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Westfield SEi restoration - revamp/rethink
petroldiaries - 19/12/17 at 09:03 PM

Hi,
This looks like a great forum! Iím new to this site but Iíve started a Westfield SEi restoration so thought this a great place to visit for research and advice on parts of the car that need a revamp/rethink.

If anyone is interested Iím adding the restore diary to YouTube to chronicle my progress

https://youtu.be/sg8Yolf-hxc


Keep up the good work, I'll be a frequent visitor;o)


ReMan - 19/12/17 at 10:52 PM

Welcome! Yes it is. Just a bit quiet with christmas shopping I think.

Dont think you can go wrong for that money though.
Look forward to seeing the (pro) progress


ragindave - 20/12/17 at 12:02 AM

Thatís an absolute bargain and a great project a complete strip down a shot blast powder coat and start again look forward to seeing it progress.


Nickp - 20/12/17 at 11:47 AM

Looks a good project at a very good price. That's a £10K+ car once properly sorted
A mate has a very similar spec Westy (C20XE, ITBs etc) albeit in better shape.


petroldiaries - 20/12/17 at 01:25 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Nickp
Looks a good project at a very good price. That's a £10K+ car once properly sorted
A mate has a very similar spec Westy (C20XE, ITBs etc) albeit in better shape.



Thanks hopefully some TLC and elbow grease can start the fight back to former glory:0) I see you have a Haynes roadster? I bought the book with good intentions, the westi will be my substitute project;0)


petroldiaries - 20/12/17 at 01:28 PM

quote:
Originally posted by ragindave
Thatís an absolute bargain and a great project a complete strip down a shot blast powder coat and start again look forward to seeing it progress.



Thanks, if weather permits i will give the chassis a proper inspection in the next few days. I think I was lucky with the price ;0)


petroldiaries - 20/12/17 at 01:29 PM

quote:
Originally posted by ReMan
Welcome! Yes it is. Just a bit quiet with christmas shopping I think.

Dont think you can go wrong for that money though.
Look forward to seeing the (pro) progress


Cheers:0)


Nickp - 20/12/17 at 02:10 PM

quote:
Originally posted by petroldiaries
quote:
Originally posted by Nickp
Looks a good project at a very good price. That's a £10K+ car once properly sorted
A mate has a very similar spec Westy (C20XE, ITBs etc) albeit in better shape.



Thanks hopefully some TLC and elbow grease can start the fight back to former glory:0) I see you have a Haynes roadster? I bought the book with good intentions, the westi will be my substitute project;0)


Yeah, just finished this year. Bit of a beast with its BMW 328i engine

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Freestyle_998 - 20/12/17 at 02:17 PM

has it been on fire?

only watched every 10th frame coz i'm at work


CosKev3 - 20/12/17 at 04:19 PM

Ha ha did you really send him the mug?

Looks like that car has been sat out under a sheet for a while.

But as above,its a bargain for £2.5k.

One request if possible,more footage of actual work on the car in future episodes please,less of the 'I'm a youtuber I love the sound of my own voice' footage!


CosKev3 - 20/12/17 at 04:27 PM

http://forum.wscc.co.uk/forum/

Be well worth you joining the Westfield Club,they have massive knowledge on the forum and great local area meets/runs out


petroldiaries - 20/12/17 at 08:47 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Ha ha did you really send him the mug?

Looks like that car has been sat out under a sheet for a while.

But as above,its a bargain for £2.5k.

One request if possible,more footage of actual work on the car in future episodes please,less of the 'I'm a youtuber I love the sound of my own voice' footage!


Lol you might like the next episode then, as more bout the car and less of me:0) And yes heís still moaning about that mug, but my plan is to bring him on and get him a drive once done:0)


petroldiaries - 21/1/18 at 08:44 PM

Episode 4 for anyone interested

Thanks

https://youtu.be/8HvTOtGfuw4


petroldiaries - 11/2/18 at 03:10 PM

Hi
For anyone who's interested I've stared putting things back together, and started tinkering with that Vauxhall Redtop engine. Please see my latest video below. I'm going to start picking your brains as I've got some tricky jobs coming up;O)

Thanks
JK

https://youtu.be/7oYMhmEVQ7o


CosKev3 - 11/2/18 at 03:26 PM

Coming up well

Still say the screen supports/surround should have been powder coated black though


petroldiaries - 11/2/18 at 04:49 PM

I must admit one pulled into a garage next to me yesterday with all black parts and a full roll cage with a hard top and it did look EPIC....It was food for thought!!!!! Once she's fully up and running i might make one or two mods, and she's crying out for stripes I reckon


CosKev3 - 11/2/18 at 04:55 PM

Also,couldn't you have had the chrome headlamps powder coated to help with the budget?


petroldiaries - 11/2/18 at 06:47 PM

Nar i considered it but they were too far gone. might be an option for those rusty wishbones though!!!


petroldiaries - 11/2/18 at 06:47 PM

Nar i considered it but they were too far gone. might be an option for those rusty wishbones though!!!


CosKev3 - 11/2/18 at 07:08 PM

Yeah wishbones need some love


petroldiaries - 11/2/18 at 09:36 PM

Just won a set on EBay so these will transform the car

[Edited on 11/2/18 by petroldiaries]


petroldiaries - 3/3/18 at 09:58 AM

Latest video uploaded for anyone interested. I'm making progress and todays episode is about getting the Vauxhall redtop engine up and running.

https://youtu.be/JOftMkRni5Q


CosKev3 - 3/3/18 at 10:16 AM

Coming along very well

Makes you realise now it's running how big a bargain it was!


petroldiaries - 3/3/18 at 10:31 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Coming along very well

Makes you realise now it's running how big a bargain it was!


Yeah hope so mate, gonna try and sort that front suspension once the snow is gone


petroldiaries - 3/3/18 at 10:34 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Coming along very well

Makes you realise now it's running how big a bargain it was!


Maybe it was cheap because of the colour lol. It wouldn't have been my first choice


CosKev3 - 3/3/18 at 11:03 AM

quote:
Originally posted by petroldiaries
quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Coming along very well

Makes you realise now it's running how big a bargain it was!


Maybe it was cheap because of the colour lol. It wouldn't have been my first choice


Nor mine tbh!

Perhaps get it vinyl wrapped once it's all up and running


petroldiaries - 19/3/18 at 06:40 PM

I'm making inroads into understanding some of the problems this car has been suffering from.

I've added the link to the latest video below for anyone interested

https://youtu.be/B12DvmgrSSs


CosKev3 - 19/3/18 at 07:06 PM

Fingers crossed you find the dodgy connection easily enough on the dash!


petroldiaries - 28/3/18 at 04:27 PM

Thanks for the tips I've had on here, really helped me out. I've got my dashboard all sorted now so ready to be refitted.

See me latest video for anyone interested;O)

https://youtu.be/6nHKhV_sD2k


CosKev3 - 28/3/18 at 04:30 PM

Big improvement on the dash!

Looks much more upto date now


petroldiaries - 28/3/18 at 04:58 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Big improvement on the dash!

Looks much more upto date now


Cheers mate I'm happy with what we've done as it looks a bit sexier than before. Well as sexy as a dash board can ever get ;o)


mike78 - 28/3/18 at 06:20 PM

Just watched and enjoyed first episode...
look forward to seeing the resto


petroldiaries - 28/3/18 at 09:27 PM

Thanks mate, episode 9 coming next! We finally tackle those rusty wishbones soon;O)


briarswood57 - 29/3/18 at 05:28 AM

Dash looks great - if you don't mind me asking where did you get the Dash lights - looking for something similar but all I can see are the billet aluminium switches when I search the web.

Cheers. Andrew


petroldiaries - 29/3/18 at 07:27 AM

quote:
Originally posted by briarswood57
Dash looks great - if you don't mind me asking where did you get the Dash lights - looking for something similar but all I can see are the billet aluminium switches when I search the web.

Cheers. Andrew
Hi Andrew, cheers sheís coming on bit by bit. Iíve added the link below, I saw the aluminium ones but I wanted to keep with a black theme. They are from an eBay seller who does a few different options.

Cheers

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F122762684270


CosKev3 - 29/3/18 at 08:26 AM

quote:
Originally posted by petroldiaries
quote:
Originally posted by briarswood57
Dash looks great - if you don't mind me asking where did you get the Dash lights - looking for something similar but all I can see are the billet aluminium switches when I search the web.

Cheers. Andrew
Hi Andrew, cheers sheís coming on bit by bit. Iíve added the link below, I saw the aluminium ones but I wanted to keep with a black theme. They are from an eBay seller who does a few different options.

Cheers

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F122762684270


Keep with the black theme?

then you get the screen supports polished.........


petroldiaries - 29/3/18 at 09:05 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
quote:
Originally posted by petroldiaries
quote:
Originally posted by briarswood57
Dash looks great - if you don't mind me asking where did you get the Dash lights - looking for something similar but all I can see are the billet aluminium switches when I search the web.

Cheers. Andrew
Hi Andrew, cheers sheís coming on bit by bit. Iíve added the link below, I saw the aluminium ones but I wanted to keep with a black theme. They are from an eBay seller who does a few different options.

Cheers

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F122762684270


Keep with the black theme?

then you get the screen supports polished.........


I thought youíd like that lol. I do like the all black look as makes it looks meaner, so I canít promise I wonít change in future. I was keeping silver to match the wheels, but just bought some used minilite wheels which are charcoal coloured:0)


CosKev3 - 29/3/18 at 09:12 AM

Knew you would see sense in the end


CosKev3 - 7/4/18 at 09:53 AM

Episode 9 is good

Very nice work,nice to see you painting/protecting things like the bar behind the dash and steering column


petroldiaries - 7/4/18 at 09:54 AM

Finally got to sorting that suspension.

Latest video below for anyone interested, thanks for your continued help, I couldn't have got this far without the tips from you guys

https://youtu.be/CUnCfMc_ozk


Bunje - 10/4/18 at 02:57 PM

its a great build i really enjoy watching the videos. if you do need any parts dont froget to post a wanted ad on the WSCC forum as im sure people have stuff lying around saves you trawling ebay


petroldiaries - 13/4/18 at 09:32 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Bunje
its a great build i really enjoy watching the videos. if you do need any parts dont froget to post a wanted ad on the WSCC forum as im sure people have stuff lying around saves you trawling ebay


Cheers mate!!!! New video coming very soon!


petroldiaries - 14/4/18 at 08:26 AM

I've been up to my old tricks again, latest video attached for anyone interested. She's coming on ok, dashboard now back in

https://youtu.be/265W6sjqZUg


CosKev3 - 14/4/18 at 09:15 AM

Looking good

Leave the minilights as they are,yellow my arse!

One little tip before you refit the suspension, paint all the areas on the track rod ends/balljoints that are going to be exposed once fitted
Easy to do now they are nice new rust free metal, they will rust within a few months then you've got to de-rust before painting!


petroldiaries - 14/4/18 at 09:21 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Looking good

Leave the minilights as they are,yellow my arse!

One little tip before you refit the suspension, paint all the areas on the track rod ends/balljoints that are going to be exposed once fitted
Easy to do now they are nice new rust free metal, they will rust within a few months then you've got to de-rust before painting!




Cheers for the tip I'll do that!!!!!!


lordbenny - 18/4/18 at 01:30 PM

Watched every episode now, waiting for episode 9.

Great series, only one criticism......the music!

Looking forward to seeing it finished.


petroldiaries - 18/4/18 at 05:46 PM

quote:
Originally posted by lordbenny
Watched every episode now, waiting for episode 9.

Great series, only one criticism......the music!

Looking forward to seeing it finished.



Hi thanks for the feedback and kind words!!!!! If you mean Episode 11 its coming soon 9 and 10 below. I'll have a look at the music, I might surprise you with a different track next time


Episode 9
https://youtu.be/CUnCfMc_ozk

Episode 10
https://youtu.be/265W6sjqZUg


petroldiaries - 30/4/18 at 04:47 PM

Just uploaded another episode for anyone interested, see below. Goodbye rusty parts, hello fresh start;o)

https://youtu.be/MDqq12BPLdw

Thanks for the continued support and useful tips, I couldn't have got this far without your help!


CosKev3 - 30/4/18 at 05:30 PM

Front end looks mint now

Have you had a look at rear wishbones/hubs etc?

Did you forget to paint the ball joints etc?


petroldiaries - 30/4/18 at 06:13 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Front end looks mint now

Have you had a look at rear wishbones/hubs etc?

Did you forget to paint the ball joints etc?




Nope you might find you get a mention in the next episode As we did paint those parts on your recommendation. Next episode is all about the rears, I thought I was ok until I spotted a seal blown on the sierra callipers Got a repair kit on order


petroldiaries - 11/5/18 at 03:28 PM

Just uploaded another video, I've started on the back end now for anyone interested. Thanks for your continued support;o)

https://youtu.be/dHyxAx5fg3g


CosKev3 - 11/5/18 at 04:49 PM

I'm not sure I would be happy running different brands of coil overs front to rear tbh ,perhaps it will be fine,but on these light cars I think you will be lucky if it is!
Different on heavy tin tops,but the minutest difference on the suspension on these is noticeable


lordbenny - 11/5/18 at 06:13 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
I'm not sure I would be happy running different brands of coil overs front to rear tbh ,perhaps it will be fine,but on these light cars I think you will be lucky if it is!
Different on heavy tin tops,but the minutest difference on the suspension on these is noticeable


Why would it make any difference what brand they are front to back?


CosKev3 - 11/5/18 at 10:00 PM

quote:
Originally posted by lordbenny
quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
I'm not sure I would be happy running different brands of coil overs front to rear tbh ,perhaps it will be fine,but on these light cars I think you will be lucky if it is!
Different on heavy tin tops,but the minutest difference on the suspension on these is noticeable


Why would it make any difference what brand they are front to back?


Bound to be a few differences in the valving used/oil etc inside them,never mind the age related wear on the old rears.
The old Westfield supplied Spax are renowned for being very hard.


petroldiaries - 13/5/18 at 02:27 PM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
quote:
Originally posted by lordbenny
quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
I'm not sure I would be happy running different brands of coil overs front to rear tbh ,perhaps it will be fine,but on these light cars I think you will be lucky if it is!
Different on heavy tin tops,but the minutest difference on the suspension on these is noticeable


Why would it make any difference what brand they are front to back?


Bound to be a few differences in the valving used/oil etc inside them,never mind the age related wear on the old rears.
The old Westfield supplied Spax are renowned for being very hard.


Cheers for the tip, I'm gonna get it out on the road then see how it feels, if its a compromise on the handling I'll swap the rears out

Cheers mate!


petroldiaries - 19/5/18 at 07:17 AM

Here's the latest episode for anyone interested, I enjoyed myself on this one making something from nothing

Cheers

https://youtu.be/r7cJRJl3JA8


CosKev3 - 19/5/18 at 07:55 AM

Nicely done considering your bending tools!!!


petroldiaries - 19/5/18 at 08:11 AM

quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Nicely done considering your bending tools!!!


It could have all gone badly wrong lol


petroldiaries - 1/6/18 at 11:42 AM

Rear brakes now sorted, sorting tyres for those minilites next. Latest progress video below for anyone interested. Thanks for your continued support.

Cheers


https://youtu.be/YpmQrQzYGvE


lordbenny - 2/6/18 at 01:27 PM

Where are you based, Iíd love to meet up when itís finally finished?

[Edited on 2/6/18 by lordbenny]


petroldiaries - 3/6/18 at 07:53 AM

quote:
Originally posted by lordbenny
Where are you based, Iíd love to meet up when itís finally finished?

[Edited on 2/6/18 by lordbenny]


Hi I'm over near Southampton, I was on the M27 Thursday when I was overtaken by a white one with a Westi logo spanning the spare wheel section of the car. Looked and sounded EPIC

I gave him a thumbs up from my blue golf


petroldiaries - 9/6/18 at 04:52 PM

Another video for anyone interested, bit less time this week as I broke my Elise. But hopefully gonna fit those minilites next.

Thanks

https://youtu.be/Nr4mWxnOKig


petroldiaries - 10/7/18 at 05:53 PM

It's coming home!!!!!! Latest progress video for anyone interested, hit a bit of a delay after the rat attack on the Lotus Elise


https://youtu.be/RYfwP7M7Ukk
Cmon England


big_wasa - 10/7/18 at 07:02 PM

Love the wheels and cringed at your ex lodger


Slater - 11/7/18 at 02:39 PM

Great set of video diaries. All done with basic tools too. I spotted the dog bone style multi spanner in the footwell on one of the early episodes. Ive not seen one of those for years.

You defo need a yellow bonnet stripe though......


petroldiaries - 21/7/18 at 04:56 PM

quote:
Originally posted by big_wasa
Love the wheels and cringed at your ex lodger


Thanks yeah took me two weeks to get rid of the smell




petroldiaries - 21/7/18 at 04:58 PM

quote:
Originally posted by Slater
Great set of video diaries. All done with basic tools too. I spotted the dog bone style multi spanner in the footwell on one of the early episodes. Ive not seen one of those for years.

You defo need a yellow bonnet stripe though......



The 10 in 1 dog bone style spanner never lets me down

Thanks for your comments, I might think about the stripe, looks great in your pic