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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:13 pm

Hi Lorraine, yes I carry out everything you see myself, its something I enjoy really doing. :D
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Re: Project Rika

Postby The Pram » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:32 pm

I think that's just great. Much admiration!
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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:44 pm

I have not updated much on here recently

I have been getting a few things sorted out.

I have had a few probems with the car recently, including the alternator going, 2 different coolant leaks, and needing to replace a fault radiator cap and most recently the termostat giving up on me. I have fixed all of this now thankfully and I hope I can begin to enjoy a bit of that renowed MX5 relaiability :?

I have installed a lights on buzzer using this method with the relay.
http://www.mx5oc.co.uk/forum/forums/t/192.aspx

I have sown up a small hole in my drivers seat using to embroidery thread.
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I have also being trying to get the old Nardi steering wheel that is fitted to the car looking better. The wheel its self I have managed to improve using a combination of Leather Balsom and Show polish (the kind you put on kids shoes when they stuff them).

This left the centre rubber part looking pretty tired with bits where the colour that rubbed off.
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So I used some of this stuff to bring is back to one uniform colour
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And this is the end result, I am very impressed with how it has turned out, I just hope it lasts ok.
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I have also removed the rear mud guards as I think I prefer the look of the car with out them.

Thats about is for now.
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Re: Project Rika

Postby John H » Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:56 pm

Nice to read another of your updates Sarah.

I'll be interested to hear how that vinyl paint stand up to a bit of use. The top panel of my dashboard is looking a bit second hand, and that stuff might just be the answer. Mind you, I suspect getting the dash panel out would be a horrendous job. Wonder if I could mask everything and paint it in situ?
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Re: Project Rika

Postby Richardn » Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:50 pm

John H wrote:Nice to read another of your updates Sarah.

I'll be interested to hear how that vinyl paint stand up to a bit of use. The top panel of my dashboard is looking a bit second hand, and that stuff might just be the answer. Mind you, I suspect getting the dash panel out would be a horrendous job. Wonder if I could mask everything and paint it in situ?


or you could clean the paint off and have a tan dash
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Re: Project Rika

Postby John H » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:44 pm

Richardn wrote:or you could clean the paint off and have a tan dash


Would that really work? ... or would it just look a half baked mess?

If this has been done successfully I might try it, as the black painted top half of the dash seems to have gone soft, and is very easily damaged.
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Re: Project Rika

Postby Richardn » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:46 pm

Sorry to hijack your thread sara (mods could move these posts)

been done carb cleaner apparantly works
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Re: Project Rika

Postby John H » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:51 pm

Thanks Richard ... and apologies Sarah :wink:
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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:10 pm

Richardn wrote:Sorry to hijack your thread sara


No problem :)
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Re: Project Rika

Postby iainf » Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:54 pm

Painting steering wheels seems low tech by your usual standards, are you mellowing?

If you are having some withdrawl symptoms have a gently rusting 5 needing some attacking :wink:
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Re: Project Rika

Postby bmv6197 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:54 pm

Looks good Sarah! I used that stuff on my armrest compartment lid, but found it cracked and peeled when it got warm in the sun. Re-did it but after a few months the same issue. I cheated by picking up a new lid! Hope you have better luck/technique than I did! And if so, please let us know your secret...

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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:48 pm

I managed to Rika's winter boots on (original daisy wheels, with Vredestein Snowtrac 185/60 14), and gave her a wash.

I think she looks quite good with her winter boots on.
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Re: Project Rika

Postby bmv6197 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:20 pm

There's something special about the original look...
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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:34 pm

Got some things done over the last month or so.

First offf was to fit some new speakers in the doors.
I found these rubbish things in the door, they are so rubbish.
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So I fitted some JVC 165mm 230w speakers. The sound is so good from these.

At the same time I fitted electric door locks and a electric boot release. I got a new security system fitted, so she now has remote control locking and boot release :D .

For Chistmas I got a set of Satin finish vent rings.
They look awesome, I bit more understated than Chrome and much more to my taste.
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The next thing to sort out was the front side lights. Both side light bulb holders had lost their lugs so I had to get 2 newside light/indicator looms
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On the offside the back of the side light had melted.
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I got a cheap second hand one off ebay, this is what it should look like.
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Re: Project Rika

Postby skatty » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:54 pm

Looking good :D

[quote]At the same time I fitted electric door locks and a electric boot release.[quote] What ones did you use was thinking about this today?

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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:02 pm

Today I did some work on the steering and suspension.

Some time ago I had noticed that the the boots on the track rod ends and top ball joints had split on both sides of the car.

So first thing is to take it all apart, removing the old split pins from the joints and splitting the joints is not that easy a job, but with the right tools its not to bad.

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The boots on both the track rod ends and the top ball joints are very much past thier best.
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Next the top ball joint needed to be cleaned out, removing the old grease and then repacked with fresh grease. Then using a 30mm socket the new boot get pushed into place.
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Then I put it all back together with new castle nuts, split pins and track rod ends.
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I then repeated the process for the other side. Whilst I was doing these I also noticed that thelower ball joint boots are also split, so they are on order and I will get them done in the next couple of months before the MOT. I have also ordered new bump stops/shock boots.

I will take her down to Turriff Tyres on Monday to get the tracking set up.
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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:21 pm

skatty wrote:Looking good :D

At the same time I fitted electric door locks and a electric boot release.
What ones did you use was thinking about this today?

Cheers Davie


For the door motors just any of the normal ebay offerings
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CENTRAL-LOCKING-2-WIRE-SOLENOID-ACTUATOR-MOTOR-UNIVERSAL-/360396857205?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item53e9539f75#ht_1820wt_1141

For the boot release motor I got one these.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Boot-Release-Trunk-Release-Kit-Brand-New-/220880905828?pt=UK_Car_Accessories_Safety_Security&hash=item336d872664#ht_713wt_1189
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Re: Project Rika

Postby John H » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:40 pm

sarahlc wrote:I will take her down to Turriff Tyres on Monday to get the tracking set up.



Turriff Tyres? ... have you moved house?

I thought I was the only person daft enought to drive from th central belt up to Turriff just to get my wheels and tyres done! :lol:
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Re: Project Rika

Postby sarahlc » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:49 pm

No I live in Linlithgow, but I am at my parents house (for the use of their double garage) which is about 6 miles from Turriff.
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Re: Project Rika

Postby John H » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:55 pm

Ah, all is clear. I have used Jim and Julian at Turriff for years, great place. :wink:
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