me they were still warm and scrumptious, thank you Trevor. The kids came to photograph us and they were offered donuts too Bagpuss joined in to the Christmas fun Bagpuss' dad kindly fetched a car-less Dave with him. This will confuse you, a very young Trevor came. Moral of this story is don't put photos on facebook that you don't want Glen to grab and play with. We all took refreshment in the M&S cafe, enjoying looking at the stress on the faces of the shoppers as we relaxed. Soon time to depart, Scott was ready Trevors passenger gave me thumbs up to go We left the retail park in Ashbourne Waved at the shoppers as we went through the town and hit the open road There would have been more photos on the move as it got really nice when we were on the tops but Glen dropped the camera into the footwell. I am glad it didn't rain anyway up there, huh, did it hurt your nose when it hit too? Trevor and Snowy were at the back, with Lee following and taking photos, as we arrived at The Travellers Rest. Come on then Lee, let's have a photo of your nice Alfa, since you were kind enough to join us and bring your excellent photography skills. It rained all the way up until we got inside the pub and then the sun had the audacity to come out. Moral of this story is don't go up on the high ground when the forecast is dry. The Travellers Rest Good job they had a drying room, ooh it was lovely and our table was right next to the fire Glen and Martyn had some warm up juice And we all enjoyed our lunch. The chef and bar staff came out to take our photo, they loved it. I had a really good close up look at the traffic lights after we went for fuel It was raining again here, so bored with waiting Glen took a selfie. Arriving at the Santa train in one piece, just, we took up our usual parking spot in front of the steam engine Martyn and Sue photographing you, photographing me And Dave was enjoying his long hair rather too much, have you still got it on now? you settled into it like a 50 year old in a granny frock The kids loved the cars and the Santas, and especially the choccies that Glen was dishing out to them. I was still raiding Trevor for more donuts A great big thank you has to go today to everyone's family, we changed the day at the last minute due to the weather and it cocked up a lot of peoples plans. You have put your car and club first at a busy time of year and it is really appreciated. I hope it was worth it and you have all enjoyed the route and atmosphere as much as we have. If you need to escape next weekend we are having lunch in Bakewell, tin tops are welcome, German sausages are on the menu, gluten free is catered for. Have a great Christmas everyone
  44. 11 points
    Here is my favorite picture at the moment, from the "Fleur De Lys Classic Vehicle Society" 6th July 2018 which was my first ever show as the car had been on the road about 4 days
  45. 11 points
    Another new member joins the club (and boosts the Somerset contingent ) I’ve been on the forum for a couple of months, firstly as a voyeur and recently as a full member. I found my car on here, which I collected on Saturday (more below) Firstly though I have to say that my initial findings of the club are a revelation from my former kit car ownership experiences. There is a wealth of information; the website/forum is easy to use and clearly has been well invested in and maintained; the club magazine is as good as a shop bought publication; and the help of other members/committee has already proved invaluable. I hope to be able to contribute in my own small way; and so to start (as I know you all like them) some pictures from my first journey, the trip back from Shropshire – we took the scenic route over eight hours! Loving the car and hope to meet up with some of you soon. Dave
  46. 11 points
  47. 10 points
    Had to make a call to DVLA today as it’s been three weeks and the lady told me the application has been approved and will get the documentation in the next few days. Just in time for Silverstone.
  48. 10 points
    Well first things first Martyn Vann is my hero😎 superman ,captain America ,batman are way down the list. Today we had a trip to Omex to see Guy who ran the ecu through diagnostics and low and behold Mr Martyn Vann was spot on, the injector driver was ****ed , Guy is also high on my superheroes list as he repaired it while we waited and it was done free of charge. Thank you all for your support in my time of need, you should see me at stoneleigh ! look for a guy with flecks of grey hair and bags under his eyes, I’m off to the garage now to start putting her back together cheers Andy and Becky
  49. 10 points
    Hope this counts. This is a picture of my engine following the work I had done on Buttercup by @Luke Algar frpm PlaysKool.
  50. 10 points
    I took my Westfield for MOT on Friday, the tester who always does it said "not using it much are you". It was then he pointed out it was last tested in 2015, so last drive was a trackday in the August of that year. In my defence I lost both my parents one after the other and then my Father in Law in January of this year, all were ill for a long time, so it was not top of my list. So today went out in it for a run out and after first 10 or so miles I was thinking how hard it was, how windy how every bump felt like hitting a kerb and then... the road opened and I suddenly remembered why I love these so much. Ice cream stop with obligatory question from people, although one woman asked if it was a "TT" then coffee stop. A great day. Trackday booked for the 18th, happy days
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