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Westfield SEW Pinto 2.0 sold

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With regret, a change in personal circumstances means I have to sell on my SEW Westfield after only about 3 months ownership. I bought the car late June, and have had a wonderful short period of motoring, the car performs faultlessly, and I have covered around 1000 miles in that time.  Its a great car, and my 14 year old son and I will be very sorry to see it go, as we have had great fun driving and tinkering!

The car came to me with a comprehensive folder of receipts and build documentation including some original build photos and the original build manual.  The original order letter is included, as well as original documentation for the shock absorbers VDO gauges etc and loads of original build receipts.  SVA documentation comes with the car, which shows at the time it was tested the car weighed 636kg without driver. I guess its about the same even now, maybe a little less as it no longer has the spare wheel fitted.

The car has a 2.0 litre Pinto with the preferable 205 block, and it has been modified with a Kent cam (I can't be sure which one but I think its the FR32), and has also been converted to run on unleaded. There are twin Spanish Weber DCOE40 carburettors.  The carbs breathe through a newly fitted ITG JC50 air filter.  The engine bay is neat and tidy, and the engine is not leaking oil or smoking. A new fan belt has just been fitted.  A wrapped tubular manifold leads to a large steel silencer with a chromed endpipe and newly replaced mounting bobbin.

Holds temperature really nicely between 75 and 85 on the gauge at all times even in trafffic, with the fan working as it should.   In the receipts I found a dyno trace for the engine from when the car was built showing 123bhp at the wheels (maybe 140bhp or a bit more at the flywheel at a guess?) though of course this was many years ago so who knows what the engine is putting out now.  Subjectively the engine feels healthy and moves the car along very well indeed so whatever the output is, it makes a pretty quick and very exciting car!

The gearbox is a 5 speed Type 9 - first second and reverse can be a bit baulky - but like most pinto cars I use 2nd to start, so once you are out of that gear it changes really nicely across the rest of the gears.  Its not that you can't use the lower gears its just they need a bit of a push to engage. It might be the short gear lever or  clutch cable that could benefit from a bit of adjustment, and it doesn't spoil enjoyment of driving the car, but I better mention it anyway.  In top gear the car runs at about 3150rpm for 70mph.

As an SEW the car has a live axle of course, there are no leaks I can see and can't hear any clunking from the diff.  Spax Shocks are fitted all round. Front hubs are Cortina as are front brakes - disks up front of course and drums to the rear.

The car runs on Wolfrace Voodoo wheels, with Falken tyres all round, 195/50/15 on the front and 205/50/15 on the rear. There are locking wheelnuts fitted. I run the tyres about 20 psi which for me gives a decent level of compliance in the ride.

Its a standard SEW body, with cycle wings and I have removed the rear wheel.  The spare is another Wolfrace Voodoo wheel with near new Falken tyre, and I've trimmed the wheel carrier so it can be extended back out to reinstate the wheel if the new owner wants to do that. The rear panel has an alloy filler cap with lock and I added a genuine metal "powered by Ford" badge as fitted to some modern Mustangs to break up the expanse of blue bodywork.

The bodywork is in decent condition, by no means pristine, but very presentable.  There are a fair few marks here and there as you would expect, but no major damage, and it still polishes up really nicely.  One of the cycle wings has a bit of a crack at one of its mounting points as you can see in the photo, and the bonnet could do with a few tidy ups round the edges as its taken a few knocks over the years.  The bonnet could be a better fit to the car too, but it is secure and does not stand out a mile by any means and does not at all spoil the looks.  The car gets lots of compliments whenever I use it, and at a glance could pass for a much newer car.

I've got a brand new Westfield 43mm badge that I was going to put on the nosecone but I will leave that up to the new owner to decide if they want it installed.

The interior looks like a pretty typical late 1990's car, with a standard padded vinyl dash and VDO gauges. The gauges are all back lit and all are working correctly, in fact everything works(!) including the 2 speed heater which pumps out a lot of warmth on a chilly morning. The cabin is fully carpeted, the side panels are covered in vinyl and all of it is still in really nice condition, so the interior is very presentable and not at all tatty.  There are Willans 4 point harnesses and nice looking sports seats on runners so you can find a decent position from the pedals even if you have short legs like me!

A Centurion CarGuard immobiliser is fitted, which has a little fob transponder and there are 2 sets of keys.

There is a hood fitted which is in very nice condition still, the only problem is that the plastic header rail has broken in half, which seems to be a normal issue, though it is still completely usable and does not cause any problems when fitting the hood.  I use the sidescreens quite a lot, again they are in very good condition and the windows are still nice and clear.

In really heavy downpours, like most Westfields I guess this car is not fully waterproof if left for hours unprotected in the elements, and as my garage is a bit of a way from home I invested about £170 in August for a Hamilton 4 layer outdoor semi-fitted car cover which has been absolutely superb - you can fit it in a minute or 2 and there are 2 straps that run under the car to keep it secure. Obviously this comes with the car.

The MOT runs to 18 April 2019.  I believe I am the 3rd owner - original builder was the first, then the guy I bought it from was the second, but I can't seem to find the number of owners on the V5 (which is in my name) to confirm.

I've spent about £400 on the car in the last few months, new air filter and other odds and ends, to ensure it is functional usable and enjoyable.  Much as I would like to keep hold of it for another summer, I really have urgent need to release some funds, so I am hoping this can find a new home reasonably quickly as I hope my asking price of £5800 is reasonable.  The car is located near Dorking Surrey, though I work near Gatwick airport so could be inspected around that area too if that is more convenient.

Robert 078401 48261

 

 

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Hi Jurgen the date of first registration on the V5 shows 12th November 1998, sorry not getting the SMS messages I'm afraid.

 

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