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Postby Tuglet » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:52 pm

Hi All

After years of messing around I finally got my finger out and bought my first 5. She's a 1997 base spec Eunos Roadster 1.8i in chaste white. No PAS, no electric windows. She really is poverty spec, but I love the rawness and simplicity; a great antidote to the anodyne eurobox I normally "drive".

She needs a bit of tidying up but so far I'm very happy with her. As you can see, she has bit of an identity crisis: Eunos front end and UK rear end. A previous owner has added a chrome strip around the entire car, as well as several MX5 badges. I think someone was ashamed of her oriental origins.

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Postby Petrolhead » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:29 pm

Ahhhh, the best colour ;)

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Postby DouglasH » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:32 pm

Hi and welcome :D
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Postby Si » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:39 pm

Hello :) Liking the chrome band round the car!

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Postby Snowcat » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:21 pm

Welcome!

Quite a nice li'l motor ye got there. Don't worry about it being a "Poverty spec". Mine was pretty similar in the beginning (back in february :wink: ).

Just think of it as a blank canvas. :mrgreen:
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Postby Robin » Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:30 am

Pure & simple....really nice car. Keep it that way!
If you want to get back to "proper" badging...purely personal choice of course....
http://www.mx5parts.co.uk/index.php :wink:
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Postby Richardn » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:39 am

Seen that in the flesh, a sound car. Badge on the boot is a strange one!


New hood on it :D
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Postby Tuglet » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:09 am

Robin wrote:Pure & simple....really nice car. Keep it that way!
If you want to get back to "proper" badging...purely personal choice of course....
http://www.mx5parts.co.uk/index.php :wink:


I'm planning to remove all the badges that have been added by previous owners, if I can get them off without damaging the paintwork. Not sure if I'm gonna keep the chrome strip yet; I do kinda like it.
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Postby Tuglet » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:18 am

Richardn wrote:Seen that in the flesh, a sound car. Badge on the boot is a strange one!


New hood on it :D


The badge on the boot is an homage to various European rallies; identified by Rally Badge enthusiasts as a souvenir piece . It's coming off if I can do it without damaging anything.

Nice new hood fitted a few weeks ago by last owner, probably to make her more saleable. Haven't had enough rain to test it out properly yet, which is strange for Glasgow.
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Postby Detritus » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:44 am

Welcome on board.

The car looks great.
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Postby annette » Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:24 pm

Si wrote:Hello :) Liking the chrome band round the car!

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so do i
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Postby Tuglet » Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:05 pm

I spent a couple of hours today removing the extraneous badges and I think she looks much better without them. I managed to get them all off without causing any damage; the side badges were just held on with sticky pads and have left a slight outline which I hope will fade with a few more washes. The boot badge was held on with double-sided fabric sticky tape and was a little harder to get off. The paint underneath has formed several very small bubbles (almost like Braille) which I'm hoping won't come to anything.

Now then, do I tackle the chrome strip next?

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Postby Robin » Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:55 pm

I like the strip, seems to compliment the bootrack.
But then...I like chrome! :lol:
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Postby Detritus » Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:20 pm

Leave the chrome, 8) it looks good.
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