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Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby NRenwick » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:43 pm

Hey Guys,

Just thought i should introduce myself to you all, seen as i have found the forum so useful these first few weeks of having my new mx5.

Car details;

From when purchased:
H reg-91
1.6
Red
Front Strut Brace
momo Steering wheel
Boot, baggage rack

Done since:
K&N air filter
New Firestone tyres all round
replaced courtesy lights
Kenwood headunit
Kenwood cd-Autochanger
Kenwood Speakers (can you tell i rate Kenwood...?)
Run wires front to back to connect amp in boot for mp3, and sound quality.
Stick-on Reg (after a chat with a police buddy, and reading lots of forum posts!)
De-rusted small bits on rear arches, door sills and drivers door.
Stripped and re-sprayed boot and battery compartment due to rust. Replaced boot seals.


Still to do:
Replace N/S/F lower wishbone, as described by the garage as "Cabbaged" (received replacement, need to fit)
new exhaust tip (currently rusty, ordered and in post)
Fit Amp and fabricate a cover to fit snugly over the wee 'cut-out' hole bit in boot. so i can use it as normal without worrying about the amp's safety.
buy new alloys Looking at these http://www.madmotors.co.uk/fox-fx2-red-black-15-inc-tyres.html?source=googleps&id=21021

Any other Suggestions??

And before someone asks, Unfortunately i cannot attend this weekends events at knockhill due to work. Gutted. :(

Anyways...

HI!
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby Richardn » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:10 pm

Hi and Welcome

Why did the boot require so much work? Has it a wet battery in there instead of a vented one?
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby NRenwick » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:35 pm

Hi Richard,

Honestly I don't know why the boot had gotten so bad. I think the guy who had her before me just wanted it as a fun-show-offy car and didnt necessarily treat her that well. The boot rubber seal on the battery side had started to go, and there was a few small holes under the battery itself which looks like a tray may have been screwed down at some stage.

Wasn't untill i went to take the battery out that i saw the extent of it. May post some pics somewhere of before and after :)
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby Richardn » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:00 pm

If the battery is not correctly vented with the attached pipes the boot corrodes with the acid fumes
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby NRenwick » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:45 pm

Richard, where do i get a vent hose? i have searched online and also went into my local halfords and asked the service department, who did not have a clue what it was! Would the pipe you get for washer jets work?
Also, i am getting some damp in from the jack side, into the lowered part of the boot... think its also to do with the lights?
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby Richardn » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:52 am

Small diameter vacuum pipe and a t piece required for the vent
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby smiles » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:07 am

I have a battery in my 5 at the moment and it is huge far to big for the car. I got it like that it is also a 1.6 k ornate eunos roadster. Can I use a sealed battery from Halfords as if they r sealed shouldn't let out acid fumes. I gave heard a 048 battery fits in the standards brackets. Was gonna get a westco but The reviews say they last about 2 years and can't leave the car lying without a trickle charger and a week spare time. Is the 048 any gd and will it still need vents?
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby Richardn » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:28 pm

Get a panasonic from one of the dealers that give a discount, they last 10 years plus
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby drumtochty » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:13 pm

My car has a build date of October 1998 and the original Panasonic battery is still working, So in the case of my car the battery is 14 years.

£160 approx from Autolink but some dealers who discount may be less than £140.

The Westco is around £100

The cheaper normal batteries with no vent fitting probably half that and the added extra of respraying the boot and boot lid every year or so.

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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby WSBen » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:19 pm

I have a spare proper MX5 battery from my Nevada, unfortunately I am in Golspie, but you are welcome to have it.
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby smiles » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:55 pm

how much u wanting for it? would u be up for sending it via a courier dependng on price.
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby joeytalent » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:13 pm

You can definitely just use some 5mm tubing and a t-connector from halfords for the venting.
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Re: Newbie from Edinburgh (Hey!)

Postby smiles » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:16 pm

Thanks
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