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  1. stephenh

    Superb Westfield XI

    Westfield XI for Sale It is with some reluctance and sadness that I have come to the conclusion that I need to offer this well known car for sale. The car has been on show at the last 2 Westfield speed weekends at Blyton Park, and was on display in the WSCC marque at the 2018 National Kitcar Show at Stoneleigh. This is probably just about the best spec.'d Westfield XI in the Country, and just about every part of the car was either new or professionally reconditioned at the time of its construction. It was first registered in July of 2017, and has covered just 1104 miles since being registered. This is a rare opportunity to purchase an XI which is built to a standard which should enable reliable fun motoring, and is fast enough and with road holding capable of performing well on trackdays. The body is the standard Westfield body kit, with Le Mans driver's head fairing, in Westfield racing green, with crimson carpets, dash, seats and driver's head rest. The bodywork has been professionally machine polished. The dashboard is populated by a matched set of MG Midget instruments, all professionally reconditioned, comprising fuel gauge, combined oil pressure/water temperature gauge, rev. counter, and speedometer fitted (and calibrated) with an MGB dial so that it reads to 120mph, rather than the 100mph of a standard Midget speedo. The car has a factory optional tonneau cover fitted. Suspension incorporates the optional factory anti-rollbar kit, along with softer springs and Protech alloy bodied dampers which have been extended by approx. 20mm. to give better suspension compliance compared to the standard factory setup. Braking is by discs all round, using the optional Hi-Spec brake upgrade, with 4-pot calipers at the front. The engine started life as a 1275cc. Midget A series engine, but was totally rebuilt and upgraded by Peter May of Peter May Engineering so that it has an estimated power output at the flywheel of 110 bhp. from 1330cc., and revs happily to 7,000rpm, although the engine internals are safe to at least 7,500rpm, however the camshaft spec. is such that there is no advantage in performance by exceeding 7.000. Full details of the engine build spec with supporting documentation will be supplied to any serious enquirers, suffice to say that with all ancillaries (new alternator, starter motor, Ford 7.5” rally clutch, Aldon electronic distributor mapped to match the camshaft fitted, new 45 DCOE Weber carburettor and manifold, special shallow sump) the engine build cost was £6,435. The exhaust manifold is the factory supplied fabricated 3 branch manifold, but ceramic coated inside and out. Stainless silencer is a one-off, supplied and fitted by Custom Chrome. The gearbox is a Ford type 9 'box, giving 5 forward gears, fully rebuilt by Steve Perks of SPC, with uprated bottom gear to make it more usable, So this is an SPC Tracsport 'box. The back axle is an Midget axle, fitted with Peter May competition half shafts. The differential was rebuilt by Peter May and the crown wheel and pinion is the higher of the available Midget ratios. These cars are notoriously difficult to value as there are so few changing hands at any one time, so I'm open to offers, but my starting point is £22,000 which represents only about 80% of the cost of building the car to this spec., and standard, and with no allowance for my labour. The purchaser will receive a complete file of invoices for components used in the build, the original factory build manual in clean condition supplemented by a printed and bound copy of my WSCC boardroom build thread, along with a Haynes Sprite/Midget workshop manual and a Moss Europe Sprite/Midget catalogue.
  2. stephenh

    Morris' XI Build

    Araldite will stick a new engine number plate on to the top of the block.
  3. stephenh

    longer stud installation

    I'd have thought so, just 0.1 mm. difference.
  4. stephenh

    allegro upper steering column diameter

    It's 20mm. on my XI column, and I'm 99% sure that is the same as other Westfields.
  5. stephenh

    IVA date 14 of December

  6. stephenh

    GBS German Sausage Time, Sat 8th Dec, Ollerton

    Weren't they cold? Oh, and how on earth do they get those trousers on?
  7. stephenh

    The Lobster (88 SE Rebuild)

    Or have a long walk in your slippers and dressing gown.
  8. stephenh


    Reverting for one moment to the 1.0 3 cylinder ecoboost, I have no experience of that particular engine, but I did recently drive the Toyota equivalent as in the Aygo (also the baby Peugeot and baby Citroen, which are identical, all made in the Toyota factory at Burnaston near Derby) and it was horrible. Sounded and felt really rough, and wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding. I am told on good authority that they (the engines that is) have a tendency to rattle themselves to destruction. I wouldn't have a 3 cylinder four stroke engine if you paid me.
  9. stephenh

    What have I done now..... V6 seiw build

    rather than a Stanley knife, I use a pair of wire cotters, less likely to cut myself.
  10. stephenh

    Do I need a new Turbo Encabulator?

    Just to add, that I'm fairly sure that I fitted one to my XI, but I had to take it off because it wasn't mappable to the A series BMC engine.
  11. stephenh

    Do I need a new Turbo Encabulator?

    This has been posted before I think, but still very funny.
  12. stephenh

    Peak District Ice Cream Run, SUNDAY 16th Dec 1100 Tagg Lane

    Sorry Julie, but both days I have commitments. And I like ice cream.
  13. stephenh

    Midget Gauges

    Well having looked at the later Midget wiring diagrams, even the USA and California versions, I'm none the wiser, as they all seem to show only 2 connections to the sender, namely earth and the live feed to the gauge. I'll have to have a play with my multimeter, although that always make me nervous as I don't pretend to be very clued up when it comes to car electrics. Edited to add: Just spoken to someone at Moss, to order a voltage instrument stabilizer. I also asked about the 3 terminals on the tank sender unit. As I suspected, the 3rd. terminal is for a low level warning light. These weren't normally fitted to Midgets, but the same sender is now used on various cars, for example on an MGB, and they probably did have a warning light. Now I look closely, one of the bare male spades has WL cast into the nylon body of the sender, and the other has I, adjacent to it. I goes to the gauge so is live, and WL would go to a warning light, so in my case I can ignore it. Thought I would post here in case this is of help to others who want to use this sender.
  14. stephenh

    Midget Gauges

    Mine doesn't look anything like yours, Tony. However, I'm thinking that I may (only may, mind you) have answered my own question about the 3 spade type terminals. Possibly the third one is for an optional low level warning light? But if so, which is which? I'll have a look at the later, MkIV, wiring diagram and see if that helps at all.
  15. stephenh

    Midget Gauges

    Well now I'm really confused. I have purchased from Moss the negative earth MkIII Midget fuel sender unit which came today. It has 3 spade type terminals. The middle one looks like it is an earth, as it comes with a short black lead (with a bare tail) attached already to the middle spade.But which of the other 2 terminals do i use? I have a wiring diagram for the later (negative earth) Mk III, but it only shows one lead from the gauge to the sender, and then the sender in turn going to earth. Also just to muddy the waters over what I said earlier in regard to regulators, the wiring diagram shows a "bi-metal instrument voltage stabilizer" in line, between the live feed from the fuse box to the fuel gauge, but on the earlier positive earth wiring diagrams no such stabilizer!

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