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Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

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About Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

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    Learner Driver
  • Birthday 22/03/1958

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    Westfield XI - All Done and On The Road!
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    Oxfordshire

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  1. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    IVA date 14 of December

    Brilliant, well done. I look forward to seeing it on the road in the new year. Simon
  2. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    IVA date 14 of December

    Good Luck, today, Chris.
  3. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Midget Gauges

    Hi, Dave, The Eleven wiring loom allows for the regulator to be fitted - also available from the likes of Moss Europe. Mine has this. Simon
  4. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Midget Gauges

    Hi, Stephen, I just replaced my instruments (and sender) when I built my car as I found the gauges in the Moss Europe catalogue. Nice, shiny new instruments to match the speedo / tachometer which I had refurbished by Caerbont in South Wales. No problems with getting everything to work and they have been reliable since. Simon
  5. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Car Covers

    I had a similar experience to Lyonspride using an expensive car cover on my Sunbeam Lotus. Moisture trapped between the cover and the car led to cracked paint and rusty spots. The Carcoons leave the cars in a bubble of moving air so this problem is negated. Simon
  6. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Car Covers

    Hi, Stephen, Sorry for the tardy reply. I have a couple of outdoor Carcoons and they have done a good job over the last ten years or so. Two computer cooling fans keep air moving over the cars and they always come out fresh. The Carcoon unit also contains a maintaining battery charger so there is never any worries of the car not starting, even after a long period under cover.. UV eventually gets to the covers (after four or five years) but Carcoon will then recover them so they don't just have to be thrown away. I put a soft cover over the cars before putting them away. This protects against any rubbing of the paint - one of my cars suffered buffing marks on the tips of the door mirrors before I took to doing this. Nice to hear that you are continuing to increase the "fleet" - it's not just me! Simon
  7. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Hi I'm MIG bought new car today

    from North Oxfordshire. You're in a great part of the country to enjoy a Westfield. Simon
  8. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    CHALLENGE... Help me to decide my next tow car

    I have a Skoda Octavia MK1 VRS as the family "pool" car. I have fitted a tow bar to it and have towed my Westfield Eleven on a Boro four wheel trailer without issue, as well as using the same car / trailer combination when setting up stage equipment on rallies. 180bhp 20V 1.8 litre Turbo (Golf Mk4 GTi platform) so an enjoyable motor once the rubber cap goes on the tow ball! The Mk2 VRS is also available as a petrol car and a friend of mine raved about his. VAG reliability but, should you need it, ease of parts supply, knowledge and non dealer specialists makes ownership rather straightforward. I know that you said "ideally no turbo" but this will save you fuelling a 3 litre non turbo. I normally get 30-32mpg (without the trailer, of course). It is not a "flickswitch" turbo either, just one that works with the engine to keep the "pull" going. Other than my company car, it is the only front wheel car I have and that has not been an issue as I don't go drifting!
  9. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Morris' XI Build

    Hi, Morris, If you go with a distributor rather than a Megajolt, take some time planning your wiring loom routing in the driver's side of the engine bay as there isn't much room for both. I have a Megajolt and, by a happy accident, as a result, lots of room on that side of the engine. Simon
  10. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Trailer Insurance

    Hagerty insure my trailer as part of my multi car policy that includes the Westfield.
  11. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    Morris' XI Build

    Hi, Morris, With the hired vehicle becoming a terrorist weapon of choice, it is not really surprising that the hire companies are collecting all that information before letting their vehicles out. Good to see progress being made on many fronts. That Midget looks fine - you'll probably be able to sell the bodyshell and leftovers for a reasonable sum. I fitted my bodyshell on to my 6'x4'6" small box trailer and towed it all the way to Barnsley when I sold it. Four of us lifted it off at the other end. I'm very happy with my standard diff (3.92?). This gives good cruising and there is still plenty power for low range acceleration. The standard Type 9 gearbox (which is what mine was) has the bottom four rations exactly the same as a Midget box iwth 4th being 1.0:1. Fifth is then a nice overdrive 0.82:1. I have fitted the taper roller bearings to the front of my Westfield XI. I got the parts from Speedwell Engineering in the States. Though quite expensive, it was a straightforward swap and the control over the hubs/discs manage run out and keep the brake pedal constant. Simon
  12. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    MG Midget or AH Sprite

    But would the MG / Austin Healey Clubs willingly involve themselves in sending one of their rusting "classics" to an early grave breathing life into a Westfield kit? I actually sold on my donor car bodyshell as it was basically solid (as it should have been with the number of repair plates that it had welded into it! I browsed Gumtree at lunchtime and saw two or three likely cars - but at appreciably more than the £740 that I paid four years ago! I bought mine in Glasgow but the price difference was more than enough to cover some diesel in the company car (towing my trailer) and a night out in a B&B) Simon
  13. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    New Member in Somerset (with pictures)

    from North Oxfordshire. An eight hour tour home (including the old Severn Bridge so I'm guessing you enjoyed the Welsh Borders and Forest of Dean also) is an inspired way to settle into Westfield ownership - Well Done! Simon
  14. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    IVA midget gauges

    Hi, Paul, The standard Midget gauges, fitted in the standard Westfield XI dashboard are OK as they are in the zone that is protected by the steering wheel and, as such, are not tested for contact by the sphere. If you wanted to fit dials before IVA outside this zone, you would need the rounded bezel gauges. I would have thought that Westfield would carry out the axle mods if asked, but I am sure they would want paying for the time and materials if this took place before ordering a kit. How much discount there would be would then be a subject for debate. Who knows, one of us may damage an axle or want a spare at some point so we would soon be on the phone to Kingswinford to see if they could do another one for us. Good to hear that another Westfield XI could be on the way. Simon
  15. Simon Marks - North Oxfordshire AO

    New member saying 'Hi'

    from North Oxfordshire. Garage build threads are good - our erstwhile AO's build was very popular! Simon
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