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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)

    Megapin rebuild

    I spotted on uphill racers that you'd bought this Rob and I'm looking forward to following the progress. are you planning to convert it back to four wheel drive or will you leave it as is?
  2. Mark (smokey mow)

    Spring Rate?

    The code is the Westfield Part Number for a front spring on a crossflow engined car.
  3. Mark (smokey mow)

    automatic gearbox

    The autobox is a bit more chunky than the manual in tbe mid section between the bellhouse and the PPF frame mount but I'd be suprised if it wouldn't fit as the SDV transmission tunnel is quite wide at that point. given how easy it is to swap from an auto box to manual in an MX5 it should be equally as easy to swap back again in a Westfield.
  4. Mark (smokey mow)

    Julie's Battle of the Odo's 2018

    Well done all i can't believe how close I was in the end, only 5357 miles short of being the winner for this year.
  5. Mark (smokey mow)

    New MD for Westfield

    Well done and congratulations @Simon Westwood - Westfield Sportscars Ltd Good luck in the new role
  6. Mark (smokey mow)

    Question for builders

    Buy on price and availability. Celotex GA4000, Kinspan TP10 and Ecotherm Eco-versal all have a thermal conductivity of 0.022 so for a given thickness there's no difference between them in thermal performance
  7. Mark (smokey mow)

    Handed headlights

    Both headlights should be indential, so no they are not handed in that sence. headlamps on UK cars are however handed so they dip to the left, whereas on the continent they would dip to the right.
  8. Mark (smokey mow)

    Choosing a sheet metal folder

    I did have the same machine Mart folder as Dave posted a link to. It worked fine over the width on 1.2mm 1050 aluminium but wouldn't do a decent bend in the same thickness of 6000 series aluminium. The edges of the sheet closet to the hinge would be ok but it's in the centre where they struggled the most as there's not enough steel in them to stop the tool from bending.
  9. Mark (smokey mow)

    Julie's Battle of the Odo's 2018

    Humm.... I don't think I'm really in with a chance given my current milage. 329 miles in the last 4 years....... 88 of which would have been driven taking it to the MoT station and back I need to get out of the garage more
  10. Mark (smokey mow)

    Choosing a sheet metal folder

    2mm thick over that width would be beyond the capability of most "hobby" folders and brakes (machine mart etc). Do you need to do it as a single 500mm bend or can you split it into two or 3 tabs that are no more than 200mm long? for most of my bending I design the part so as to have tabs rather than long bends and then use one of these. Http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/263707057848 for the very rare occasion I need to do anything longer then I take it to my locally engineering firm who normally only charge a couple of ££.
  11. Mark (smokey mow)

    Winter upgrades

    Even in a Mazda SDV chassis it's pretty tight to the ppf casting as there's a vertical tube in the tunnel which falls right in the wrong place. If you happen to have the engine and box only a few mm further back than standard there's a very good chance of interference when the engine and box rock on their mounts.
  12. Mark (smokey mow)

    Smokey's JW4 Formula Four Rebuild Thread

    Thanks Nic, I'm suprised myself how quick its going together but it's much easier having another car to copy this time expect the rate of build to slow up soon though as my bank account wont be able to sustain this rate of parts buying for long
  13. Mark (smokey mow)

    Question for builders

    Yes I read that as 100mm Celotex cut between rafters and then a further 25mm over the inside face with 12.5mm plasterboard and skim below that. Although you'd actually need closer to 40mm on the underside to get to the required U-value of 0.18W/m2K. Like this: For a vapour barrier all the joints in the insulation would need to be taped with foil tape or alternatively tou could use a foil backed plasterboard.
  14. Mark (smokey mow)

    Smokey's JW4 Formula Four Rebuild Thread

    I'm also reaching that, stage of the build where I need to start thinking about bodywork. I've got a spare complete set of mk2 panels which I've been hoping to use. They're a miss match of parts as the undertray is red, the upper body green and the engine cover white so they'd need to be painted. I dragged the, all out of garage loft where they've been stored for the past 3 years so I could have a closer look at them but I'm not convinced they're useable without a significant amount of work. The lower body has been used to take a mould and has a lot of additional parts crudely grafted onto it to to extend flanges and cover holes. The upper body likewise shows signs of a heavy impact on the nose, its subsequently been filled and sanded, there's a couple of cracks and a few holes to fill. The best part was the engine cover which is complete other than being cut in the wrong place for me to fit around a roll bar. As I surveyed the parts the magnitude of the task to get the bodywork right dawned on me, they'd be a lot of hours of prep work and then the cost of someone to paint it to end up with a body which might still not be perfect. As I'm fortunate to have a set of body moulds the decision has been made to commission a brand new body for the car as the actual cost of a complete new body works out to be about the same as painting the old body. the moulds have been dragged out and ready to be trailered to the laminators of Friday. While looking at the bodywork I thought I'd see how much cutting and shaping would be needed to fit around the extra chassis tubes that the Carburol Special has. With the assistance of the angle grinder (it didn't have to look pretty) I cut into the spare cockpit section I had to try it for fit. I think I'm going to have to loose the seat back section due to the forward stays on the roll bar but the biggest hurdle is the dash hoop, this I fear will need some creative thinking with the wind screen. It might not actually be quite so bad as the photo but its difficult to position it exactly until I've got the lower body on.
  15. Mark (smokey mow)

    Smokey's JW4 Formula Four Rebuild Thread

    The shocks also arrived from Protech yesterday. I'm yet to finalise spring rates for this car as on the first JW4 i had to get a set custom made as they originally came fitted with 85lbs at the front and 105lbs for the rear. This car has a heavier chassis and also a heavier larger capacity engine so I'm hoping I might be able to use standard off the shelf springs mut I need to sit down one evening and calculate the motion ratios so I can compare to the first car.
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