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  1. Beaker_Bob

    Zetec starter motor - the bolts...

    Have you tried some penetrating oil? Give each one a good soaking (be careful with overspray and avoid / mask anything you don't want covered) and leave for a while. Then apply some of the suggestions above. I generally use PlusGas, but WD40 would do. Good luck.
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    fibreglass polishing

    After completing some gelcoat repairs and sanding out with progressively finer grits of sandpaper (up to 2000), I used Farecla G3 Regular paste and one of the small soft wool mops on a dremel. Granted they were small areas, but on a slow speed setting and taking it easy, I got a good surface finish. I finished off with Autoglym Super Resin Polish.
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    Is this a Water Temperature Sender wiring for a Blacktop?

    As above. I have a 2.0 Zetec Blacktop. The temp sender in the head (as per your picture) connects via the Westfield loom to my Omex 600 ECU. In the base of the thermostat housing I have a VDO temp sender, which connects to a Dash 2 and provides water temp reading.
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    Yorkshire meeting, summer BBQ, 3rd July.

    Islay passed her MOT, so I should be there. Again, add another burger if possible?!
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    Exhaust Wrap recomendations

    I have one of these if that's helpful: http://www.flir.co.uk/flirone/ios-android/ Happy call round with it at some point....! Bob
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    Exhaust Wrap recomendations

    I looked at wrapping my exhaust manifold due to proximity to the starter motor and some less than ideal starter performance when the engine was hot. However, I was put off after reading this thread originally posted by TableLeg: It doesn't really suggest that it shortens the life of the manifold, however if it makes a mess of the surface of the steel I didn't really want to take that risk. I'm now considering Camcoat (http://www.camcoat.com/main/coatings2.html) or the cheaper option of a rigid heat-shield bolted to the starter motor. Bob
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    Whats yours called and why!

    One of my favourite places and also the location of my favourite whiskey is the western Isles of Scotland and more specifically one very small island famed for its Peaty whiskey. Therefore being a Westy, “Islay” seemed to fit the bill!
  8. Beaker_Bob

    Build Diary - BugMan's Sport 250

    Congratulations....! Now to take it all apart and upgrade everything?! ;)
  9. Beaker_Bob

    Build Diary - BugMan's Sport 250

    Good luck for tomorrow Steve. Hope all goes well and there is another on on the road!
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    Recent snap of your Westfield

    Weekend spent blowing the cobwebs away around the Yorkshire Dales.
  11. Beaker_Bob

    Break down cover

    I went with A-Plan's cover (provided by AXA under a specialist breakdown policy). Includes roadside / recovery / and European trip. Couldn't find anything cheaper with the same benefits. As yet I haven't had to use it, so cant comment on how it actually works! If you PM me your email address I can send you the policy summary. Rob
  12. Beaker_Bob

    Build Diary - BugMan's Sport 250

    Gutted - but these things happen! I can confirm that the ABS ones really don't last (mine are hanging on by the skin of their teeth as you have seen). As an interim measure I have toyed with the idea of patching mine with fibre glass, filling and sanding and then spraying the whole thing black. You could do that if you want to put off some carbon ones for a while, but it might be a lot of work for a temporary measure. That said, Im holing out for a pair of Carbon NV - http://www.carbon-nv.co.uk/products.html Not cheap at £195 a pair but having seen them up close they look great and appear to be significantly more robust than the ABS ones. Bob
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    Doors, again?

    I have used both of these at work (never tried buying direct privately but I'm sure something is possible): Precoated sheet: http://www.peerless-coatings.co.uk/plastics-supply/protective-coating-polycarbonate/ Liquid Coating - Spray/Dip (S500 is most suitable, but does require primer and thermal cure) http://www.exxene.com/core-products/hardcoats/
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    Blacktop Zetec, loosing power under load

    Its been a while, but thought I would update on where I’m at with the issues I was having. After becoming a little disheartened with the issues after spending most of the winter working on the car, I rolled up my sleeves and headed to the garage. I checked a lot of things….. earth’s, fuel system, ignition system, all engine sensors and plugs, engine wiring harness, ECU connections and relays, timing etc etc. Along the way I did find a couple of issues: 1) The fuel roll over vent valve seemed to be sticky, so duly cleaned and refitted. 2) Idle air control valve appeared quite sooty, so duly cleaned and refitted. 3) Dash temp sender seemed faulty, but cleaning it up seemed to improve performance. 4) Some worn wire outer insulation, which has been re-taped. 5) One poor earth (powder coat under the terminal connector) near the master fuse. Since the above, I have done ~150 miles without any repetition of the issues, I also constantly find myself touching wood…..! So, the long and short of it is, no silver bullet, but the issue has been resolved and performance is back to normal – well ish. I still have some issues regarding cold start idle, which is a pain after everything else. Car starts fine, but then idle is very lumpy and light throttle to roll it out of the garage almost causes it to stall. The issue seems to resolve itself after a few minutes of warming up, although idle is still a little lumpy. I now have a cable and the appropriate software so will look at ECU numbers when its running and see what I see. But for now, she’s back on the road and I have managed to enjoy some of the sunshine! Thanks for all the advice along the way. Bob
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    West Yorkshire - Rolling Road

    Many thanks for all the input, looks like chipwizzards is good judging by all the recommendations, i'll get in touch with them....! Cheers Bob

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