Westfield Megabusa Build Diary

08 Dec 2007
Collection Day

Its arrived, our first day of Westfield ownership, and with a 160 mile trip each way ahead of us we are up at 6, aiming to leave for 6:30. By the time we set off it is just before 7 which isn't bad, with westfield opening at 9 we shouldn't be too far off of that. The weather was great locally but as soon as we got on the motorway heading North, cloud gathered and the rain started to fall pretty hard, and there were even a couple of crashes right infront of us on the way. The wind also blowed the light rear of the Luton Van around a fair bit too....not the greatest we have ever felt in a vehicle but it was the only way to get the car back to home.

Anyway, we made good time and arrived at Westfield around about 9.30 a.m, and we popped in to say hello and have a quick nose about. Looking through to the warehouse we spot a bright green shell with a huge trolley of parts under it...."That must be ours!" "Yep!" Steve replied. The colur looked so impressive under the lights in the factory.

Laurence backed the van into the warehouse and the staff were not wasting any time in loading up. As things were loaded onto the van we were just briefly taken through everything that was in each box, it is fascinating looking at everything. A few bits were missing, such as reverse box, LSD and then much more minor parts, but nothing that would hold the build up. Two of the parts missing were black harnesses and the dash and dials. They were out of stock of black harnesses, but did have red and blue, so we opted for red as it would stand out against the black seats, unlike the black harnesses. Going for lime green bodywork, we obviously were not too worried about parts of the car standing out. Another thing missing was the dials, but this didn't bother us, asking about the stack dials which most cars in the factory seemed to have, they reminded us of the Digi Dash which is only just out (we were planning on upgrading to this at a later date anyway) but as we didn't have our dials we brought it there and then...it looks fantastic and comes with a carbon fibre dash as part of the package too.

Whilst the loading continued, we went to have another look at the already built Megabusa sitting in the Reception room. Chris from Westfield just called us into a room to apologise that some of the parts had not arrived in time, and assured us that as soon as they arrive in they will be couriered to us next day. As already stated it has not really bothered us as nothing on the list will really hault the build progress. There is probably no more than 15 parts still to come, which is not too bad out of a whole car so we were far from annoyed.

Once the van was packed up fully we said our thankyou's and our goodbye's and were on our way.

We got home not too long before dark, and had to unload and get the van back to Gatwick. When unloading you realise just how well the staff had packed everything, they really knew what they were doing and there was no damage. The Westfield Chassis stands were set up, the chassis went on them and then the boxes were stashed around the garage. We had room for everything and then went to drop the van back, and prepared for a whole first day of building early in the morning tomorrow.

Brilliant day.

Matt

Early start, huge vehicle.
Centre mounted dash and the very necessary TomTom. We arrived Parked in poll position was this beauty of an XTR4!
Customer Megabusa in reception with pretty much every option box ticked. Glance into the factory to spy our new vehicle The green looks fantastic under the factory lighting
Literally a huge trolley of parts
The owners and their shopping Getting ready to be loaded into the van by the team
AP Racing 4 pot brake upgrade. They look fantastic, and I dread to think how well they stop
Pure fibreglass seats look great, fit perfectly and are the lightest seats I have ever felt Other cars in the factory
Chassis and bodywork loaded in safely On the journey home we spot an Ascari race trailor At home, most of the parts loaded off with just the bodywork to go
Chassis on the westfield stands where it will remain during the build
The only space for the one-piece part of the bodywork, the greenhouse...pardon the pun :). The other sections went up the loft.    

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