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  1. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    I did pretty well with my donor as it is bored out to 1293 cc, has a lightened flywheel, enlarged inlet ports and the equivalent of a 286 Kent profile cam. I don’t know how much power it will push out, but I shall be stripping the engine anyway to replace seals etc. and to have the head converted to run on unleaded. In addition the car has an oil cooler and Minilite replica wheels. I have ordered the 5-speed gearbox (and adaptor) from the factory which I’ll fit with its standard ratios and see how I get on with it. In addition, the Midget has been fitted with a non-standard lower ratio diff (I don’t recall the ratio but I’ll find out when I remove it) which should give improved acceleration but coupled with a more frantic top end. The fifth gear might help to counteract this though! Does anyone know what the 5-speed box ratios are as supplied by Westfield? I also have the standard diff so I can always swap this in if the engine shows signs of throwing a con rod through over-revving at 70 mph! I agree with your theory for modding the half-shafts to smooth out the stress transfer along the shafts – mechanically stressed components are only as strong as the most compromised design feature. Many years ago I was researching designs for the joining of composite drive shafts to steel couplings using only adhesive bonding. It was amazing how much torque could be transferred across the bonded joint through correct design of the joint, i.e. tapering of the steel substrate, moulding a fillet into the adhesive and adjusting the overlap length to reduce stress concentrations at the ends of the joints. Unfortunately the punters were not happy seeing a purely bonded joint so the addition of four pop rivets around the circumference allayed their fears…! Interesting about the front bearings and their tolerance. Modern machining tolerances should be much tighter and reproducible than they were 50 odd years ago, so back then it would have been hit and miss whether or not components went together tightly or not! I’ll have a read up about this as it is certainly food for thought. It is interesting MK11 that your car details say ‘Ultima GTR’. I love the shape of the Ultima (and I drove one at ‘Drift Limits’ a few months ago). Before deciding on the xi I was seriously considering the Ultima Evo, but after speaking with the factory and adding up all the ‘standard’ options in their price list I almost fell off my chair at the final cost. It would be very interesting to hear your comments on comparing the relative driving experiences of the ‘GTR’ versus the ‘xi’. Finally ‘corsechris’, surely you meant ‘a shed is for your wife (and her freezer and mops)’, not just for Christmas’…!
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    Morris' XI Build

    Well it's been quite a busy couple of weekends with the flat pack garage coming along nicely. Last weekend I ended up with all the panels being complete and strewn around the garden - the best excuse I've had so far for not having to cut the grass! At this point the panels were incredibly floppy and preferred not to be moved unless absolutely necessary. It was at this point that I prayed for zero wind the following weekend, especially as I would most likely be assembling it myself! It was about this time that I had a brainstorm and thought that pro-activity would be better than passively looking for a Midget on Ebay (etc.). I put messages out on Facebook, LinkedIn and on this forum. The former two drew blanks (so much for networking), but the Westfield forum came up trumps with Al from Kent contacting me with a car that was lazing about in his garage and looking for a good home. I duly spoke with Al and to cut a long story short I am now the proud owner of a very nice blue Midget. The last time I rented a car transporter was about 20 years a go when I collected my Marlin, so I was a little apprehensive about driving and operating the vehicle. Anyway, armed with my eight year old son (who luckily for him was off school ill last Friday) we went on an adventure to collect the car with him becoming the chief electric winch operator and extra eyes when reversing the transporter down a very narrow track to get to the garage. As an addendum to this experience, who would believe the paperwork required now to rent a van - national insurance number, two proofs of address, copies of back and front of driving license - all to be emailed through in advance of the booking being accepted... More importantly though, a couple of pics of the Midget: One could say that the Midget came at an inopportune time given that the garage still needs finishing! My son was desperate to hear the engine running (to hear how 'loud and poppy' it was!), but this is unlikely to happen for at least a couple of weeks as there currently appears to be no spark at the plugs so a little tinkering will be required before it bursts into life. I have to say though that I am getting quite attached to the Midget and it will be a shame to 'break' it - of course I won't be saying that once the xi arrives! Finally for this weekend, the garage progressed well (despite 15 mph winds) with only limited help from the family. My wife did assist at one point but wandered off to tend to some plants mid assistance, but at least my son continued to hand me screws and things. The main structure is now up, with just the roof panels and doors to screw on. To be honest I'm quite pleased with myself for getting this far by myself without it all coming crashing down on me in the wind or with hands torn to shreds by the sharp panel edges. They say that war is the mother of invention, and I can add to that now by saying that putting a metal garage up by yourself is the mother of ingenuity (or blind stupidity)! Anyway, here is a pic of the garage's current state (taken in the dark so a bad photograph if the truth be known!). Hopefully it will stay up all week with no weather damage for me to complete it next weekend baring the floor and 10 mm pea gravel around the edge. Morris.
  3. Morris

    MG Midget or AH Sprite

    Many thanks for the comments everyone. I've found a donor now (from within the wscc) which I'll be collecting next Friday.
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    IVA midget gauges

    Hi Paul, I'll be collecting my xi kit in about seven weeks time (and a donor next Friday), so please contact me if you need any advice prior to ordering your kit. It'll be good to compare notes during our respect builds as they'll be happening roughly in parallel. Morris.
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    MG Midget or AH Sprite

    Thank you motob - during the heatwave of summer '76 .
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    MG Midget or AH Sprite

    Hi, I'm looking for a donor 1275 cc chrome bumper Midget or Sprite for my xi build. Anyone know of any sorry looking ones languishing somewhere and looking for reincarnation into something very nice! Many thanks. Morris.
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    Morris' XI Build

    I managed to start on the shed build on Friday after lugging three 65 kg boxes into the back garden. On opening the boxes I realised that this is flat pack Meccano on a grand scale (just looks at the quantity of screws). Thankfully the figures in the instruction manual are straight forward to follow - unlike the words that must have been conceived in another language followed by conversion to English via 'Google Translator'! I made good headway over the weekend having completed the two doors; the roof trusses; gables and longitudinal roof beams and also the front frame assembly. My next opportunity will hopefully be next Friday afternoon so that'll give enough time for my blistered hands to recover from all that screwing! What did strike me though with this garage is that to break in, all one has to do is unscrew the self tapping screws and remove a panel...looks like I'll replace some of the screws with pop rivets to make it a little more secure. Nothing happening on the car front this week, although I'm keeping a good look out for suitable Spridgets. Morris.
  8. Morris

    New member saying 'Hi'

    Thank you everyone
  9. Morris

    Morris' XI Build

    Interesting Simon what you said about craning the car over from the back garden – I saw this on a TV programme many years ago and from what I recall it was lifted right over the house itself! I bit of negotiation was required with my wife as the shed currently houses the freezer, so this will no doubt need to move into the garage once demolished to keep the XI company – mind you it will come in handy to have an ice cold bottle of Arak to hand whilst tinkering in the evenings ! I think, yes, keeping things pretty standard until after the IVA is a good policy as everything is so accessible on the car. It's very easy to let the imagination run riot! I looked up the Springall steering wheel on the Jacob Engineering website – very tasty indeed. I’ll give them a call to see what the price is. Thank you for the link to the garage flooring. I was lucky enough to get all I needed from work as they were clearing out one of their workshops – it’s proper stuff and very hard wearing although not all that comfortable to kneel on. For anyone who is interested, my garage base is constructed from ‘EcoBase’. It is a recycled plastic (polypropylene by the looks of it) moulded into interlocking tiles which allegedly are capable of supporting 60 tonnes per tile even when not filled with 10 mm pea gravel! Once the garage shell is built I’ll lay sheets of OSB3 over the 'Ecobase' and then the workshop tiles. The plan may well change once I start as it's my first attempt at garage building! The 'Ecobase' is of course very good at draining away water(!), so my intention is to fill the plastic cells beneath the garage walls (and outboard of them as a 'French Drain') with pea gravel, then add a strip of damp proof course and then the shed over that - drilling it into paving slabs at each corner (to prevent it from blowing away in the wind...). Anyway, that's it from 'garage building weekly' for today - not the most exciting of projects but it helps to keep the 'eyes on the prize' i.e. what I am going to put in it in about 8 weeks time...!
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    Morris' XI Build

    Hi Everyone! I thought I would start off with good intentions and write a build thread for my XI! I’ve been attracted to the XI shape for many years, even before I drove the old factory demonstrator many (at least twelve?) years ago, but it is only now that I have the opportunity to build one. Simon Marks kindly showed me around his car before I visited the factory about four weeks ago. Having had a long chat with both Simons I was impressed enough to put down the deposit. I went for all of the available options including the five speed box which comes with a new prop shaft (but not the polished bodywork or the post IVA steering wheel (which is rather nice but not really XI’esk)). Prospective buyers should take note though that the left side bullet mirror and bracket, and the head fairing cushion are not included in the standard options list kits and need to be added separately. Following discussion with Simon M I have also gone for the Protech shocks and springs (which I’ll buy myself), so Westfield was happy to deduct the cost of those included in the kit from the kit price. I’ve been looking at engine options as I am concerned that the standard 65 odd bhp will not feel all that sprightly (comments to the contrary very welcome!). Even a few more bhp would be useful but the money being asked for a recon stage 2 engine does seem rather steep! I’ve looked at the BMW K1100 8v head conversion and it is a shame that it doesn’t fit under the bonnet. Also the Motus V4 looks (and sounds) very nice, but the cost of a crate engine…! I guess I’ll be going for the A-series perhaps with an MG Metro head to eek a little more out from the standard setup. Before all this though I need to build my garage…! I’ve levelled the ground in the back garden and I’ve put down the base - and my 230 kg flat pack metal garage has been delivered today! I'm sure someone will spot the fact that my car will be trapped in the garage once built - there's a cunning plan there which will involve demolition of the shed in front of it - at least no-one will steal the XI during the build without first disassembling it! Soon I’ll be off to find a suitable Spridget and put my negotiating skills to the test (as learnt from watching ‘Wheeler Dealers…’!). Anyway onwards and upwards and updates when I make some progress (with the car rather than the garage (unless you are interested!)). Cheers. Morris.
  11. Morris

    New member saying 'Hi'

    As a new member I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself. I’ve had an interest in kit cars for 28 years, my first car after passing my driving test was a Dutton Phaeton. After an unfortunate coming together with a sign post and writing the car off, I went main stream with a one litre VW Polo! Since then I have rebuilt a Marlin Roadster – taking part in the ‘Guild of Motor Endurance’ 6 hour event at Mallory Park back in 1995. I sold the car a couple of years after that having got married/ bought a house etc. Once home life and finances had settled down I was getting the bug again. Not having workshop facilities I bought a Lotus Elise S2 – good fun to drive (and great to look at), but I didn’t have that emotional connection to it given that I hadn’t physically created it! I sold the Lotus once we had a family, which takes me to now – seven years later on down the road. A month ago I visited the Westfield factory and put a deposit down on an XI in the obligatory Westfield Green! I first drove an XI when the factory had a demonstrator (12+ years ago!) and I’ve had the desire to build one ever since. Before the XI kit is ready to collect in about 8 weeks I’ve firstly to build my garage (230 kg flat pack having been delivered today!) having already prepared and made a base for it! I hope to write a build thread for the XI (not the garage!). Cheers! Morris.
  12. Morris

    XI purchase

    Well the deal has been done and I have paid the deposit! I visited the factory yesterday (a few days later than I had planned due to my father-in-law passing away last week so the household being in a bit of a turmoil!). The cost of the dampers/springs has been subtracted from the kit price as I shall be going straight for the Protech units as per Simon M's conversion. I decided to to source these myself rather than ask Westfield to get them on my behalf. The lead time for kits is currently 12 to 14 weeks which will give me time to find an MG to desecrate and to build my garage...! Undecided about A-series tuning at the moment as £3000 - £4000 for an exchange stage 2 unit it pretty steep. I'm thinking there must be used tuned engines around that just need a 're-fresh', anyway I've time to investigate this. I'll keep the forum updated when I start and I'll no doubt have many questions as time progresses. Cheers. Morris.
  13. Morris

    XI purchase

    Stephen. Yes thank you I received your PM, it appears that I cannot send them though! Your build diary looks great, I'll have a read through it when I have some more time. Re the build manual being written in 2006, that implies that how to prepare to meet IVA requirements comes from reading the IVA manual and from the experiences of other builders?
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    XI purchase

    It's interesting to hear this Mark. I would have thought that most anomalies with building the kit would have been incorporated back into production or build instructions by now, but I guess the Eleven is more of a sideline product compared to the Seven which is built in much higher numbers. Anyway I'll see how my factory visit goes on 30th, following which I'll be ordering and assembling my garage, finding a suitable MG etc etc.!
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    XI purchase

    Hi Mark, Many thanks for the invite for me to see your car. I've already arranged to see one this coming week, but given the stage you are at in your build I'm sure I shall contact you at some point to pick your brains! Cheers. Morris.
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