Category: cars


What Makes the Miata so Great?

Here’s another nice video from the guys at XCar. This one’s about our favorite toy, the Miata. Stay to the end to find out what you’re supposed to do when yours rusts out. It’s...



I’ve been doing a lot of work on the rear end of the Westfield recently. The differential has been in for a while, but I didn’t have the axles in until last weekend. Miatas...

Fathers, Sons, & Cars 0

Fathers, Sons, & Cars

I enjoyed this article on NPR last night. It’s about the place car repair has in the traditional American father/son relationship.  


KTR Visit

Before the Historic Festival every year, Lime Rock holds some open houses at sites that are involved in vintage racing. Tonight Peter and I went to one of these at KTR Motorsports in Ayer....


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...


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...


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...


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...



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,...



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...