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AndySheldon

Well for years I have been after a hobby and to build we Westfield. I first thought of building a SEight. I got the engine, I build a dedicated 52sqm garage. My wife then wanted to move, that was eight years ago.

 

I then got my new house extension sorted and finally I managed to build my new garage, dedicated to an unhealthy obsession with Volvo R cars and a new project. The mega S2000.

 

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This is my stage four S60R at nordschleife.

 

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I almost purchased a kit whilst at Stoneleigh, where I go every year. In talking to some folk who have built, they advised to go straight to the starter kit and go from there.

 

I did just this, but I found a kit from @Rednop1 and made my way to secure the purchase. Top chap, really friendly, yet to assess his tea making skills.

 

The kit I have is as follows:

 

Westfield Mega s2000 starter kit

Full set of fw bodywork with v8 bonnet in the new Ash grey colour

Bespoke Westifeld Mega s2000 chassis

3rd gen front widetrack

Nylon suspension upgrade front & rear

Chassis panels have been powder coated black Chassis was powder coated at the factory

Lowered floors

Cage mounts pre welded to the chassis

Mega s2000 lower steering column

 

Included in the sale below are extra parts which I have purchased

Ford sierra 3.62 7" lsd (used)

Westfield front uprights

Westfield alu front hubs

Westfield Propshaft

Westfield Fw Fuel tank kit

Westfield Msa bar

Westfield Protech front and rear shocks and springs

Pro race rims gloss black 2x rear 8" 15" 2x front 7" 15"

Westfield chassis loom

Westfield sport turbo seats black with orange piping and diamond stitching

Westfield front Race brake Package(black) <- Now swapped for AP Racing Brake Kit - Hoping these are an upgrade on my previous set.

Westfield rear hs brake calipers(black)

Westfield full exhaust system with Carbon silencer 

 

Since then I have also bought:

56,000 mile S2000 Engine, Box and Loom

Radtec Extreme Radiator

New OEM Clutch

Carbon Light Surrounds

Indicator Pods - Although I am reading that I should consider indicators that are under the lights

New Spark Plugs

Reduced Serpentine Belt

Renewed Rocker Cover and Coil Cover (Orange and Black).

Spoon Sports Gear Stick Selector

Sump Baffle

Decat Pipe

Land Rover Indicators (IVA Compliant)

Steeringrack 2.2 turns

Some Carbon Fibre upgrades


Litterally no building done to date, just parts aquisition. I'm reading with eagerness your build @Si.Dalziel and keen to get any advice or even a little help.

 

Here we are with the orginal chassis:

 

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here we are with the bodywork on the car:

 

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These are the parts supplied withe the car when I picked it up from Ash:

 

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Shiny Radiator

 

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Nice Sport Turbo Seats

 

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I guess you could say I cheated a bit as the car was rolling chassis stage. The car had all the suspension fitted and the rear differential along with the fuel tank and westfield loom.

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Shiny new rear calipers fitted

 

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Here is the diff

 

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In properly:

 

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Fuel tank installed:

 

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Bodywork shots up next:

 

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Front of the car with an engine shaped hole:

 

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Front suspension going in:

 

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Running the brake hoses

 

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Westfield loom going in:

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I then got my mate to drive me down to pick the car up with the new garage build and loads of room in there (there isn't now)..... here are a few shots of the car in her new home:
 

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Looking good already..... I love the colour and I don't think there are many like it around.

 

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The gorgeous FW rear: 

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The front calipers were the race spec Hi-Spec calipers. I really wanted to have the APs and I found some for sale, so I part-exchanged them and had the new set ready.

 

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AP racing - These are supposed to be fantastic brakes:

 

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I then bought the engine from @Tom (T3OMF) - Cotswolds AO who is a top chap, had a cuppa and transported the parts back to sunny but cold Derbyshire:

 

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Well for years I have been after a hobby and to build we Westfield. I first thought of building a SEight. I got the engine, I build a dedicated 52sqm garage. My wife then wanted to move, that was eigh

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Next job was masking, priming and painting the ancillaries and the mounts and the engine after finally cleaning it all down. This took ages but has been worth it considering the finish......

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Good luck with the build!

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Si.Dalziel

Firstly congratulations and enjoy the build.

 

secondly disregard everything you read in my build lol! 
 

In all seriousness there are loads of S2000 builders with a font of knowledge so if your ever stuck just shout and you will get plenty of help.

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Greenstreak-Andy D

Welcome and enjoy the build!

Andy

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Ian Kinder (Bagpuss) - Joint Peak District AO

Welcome @AndySheldon :ww:

As above, plenty of S2000 builders on here. Take a look at some of the build threads (

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately some of us used to use Photobucket or other websites to host pictures before we were able to host them on the WSCC Server. I've recently replaced all mine in my thread here:

 

 

I'm often out into the Peak District on great runs lead by @Julie Hall - Peak District AO so feel free to come and meet us and I'll gladly take you for a spin in mine which will help motivate you or you can just turn up and have a look as I found it most useful at various stages of my build to look at other's car.

 

Enjoy and ask away!

 

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Rich201060

Hi Andy,

 welcome, I pretty much built mine from info on here there are some good write ups. Don’t just look at the s2000s though a lot is common . And there is a manual of sorts, just shout up someone will help. 
 

good luck 😀

 

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AndySheldon

Right then, little bit of an update and some guidance needed.

 

I've set to boarding out my garage and boarding it for better temps and storage.

 

I also painted the walls, which turned out to be a really long and difficult job.

 

I'm now almost starting on the engine, I have been talking to @Si.Dalziel slot and he's helped me loads. Thanks buddy.

 

I have removed the loom from the engine.

 

I have bought another cam cover which is off bring powder coated.

 

I have bought oil, plugs, gearbox oil, drained the oil and I'm taking off ancillaries for the engine prepping.

 

My question is this, can you guys help me check out what bits typically wear or fail on s2000 engine and box. 

 

What's best to renew or swap out or upgrade whilst they are out?

 

I am doing the crank pulley with OEM.

 

My VTEC solenoid plug is cracked, if anyone knows if that can be swapped?

 

What's best to clean the engine up?

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Ian Kinder (Bagpuss) - Joint Peak District AO
8 hours ago, AndySheldon said:

Right then, little bit of an update and some guidance needed.

 

I've set to boarding out my garage and boarding it for better temps and storage.

 

I also painted the walls, which turned out to be a really long and difficult job.

 

I'm now almost starting on the engine, I have been talking to @Si.Dalziel slot and he's helped me loads. Thanks buddy.

 

I have removed the loom from the engine.

 

I have bought another cam cover which is off bring powder coated.

 

I have bought oil, plugs, gearbox oil, drained the oil and I'm taking off ancillaries for the engine prepping.

 

My question is this, can you guys help me check out what bits typically wear or fail on s2000 engine and box. 

 

What's best to renew or swap out or upgrade whilst they are out?

 

I am doing the crank pulley with OEM.

 

My VTEC solenoid plug is cracked, if anyone knows if that can be swapped?

 

What's best to clean the engine up?

 

Thanks!

 

 

Hi Andy,

 

Timing chain tensioner can be modded to prevent rattle when cold. Your mileages is similar to mine and I did the mod whilst building just in case. You've already bought a new standard clutch. May be worth getting a lightened flywheel. Some replace the valve spring retainers (Though I'm sure @Si.Dalziel) will have discussed this with you.

 

The plug for the solenoid won't be available separately and the solenoid isn't cheap (circa £400 from memory)! As it's only a single wire (the unit earths through the block) You could cut off and replace with a new connector. 

 

I cleaned my block with lots of drill wire brush attachments and Dremel wire brush attachments, then painted with acid etch primer and Halfords silver engine paint (If you're a member of NWKCOG you'll get trade discount at Halfords).  Others have just given it a quick wash off and then the primer. There's details in my build thread here: 

 

You've got the windage tray to fit in the sump and it's worth adding an oil temp boss to the sump whilst off.

 

Other than that's, it's a Honda and will be fine 😃

 

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Si.Dalziel

I’m not sure we did cover it tbh @Ian Kinder (Bagpuss) - Joint Peak District AO
 

@AndySheldon If you haven’t already read that part in my build diary it’s worth thinking about

 

I have the tool for doing the valves. There are YouTube videos and S2KI is full of guides.

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Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

How old is the engine, is it pre or post facelift?

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Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

In which case, it should have the later AP2 type valve retainers, if I remember the time line correctly. These are stronger, and don't suffer the cracking issue.

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AndySheldon
Just now, Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary said:

In which case, it should have the later AP2 type valve retainers, if I remember the time line correctly. These are stronger, and don't suffer the cracking issue.

Is there an easy way to tell?

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Rich201060

Just to add to whats been said already, I would change the release bearing and guide if it looks worn, the nylon piece on the gearstick(inside the box) + shorten it whilst its out. As for the retainers not sure you could tell by eye, I may have the old ones somewhere. Definitely  got the spring retainers the collets fit into, let me know if it helps i can post you one. I thought however they changed 2006 unless it was implemented first on the AP1.

 

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Dave Eastwood (Gadgetman) - Club Secretary

No, it was earlier than that, 2006 onwards was drive by wire.

 

  • AP1 was 1999-2003
  • AP2 was 2003-2009, though in the U.K., we didn't get the 2.2 litre engine, so didn't change code to AP2, UK models, rather long windedly are known as AP1 Facelift. We did however got the improved retainers from the AP2 engine, along with a hose of other detail improvements to engine, gearbox etc.
  • 2006 drive by wire throttle control, and electronic stability control added. These engines are not officially compatible with Mega S2000 builds, technically, it can be done with ecu and wiring harness changes, along with a swap to ITB, or early manual F20C throttle body. But it's complicated, especially if wanting to do it via Westfield/Omex.

 

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