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Jari

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I had a small collision with my Westie 1990 SEI and the right rear wheel is not straight anymore as the axle is twisted. The repair will be paid by insurance and we will change the whole rear axle. Can somebody tell me if there still is availability for them and which supplier ?

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Ian Kinder (Bagpuss) - Joint Peak District AO

Looks like you can by the casing here: https://www.premiermotorsportdevelopments.co.uk/ford-english-axle-98-c.asp But I've no idea if this is the right one for a Westie, sorry. They do a custom width, though.

 

Other parts here too: http://www.englishdiff.co.uk/

 

 

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Mark (smokey mow)

If you can source a new axle casing you would also still need a fabricator to make and fit the trailing arm brackets.

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Rush Motorsport the 2nd

An issue you say SEI which would suggest and early independant rear end and not a solid axle. If it has damaged the Westfield diff housing that use to be manufactured they are like hens teeth so you may struggle to find one. 

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Michael Whitworth
19 hours ago, syman84 said:

 If it has damaged the Westfield diff housing that use to be manufactured they are like hens teeth so you may struggle to find one. 

I have two of these.

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On 26/09/2020 at 17:35, Michael Whitworth said:

I have two of these.

Michael, you have 2- complete english axels ? Could you send details of them + price to my email, please. Age, road or race use, appr. mileage etc.

jari.o.pesonen@gmail.com

 

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Jari, can you be clear, as there is confusion. Is it independent rear suspension or is it a live axle?

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Michael Whitworth
7 hours ago, Jari said:

Michael, you have 2- complete english axels ? Could you send details of them + price to my email, please. Age, road or race use, appr. mileage etc.

jari.o.pesonen@gmail.com

 

I have 2 alloy diff cases for the SEi not a full english axle. I also have an open English diff in bits.

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12 hours ago, stephenh said:

Jari, can you be clear, as there is confusion. Is it independent rear suspension or is it a live axle?

It is a live axle.

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11 hours ago, Michael Whitworth said:

I have 2 alloy diff cases for the SEi not a full english axle. I also have an open English diff in bits.

Ok. Thanks !

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On 25/09/2020 at 22:26, syman84 said:

An issue you say SEI which would suggest and early independant rear end and not a solid axle. If it has damaged the Westfield diff housing that use to be manufactured they are like hens teeth so you may struggle to find one. 

This is a good point. What might be the changes needed for example Sierra diff. to be mounted in a SEi ? 

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corsechris

For clarity, SEI means it has independent suspension, not live axle. The ‘I’ of SEI denotes this, hence our confusion over what type of setup is involved.

 

Nothing is impossible, but converting a live axle car to independent would be a very big job. Easiest solution would be a new chassis and rear wishbones, uprights, brakes etc. Or a new car!

 

I once converted a Marcos Mantula from live axle to IRS (5 link converted Capri axle to cut down Jaguar XJ axle) and it wasn't trivial.

 

 

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Right, that's what I thought, because otherwise a wheel being at the wrong angle as a result of a bent axle just didn't make sense if it was an independent

rear.

So having cleared up that confusion, I think what Jari really needs to know is what back axle is likely to be fitted in a 1990 SE or SEW? And is it actually a narrow or a wide body, because if I am right both were being produced in 1990?

At this point, I can't really help further because it is outside of my experience, but maybe Ford Escort??

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1 hour ago, stephenh said:

Right, that's what I thought, because otherwise a wheel being at the wrong angle as a result of a bent axle just didn't make sense if it was an independent

rear.

So having cleared up that confusion, I think what Jari really needs to know is what back axle is likely to be fitted in a 1990 SE or SEW? And is it actually a narrow or a wide body, because if I am right both were being produced in 1990?

At this point, I can't really help further because it is outside of my experience, but maybe Ford Escort??

My car is a narrow body. For me it looks like a Ford axel. I suppose Escort or Cortina. Like said here, not easy to find as new. A refurbished would also

be an option but I havent find a supplier for them either.

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Mark (smokey mow)

It should be a 48” escort axle on a narrow Westfield, but as I said before you will still need to get this modified as the 4-link trailing arm brackets need to be welded on the axle tube.

 

The early Cortina I think was 50” between flanges but the later cars used the atlas rather than English axles.

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