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The build diary for my Westfield kit car

001 - 23-09-2007 - Garage Tidying
001 - 23-09-2007 - Garage Tidying  |  Total images: 4  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
With the kit turning up soon i though i should tidy the garage up a bit ready for the build.
002 - 14-10-2007 - Donor car parts
002 - 14-10-2007 - Donor car parts  |  Total images: 6  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
The donor parts have finally turned up 2 weeks late!! They all need alot of cleaning and painting. I will have to find a local shot blaster to clean up most of the big bits. The wheels need to be sent off for new tyres and a refurb.
003 - 20-10-2007 - Collection Day
003 - 20-10-2007 - Collection Day  |  Total images: 7  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
The big day has arrived. We arrived at westfield at about 10am after a long drive. The westfield staff loaded the van for me and went through all the bits as they were being loaded on. The only missing bits are the seats they are being courierd out to me on monday.
004 - 23-10-2007 - Pedal Box
004 - 23-10-2007 - Pedal Box  |  Total images: 6  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
The first job of the build (as i cheated and got westfield to install all the panels for me) installing the pedals. This proved to be more fiddly than i thought it was going to be, but a good introduction to building a westfield.
005 - 28-10-2007 - Brake lines
005 - 28-10-2007 - Brake lines  |  Total images: 7  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
I wasnt looking forward to fitting the brake lines but it hasnt gone to badly. I spent some of saturday stripping more of the donor parts ready to be sent to the shot blasters but i forgot to take my camera with me!!
006 - 10-11-2007 - Brake lines suspension and donor parts
006 - 10-11-2007 - Brake lines suspension and donor parts  |  Total images: 9  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
I was hoping to get the 3 fuel and brake lines in this weekend but after a moment of carelessness i rewined one of the fuel lines, so i fitted the last brake line, fitted the wishbones and tidied the diff up. The uprights for the front and rear suspension are at the shot blasters and should be back next week.
007 - 18-11-2007 - Steering and Diff
007 - 18-11-2007 - Steering and Diff  |  Total images: 4  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
Not the most productive week on the car. Lots of painting and spending of money. New rear wheel bearings, bushes and and brake seals. I have also ordered some braided fuel lines to replace last weeks mistake. Hopefully next week will be better
008 - 25-11-2007 - Diff and front Shocks
008 - 25-11-2007 - Diff and front Shocks  |  Total images: 5  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
IThe week started off quite will with the front shocks and uprights going in and connected. James worked some magic on the diff problem. Unfortunatly once it was fitted it created a nother problem.
009 - 22-12-2007 - Brakes Brake lines and rear drive
009 - 22-12-2007 - Brakes Brake lines and rear drive  |  Total images: 6  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
Its been a quiet few weeks on the car mainly because i have been busy passing an LGV course and being lazy. Its very close to a rolling chassis now all i need to do is finish the rear brakes. The rear end is finally together except for bolting the diff down.
010 - 10-02-2008 - The Wheels are on
010 - 10-02-2008 - The Wheels are on  |  Total images: 1  |  Date added: 15.02.2008
This update has been a long time coming january was quite a busy month so not much got done. The fuel lines were finally installed and a few little bits and pieces were done. The cars now on it wheels and the engine is going in later this week.
011 - 17-02-2008 - The engine is going in
011 - 17-02-2008 - The engine is going in  |  Total images: 5  |  Date added: 17.02.2008
So finally after a bit of a break from the car its time to put the engine in. It went in quite well with only a few small problems along the way.
012 - 28-02-2008 - Steering and air box
012 - 28-02-2008 - Steering and air box  |  Total images: 4  |  Date added: 28.02.2008
Time to get the steering and air box fitted to the car, sadly that hasnt been as easy as it sounds thanks to westfield over shortening part of the steering column. But the car is starting to take shape quite quickly now.
013 - 30-03-2008 - Fuel, Brakes and Radiator
013 - 30-03-2008 - Fuel, Brakes and Radiator  |  Total images: 10  |  Date added: 23.08.2008
This is the first update for a while. I have been catching up on all the little bits that need doing that arent really worthy of a website update. Untill now, i have started plumbing in the fuel and fitted the rear brake calipers.
014 - 18-05-2008 -  Wiring
014 - 18-05-2008 - Wiring  |  Total images: 8  |  Date added: 23.08.2008
Yes i know what your all thinking what have i been up to for the last 6 weeks... welllllll quite a bit just not with the car:( But this week was different i had a week off and spent some quality time with the car. Its moved on quite a lot now. The wiring is going in the fuel is all plummed in the steering is sorted and lots of other little bits and bobs have been done.
015 - 25-08-2008 - Wiring and Bodywork
015 - 25-08-2008 - Wiring and Bodywork  |  Total images: 11  |  Date added: 25.08.2008
So the updates are getting few and far between... Why.... because i just havent been spending any time on the car:( well thats not technically true i have been spending time on it but its only been a few small bits at a time. I have done alot of bodywork fitting and wiring, all of which are taking a long time, a lot longer than i hoped, but i think i have broken the back of the wiring now so hopefully these updates will start to becone more frequent again.
016 - 07-08-2008 - Engine and wiring
016 - 07-08-2008 - Engine and wiring  |  Total images: 4  |  Date added: 07.09.2008
This week was a week of highs and lows. I will start off with t he lows. Iv done a bit more work to finish off the wiring. Iv managed to do something to the fuel pump ciruit, it doesnt seem to work but to go with that i cant find the fuel pump relay. I really need to have a rummage around a proper MX5 to see where things are meant to go and where this relay should be. But on the high side... The car runs, with a few bodged parts and a bit of garden hose we got her running.
017 - 14-08-2008 Engine and Wiring
017 - 14-08-2008 Engine and Wiring  |  Total images: 5  |  Date added: 15.09.2008
Another good week on the car. she is now running like a dream the starting problems from last week were tracked down to a missing relay, its connector is labeled us a brake switch which was a bit confusing!! once we worked that our and got hold of the relay it started running really well.
018 - 01-09-2008 - Wiring, brakes and clutch
018 - 01-09-2008 - Wiring, brakes and clutch  |  Total images: 6  |  Date added: 07.03.2009
I have re found my love for the car and had another good weekend building it. I didnt spend as much time as i hoped on it but that was due to sunny weather Beer and BBQ's. I have bled my clutch and brakes, i think the clutch needs to be done again and im not sure about one of the front brakes but only time will tell with that one. I managed to get most of the engine bay wiring done so hopefully the first start of the engine wont be to far away!! Big thanks to james for his help over the weekend and to mark for answering the wiring question.
019 - 01-03-2009 Barn and Bodywork
019 - 01-03-2009 Barn and Bodywork  |  Total images: 5  |  Date added: 01.03.2009
So things have been moving a bit slowly with the car for way to long!! The weather hasnt really helped its been way to cold and wet to get the car out of the garage to do the bodywork. I have been able to do a few bits but nothing made it to the build diary. So finally i have moved it to a friends barn, where i can get on with the bodywork inside in the dry.
020 - 08-03-2009 Bodywork
020 - 08-03-2009 Bodywork  |  Total images: 12  |  Date added: 07.03.2009
Things have moved on pretty well this week. James and myself have done alot of the bodywork fitting.
021 - 24-03-2009 Bodywork
021 - 24-03-2009 Bodywork  |  Total images: 11  |  Date added: 24.03.2009
Things are still moving on quickly!! its been 10 days of bodywork trimming and adjusting!!
022 - 10-05-09 - Bodywork, IVA Mods
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022 - 10-05-09 - Bodywork, IVA Mods  |  Total images: 9  |  Date added: 10.05.2009
Loads has been going on over the last few weeks. Iv missed the end of the SVA so i now have to face the new IVA. I have had the car running again and it turned out to be undrivable with the original clutch so unfortunatly the engine had to come back out and have the clutch replace, We ended up replacing the clutch, flywheel and slave cylinder. We have finished the dashboard wiring, its all loomed up, immobiliser installed and cliped to its final positions.

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