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Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:07 pm
by drumtochty
Great that it started!

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:08 pm
by OldSpice
Cheers for update...on a positive note too.
Kinda mirrored my little (own experience) suspicions.
Keep us posted please!

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:52 am
by Scotty Dugg
Thanks guys, still plenty to do, but that's a big step forward.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:56 am
by Scotty Dugg
Update:

So the car passed it's MOT in the middle of February, on a UK car emissions test criteria, despite us telling them and supplying documentation to suit....but it passed so that's fine. Whilst away it got a wheel bearing and some dust boot covers replaced.

With the weather cleared up, I headed north to spend some time on the car. Not as many photos this time around, but a lot of the work you can't see anyway.

We were all set to service the water pump and timing belt, but this looks to have been done very very recently on the replacement engine, so the plan is to run it for a summer and change it all next year.

Swapped the cam cover with one that I'd spent some time painting (wrinkle black VHT paint, with exposed lettering), along with fitting a Stoney Racing brake booster one way valve and silicone hose. Also changed the rubber grommets, where the heater matrix pipes penetrate the firewall.

ImageMX5 NA10/03/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr

Going by all rubber that's been changed so far, we'll be swapping out the rest in due course.

Other things completed:
New Radiator and Radiator Fan.
New Oil Cap.
New Polybush mounts for front ARB.
New bulbs for headlight/sidelight.
New drivers side light cover.
New passenger side light cover (carbon fibre).
Jass Performance Brake Stopper fitted.
Removed and cleaned window wiper mechanism (they'd almost seized).
Remove snapped bolts for the undertray.

ImageMX5 NA10/03/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr

Big jobs still to do:
Adjust timing to 14 degrees and idle to 800rpm.
Change roof (again) and wire in HRW.
Suspension pre-load/ride height adjust, then alignment.
Replace callipers, pads, brake lines and brake fluid all round.

Open to opinions on the CF light cover, it seems to split opinion. Maybe after all other mods are on it won't stick out so much (poor photo doesn't help) :
ImageMX5 NA10/03/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr

Hopefully more to come soon, maybe some pictures out of the garage!

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:37 pm
by OldSpice
"Open to opinions on the CF light cover, it seems to split opinion. Maybe after all other mods are on it won't stick out so much (poor photo doesn't help) :"

Nowty wrong with them..especially if part of a cold air mod? It's all reversable anyhow.
Zero harm done.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:45 pm
by Scotty Dugg
OldSpice wrote:"Open to opinions on the CF light cover, it seems to split opinion. Maybe after all other mods are on it won't stick out so much (poor photo doesn't help) :"

Nowty wrong with them..especially if part of a cold air mod? It's all reversable anyhow.
Zero harm done.


Thanks OldSpice, always wanted some real carbon. Tried bidding on a drivers side CF cover (with no vent) but the bidding went well beyond what I was willing to pay. Hence the PZ Black replacement for the drivers side.

Should be back at it this weekend, weather permitting!

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:50 am
by Scotty Dugg
So, since the car passed it's MOT last month, work has continued to get it on the road officially as well as a bit of wheeling and dealing.

I seem to have amassed some parts I'll never need or that have been replaced, so in an effort to clear some space had minor clear out, this included the Bronze 15x7" ET30 Wheels with Toyo T1-R.
ImageMX5 29/08/2017 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
Why were these sold? Managed to pick up a set of 14"x6 ET40 Panasport fitted with some Avon tires, a case of right place right time. Quoted at roughly 13.3kg each (including tire), a stark comparison to the 19kg each wheels/tires they replaced.

What is it they say? 1kg of un-sprung = 10kg of sprung weight? Hopefully that makes a difference, but I've no starting point for a comparison.

Other things that have been completed: new roof has been fitted and seems to have added head clearance as well as improving the exterior as it's actually black, HSD's pre-load adjusted from rock solid back to stock.

Some issues still persist though:
- Idle is around 1000-1200rpm and in our search for the cause we have replaced the rear coolant temp sensor, had the throttle body off to try clean out all idle control parts, searched for any air leaks. Next step is replaced the whole thing and try again.
- Manifold bodge is leaking at the reducer, it's going to have to be replaced and fixed off the car, so the hunt for a replacement manifold on-going.
- Underseal, paint, dents!

I digress though, after almost a year of ownership, the car is now ready for the road and my first time driving it. Gratuitous first drive shots:
ImageMX5 NA 19/04/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
ImageMX5 NA 19/04/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
ImageMX5 NA 19/04/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
ImageMX5 NA 19/04/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr

Absolutely love it, without trying to waffle on about stuff that's been covered before, it really is a much rawer driving experience and with the HSD's adjusted towards soft it's actually quite comfortable (if you avoid pot holes and drain covers).

Odd quirks I've noticed are driving with the pop-ups up is bizarre, the side mirrors are really far back and these make a passing Ford Focus look HGV huge!

I'll make a list of everything that has been done another time, but for now, here's a before (May 2017) and after (April 2018):
ImageMX-5 NA Day 1 by Scott Reid, on Flickr
ImageMX5 NA 19/04/2018 by Scott Reid, on Flickr

Thanks for reading.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:27 am
by Enjay
That's a beautiful, sleek looking car. The before and after is great: a real testament to the work that you've put in.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:04 am
by OldSpice
If proof be needed, it's a "classic" example of how and why Mk1's can be refurbed provided the tub is not totally shot, and provided the owners know what they are doing.
Especially those of a factory "breathed on" nature.
It's a pity the car is far away from Falkirk.
I'd love to see it in the flesh.
No doubt about it, they will be akin to sought after Elans in the not too distant future.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:19 pm
by Scotty Dugg
Enjay wrote:That's a beautiful, sleek looking car. The before and after is great: a real testament to the work that you've put in.


OldSpice wrote:If proof be needed, it's a "classic" example of how and why Mk1's can be refurbed provided the tub is not totally shot, and provided the owners know what they are doing.
Especially those of a factory "breathed on" nature.
It's a pity the car is far away from Falkirk.
I'd love to see it in the flesh.
No doubt about it, they will be akin to sought after Elans in the not too distant future.


Thanks guys, the pictures don't show the actual condition of the bodywork/paint but it's clean enough for now.

OldSpice, the car will be down in Glasgow once it's finished, but it's not got the "breathed on" engine still in it at present, that's a job for next year/year after.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:32 am
by Scott_J
Looks great .

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:17 pm
by gm
She looks a treat sitting on those Panasport wheels, you've done a great job bringing her back from such a sad state.

How about bringing her along to Knockhill for some fun tomorrow ? Two hours, open pit lane, in reverse direction, only £85 per car and £10 for an additional driver if you want to let your dad have a go too :)

http://www.trackscotland.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9158

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:03 pm
by Scotty Dugg
gm wrote:She looks a treat sitting on those Panasport wheels, you've done a great job bringing her back from such a sad state.

How about bringing her along to Knockhill for some fun tomorrow ? Two hours, open pit lane, in reverse direction, only £85 per car and £10 for an additional driver if you want to let your dad have a go too :)

http://www.trackscotland.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9158


Thanks gm, very lucky to have gotten the wheels, so thanks again :D

Car isn't down yet, but when it is I'll pop along, probably won't head on track for the foreseeable. Need to prove reliability still!

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:10 pm
by 71NotOut
Bringing it along to Braemar on 3rd June?

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:58 am
by Scotty Dugg
71NotOut wrote:Bringing it along to Braemar on 3rd June?


Yes should be in attendance, in all it's dented glory! :lol:

I'll need to try tidy it up a bit.

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:49 am
by OldSpice
Scotty Dugg wrote:
71NotOut wrote:Bringing it along to Braemar on 3rd June?


Yes should be in attendance, in all it's dented glory! :lol:

I'll need to try tidy it up a bit.


Well I'm not parking mine near it unless you do! :lol:

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:29 pm
by IanH
Scotty Dugg wrote:
71NotOut wrote:Bringing it along to Braemar on 3rd June?


Yes should be in attendance, in all it's dented glory! :lol:

I'll need to try tidy it up a bit.


This alone is almost enough reason to cancel my trip to Spain, almost..

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:46 pm
by Scotty Dugg
OldSpice wrote:
Scotty Dugg wrote:
71NotOut wrote:Bringing it along to Braemar on 3rd June?


Yes should be in attendance, in all it's dented glory! :lol:

I'll need to try tidy it up a bit.


Well I'm not parking mine near it unless you do! :lol:


Yes sir! I'll get right on it :D

IanH wrote:
Scotty Dugg wrote:
71NotOut wrote:Bringing it along to Braemar on 3rd June?


Yes should be in attendance, in all it's dented glory! :lol:

I'll need to try tidy it up a bit.


This alone is almost enough reason to cancel my trip to Spain, almost..


You made the right choice going to Spain.

Drove past your house on Sunday, expecting to see you out cleaning the ND, very disappointing :lol:

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:51 pm
by 71NotOut
I need to pull the finger out & get my rear crank seal done (and clutch & all bearings) then get the car MOT & tax in time for Braemar.

I'm selling it & it's too good an opportunity to have a group who will appreciate the value rather than a bunch of young lads who won't pay more than £1k for one!

Re: Eunos Roadster - Mazdaspeed B-Spec Stage II

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 10:16 am
by OldSpice
71NotOut wrote:I'm selling it & it's too good an opportunity to have a group who will appreciate the value rather than a bunch of young lads who won't pay more than £1k for one!

:(
Time to move on then, to what? Anything in mind?