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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.
I managed to find a Midget as a donor, not in the best shape (it's a complete mess really) but it's one of the last 1275 engines, built in late 1974, and looking at other XI builders blogs and posts most of the parts are refurbished or upgraded as part of the build. Chris from the Dorset Area, provided the transport and his outstanding trailer reversing skills meant that the car was rolled straight into the garage. The first couple of sessions in the garage has resulted in the engine, gearbox, steering column, steering rack, engine, gearbox and SR mounts and hand brake lever. Before going any further I'm going to make a couple of boxes on rollers to stand the chassis on once I've removed the front uprights and rear axle. I was slightly concerned that the steering rack mounts are different to the alloy ones in the build manual. Mark Walker believes that they have the same spacing and has offered to match them a chassis if I supply the mounts and rack with the column and rear axle when they go for modification. I've also got a growing collection of parts in boxes to refurbish or replace all the brakes, bearings and seals before fitting to the car. Remaining items to remove are: instruments, front uprights, prop shaft and rear axle off the car. I can get the body off to the scrapyard and make some space in the garage. Unfortunately I'm going to be away with work over the next couple of weeks so opportunities to get to the garage will be limited.
Hi I'm new to this forum, I've just purchased a 1998 SEiW project. This is my second westi, I owned an 11 (XI) previously, and I've owned a few Lotus cars. I'm looking at getting my teeth into this project. I've started a restore diary if anyone is interested? Thanks