I contacted Westfield on Monday and they duly sent out the lock nuts for the top ball joints. These arrived the next day and fitted a treat. I just need to buy a 22mm spanner to tighten then up!
On Wednesday I picked up a long bolt to finish of fitting the spacer to the diff. It duly snapped! The next day I took it to the garage and pressed the spacer back out. It wasn’t as damaged on the top as I thought (I may have tapped it with a hammer once… shhh) so I was able to turn that out on a lathe. I cleaned the holes in the diff up and it pressed in with absolutely no argument. If only I’d have done a better job of cleaning the holes to start off with! Lesson learned.
With new found enthusiasm, and a hope of being able to fit the diff finally I started fitting the bracket. This is held on with two 4.5″ bolts. I couldn’t find these, but there were two 4″ bolts on the pick list so I presumed it was just a typing error. Wrong, they weren’t long enough. Looked like I wouldn’t be fitting the diff after all. Further checking showed I also didn’t have the spacers required for bolting the ‘arms’ on. A phone call to Westfield the next morning and they were all on their way to me. For the record, the spacers are supposed to be rescued from the Mazda. It rings a bell, and I think I might have done this but I have no clue which safe place I’d have put them in!
Lastly, I paid the deposit for the completion kit this week. I’ve gone for:
- Orange bodywork
- FW front end
- No dash
- Sport turbo seats (black with orange piping)
- 4 point harnesses
- Cat silencer (my donor is a ’96 model)
- Detachable rear arches
I’ve forgotten to specify that the front arches should be black, and I also meant to add the carbon effect rear lights. I hate carbon effect, but I like the design so I’ll probably just spray them black. Must remember to tell Westfield about those things though!
I’ve got a preliminary collection date of 14th-16th December. Plenty of time. Only got the rear wiring to finish, the diff to fit and of course the trivial job of rebuilding the engine and fitting that.