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Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:35 pm
by paulfhome
OK, so here is the thing, now we have the nice shiny "New" car to replace our sadly deceased one, one of the parts salvaged was the old hardtop. As you can see the original was silver. The new one Razor blue. The original intent was to put the old top on as weather protection till the spring then, over the summer respray it razor blue. BUT, we kind of like it like this, to me it is retro and very reminiscent of the old 60's convertibles. Beloved has put it to the vote on Facebook, with an overwhelming response to keep the two tone look, so we will. but I just thought I would "Rattle the cage" in here and see what the concensus was

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Re: Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:09 pm
by OldSpice
I voted leave it as is. It reminds me of my Dad's Duo-tone Singer Gazelle! Your alloys kinda balance it out.
I'd say save the money frankly and put the cash towards getting a professional chassis clean/protection job done.
To be precise, I'm not talking a surface spray over...but £400 or £500.00's worth if invasive injections and every centimetre of chassis surfaces...including inside the wishbones, behind liners etc. (mine rotted out)
Each their own though.
Car is a blinding corker by the way.
They just don't happen often like that any more.

Re: Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:46 pm
by drumtochty
Yes only worry about the hardtop colour after the rusty bits are sorted as robin advises.

Re: Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:53 pm
by paulfhome
At the moment, no rusty bit's. car is mint with 22k miles only, FSH and has been garaged a real find!. But yes we will be rust protecting it, Plan to keep this one till we simply can't get in it any more

Re: Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:08 am
by drumtochty
Have you as yet looked inside the sills with a boroscope it is unlikely it is clean in there unless you are very lucky.

Re: Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:57 pm
by Scotty Dugg
Much prefer a colour coded hardtop here, sorry!

Re: Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:20 pm
by paulfhome
Scotty, no need to apologise, it's all down to personal preference. To be honest there wasn't a question in our minds that the top was going to be resprayed till we put it on, and decided we liked it two tone!. Still got some work to do though, the top is more worn than the car so will get a refresh and polish over the summer but, as others have pointed out, priorities are getting the underside and sills future proofed.
On a different vein we have decided not to swap out the factory stereo for the more modern set head unit we had in the last car, much more versatile but does look out of place in there. I'm thinking of adding an MP3 unit to the disc changer socket, as sold by mx5 parts. I'd be interested if anyone has any experience of this unit, or knows of something better? I'd like MP3 AND Bluetooth but the audiolink seems to be an either/or situation and the only other ones I've seen are cheap Asian units that have lots of bad reviews for reliability.

Re: Retro or no go?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:44 pm
by Scott_J
Keep the Lotus Elan +2 coupe colour scheme .