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Mark (smokey mow)

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About Mark (smokey mow)

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    Club Secretary (Retd), & Mazda SDV Guru
  • Birthday 19/03/1977

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    BLiNK powered SEIW Mazda SDV
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    Colchester, Essex

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  1. Mark (smokey mow)

    Door fixing

    The screen edge of the doors should be pre-drilled for the hinges. You'll need to find these holes though as they'll be covered by the vinyl. The best method I found for this was to hold the doors loosely in position against the screen pillars so you could find roughly where the hinges should fit and then using a sewing pin feel for the holes through the vinyl. I dont think the doors are drilled for the straps but as a general rule you want to fit them far engough back that the doors don't flap or try to open but not so far back that you cant reach to fix them shut when seated.
  2. Mark (smokey mow)

    Off side mirror

    They're from the Rover era Metro's rather than Austin so would be Rover 100. you can buy the complete mirror assemblies on ebay new for about £20 so it's not really worth messing around trying to fit replacement glass. alternatively the MGF / TF mirrors will also fit and are visually the same. These give you the option of electric adjustment with some simple wiring.
  3. Mark (smokey mow)

    Westfield (maroon) on autotrader

    The boonet/nose profile appears to be lowline which would make it a narrow. Also there are no square cut-outs in the tub for the rear lights which was a feature of the wide body fixed arch tub so on that basis also I would suggest its a narrow body.
  4. Mark (smokey mow)

    Paint colour

    The labels on Westfield bodywork don't actually tell you the colour of the part. The codes on the label indicate the suppier of the gellcoat and the mould number of the part.
  5. Mark (smokey mow)

    Lifting rear of car by rollbar with engine crane?

    As with David I always lift in this way. I just use a soft strop on the hoist to prevent damage and support it on axle stands once lifted.
  6. Mark (smokey mow)

    Mazda SDV, Build Number 3

    The Japanese are a superstitious lot, you won't need a 13mm spanner on any Mazda bits.
  7. Mark (smokey mow)

    Smokey's JW4 Formula Four Rebuild Thread

    I'm sorry to say I don't know! Early on when I started the first car I've been working with John Danby Racing who have made several of the missing parts for the first car which included the rear suspension bits. Since then I've been making use of their motorsports prowess and contacts to outsource some of the other items they can't do inhouse. In the case of the nickel plating I've been piggybacking off their own orders as they're currently running and preparing several cars in the Masters Historics. The wishbones for the first car I believe were all done by Hockley Enterprises in Southend and these are comparable in quality and finish to those, but John mentioned to me recently that they' were trying somewhere new as the pricing and finish was better, but I've no idea who they are.
  8. Mark (smokey mow)

    New colour from WF.

    No that's how they all are on the Sport Turbo. Visually they are very similar looking to the FW bodywork but subtilely and dimensionally that little bit different.
  9. Mark (smokey mow)

    Smokey's JW4 Formula Four Rebuild Thread

    Two months later and the boxes of tired and rusty parts has returned and now looking a lot more shiny than when I last saw them
  10. Mark (smokey mow)

    Smokey's JW4 Formula Four Rebuild Thread

    When I started looking at car no.2 a couple of months back one of the first jobs was a major stock take to see what parts I had and what might be missing and I was quite relieved to find I had a full set of suspension components. Some of these are original parts whilst others it is clear from the welding are later reproductions but all visually appeared useable although others not cosmetically at their best. i really should have taken some better photos! Having found I'd got a full set these and a few of the smaller parts were sent off to the platers for a good polish and some fresh nickel.
  11. Mark (smokey mow)

    Mazda SDV, Build Number 3

    What dashboard will you be using? The SDV chassis has two taps on the top of the dash hoop which correspond to the holes in the mounting bracket you have on the donor upper column, however if you're not using the moulded SDV dashboard and instead are using one of the flat options then this puts the ignition barrel right behind the dashboard where you wont be able to get the key in. The fix is to cut the top mounting bracket off the upper column and then fit an exhaust U-bolt so you can rotate the column through about 30degrees so the ignition barrel points more downwards.
  12. Mark (smokey mow)

    MX5 Torsen LSD wanted.

    Stuart, if it helps with your search its worth knowing that the diffs for bolt on shafts are exactly the same as those for the push in shafts. The only difference is that those that have bolt on drive shafts also have push in stub shafts that the drive shafts bolt to.
  13. Mark (smokey mow)

    "Normal" headlights on FW front end

    MJS
  14. Mark (smokey mow)

    Mazda SDV, Build Number 3

    That engine looks very familiar
  15. Mark (smokey mow)

    Trip to De-Havilland Aircraft Museum, London Colney

    I've been on the two previous runs to the museum and have to say that both were excellent. Unfortunately for me my weekends are way too busy at the moment to make it this time but I'd strongly reccomend it to anyone else who can make it.
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