Carl Meek & James Lovett - Build Diary for Westfield
Final Engine Prep


August 22 2007 - Final Engine Prep
First job is to Fit Dry Sump Oil Tank - just came back from the welder looking gorgeous. Unfortunately we had to disconnect the entire steering rack to get it in.

Next I decided to sort out the sump. I removed all three pipes from the cast base and cleaned them up. I then applied plenty of instant gasket and re-tightened everything up. I then put on the gaskets and the plate and bolted it to the bottom of the engine, and torqued the bolts. This took bloody ages!

I connected up all oil hoses ready for filling.

I then set about getting the wiring somewhere nearer to being finished. After an hour or so, i've now got pretty much everything connected into the ECU, but no real idea if it works. I think i'll try to start the engine tomorrow and then investigate the problems if there's no life! Its still a complete spaghetti of a mess, but i don't want to neaten it up until it works.

Its an exciting moment... tomorrow it will be ready to fire. I give it about a 20% probability of working, there are just too many electrical guesses that i've had to make for it to work!

To do tomorrow....

Buy Oil
Install Oil Pressure Sender
Fit new air filter
Fill Oil
Fill Fuel
Test Fuel Lines for Leaks
Test Injectors
Fix Baro Sensor
Fit Exhausts
Put car in neutral
If it runs, check oil pressure, kill after 20 seconds
If not... errr....

Todays Build: 2 people, 1 & 4 hours. Total build time so far: 77 hours, 107 man-hours.