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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
Hi,

I picked this car up a few weekends ago, doing a street restoration/weekend driver. I've restored several street and race cars, so the fun begins.

Sloffie


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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
The car without the factory jack, so I picked this one up. I'm been looking for pictures to try and color match not Concours but close to the way it was delivered with the car and the correct mounting location is the trunk. Any feed back or pictures would be appreciated, Thanks.

Sloffie



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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
Never mind, did a little research and found the color is correct on the Jack winking smiley

Previous owner had a nice horn button, in the second pic found this in the parts bin that came with the car, it need a refreshing looks like the last pic now.

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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
Seats were in bad shape, used a little of my vinyl material resto technique, before and after. I was going to buy new covers but they came back to life.


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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
More tear down, pulled these guys apart put the hard parts in my tank over night, both were frozen solid. Considering the price of a rebuild kit for an SU, with all the linkage, the unusual parts/design and the fact that even if you rebuild them correctly if they aren't synced the motor still will not perform well, I can understand why a lot of guys just swap them out for a single Weber. If I end up going that route, I'd at least use a side draft Weber, it looks period correct.



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westfield7 Silver Member Michael Wooten
In the path of Totality, SC, USA   USA
1983 Westfield Seven "Green Car"
In reply to # 194603 by Sloffie Seats were in bad shape, used a little of my vinyl material resto technique, before and after. I was going to buy new covers but they came back to life.

John,
Would you explain your technique please? I need to work some magic on my seats.

Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
For Vinyl seats only, I use three different products, first is a heavy duty cleaner Z-Cleaner (found at West Marine) spray it directly on the seat and let it soak in for a minute or two, then with a really soft plastic bristle brush (I use ones from Harbor Freight) softly scrub in all different directions to get the grit out of the vinyl grain. Wipe down the seat with a clean paper towel, keep replacing the sheet of paper towel or you'll just wipe the dirt back into the seat. You'll really need to get into it on the seams and stitching areas to get them clean. Once they appear clean, I then wipe down the seats using paper towel with 303 Tonneau & Convert Top Cleaner, it's a milder cleaner (if the seats are in poor material condition I skip the first one and start with the 303). Keep repeating this process until the paper towels are clean then wipe down the seats with wet (use pain water) paper towels to remove any cleaning product. Finally I use Mothers VLR, with a micro cloth, it has neatsfoot oil and lanolin, it helps restore the color, conditions and protects against drying, fading and cracking. Really wipe the seats down good to remove any residue. I never use the Armor All products, they typically leave too much reside and make the seats slippery.

Good Luck.



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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
One more cleaning tip, I seen so many convertible cars with dirty and clouding Vinyl top windows. This stuff is amazing PlastX by Meguiars, first wipe them down with a cleaner dish washing liquid in a bucket works well to remove dirt, then add some PlastX on to a micro cloth, and polish the window the same way you wax a car.


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westfield7 Silver Member Michael Wooten
In the path of Totality, SC, USA   USA
1983 Westfield Seven "Green Car"
Thank you!

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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
The Carbs needed a second soak in the Hydro Tank, but they cleaned up pretty good. Decided to let my son take the lead on the Carb rebuild, they came out really nice everything works smoothly. These buggers have a real interesting design, we'll see if they work as cool as they look.

A quick shout out to Moss Motors, it really makes it a pleasure to restore a car your not familiar with especially when you have a top notch supplier with great tech info! Cheers!!!


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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
After a total review of the car, my son and I have decided to go with a 60's/70's race car tribute. She's had the typical work done over the years, I'm going to stick to a budget an not go over board with a restoration. I love classic race cars and miss racing around in my Autodynamics D-13 FV I'm using her for inspiration.



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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
The car has, as many do... has some wiring issues, so we're starting with the dash. Besides needing a really good facelift, most of the switches and gauges were not even connected.



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Jim Gruber Avatar
Dayton, OH, USA   USA
A new Hardness from AH Spares in the UK will solve a whole lot of the issues with green wiring, And the price is good last I checked even though the exchange rate is not as good as 6 months ago. Ordered something from them on Thursday and UPS tried to deliver it today. Stuff gets shipped DHL 2 Day with UPS doing the final delivery.

Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
My son worked on the dash, came out really nice, a little wet Brillo does wonders for gauge bezels, it just needs to stay saturated to avoid scratches. Then a little metal polish and they look great. He also cleaned up all the switches, and started fixing all the wiring. We're rewired tons of cars, everything is soldered and shrink wrapped, all with marine grade connectors, just like all our race car builds.


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Sloffie John Sloffie E
Ridgefield, CT, USA   USA
Started doing a mild resto on the engine bay, it was a little shabby when we got her. Also found the master was leaking so while I was at it pull the pedal cluster so I can also do a little detail on it.


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