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2008 4.6 V8 SEiGHT

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WSCC CAR DATA SHEET INFO:

 

Built or Bought: Bought                                                                              Year: 2008

Area: Devon                                                                                                  Donor engine/gearbox: Rover V8

Model: SEiGHT                                                                                              Mileage: 5008

Use: 99% road use, very occasional track day car                                 Registration: VX58KXM

                                                                                                                                   

BODY WORK

Black/Green gel coat/3M wrap
V8 bonnet
Ducted nosecone
Carbon fibre wrap cycle wings
Twin exhaust rear valance
Westfield carbon fibre effect rear light clusters
Detachable rear arches
Carbon fibre effect rear arch protectors
Carbon fibre effect dash
New carbon effect 53/4” headlights
LED daytime running lights
Plays-Kool carbon fibre effect front indicator pods
Westfield powder coated roll bar
Detachable, lockable boot box

INTERIOR

Westfield Sports Seats customised matching green/black on runners
TRS 3” five point harness
Westfield RaceTech Dash 2 digital dash
Carbon fibre effect panels
Battery cut out switch
Westfield black carpet set
Removable OMP steering wheel with RaceTech boss
Fire extinguisher & quick fix tyre repair

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN

Fully rebuilt 4.6 Rover V8, by V8 Developments, Spalding
240+ BHP and massive torque
Fully reconditioned LT77 Rover 5 speed gearbox
Baffled sump; LSD
13 row oil cooler
Long range fuel tank
Weber 500 (Edelbrock) four-barrel carb on Edelbrock manifold
Mallory distributor with Magnecor leads, new coil
K&N air filter, ‘pancake’ style
Power Performance custom stainless exhaust, Westfield V8 sports boxes & chrome tails
Uprated cooling system – high efficiency radiator and silicone hoses
Westfield wide track front wishbones
Adjustable front & rear shocks and ride height
Vented disks all round, AP Racing 4 pot front/ Polo rear brake calipers
Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 black wheels with Toyo 205/50/15 888’s

OTHER

Full wet weather gear, inc side screens and hood
Hard wired CTEC battery charger/conditioner
New Yuasa battery
Engine and gearbox rebuild by specialists V8 Developments, Spalding, Lincs
Geometry and suspension set-up by ex-Lotus race development engineer at TLC, Attleborough, Norfolk (copies of diagnostics available)

MOT to 21 June 2019
Currently SORN

Commentary

I bought this, my fourth Westfield, in the dark, on a filthy wet February day in 2014 from a trader for £13,500 basing my decision largely on the written description, specification and photos. It had 750 miles on the clock, looked great and sounded ok.

Got it back at the workshop, up on the ramps and reality set in. I’m surprised it had any mileage at all, given that the alignment was so poor that all four wheels were pointing in different directions and it was virtually undriveable!

However, it had - as in the words of the old Morecambe & Wise sketch with André Previn – all the right ‘parts’ but not necessarily in the right order.

Since then I’ve spent at least the same amount again putting the car right. Poor panel fittings, loose suspension components, an underslung exhaust almost touching the ground, overheating problems, oil leaks, thrown in with some dodgy electrical connections…. It has taken me four years to get it to the state it is in now. I’ve done 130 miles in it since the engine rebuild and gearbox re-furb, sorting out one or two minor snags. They often say Rover V8’s always leak a bit here and there. Not this one.

So it still needs running in, but I’m entirely happy with it now and that it’s entirely fit for purpose. I will be including 6 litres of 20:50 Valvoline VR1 Race Oil, new oil filter and copper sump washer in the sale as whoever buys this Westy will need to complete the running in process.

I'm looking for what I originally paid for the car: £13,500 or nearest offer. In the meantime, I’m looking for my next project…ideally an older Westfield in any state, unused, forgotten or even one with minor accident damage could be considered……. Or possibly even something newer on which I can stick a personal 64 plate! I would consider an exchange/swap, with/without cash balance….Any takers? If you need more photos or info please PM me or email 474gareth.hd@gmail.com or 07771 683133

 

Angled front screens, no bootbox.jpg

n:s side (boot box).jpg

hood up driver side.jpg

Rear o:s no screens, no bootbox.jpg

Rebuilt engine n:s.jpg

Rebuilt engine o:s.jpg

Dashboard cockpit.jpg

seats & harnesses.jpg

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Thanks to a couple of eagle-eyed enquiries a question concerning the engine capacity on the registration details has arisen. Currently the V5C shows the car incorrectly registered as a 3.5. It wasn't until the engine rebuild last year, and the engine dismantled, that it became clear that it was in fact a 4.6. I now have full documentation from the engine builders confirming engine number, capacity, etc. DVLA have been informed and I expect to receive an amended V5C in the next 10 days or so. Whether or not I now owe any arrears on the vehicle tax remains to be seen. Either way, all the paperwork will be in order for the new owner.

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