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  1. ...I'll let you come up with the punch line. So I figure it's about time I start a build thread for one of the slowest Westfield builds ever. It might actually motivate me to move a little quicker! I picked up a 1991 1.6 MX5 back in October 2014, picked up my Westfield starter kit in February 2015. A garage (house) move later and it's been progressing very slowly since then! So a few shots from along the way so far: The donor: Kit collection: Moving garage (that's how low a Subaru sits with half a Mazda in the boot and and a Westie chassis on the roof...): Painting a few bits and pieces while saving up some cash for the more expensive bits (who doesn't want purple driveshafts??): Installing the panels (apologies to the purists, it's fake carbon fibre wrap - I'm on a tight budget!): Of course, a mandatory action shot of me looking like an idiot: Tunnel sides haven't been fitted yet. I've got the handbrake in using riv nuts and countersunk bolts so looks nice and tidy at the moment and shouldn't impede too much on the tunnel space! P.S. I also want to thank the Westfield team for their quick turnaround with any errors or missing bits, even a year after collection. As soon as I've noticed anything wrong, it's been at my door the next day. Customer service how it should be! I also want to thank my good friends Stephen and Elena, without whom, the (little) progress so far would have been much slower!
  2. Mark (smokey mow)

    Mazda MX5 1.6 cut and shortened sump

    Just removed from my SDV, as it has a slight weep that I've been unable to trace. I suspect it may be from one of the welds but I did notice that the sump plug washer also had split. The sump has been shortened by approx 1" and the bottom plate is 5mm thick aluminium so it's got some protection from Knicks and bangs. The oil pickup pipe has also been modified and will be included. I've now switch back to a standard sump hence now selling. Yours for £25 and I can post at cost if required, I think this will be about £16 due to the weight (6kg) or I can wrap if you want to send a courier yourself.
  3. IanReid

    Mazda SDV build (Surrey Area)

    I'm building a Mazda SDV at a very leisurely rate in the Surrey area. I've created this topic to cover all aspects of the build I might need advice on. First question is shock absorbers. I intend to use my Westie as primarily a road based car, with the possible the occasional track day. So my question is are the shock absorbers that Westfield will sell you the best value for money? I assume they OEM them, rather than build them themselves. Can you buy them cheaper elsewhere? Are there other alternatives?
  4. BugMan

    Gear shift pattern

    Now don't shoot me for asking what on the face of it is a seemingly stupid question, but what is the shift pattern in my Sport 250's MX5 5 speed gearbox? I've never driven or been in an MX5 and a quick "google" just confused me further as i have no working clutch yet and the nice silver gear-knob for WF is of no help.
  5. I am selling my Son's MX5 Mk1 'Dakar', 1997 with 125K miles. The MOT is up on 27th April and it will require the usual repairs to the sills and some other bits to fix. My Son no longer requires the car so will sell as it is. The car has been in the family for the last 5 years and has been 100% reliable. There is a file of history and it had new discs and pads, plus Avon ZV7 tyres all round last year. It has a Mongoose Stainless exhaust and leather seats. Overall it is clean and tidy apart from rust on the sills, front of wings and some on the windscreen pillars. More pictures available on request. Located in Grove, Oxfordshire The car would make a great run around with the MOT work done, or donor / track car. Asking £300. Call 07767255036 or PM
  6. Westfield_MX5

    Frank's FW Mazda SDV build

    I built a MX5 SDV back in 2008/2009 that I unfortunately totaled in 2015. There was no question that it had to be rebuilt but this time with a FW body. I just like that body style better. I have already rebuilt it, the car is done, but I thought it'd be nice to make a build thread about it . Since we all like pictures, I'll add lots Here's the car I finished building in 2009
  7. Mark (smokey mow)

    MX5 Parts and Shortened Mazda SDV Propshaft

    Having a bit of a garage clearout I have the following MX5 parts for sale that will fit the Mazda SDV Pair of rear uprights, hubs and bolt on driveshafts for a 1.6 (non ABS) = £50 Pair of rear push-in driveshafts from a 1.8 = £25 Shortened and balanced propshaft to suit Mazda SDV's fitted with 1.8 diff - 700mm long (approx 605mm between gearbox oil seal and diff flange). = £100 (no offers) NOW SOLD Pair of 13" Weller, round hole steel wheels MX5 fitment (4x100) fitted with Avon cut Slicks 180/530 R13. These are IMO still useable, but showing signs of cracking on the tread. The overall width of the tyres is approx 8" so I will guess at these being a 7" wide rim. = £25 I would prefer collection in person from Colchester, however I can also bring to the Speed Series Awards doo, post at cost (except the wheels) by parcelforce or wrap for your courier to collect. PM or email me at wsccessex@btinternet.com Mark
  8. Six weeks ago, my lifetime experience with car repair was watching a friend change an oil filter once. Now I have a Westfield kit arriving in a week or so, and my garage looks like this: Until recently that was a battered '94 M Edition. Towed it home, fixed the broken timing belt, and drove it for all of 30 miles before taking it apart again. Much of that driving time was practicing hill starts with a manual transmission. That's right: I also have next to no experience driving stick. The engine is completely covered in oil and has at least one leak left. I can fix that. The tach goes bonkers above 4000 RPM. The internet says it's probably a bad ground. I can fix that. It's raining, which is spoiling my plan to roll the car out of the garage before removing the wheels for the last time ever. I can, er, wait for it to stop raining, I guess.
  9. corsechris

    Mk 1 MX5 parts wanted.

    Folks, I already have a 'wanted' in for a complete car, but as I'm only really after a few bits off one, may as well ask that question as well. I don't know which of these parts (other than the uprights obviously) are normally used on a Mazda SDV build so have no idea what my luck is likely to be with this. So, from an '89-'97 car please. All 4 uprights with brakes. Power steering rack Steering Column complete with switchgear shroud wheel etc Would also ideally want at least part of the loom that connects to the switchgear, unless anyone knows where suitable connectors can be had. Handbrake lever and cables Petrol filler neck Seats if in OK condition, not too garish a colour Brake and clutch pedal assemblies complete Possibly even the wheels? Thanks for looking. Chris
  10. lewis

    DASH2Pro RPM Help

    I'm having some trouble with my DASH2Pro RPM readout. I know it used to work when I first fired up the MX-5 engine to test the wiring. Now the wiring is in the car the RPM doesn't work at all. The way the tacho signal comes is there is a black/white wire coming from each of the two coils which merge into one wire. Then it splits back into two, with one going to a pin on the ECU and the other to drive the tacho. When ignition 2 and the engine is running around 12v is being output on the wire to the tacho, however when I connect this to the DASH 2Pro low RPM input (yellow wire on connector B) the signal drops to around 6v and no RPM is displayed. I've even disconnected all other wires from the DASH2 so its just power and RPM. Connecting the original Mazda dash back up shows the RPM working and the tacho wire staying at 12v. Its a post 1994 1.8 MX-5 engine with a 4 pin coil.
  11. AndrewOBW

    Donor disposal

    Hi all, Finally managed to finish stripping out my donor mx5. 2 questions: Is there anything in particular I need to do to dispose of the body so I don't have difficulty with the IVA at a later date? (Remove the VIN plate for instance?) Has anyone had a donor body taken away by anyone in the Birmingham area they can reccommend? Cheers! Andrew
  12. Moulded dash for a Mazda SDV to use the MX5 light cluster. Brand new and unused. Dorset
  13. AndrewOBW

    MX5 3.9 LSD

    Hi all, I'm back home in Ireland for Christmas and stumbled across someone selling two mx5 diffs from 6 speed cars. I've bought the 3.6 for myself but he's got a 3.9 there too. I know these are pretty hard to come by so if anyone is looking for one, I can pick it up and take it back across on the ferry when I'm going back to work. I paid 400 euro for the 3.6 with prop shaft and drive shafts. I'd imagine the cost for the 3.9 will be pretty similar. As I said I can take it back across to Birmingham for anyone interested. Cheers, Andrew
  14. Hi Folks, I've gone an bought a set of venom 5 function lamps to replace the standard headlamps and indicator pods on our mx5 SDV. Has anyone got experience of wiring these up as they are a bit different to the standard lamps. Mike
  15. Ever since selling my Narrow project car last year, this has been taking up room and gathering dust in the back of the garage so finally it's time for it to go. This is it's brief history and spec. The engine is ex Andy Burge who campaigned it in the Ma5da racing series, carrying him to one win and a second place in the 2009 season. It reportedly made 128bhp at the wheels when on the rolling road in March 2008 (see original ebay advert below) although I haven't proved that figure and I would suggest it would actually be more realistic if measured as a flywheel figure. His car was unfortunately rolled in an accident at Brands Hatch, after which Andy decided to take a step back from racing for a while and stripped his MX5 for parts and selling the engine. I paid £220 for the engine in June 2010 and initially I had the intention to use it as a spare for my car when I was having some problems myself, I fully stripped the engine to inspect it and then spent over £200 servicing it, replacing all the seals and gaskets. Eventually I decided to have my old engine rebuilt by Fraser at Blink so this one made it's way first into my Narrow car and then out again when that car was sold last year. The list of the main work completed by me includes: Crank pulley bolt and woodruff key Crankshaft front and rear oil seal Thermostat, Thermostat gasket and cover Clutch spigot bearing Head gasket Cam angle sensor o-ring Cam belt tensioner and spring Cambelt Water pump gasket Oil pump gasket Head gasket Camshaft oil seals The original work to the cylinder head before I bought it includes a 40thou skim to increase the compression and 3-angle cut to the valve seats. The thermostat has been relocated to the back of the head and the front outlet blocked off as I was originally intending to fit a coolant re-route. The engine could easily be converted back to the standard coolant layout. The engine is an early short nose crank and fitted with the 4-slot pulley. There is no sign of any wear to the keyway or woodruff key which is a common problem if the crank pulley bolt has been incorrectly torqued in the past. As a precaution I always fit a new key and bolt whenever stripping the front of the engine and then re-torque correctly. In checking over the engine before this sale I found that one of the exhaust valves on cylinder 4 was sticking in it's guide. As I couldn't be sure if this was a consequence of the engine having been standing for a while or whether it had a slight bend in it I therefore replaced both the valve and also the stem seal. I'm also including with the engine the inlet and exhaust manifolds as I have no use for them, but I'll point out that the metal gaskets have been re-used and therefore may need to be replaced if they don't seal correctly. The engine also comes with the flywheel, clutch, injectors, injector loom and CAS sensor but excludes the alternator, alternator bracket, starter motor and oil pressure sender (although I should have one for it somewhere if I can find it). As I've never run the engine whist I've owned it I'm also happy to accept returns from WSCC members and will offer a full refund to them (excluding any delivery costs) should there be any problems found with the engine. £250 collection only from Colchester, Essex - no offers please sorry now sold
  16. Ben-H

    Mazda Limited Slip Diff LSD

    Does anyone know if a torsen LSD will fit in the 1.6 casing, possibly using my existing crown wheel?
  17. I bought two packs when building thinking a box per side. It turns out a box covers both sides so I've a box left over. Brand new never out of the box. Very easy to fit to give a nice firm new bushing to improve the handling at the rear (the only place that uses a Mazda bush rather than the Westfield part) Fits upper, outer, rear wishbone/upright. P/n PFR36-112 £15
  18. KugaWestie

    MX5 SDV Power Upgrade Project

    I have now had the car for 12 months, and have spent some time exploring avenues to increase the power on my car. I looked at Supercharging using an Eaton M45, as this is quite a common MX5 engine upgrade. The normal position for the M45 is on the hotside next to the head. Unfortunately fitting it on the Westfield in this position would mean a fairly large cut out in the bonnet and I did not want to do that. I think a Rotrex type charger would probably fit lower down where the power steering pump is normally housed, but they are eye wateringly expensive, so I ruled this out I also considered turbo charging. This all seemed to be extremely tight in the engine bay with potential cooling/heat issues, and frankly I did not fancy it. So the only other option is to stay NA, and try and squeeze more power out of the engine. After several discussions with Northampton Motorsport and Blink Motorsport (both traders on here) I have decided to work with Blink to see where we can get the car to. Throttle bodies were considered, but have been put to one side at present. So the plan is to do the following.............. Part One:- Drive the car up to Blink and do a power run, so we have a starting point. Whilst there, drop off a spare cylinder head that I have got complete with a spare set of camshafts. Come back home with a brand new PnP Megasquirt ECU and Innovate Wideband o2 Sensor. Part Two:- Fit the PnP Megasquirt to the car along with the wideband, and run the car for a few weeks. Whilst running the car round with the new ECU on it, Blink will "Optimize" my spare head. http://www.blinkmotorsport.com/cylinderhead.html Spare cams will be sent off to Piper for re-profiling. Part Three:- When the head is "Optimized" and the cams are ready, Blink will send these back to me. I will then fit the new head on the car, along with the new cams. Some help from Blink will be required to adjust the Megasquirt to allow for the new cams etc. I have ordered a new Westfield exhaust manifold to replace the standard Mazda manifold and S pipe, so when fitting the new head I will also fit the new manifold. Part Four:- Once the head, cams and exhaust manifold are fitted, I will then drive the car back up to Blink for final mapping. This will take a while for all the work to be done, but hopefully it will be well worth it. I know if this proves to be a successful project, Blink will be very keen to offer this up as a group deal or similar if there is enough interest. Power gains are pretty much unknown as this is an untrodden path for us with the 1.8 engine, but I am hoping to see a good increase. I will do my best to keep this thread up to date with progress as we go.
  19. 58 Plate MAZDA MX-5 Roadster FOR SALE Very good condition inside and out Blue metallic paint Cloth seats Black piano finish dash board Hard top convertible ONLY 20,000 miles on clock FULL SERVICE HISTORY MOT until June 2014 Taxed until FEB 2014 Mechanically sound Tyres very good condition Awesome car, great handling rear wheel drive fun!! Even better with the roof down!! Looking for a quick sale as my wife wants a 4x4 before winter!! Only looking for £7500 no offers please..... This is a winter bargain!! Please contact me on 07906 957150 or dwstudios@hotmail.co.uk Dean
  20. dwstudios

    58 plate MAZDA MX-5 FOR SALE

    58 Plate MAZDA MX-5 Roadster FOR SALE Very good condition inside and out Blue metallic paint Cloth seats Black piano finish dash board Hard top convertible ONLY 20,000 miles on clock FULL SERVICE HISTORY MOT until June 2014 Taxed until FEB 2014 Mechanically sound Tyres very good condition Awesome car, great handling rear wheel drive fun!! Even better with the roof down!! Looking for a quick sale as my wife wants a 4x4 before winter!! Only looking for £7500 no offers please..... This is a winter bargain!! Please contact me on 07906 957150 or dwstudios@hotmail.co.uk Dean
  21. Due to a change of plans I'm putting this up for sale It's a rare 3.6 ratio type-2 Torsen Torque biasing diff. Please ignore the fact it has 3.9 written on the carrier, i've counted to teeth on the crown wheel and pinion and it's definitely 3.6 Most MX5's came with either a 4.3 or 4.1 ratio diff, the 3.6 was only found on the 6-speed cars. Comparing with a 4.3 ratio this will give you an engine speed of approx 3100rpm in 5th gear at 70mph rather than 3600rpm. First gear will also be longer increasing from approx 30mph to 37mph @ 6200rpm. 60mph in second gear would now be possible. Further reading here http://www.miata.net/garage/diffguide/ http://www.torsen.com/products/products.htm http://www.flyinmiata.com/tech/gearing.php Visually the diff is in very good condition, I have removed the carrier to inspect the gear surfaces and there is no evidence of chips or damage. The diff has been reassembled, but is currently not filled with oil. For those that have the smaller diff fitted to the 1.6 cars (identifiable by having no torque damper on the diff nose and bolt on driveshafts) I also have spare a pair of push in driveshafts and a shortened prop of the correct length for a Westfield which I would sell with the diff. I'm offering this for sale at £300 for the diff only or £400 with the shafts and prop which is a lot less than I paid for it. I'm afraid it's too heavy for me to post, but I'm happy to wrap it for you to send your own courier or else collection in person from Colchester CO6 Thanks Mark wsccessex@btinternet.com
  22. Mark (smokey mow)

    Shortened Mazda MX5 gear lever

    Approx 15-20mm shorter than a standard gear lever. I had this modified to give a bit better clearance to the dashboard but in the end i opted not to use it. The material was all removed from the centre of the lever where it is at it's largest diameter and then-welded. £12 and happy to post to you at cost
  23. Mark (smokey mow)

    Mazda MX5 Gearbox

    Standard 5-speed MX5 gearbox in good condition The PPF frame mounting has been modified and removed to provide better clearance between the box and chassis rails in the Westfield. Collection only, but I can wrap it up for you if you want to send your own courier for it. Only £30 PM or email me wsccessex@btinternet.com
  24. Ok guys, time to start the build thread. Any advice and tips welcome P clips and rivets arrived from Westfield today, as well as a new Clutch Master cylinder. This enabled me to start fitting the fuel lines. 2 are complete and the third line is all bent ready to fit, but need some more P clips, Westfield sent me loads of brake line clips instead of fuel line clips, so now need to get some more clips before I can fix the last fuel line. Then I think I will be able to flip her over and start getting into it!
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