Category: cars

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The Great Race

The Great Race set off this weekend. That’s a famous rally for older cars. This year, they’re going all the way from Maine to Florida. Last night they reached Lowell. We went over to...

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Engine In

Last weekend we did the first test fit of the engine in the Westfield. The idea was to get all of the mounting holes drilled while there’s still plenty of room to work. We’ll...

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Jigs & Tools

My father visited the other day, and he pointed out how many of the tools & jigs that I’ve made for working on the Westfield are made out of wood. I’m not sure whether...

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On the Ground

Look what happened today: The Westfield is standing on its own feet for the first time! This is only temporary. We’re going to mark out some of the details of where the engine goes...

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Differential

I got the differential into the Westfield today. That’s a big step, and I’m pretty excited. It’s  very heavy, so I used the engine hoist, and enlisted Peter’s help. It went in pretty smoothly,...

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Reamer

As I’ve mentioned before, assembling the Westfield often involves a bit of fettling. There are a number of tools which are useful for fettling, such as files. But my personal favorite is the adjustable...

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Brakepipe Clips

I finally got the last brakeline installed in the Westfield this weekend. While working on them, I got pretty sick of these things. That’s a brakepipe clip. It’s used to hold the hard brakelines....

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Awaiting Picture

The Westfield isn’t exactly a tab A in slot B sort of project. There’s a lot of puzzling about exactly how things go together. At the moment, I’m sorting all of the suspension bits....

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Fuel Lines

I got the 2 main fuel lines fabricated today. They’re 5/16 steel tubing, and they’re really difficult to bend well. I completely buggered up the first one I did. After a little digging around,...

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Making a List

I have all the parts I need off the old Miata. Now I’m going through checking each of them and making a list of which I can keep, and which I need to replace...