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    type 9 and gear lever extension

    I'm just after some views really regarding using the westfield/rally design/mlr 135mm gear lever extension. Does the modification make gear selection stiffer and more awkward to select gears? is gear selection sensitive to positioning of the extension and the lever on the tolerance of the fixing bolt holes? Many thanks Chris
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    I have removed a damaged near side oem ford mk1 fiesta/mk2 escort chrome mirror some months ago. Ever since I have been trying to get a good condition replacement, ebay gumtree etc and have failed. I don't really want to change the upprights, this is a 1995 car and want to keep it original classic look spec if possible. I've tried the plastic pattern ones which loads of people sell and the threaded studs on the two I tried toe in a little so would not fit. Ebay ones from Austraila are far too much money. Hole centres on uprights are 40mm. So, is there a different mirror that will fit the mounting? Or any suggestions very welcome.
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    Help please - few little niggles

    I'm no mechanic, but my last two cars had little use before I got them, which is often the case, and they got better to drive and start the more I used them. Hope you enjoy your new toy.
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    SEW shocks

    I did this job last winter on the rear of my seiw, its well worth doing. I bought my protects direct from the factory with some discount and found them great to deal with. Reading the other threads, it sounds like spax are great as well. The only advice I would give is be careful who you ask to remove the old bushes, because if they stretch the bush collars it's a real problem sorting it out. After a suggestion on here I ended up contacting Siltech who made me some new rear wishbones, the old ones were quite corroded anyway. Siltech are superb to deal with and very knowledgeable. Hope you enjoy the rebuild
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    front wishbones

    Hi all, l'm looking at either refurbing my std front wishbones or changing to wide track. On std track, is there an off the shelf alterative to using jubilee clips as stop locks on the steering rack to stop the cycle wings rubbing on the tub? Jubilee clips fitted under the gaiters seem to split them over time. Has anyone recently bought Rally Design wide track wishbones and if so how did they get on fitting them?
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    I broke it, again.

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    gear lever

    Thanks for all the replies. I ended up with a rally design straight gear lever, cut it down and fitted the westfield 3 x grub screw gear knob.
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    gear lever

    Hi Chris, was your lever straight before you cut it down? I spoke to the lad in westfield parts dept, he said their cranked lever was 18mm diameter and the hole in the gear knob was 20mm, but that seems huge, as the end of my lever has a 10mm thread.
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    gear lever

    The thread on the end of my gear lever is worn making the knob loose. I have an extension on my type 9 to pull the lever back from the dash as many do. Westfield only sell a lever with a crank and its about 6 inches long I'm after a straight lever as per the original at 6 ish inches, everywhere I tried only has a long lever at 11 inches - rallye design, burtons etc I don't really want to buy a new part and then have to take a hack saw to it and get a new thread cut. Any suggestions to where I can try most welcome.
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    Westfield SEIW

    l have been offered a westfield project by a neigbour so I am reluctantly of selling my current car. 1995 wide body fitted 2.0 zetec believed to be a crate engine approx 3k miles ago with 4 x bike carbs. Type 9 gearbox 5 speed. New Siltec rear wishbones, Protec rear shocks, painted drive shafts with new CV boots. Recent polo radiator. The wheels were powder coated in January with new tyres. MOT 05.06.2019 Lots of recent work and history making this a very clean and tidy car. I have the car sales invoice from Westfield when they sold it in August 1996, so possibly a factory produced demo? 9400 Chris 07773000790
  11. Hi John, if you come off the a38 at Ivybridge , I can wait for you there, then we could all rejoin together, what time are you thinking?
  12. John I might be around, do you have a route planned yet? cheers Chris
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    zetec breather problem

    Hi Kernow, many thanks for your photos. Since you messaged me l have looked online and as you say everyone has their dip stick by the exhaust. As you have a block breather and logic would suggest a block breather was a good idea, I have ordered a block breather fitting so I can run it back to the catch tank. Hopefully that will sort things out. I think Martin Rice is your AO, I am not that far from you guys so perhaps will catch up in the summer, cheers Chris
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    zetec breather problem

    Hi , the breather pipe from the rocker goes to a catch tank, but at the moment no other breather. I see you have the same engine as me, would you have any photos of your engine bay pipework? if yours is running ok, then mine should as well if I set up the same, thanks for reply chris
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    zetec breather problem

    I have just got my car on the road and have quickly got an oil leak. The oil appears to be blowing up out of the dip stick and then running down the side of the bellhousing. Behind the manifold there is a blanking plate where I am told a stock breather would normally be. Also to the left of this there is a spigot on the block blanked off with a rubber pipe and a bolt in the end. I am guessing I have too much pressure building up in the block. What's the easiest way to fix? Any help much appreciated Chris

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