Bren's Westfield Clubman86killer
Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:57 PM
So for a number of years now I have loved Lotus 7 replica's. I started off wanting to buy one of my own. Then that changed to wanting to building one from a kit. I was set on the McGregor Motorsports kit from NZ, but they just stopped communicating, and didn't seem keen. Then I found another kit I wanted to build, which is not a name brand one. It is built by a one man setup in England, and made for either the Ford Zetec, or Duratec engine, which suited me as I was set on using a Duratec.
Then last night shift I was sitting in the truck and had something of an epiphany. The missus and I have a 7 month old, and we want to buy a block of land as soon as possible, then build a house. So I decided the extra expense, as well as the effort and pain in the arse of getting an ICV registered probaby isn't worth it at the moment. So I started looking for an already rego'd car. Started looking on Ozclubbies, and then Ebay and Gumtree.
On the drive home from the airport last Wednesday night I came across a Westfield on Gumtree that had only been advertised that day. Sent him an email that night, then called him on Thursday. On Friday I went down to check it out and it was great! I did a typical TT lowball, and he declined, so I went home with my tail between my legs. Decided I must have the car, so scraped together some more money, and on Saturday I went to pick it up.
All was going well, and it was fast and fun. Then about 20 or so min in to the drive home on the highway shit went wrong. It lost power and stalled. I thought it may have been out of fuel as the fuel gauge is dodgy. Put some in, no good. Turns out the alternator isn't charging the battery. I am shit at wiring so this had me scratching my head the rest of the break after getting it towed home. The alternator is good, as I had it tested after removing it. Anyway, should be getting fixed next break.
2000 model Aussie Westfield SEiW
IRS rear suspension with Escort diff and Quaife LSD centre. Apparently 3.9 diff ratio, but I reckon 4.44
Cortina front uprights
Not sure about front shocks and springs
Some kind of aftermarket ECU
When I bought it it had some stupid electric "turbo" thing that the air filter was mounted on. That got binned. I need to replace the pod filter, but it will do for now.
Plans, get it running, then get roady and rego in my name. After that enjoy it and learn to drive it. Long term, build stroker bottom end, good head with big cams and quad throttle bodies, and paint it/vinyl wrap it a different colour.
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Posted 20 December 2013 - 06:54 AM
A bit of TLC and it looks like it will come up a treat.
Bit funny the color as is looks like something Ferdie would use :-)
Don't let him talk you into silver hehe.
Cheers and keep us update on the stalling issue.
Have you charged the battery up and given it a run as if the alternator is good then it's puzzling.
Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:53 AM
Yeah battery has been fully charged. The alternator problem will be because there is no power to it from the ignition. I'll get that sorted when I am home next and it should be all good.
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Posted 20 December 2013 - 05:26 PM
Hell yeah, that is cool.
Looks much more fun than an 86.
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Posted 20 December 2013 - 07:38 PM
Oh no power from ignition so that definitely sounds easy to trace though concerned that I hope nothing is shorting as that's a bit of wattage going down that line. Hopefully it's just a broken wire.
So what's your wet weather drive, or are you planning to wear a raincoat. Hehe I would :-)
Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:19 PM
Pleb, it is an 86 just out of shot That is Nafe's 86. I am lucky he was there, as he identified the problem quite quickly. He is a bit of a 4AGE expert after having his AE86
This car actually came with a canvas roof and doors for wet weather, but I haven't fitted them yet! My regular wet weather drive would be the Mitsu ASX family rig. But if I am ever going anywhere on my own and the weather looks iffy, I'll put the canvas roof on and see how it goes
Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:21 PM
Posted 20 December 2013 - 10:57 PM
Nice car, I woulda gone the new kit car route myself. Much more rewarding and you have the satisfaction that you built it. Spose getting whipped by the missues isn't a good idea though lol.
Posted 21 December 2013 - 06:54 AM
Simple. Trust me, missus had nothing to do with I was sitting in the truck on my own last night shift and decided buying makes more sense. She tried to talk me out of it.
Posted 21 December 2013 - 06:57 AM
Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:11 AM
Shano, the clubman and the 86 are both fun, just slightly different fun, the clubman is more raw, but having both the "feel" is somewhat similar (I have often said the closest thing to driving my clubbie is the 86)
Pleb, when I rains you get wet, when its hot you get really hot, but either way the smile is still there. I will try find a a pic of one of the runs I went on back around 2008, we got rained on for 4hrs straight after leaving Brisbane and had lunch at mapelton, was one of the most fun days ive ever had in my clubbie.
Stevo, from having my one since 2005, I can say that building from scratch might mean you put it together in the first place, owning one means you will take it apart and put it back together more than once yourself. from my time there is not a single bolt on the car that has not been undone, at one point or another had all but one of the panels off. Ive had every inch of wire out and a "new hand built loom installed" (saved about 20kgs out of interest)
these cars are "never finished", and that's the beauty of them, there are no 2 cars the same anywhere in the world.
its not just "what wheels are you running and what coil overs do you have", they are full custom and full hand modified, and im sure all on here can understand how cool that is
Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:32 PM
Bren, very envious. Huge amount of fun ahead.
Posted 21 December 2013 - 03:14 PM
Mof, I am looking forward to the fun times
Posted 21 December 2013 - 05:47 PM
Yeah Ferdie that's what I was referring too.
I would so much enjoy it in the wet, but that is just me always loved driving in the rain as its when all the senses come alive.
Posted 21 December 2013 - 07:09 PM
Ferdie's is absolutely right, but given the option. I would rather build my own one from scratch rather than buying someone's sloppy seconds. Unless its a killer deal.
If you buy secondhand, you don't 100% know the history of the car, whereas when you buy brand new from scratch you know your car has been well looked after because you built it by hand.
I personally like those 550 Spyder Replica's myself if I were to build a kit car, comes with a subi boxer engine.. Imagine putting in a well built FA20 into that.. I'm not up to that stage into car modding yet.
But yeah, the proper approach would be to ditch the cars, and buy a property. Buy the house FIRST, then splurge on the toys, that's the sensible option if you got your head on straight
Posted 21 December 2013 - 08:00 PM
And stop filling my build thread with off topic shit. Start your own thread about how buying a house first is more sensible than buying a car, and how anyone who does it the other way around doesn't have their head screwed on properly.
Posted 21 December 2013 - 08:06 PM
Posted 06 January 2014 - 10:50 PM
Unfortunately it now has another problem, maybe two. It runs really well when cold, and first up at temp, but then after a little while it is a bit of a pig at low revs. When stopping at lights, round abouts etc it just wants to stall. Runs well still at high rpm, lots of load etc.
Got it home and let it cool down and started it again. Still charging good. It sat there idling well, then after 7 - 10min it shut down. Really "cleanly" for lack of a better word. It was as if the key had been turned off. It didn't fart or splutter or anything like that. Seems strange. Any ideas?
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:05 AM
I may be wrong on your new issue but sounds to me a classic 4AGE issue.
Memory is escaping me at moment but I perhaps a bit of google trawling as I think it's a common issue in a 4AGE motor for the fix.
Hmmm let me help.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:28 PM
Roady got done today Big thanks goes to Kyle and Matt from 6Boost for sorting it out! Rego will be transferred to my name next break.
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