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Hey guys, I've been lurking around the forums for long enough and its about time I had my own project thread.

I've had my black na for about 3 years now and in that time I’ve been trying to collect a few bits to put together my idea of a nice mk1. I've been saving for full re-spray and some restoration work with the plan of putting all the bits on once it comes back looking straight and fresh. This way it will be like a total make over and have a bit more impact to me.

So really this thread, for the time being, is going to be more a collection of bits and bobs rather than "this is what I did today" - so, erm, sorry for that!

Here’s a few pics of the ol' girl:





Style wise I really like the look of the slammed cars but for the roads around here in Wales I think it would take the edge off the fun of owning an mx5. I don't mind a little compromise so I want to aim for something that is stylish & fitted but is still semi focused on performance, handing and feeling.

I'm quite a retro lover (like allot of people no here) so would like something that captures the feeling off all the old Japanese performance classics like the TA22's, 27's, AE86, sunnys, z's (all those cars which are way too expensive or don't exist over here).

I think something like this has the kind of look I like in an mx5:



just good little details, no mad camber & low!

Last year I did try with the minilght/watanabe style wheels and managed to get hold of a set of brand new minilights fitted with 888's:





They were 7x13 et0 with 205/60/13's and I just was not feeling it. Mainly because my car was not low enough and I didn't have the cash to put it right. With the 205 toyo having quite a square shoulder they poked quite a lot at that height. So I sold them to put the cash towards something else.

With the money from the mini lights I started to look for something a bit more classic Japanese. I really like ssr's but they are a bit rare and expensive to get hold of in the uk. Many nights of trailing auction sites eventually turned up trumps with a set of work equip 03's. Being listed as just 'mx5 wheels' meant I picked em up for a reasonable price.

I'm not one to rush things and the works have been sat in the shed for some time. I did play with the idea of making them wider but this was looking to be an expensive option as the factory inner & outer rims are welded together. This meant new inner and outer rims, which could only really be provided by one company in the uk and they were working out too expensive. So I think I'm sticking to 6.5 x 14 et 29 and I'm going to look for a square shoulder tyre - probably a 888. Maybe I'll run a 10 or 12 mm spacer too.

In the meantime I have collected a few bits and pieces ready for when everything gets straightened up. On the list so far is:

Clear number plate cover



Fiat 500 side repeaters. Loads cheeper than zoom ones but look similar.



Some hard top fixed brackets made by a nutz member. Very good quality.



323 turbo cam cover which I had vapor blasted by a specialist. Came out really well



Jag oil cap which I cut the thread off and awaits being bonded to the remains of a plastic cap



Here's an interesting purchase- set of munuki 40's with manifold and linkage. This one is causing me allot of head scratching as to how I'm going to control the advance without spending a chunk of cash. I took a bit of risk buying these as they have not been on a car for some time and munuki spares are thin on the ground over here. May end up changing them for webbers but I will cross that bridge when I come to it.



I also got hold of a fubitsu (not sure how you spell it) 4 into 1 manifold from godders, a nutz member. I cleaned it up and sprayed it with some VHT paint. I only had blue in the shed though. I think it looks quite good though and once I'd wrapped it looked real good. It took ages and was messy job to wrap it properly (applying it wet).






Here's another interesting side project - I got some lexus style lights, ripped the covers off and started playing with tape and cardboard. I've also got a spare number plate panel and I'm going to have a go at bonding it all together soon. I want to hack the back out of an old shell so I have something to align it all up and sand on without ruining my car. I have also found a lamp unit that fits nice and presents loads of options for lens Colours and trims- but it's top secret for now.



Here's some pics of my oem front lip which I painted with rattle cans. The finish was perfect for all of about a week until I drove into the kerb. Doh! Now it's covered in stress marks.



I've also collected some bits and bobs which I have not taken any photos of yet. In the mix is:
r package rear lip (needs a lot of work)
Nos Toyota ta22 celica wing mounted mirrors - not sure if I want use em because its a real bold move.
Spare air flow meter & universal throttle linkages - can you guess what I'm thinking there?
Cusco coilovers (basic ones)
14" Mazda steels - might get em banded for winter wheels
Jdm chequer mats
Bomex rear spoiler
Uprated engine mounts
Nardi wood rim
spare number plate panel

Here's a pic I took when I went to help out my buddy with his track day. Unusual choice of vehicle for track side support but the Mazda managed to swallow up a trolley jack, axle stands, full compliment of tools and two 20 litre jerry cans!



My buddy was doing a track day in this:



A pugeot 106 gti - these things are made from recycled cans and bits of plastic. Flimsy French crap but with 130 bhp, hardly any weight and proper gti handling they are a hoot. Riding shotgun was a blast as we held our own against all the focus rs & cosworths and slid our way round much to the amusement of the marshals. It's inspired me to keep a focus on handling a little more than pure looks alone with my mx5.

So that's my collection of parts waiting to be fitted/made. I'd like some other stuff too. In my plans are a new vintage style interior. I quite fancy a brown one with some classic style seats, a touch of wood, black wrinkle finish and a pinch of chrome. You could say I'm after a vintage datsun look. I'd also like a new exhaust and have some firm ideas on what I want. Let's just say it will be different! And I'd also like to get a proper LSD, a kaaz maybe and give it a short ratio.

I managed to lend a 185/60 888 of a fiend who does some rallying. I had the tyre mounted up on one of my equip's to see what it looked like and how they fitted the car. I was really worried that they would look stupidly sunk at et 29 but with the chunky tyres they looked quite good. maybe they will need a 10mm spacer and the car definitely needs more low.

I slapped it on the back and took a photo and then stuck it on the front and took another few shots then blended them together:



As they say the devil is in the detail and I decided to photoshop in a couple of details that I have been thinking about. Like allot of other people, I like the rwb cars and I especially like the stencilled graphics on the tyres. I think a full on deep bold graphic looks allot better than just the tyre brand outlined in White. I'm not a member of any exclusive track day clubs so went for a bit of plain ol' motorsport influence:



And that is where I'll theoretically be when it is all done. Bar a couple of other little projects.
 

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Very nice. I shall call you phiilyA.
 

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could run megajolt (would have to convert to edis for it) or megasquirt for the ignition control, I'd say the MS would be your cheapest option if you build it yourself.


Also depending on the model of Mikuni parts might be available from the Datsun crowd as they run them quite commonly on them.


I wana hear it when done, I bet it will sound awesome.
 

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Looking well, and I'm loving the route that it's heading down!


106 looks well too (having owned them previously, i've got a soft spot), and if i'm not mistaken, Anglesey? Great track, and a lotta fun in a car like a 106 (even moreso in an MX5 IMO ;)).
 

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thanks for the positive comments. hopefully soon it will come together.

Also depending on the model of Mikuni parts might be available from the Datsun crowd as they run them quite commonly on them.
that is a good idea and there is one quite well know z specialist in the uk, although all the cars that ive seen from there have had webbers! I think its well worth a call though.

Anglesey? Great track, and a lotta fun in a car like a 106
Yep, sure was trac-mon. The circuit is so different to what it used to be but it has still managed to keep it's down to earth attitude which makes it a special place.

any ways - time for a small update:
I have been working on some gauge faces - not sure if they will work or not. maybe adam could help me out here and give me some pointers?

still a work in progress (like everything else)


green version:


Going for 80's stereo system fake digital! I would like to team these with some black bezels if someone knows where to get such a thing?
 

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Not been up to a great deal lately, but it was about time I looked at my brakes as I felt they have always been a bit of a week point. So, I went ahead and ordered this little lot from work:



I went for ebc stuff purely because it seemed like the best performance for money deal. I also got some goodridge lines and ebc discs to make it a proper job.

The only issues I had fitting it all was that I could not find my 10mm brake spanner and had to buy another one.
And I had to shape one corner of the hex on the brake lines to fit the hangers properly. Other than that I was quite lucky with only one bolt holding the rear line block being seized.

I'm still bedding them in at the moment and I'm trying to do this properly as apparently this makes all the difference with ebc pads. I can defiantly feel an improvement there though with some good potential.

I've also started working on my r package rear lip which is a fibreglass copy and in a right mess from previous owners attempts:



 

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Car looks really sweet. I'm glad you enjoyed the 106. I had a Saxo VTR - same thing but with an 8v - immensely fun car. Out of all my car's i miss that the most!

Look forward to seeing what you do with the 5 :)
 

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Car looks really sweet. I'm glad you enjoyed the 106. I had a Saxo VTR - same thing but with an 8v - immensely fun car. Out of all my car's i miss that the most!

Look forward to seeing what you do with the 5 :)
Thanks chip, my mate has just bought this 106 with the intention of doing some more track days...





Unfortunately the interest in it has made him sell it on. Well built car with all the right bits too!

I've done a tiny bit to mx5 this week. I have buffed the back out off it because I was participating in the local classic car show. Looked pretty slick for a couple of days until the roadworks behind my house kicked up a pile of dust.

After a couple of hours cleaning:



Still looking stock:whistle:

Also managed to split down all of my works, not sure on what to do with the centres - the paint is not that bad on them so do I just give them a key in and a blast over or get it done properly at great expense probably.



And I also got my rear lip into primer today. Taken loads of prep to get it this far. Sorry for the duff iPad pic:



Just noticed my photo bucket is messing up all my links, so sorry if this threads looking a bit random!
 

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God damd photo bucked is making a compleate mess of my thread. I apologise for the completely random order of pictures going on here. If anyone has any ideas why photo bucket is doing this then please feel free to enlighten me!

Going to try and post some more pics so will see if this straightens it out!

I've been on the hunt for a new radio lately as the kenwood one I have currently is just straight up tacky and too modern looking for the car. I had been looking at 60's and 70's Motorola units as these have cool knobs that look like rotary pistons. I thought that would nice touch but the more I thought about it they were going the other way and looking too old.

So I decided I needed something era correct for the car that had the right kind of matt black simple lines that would suit the interior.

Yet more eBay searching later I lucked upon this little gem... (probably a pic of something else- thanks photo bucket!)



An alpine 7803 cd unit. It's got just the right look I was after and is a quality unit to boot.*

Upon removing centre dash to have a bash at fitting it I was greeted by two little square tickets with Japanese writing on them...cue another wrong pic...



Apparently they are toll road tickets. I'm going to keep them with the history for the car as its a nice little detail.

The alpine needed its cage to make a nice fit. This meant I had to make a bracket to go underneath it to support it...









Going to paint it up satin black and mount my veglia in it when it arrives.
 

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Thanks, I'm not a very fast worker though. Got lots of plans and a big vision but not much time!
I can empathize.

"Slow and steady' beats "rushed and sh*tty" everyday of the week.

Liking the build thus far.

-Zach
 
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