Category: cars

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Getting Legal

Today the Westfield finally got its real inspection sticker. That’s the last step in the registration/inspection process that I started at the beginning of the summer. When I started, I looked for information about...

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Registration & Inspection

Last week the title cleared, so it was back the RMV to fill out another RMV-1 form. They gave me the plates, and then I was off to the inspection station, where they gave...

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Skidplate Installed

Do you remember the skidplate I was making? I’ve finished it up and installed it on the car. To do that, I needed to add some mounting brackets. That involved a second vacuum bagging...

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VIN

Yesterday Tom & I towed the Westfield over to the State Police office in Revere. We came home with a “Massachusetts-assigned Vehicle Identification Number”. That means that in the eyes of the state, it...

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Skidplate

One of the trickier bits of the Westfield is that the Miata engine is quite a bit taller than the one that was originally used in the Lotus 7. That’s a problem if you...

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Spring

The snow is finally gone, and the daffodils are out. Time to get the car out and wash the winter dust off.

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Fire Extinguisher Bracket

Every car should probably have a fire extinguisher on board. That’s especially true for a home-built car. But the Westfield is pretty tiny, and finding room for the extinguisher has been a challenge. I...

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Golden Guide

Hemmings just had a blog post that really tickled me. It was about an obscure old book called The Golden Guide to Sports Cars. Well I had a copy of that book when I...

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Fun in the Sun

We got the Westfield out of the garage this morning. There was a lot of fussing about ground clearance. It was pretty tight. Once it was out in the sun, we could see how...

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More Wiring

I spent a lot of time on the wiring this weekend. Mostly on the wiper motor, the only Lucas part in the car. After a lot of running around in circles, I finally measured...