The whole diary...
|Early Development Photos||Here's a selection of photos from delivery to SVA.|
|Setup||Camber Front Left : -2.0
Camber Front Right : -2.0
Camber Back Left : -1.5
Camber Back Right ...|
|Wiring||This section is mostly for my reference! Seeing as I created the wiring loom by hand, I guess i'd b...|
|Dashboard Screens||The user-configurable screens on the DASH2 Dashboard
Screen 1 Water Temp Oil Temp ...|
|The Car||Westfield SEiW Megabusa
Front Wide Track & Second Generation Anti-Roll Bar
Rear Anti-Roll bar
|The Engine||Suzuki Hayabusa 1548cc in standard 1300cc casings
billet stroker crankshaft (balanced with genny at...|
|Electronics||MBE 992c Engine Management System
Custom Wiring Loom
Race Technology Dash2
Race Technology DL-1 D...|
|Performance||Power: approx 250bhp at the crank
Volume: 101.9 decibels at 7,000rpm...|
|Recent Pictures||Recent photos in race clothing|
|Rollcage & Slicks|
|January 1 1901||Videos||Quick shot of flames:
|May 1 2007||Initial Concept||I've come up with the idea of building a kit car. I can't remember why, perhaps I dreamt it. We love...|
|May 15 2007||Turbos & Superchargers||Slowly our ideas of Turbocharging and Supercharging have been smashed. Its easy to imagine that you ...|
|June 2 2007||Total Kit Car Live! Brands Hatch||We rode along to Brands Hatch to get some information and have some rides. I managed to go around in...|
|June 10 2007||Final Decision of Car||Lots of research and phone calls over the last few weeks and i've finally made up my mind. Summary o...|
|June 10 2007||This is what it should look like - Minus the windscreen!|
|June 20 2007||Where to Build It?||We decided that a very large garage is essential, a normal one just doesn't give enough space around...|
|June 20 2007||Placing The Order||After much sweating I placed the order with Westfield Sports Cars. The specification is as follows: ...|
|June 24 2007||Engine Hunting||After much discussion about whether to break a running bike or buy an engine, we have decided to buy...|
|June 26 2007||Which Wheels?||Wheels are important - we don't fancy the dated looking 'minilite' style, and can't afford split rim...|
|June 27 2007||Other Bits & Pieces||I've ordered a few more bits from Ebay... Not much else to do for the next month!
|July 11 2007||Progress Update||The engine has been dispatched and should be delivered tomorrow, its a 2007 with 900 miles and a pre...|
|July 12 2007||The Engine Has Arrived!||It turned up today. First task now is to try and identify all connectors for all sensors and buy th...|
|July 14 2007||Loom & Electrical Connectors||The mission now is to try and acquire all the electrical connectors in order to make a loom. Here a...|
|July 16 2007||The Chassis is Done!||Just received an email from Westfield with pictures of our Chassis... its finished, just awaiting as...|
|July 20 2007||Stuff is taking over the office||The corner of the office is slowly filling up. Allsorts of tools, wheels, tyres, electrical bits, j...|
|July 21 2007||Suzuki Service Manual||The suzuki service manual has arrived, Click here to download PDF|
|July 21 2007||How fast will it go?||People keep asking how fast it will go, and it seems the answer is 134.47 as it hits the rev limiter...|
|July 29 2007||The Garage is Ready||The garage is all ready for the kit to be picked up tomorrow. All the tools laid out, wheels and en...|
|July 30 2007||Picking up the Kit||We hit the road at 6am, aiming to be at the factory by 9am. We arrived at 9:15 having suffered very...|
|July 30 2007||First Days Work||We decided to get to work straight away!
First job was the fuel lines, this went pretty smoothly....|
|July 31 2007||Engine In!||We managed to get to the garage by 5pm and three of us set to work. Andy installed the wiring loom,...|
|August 1 2007||More bits & Pieces...||On my own this evening, so decided to finish a few bits & pieces.
I started with the differential...|
|August 2 2007||More Stuff...||First job was to unbolt the rear diff mounts and replace them with the correct bolts, i'd accidental...|
|August 3 2007||After the instruction manual...||Andy and I working this evening - got to the garage just before 5pm.
The instructions on the mega...|
|August 4 2007||Bits & Bobs..||I spent an hour shopping this morning trying to find more jubilee clips and some coolant hose. I ev...|
|August 5 2007||End of the First Week||I was concerned about the weight now on the axel stands and wood, so I wanted to sort this before do...|
|August 6 2007||The 8th day...||I filled in my SVA form today, but got stuck on the engine manufacture date. With thanks to Jeff I ...|
|August 7 2007||Last day for a while||Some of the missing parts turned up, so there are a few new jobs for this evening!
On my own toni...|
|August 8 2007||Biggest Problem Yet||I've just had an email from Mark at Westfield. He says:
If you did not buy the...|
|August 8 2007||Quick Couple of Hours...||I wasn't really supposed to be at the garage today, but couldn't resist the urge, so ended up gettin...|
|August 14 2007||Raining Hard... again!||Didn't get to the garage until 6pm. Slamming it down with rain, got absolutely soaked. And I forgo...|
|August 15 2007||Engine Problems!||Engine Issues!
In order to sort the sump, Westfield are sending me replacement gaskets for the su...|
|August 16 2007||New ECU Decision||After much discussion today, i decided to cancel the order for the Emerald ECU. Amazingly they actu...|
|August 17 2007||Moving Backwards||Unfortunately we're in a bit of a pickle, and need to do a lot of going backwards before we can go f...|
|August 18 2007||Odds & Sods||After a quick shopping trip, i arrived at the garage.
Armed with the correct spanner, i tried to ...|
|August 18 2007||Rant!!||I Just posted this on WSCC forum......
Here's a picture of my (almost) standard megabusa dash
|August 19 2007||Scratching for things to do ...||First job was to sort out tracking, camber and caster on the front suspension. I have no proper equ...|
|August 20 2007||Major Progress||Armed with the correct tool, i extracted the alternator & crankshaft position wheel. It was so tigh...|
|August 21 2007||Wire Hell (or heaven?)||I think I just worked out why nobody in their right mind makes their own wiring loom... if you don't...|
|August 22 2007||Final Engine Prep||First job is to Fit Dry Sump Oil Tank - just came back from the welder looking gorgeous. Unfortunat...|
|August 23 2007||The Engine Runs!||On a total mission today - get everything done to start the engine.
First i rewired the ignition ...|
|August 25 2007||Interior & Stuff||Today was never going to be the world's most productive day.... terrible hangover and 33 degree temp...|
|August 26 2007||First bits||The goal of today is to do some bodywork, but that's more than a one man job. I decided to start on...|
|August 27 2007||Body on!||Its been such a long day, i cant even remember what we've done!
James went to see Marcus and came...|
|August 28 2007||Odds & Sods||Only a few Odds and sods today, just keep the body moving along.
First I decided to tinker with t...|
|August 29 2007||A few fiddles||On my own this evening, dreading more fibreglass cutting!
First thing to finish is the bootbox ho...|
|August 30 2007||News of the day...||I'm not going to the garage today, we're out on an office BBQ & Get Drunk.
News of the day is tha...|
|August 31 2007||Hungover!||Hungover badly... so not going to attempt anything too challenging!
The new exhaust bracket has t...|
|September 1 2007||Front finished||I'm off out to get drunk again, so this is gonna be quick.... Just a few bits and bobs today...
|September 2 2007||All Finished!||... well, almost, still no rear brakes but i'm assured i'll get those tomorrow!
Started the day a...|
|September 2 2007||SVA Stuff||Tigger from the WSCC forum sent me these pictures to help with SVA stupidities|
|September 3 2007||Brakes & First Drive.||I rushed back from work to fit the new rear calipers. Should take an hour max, then off for a drive...|
|September 4 2007||Second Drive!||My sister Lisa was involved in a car accident this morning. I spent most of the day keeping her com...|
|September 5 2007||Third Drive!||No photos today i'm afraid, don't think i did anything worthy of photographing.
The only thing on...|
|September 6 2007||Grills & throttle bodies||I went to Halfords and bought some black grille. Chopped it up, bent it into shape, and fitted it t...|
|September 9 2007||SVA Bits||Allsorts of miscellaneous SVA stuff! Pictures tell it all....
The busa is now finished apart from...|
|September 13 2007||More SVA||A few more SVA tweaks... changed my mind about using insulating tape!|
|September 18 2007||Garage... and SVA Tomorrow||Went to look at a garage today, and i've made the owner an offer. Its 20 feet square so will make e...|
|September 19 2007||SVA TEST!||Up at 5:45 after a bad nights sleep, and straight over to James' before heading up the road to cuckf...|
|September 23 2007||SVA Update||Mark at Westfield has filed a complaint with SVA technical services department about their testing i...|
|October 1 2007||One week to SVA Retest||I haven't made an update for a while... mostly because i haven't done anything for a while! SVA Ret...|
|October 2 2007||SVA Inspection Manual||Here is the official SVA VOSA inspection manual:
|October 6 2007||Brands Visit||Visited Brands Hatch to watch a few race series. We saw the Radical SR3 cup, the Junior Ginettas , ...|
|October 8 2007||SVA Retest||We turned up at the centre 3 hours early. Apparently the booking was at a completely different time...|
|October 9 2007||DVLA Registration||I drove up to the garage in the pouring rain and got the engine number and Westfield receipts.
|October 11 2007||Registered!||The car is road legal! Paperwork came through today and it has been given the plate GX07 OLV. Not ...|
|October 13 2007||Suspension Setup||We arrived at the race car doctor's barn at 9am and got cracking. I wasn't quite sure what to expec...|
|October 14 2007||Engine Problems||I've got a starter problem for some reason. Basically, i hit the starter button and the relay click...|
|October 15 2007||Solution... and....Suspension Settings||I've been discussing the problems with starting on the forum, and they're pretty convinced its an ea...|
|October 16 2007||Earth problem solved||Earth problem solved! I need to do a more permenant solution, as i've butchered together a couple o...|
|October 16 2007||Dash Wiring||I started work on the dash wiring. So far i've done:
Primary connectors to car loom
|October 20 2007||Dash Cutting||Managed to get most of the dash fitted.
The carbon fibre had to be cut on almost every edge, a to...|
|October 21 2007||More Dash||Spent the day trying to wire everything up, total nightmare! Got the car just about driveable in th...|
|October 22 2007||Does the Hayabusa engine need any upgrading?||The hayabusa engine is a solid little engine, and if treated right will give good service in totally...|
|October 22 2007||How driveable is the car in traffic & every day?||I've now done almost 400 miles in the car and i feel i can give a good report on its driveability. ...|
|October 22 2007||Do you use the clutch when changing gear?||For Downshifting: I use the clutch always, aided with heel & toe throttle blips IF the RPM is high (...|
|October 22 2007||What's the reverse gearbox like?||Reverse is crap, its just a design nightmare - it gets easier, and i now 'understand' the box - its ...|
|October 22 2007||How did you do the paddle shift?||It is a rod-linked gearshift mechanism, using many parts from the standard Westfield 'stick shift' s...|
|October 24 2007||Even more dash...||Turns out the dash is faulty! No wonder i can't make it work. I plumbed in the oil & water temp se...|
|October 26 2007||First Track Day... DISASTER!||Diasaster!
7pm, On the way to Snetterton, with James following on the bike, clouds of smoke start...|
|October 27 2007||Pump Disassembled||Pump disassembled and ready for new bits... see photos|
|November 3 2007||Dry Sump Replumbing||I spent the whole day trying to raise the dry sump pump and connect it all in, I forgot my camera un...|
|November 4 2007||Car working again||I decided to abandon replacing half the pipes as i have the wrong adapters. Car's all working again...|
|November 5 2007||It Drives again!||Unfortunately raining and in the wet, but the car drives! No dash, so no idea how fast i'm going, o...|
|November 8 2007||Trackday Prep||Tomorrow evening i set off on the 2 1/2 hour journey to Silverstone. Hopefully everything will be r...|
|November 10 2007||Trackday Disaster Number Two||Total Disaster
We made the drive to silverstone with no drama, almost 4 hours driving and not a b...|
|November 14 2007||Quick Update||A new engine - 2007 with 1099 miles, and a new dry sump system are on their way and should arrive by...|
|November 15 2007||Tank Design||Hopefully the new engine & sump system will be delivered tomorrow. I still have various plumbing pa...|
|November 18 2007||Engine Out||An early start this morning, I plan to remove the old engine.
Firstly we had to remove the clutch...|
|November 19 2007||Trial Fit Sump||Last night, i trial fitted the new sump and pump. Don't have the right bolts, so i need to go shopp...|
|November 21 2007||Engine Almost Ready||Today i ordered a new billet CNC clutch slave cylinder which will fit, hopefully!
I finished prep...|
|November 24 2007||Quick Update||I fitted the clutch slave cylinder, and we dropped the engine into the car.
I've now completed fi...|
|December 3 2007||Photos tell the story...|
|December 8 2007||Almost back together||I spent the day doing more plumbing and wiring. Water system is complete, constructed mostly of Sam...|
|December 10 2007||See you next year!||I'm off on holiday for a month, so i'll be back in January.
I had hoped to achieve more before go...|
|January 12 2008||Tow Car Acquired||OK, its a lot more than a tow car, its a 4.2l V8 Audi... but it will tow the megabusa nicely!|
|January 13 2008||First Day's Work 2008||Some good progress on my first day back.
Firstly, finished the cooling system, filled and tested ...|
|January 22 2008||Towhook & Trailer||This update's a bit late, but here goes anyway....
Spent the whole of saturday fitting the tow ho...|
|February 3 2008||Almost there!||I reckon i'd have got the engine started today... if it wasn't for the cold! So still a little to d...|
|February 9 2008||Engine started!||Great progress today, got the engine started.
* Wires from regulator/alterna...|
|February 25 2008||Engine runs again||Made some pretty good progress, got the engine running again.
I'm off to Malaysia for a week and ...|
|March 16 2008||Ready to Drive (hopefully!)||Did the following things:
* Installed the latest firmware for my MBE992 ECU, and installed a cust...|
|April 11 2008||ARDS Race License||The ARDS test (Association of Racing Driver Schools) is the test required in order to get the Nation...|
|April 12 2008||Shopping||The car needs to be race-prepared, so i have a big shopping list. Here's what i've ordered from the...|
|April 12 2008||First day of prep||I spent the day mostly messing about and putting stickers on. I also managed to get the throttle re...|
|April 13 2008||Second day of prep||Had a really good day today, i'm really getting through the car's to-do list and covering off some o...|
|April 17 2008||New Camera Mount||Chris made a funky new camera mount :)|
|May 10 2008||Ready to Race?||I reckon the car is ready to race.
Still having fuelling issues, but they're fairly minor.
|May 13 2008||Track Day at Brands||The day before the track day decided to try and solve the fuelling issues by destroying the cat. Se...|
|May 20 2008||New Exhaust||Absolutely Awesome, I'm blown away! Its like a new car! Mid range and top end power are much impro...|
|May 24 2008||Lydden Practice... and a triumph!!!||After 10 months of hard work on the car, we have finally achieved it. What a great day! The objecti...|
|May 30 2008||First Race||This is a bit of a late update on my first race at Lydden Hill.
I have entered two separate race ...|
|June 22 2008||Why did you upgrade your engine when you haven't mastered it as standard yet?||Simply because i'm insane.|
|June 23 2008||New Engine||Jeff Cooper contacted me because he had decided to sell his 1548cc Hayabusa. This engine has had pr...|
|July 1 2008||Throttle Bodies||Pictures of the bodies being fitted:|
|July 12 2008||Update & Race||I've been rubbish updating the site, here's a
list of what's happened:
* New springs
* New c...|
|July 18 2008||Brands Track Day & A few Mods||The car was stunning at Brands, overtook absolutely everything!
A few mods:
* Spring changes (...|
|July 23 2008||The slicks are on!||The slicks are on the car, lets see how it goes on saturday!|
|August 16 2008||Blown engine...again||Engine Blown up (again)
Unfortunately a combination of oil starvation and overheating caused my e...|
|August 21 2008||Pictures from Rockingham||Just before the engine blew up!|
|August 25 2008||New Garage!||The move to the new garage has been completed, the new luxury carpeted workshop awaits! I reckon i ...|
|August 28 2008||Fireplace Ornament?||What better use of a knackered £2000 billet crank, arrow conrod and alloy piston?|
|August 31 2008||Engine in!||The new engine is in, and i've been for the first of 8 run-ins.
The engine is running with 'runni...|
|September 10 2008||For Sale!||The megabusa is for sale, i'm accepting serious offers.
In the region of £16,000 gets the car wit...|
|September 16 2008||New Engine on the Way||I'm not selling the car any more, i'm rebuilding it, and abandoning Hayabusa power.
New car specs...|
|October 3 2008||The last post||This is the last post on this website before www.durabang.com takes over. Thanks to everyone for wa...|