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Well this thing passed it's nct first time thankfully!

In storage now until the sun begins to shine a bit!

Going to invest in a carcoon. Anyone got any recommendations of where to buy them?

I had plans to get all the arms powdercoated over the winter and I was advised to stay well away from it. That I would be far better off with etch primer and painting them myself. That the paint would then be bonded to the metal rather than a topcoat. Interested to hear other peoples experiences.

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Didn't get the suspension off or anything due to COVID. Car is stored too far away from me unfortunately. But I've been tipping away whenever I've an excuse to be out.

Spent a bit of time on this cleaning up some surface rust around the front bumper support.

Took all the rust off with a grinder and wire wheel, then treated it with Hammerite rust remover and then etch primer and paint. On both of the caps over the ends of the chassis legs and behind them.
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I tried to take a picture of the finished product and it came out really blurry due to low light.

I'll get one when I'm back up.

Two bolts snapped so I've to get a few drills bits and screw extractors to get them out or just retap them.

The rear of the sils have gone on both sides unfortunately, it's very minor but don't want them getting any worse.

So picked up a welder, after reading some of the BMW threads recently on here, I really want to give it a go myself now. Going to wait until the local welding shop opens to buy gas and a regulator. Would prefer to spend money locally, to try help when this pandemic ends.

It's a Sip T166 Welder that can do gas/gasless. Haven't really got to put it to use yet. Going to get some metal locally and make up a welding kart to help me learn before I attack the sills as someone mentioned on here.

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Picked up a full silicone hose kit as well, so I've all of them to replace asap. Went for plane old black ha ha.

Picked up new tyres for the new wheels. Went for Toyo Proxes TR1 for the rears and UniRoyal Rainsport 5s for the front both in 195/50/R15.

Finishing off some bits then on my late fathers mx5. The car body was completely restored but only minor things like speakers was left to complete it.

The speakers were shot and just crackled and couldn't listen to anything.

Got two boxes of these for the headrest speakers:
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And these for the door speakers:

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This is what came out:

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Overall cost £100 for upgrading all of the speakers and it's made a huge difference. The sound quality is excellent. Ready for a few post COVID road trips now.
 

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The local shop does disposable bottles which I think I'll go for but I need to get a regulator for the gas etc and they're open at awkward times due to COVID.

The car has obviously had a small car park ding at some point, got it pulled almost good as new.

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I had planned to swap out the air con condenser but when coming out it snapp one of the lines. So while I wait to collect some from Rob I removed the whole thing back to the bulkhead.

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This is what came out :banghead:

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New non A/C belt

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Picture of the line removed at the bulkhead

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I've also fitted the whole silicone hose kit, which you might have noticed in some of the pictures.

Started removing some surface rust around the front. I got some Bilt Hamber Deox gel and it's fantastic.

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And I just realised I didn't take any after photos, but it went back to bar

Took out the bonnet catch as well for some Deox gel treatment as it was really bugging me.

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Got a new cam cover and painted it.

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Only to go to fit it and realise it's a feckin 1.8 :banghead: so Rob is sending me out another 1.6 one.

I've removed the surface rust around the front of the engine bay and painted up everything and looking great. Didn't get a finished picture as the lighting has been great in the dark shed.
 

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The bilt hamber works great, really impressed with it. The longer you leave it the better it works tbh. Just put it on, put cling film over it. The a few hours later wire wheel it off. For heavy rust you might need to do it twice.

Yeah I kind of wish I waited and bought that welder but oh well!ha ha I'd say the mig I have is better, but the lidl one is amazing value.

So I got really slack at taking photos of this.

This is just before I put the radiator etc all in.

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Excuse the poor lighting but you can see all the new silicone coolant pipes installed as well.

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I put everything back together and didn't take any pictures of the process. I lowered the car about 2cm and stuck the car on the new wheels..

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Here's a picture with my late fathers MX5, we restored it together. Lovely car, only mods is BC Coilovers.

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Cheers folks. Gave my Mazdaspeed skirts a test fit to keep the motivation going...
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vs no skirts

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Really like the skirts and think it'll look very well with the Mazdaspeed front bumper!

This has kind of taken a backseat a little as I've won this on Rkings so getting a few bit fixed up on it at the minute.....

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Getting this ready to go on a roadtrip next week.

  • New front right brake caliper
  • Got the car re aligned with the new wheels and lowering
  • Got a genuine Mazda rear main seal and main seal carrier seals installed (after putting in a new rear main seal, the carrier started leaking, common problem apparently but a headache nonetheless)
  • New oil and filter
  • Gearbox oil Change
  • Got the alarm and central locking fixed

The week long road trip itself went great with a few hiccups along the way....

Went from Donegal to Ballylickey, Cork for 2 nights, then off to Kinsale for 2 nights, then Cork city for a night, then up to connemara for a night, then back to Donegal.

Some fantastic scenery from Mizen over to Kinsale and great driving roads.

Excuse the photo bombing.....

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Love how this looks on the new wheels

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Who says mx5's are impractical?ha ha

I'd take the mx5 everytime....

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Trip over to Cobh

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The central locking stopped working near Kinsale, the module came down behind the brakes going round a corner so was pretty scary.

Then on the road up to connemara we stopped in the Briarhill shopping center to grab some groceries. Some lad was admiring the car and I unlocked the car, car armed the alarm while talking. Went to head off and the alarm would not disarm, sitting for half an hour and it constantly was going off. Rang the mechanic that fixed the central locking and he hadn't a clue so as a last ditched attempt I unplugged the whole system and the car was able to start and run perfect, so on we went to Connemara for the night and thankfully later got us home.

So using the car for the next while while it's taxed then I'll send it off to get it fixed.

Also have the sills booked in November for both sides. They're now both looking like this and pretty neglected.

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Love the MS side skirts! The look so good with the front lip.

What fog lights are you using, are they oem?

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cheers! I actually have a genuine Mazdaspeed front bumper to go on as well. I had planned to get both on this year but with covid haven't got near the painter.

The foglights are oem ones on the mk1. They seem to haven been optional on v-spec's, s-ltd's, and s-special's. May have been on others but have only seen them on those models.
 

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So a little update on this thing.

A very close friend of ours got married during the Covid lockdown in November so I gave them the Mx5 to use as their wedding car. Took the hardtop off for once. :rolleyes:

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So as with most of us on here, I haven't been putting up too many miles on this at all. We've bought a house and spending all our spare time doing as much rennovations as we can ourselves.

With that said, if we get some sort of summer this year at all I want this ready to jump into and go. So it will need the sills done to pass the nct this year.

The person I usually use for welding wasnt up for this as he got stung with an mx5 before needing much more than he anticipated. So took the car to Hamilton Classic Car Restoration in late November and booked for early Jan 2021.

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Dropped the car off 3 weeks or so ago and got some progress pictures today.

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He has the passenger side yet to do. But looks like the drivers side was got just in time before it started to go into the floor.
 

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Got a text on Friday to say the passenger side was easy and could collect it that evening. So went off on Saturday to collect it and take it to the painter in the one day.

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I'm very happy with the repairs to be honest and the car is going to look great. Hopefully it'll last a long time now. The panel beater commented on how good the welding was as well so I'm happy out.

I've it dropped of with a whole list of jobs at the painters:

  • Fix damaged rear hardtop latch
  • Fit new hardtop edging trim
  • Respray the hardtop
  • Seam Seal the sills
  • Cavity Wax the sills
  • etch primer, paint and then Stone chip the wheel arches (the underseal was ground back to check for rust)
  • Flare the wheel arches to give a little extra clearance for the 9j wheels
  • Try and fit the front wheel arch liners
  • Few spots of surface rust near the kick panels on the sills, grind them back and paint them
  • Paint & Fit new rear bumper with the sidelight holes filled
  • Paint & fit new Mazdaspeed front bumper & sideskirts
 

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Not sure how much you paid for that work but you sure got your money's worth. Looks like they did a great job!
 

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Cheers man! I'm absolutely delighted with it. Really excited to see the finished result now in a few weeks!
 

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My new Jetstream rear canards arrived but better late than never. They were just shy of €200 and got a bill from DHL, including their admin fee for customs processing for €80 which is madness!

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All posted off to the panel beater now today so hopefully turns out well and balances out the fake lows of the Mazdaspeed skirts for the rear bumper.
 

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Got this teaser picture from the painter today. I can't wait to have this back now to be honest it's been so long since I've driven it. All the hoon threads are making me jealous :D

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Few updates from the panel beater.

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Hardtop broken latch properly fixed and window removed to do a proper job and repalce with new fiberglass in that area.

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Apparently there was 17 layers of paint on the hard top. about 2kg of weight saved :rolleyes:

Sills and hard top are now all in primer and waiting to harden before paint.

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I'm going to start looking at body shops for mine!
 
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