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Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:05 pm
by Scotty Dugg
Front end looking a bit more front end like, badge/sidelights/air guide/grille/offset plate all fitted. GV lip, undertray and tow hook to follow at somepoint.
ImageMX-5 NA 19/11/2017 by Scott Reid, on Flickr

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:21 pm
by IanH
:D

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:09 pm
by OldSpice
Scotty,
Re badge?
Try Autolink nr Portsmouth, or AK Automotive nr Newcastle.
http://www.autolinkmx5.com/exterior-trim-parts-59-c.asp

Edit....too late.

Re-edit...I'm L483 by the way...not a lot in it!

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:45 am
by Scotty Dugg
OldSpice wrote:Scotty,
Re badge?
Try Autolink nr Portsmouth, or AK Automotive nr Newcastle.
http://www.autolinkmx5.com/exterior-trim-parts-59-c.asp

Edit....too late.

Re-edit...I'm L483 by the way...not a lot in it!


Thanks for the suggestion regardless, I've got matching wheel centres to go on once I get plastic centre caps to fit. A challenge in itself.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:15 am
by Scotty Dugg
Found some images on my phone of when the car got delivered, pre wash really shows the "death trap" look it was going for.
ImageMX-5 NA Day 1 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
ImageMX-5 NA Day 1 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
ImageMX-5 NA Day 1 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
Last picture you can see the Audi that got sold and will eventually be replaced by the Mazda, some of it's been re-invested into car parts. Up there as one of the worst cars I've owned, I'll never buy an Audi out of warranty again!

Also been in contact with Tim@Opie Oils regarding what oil I should be running this on, considering it's a tuned N/A engine and not just a standard 1.8 lump. He recommended 5W40 Synthetic, as it has an oil cooler and won't be going on any track days. If however it starts to burn through oil, 10W50 is the next step.

So I've gone for some Motul Sport 5W40, excellent service from the guys at Opie as always.

I'll hold off on updates until there's some more pictures.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:04 am
by OldSpice
Scotty,
The difference you have made is amazing. Good to see a rare beastie saved.
Out of academic interest, have you yet to carry out a compression check?
I noted you point about (potential-future) oil burn and I'm pretty sure, as happened with my own, the 1840cc mill oil ring failures are the most common cause.
I have no idea if the Bspec's block internals are different from standard but it's the first thing in my experience to consider (hopefully unrequired) in future.
If it ever does happen I can vouch for the boys at AK Automotive are very good for a tight block. They engineer the 1.6 Mx5 Cup Mk1s..and have less of an interest in 1840cc, so by default generally have nice tight mills sans ancillieries ready to pallet at very reasonable prices.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:43 pm
by Scotty Dugg
OldSpice wrote:Scotty,
The difference you have made is amazing. Good to see a rare beastie saved.
Out of academic interest, have you yet to carry out a compression check?
I noted you point about (potential-future) oil burn and I'm pretty sure, as happened with my own, the 1840cc mill oil ring failures are the most common cause.
I have no idea if the Bspec's block internals are different from standard but it's the first thing in my experience to consider (hopefully unrequired) in future.
If it ever does happen I can vouch for the boys at AK Automotive are very good for a tight block. They engineer the 1.6 Mx5 Cup Mk1s..and have less of an interest in 1840cc, so by default generally have nice tight mills sans ancillieries ready to pallet at very reasonable prices.


Thanks Oldspice, yes we did a compression test the results were inconclusive, there wasn't huge variance between the numbers. Also tried a carbon test on the coolant that came back inconclusive as the amount of rust build up threw the reading out.

Wot/engine hot:
Cylinder 1: 195
Cylinder 2: 170
Cylinder 3: 164
Cylinder 4: 170.

Wot/engine hot/thimble of oil:
Cylinder 1: 215
Cylinder 2: 188
Cylinder 3: 180
Cylinder 4: 180

We did find however, that the car was massively overfilled with oil. Once we removed some of the oil the smoking issue reduced dramatically. Have been running it stationary on fresh oil/filter with some automatic gearbox oil (as it has higher levels of cleaning additives).

I'll contact AK Automotive and see what they say re: new rings. If it came to that though it'd likely be sat a long time as we've just bought our first house and I've little to no disposable income.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:06 pm
by drumtochty
Yes just drive it. Those compression numbers only confirm that you have a compression tester or you have just made them up.

Nothing to worry about

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:01 am
by Scotty Dugg
drumtochty wrote:Yes just drive it. Those compression numbers only confirm that you have a compression tester or you have just made them up.

Nothing to worry about


I saw you'd commented drumtochty, gave me the fear that the you'd condemned the engine, shall commence driving it in the new year.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:36 pm
by fealscott
good to see the car now has gone to a good home, I bought two tickets in that raffle but missed out on the car. hope you get the smoking issue sorted.
170bhp is a good number out of the 1.8 n/a, I'm guessing its got different cams and lots of head work ? how does it feel to drive ? have you ever driven a stock 1.8 to compare ?

scott

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:48 pm
by Scotty Dugg
fealscott wrote:good to see the car now has gone to a good home, I bought two tickets in that raffle but missed out on the car. hope you get the smoking issue sorted.
170bhp is a good number out of the 1.8 n/a, I'm guessing its got different cams and lots of head work ? how does it feel to drive ? have you ever driven a stock 1.8 to compare ?

scott


Thanks Scott, I think it's the only raffle I've ever witnessed go the whole way and have a winner at the end. Tried that BOTB a couple times, but always miles away from winning.

I'd intended to buy 3 tickets, don't know if you saw on Facebook or not, but he'd tried to contact me several times for payment but I wasn't receiving the messages, only by extreme luck I even checked before we went out to dinner in Barcelona and bought the last number available!

I've driven a mk2.5 1.6 and Mk3 2.0 which are about 170bhp but 100kg more, never a mk1 of any guise. From what I've been able to find out it has larger higher compression pistons, new cams, remap and raised rev limiter to 8000rpm.

I'm hoping the smoking issue is just overfilled with oil, if it eventually goes pop I'm not sure what I'll do yet.

I do have a spare engine from 94' 1.8 on 90k miles if you ever need a spare engine (before I do!).

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:51 pm
by fealscott
I was kicking myself as I thought about buying that last ticket hahaha but I stopped myself as I thought surely not

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:24 pm
by Scotty Dugg
fealscott wrote:I was kicking myself as I thought about buying that last ticket hahaha but I stopped myself as I thought surely not


I'm very grateful you didn't then!