My Rebuild

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Re: My Rebuild

Postby BoabG » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:59 pm

Thanks guys, going to try and sell some of the parts to free up.some extra money first.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby BoabG » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:47 pm

I've had a member asking about the whole car, I'll let you know ASAP.

Thanks buddy
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby bmv6197 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:45 am

Terrible news - I hope you get some resolution and that somewhere in the not too distant future you find yourself back in a roadworthy '5 with a big smile on your face!

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Re: My Rebuild

Postby zebedee » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:50 am

Is there any chance of legal proceedings against the dealer who sold it to you?
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby 71NotOut » Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:27 am

Sorry to read this, when I had my old mk2.5 Montana, it too had some rot in the sills, but outwardly looked mint.

I spent 2 days underneath it with Dinitrol but was fighting a losing battle.

I have just put a deposit down against a fresh import 1991 V-Special from Goodwood sportscars and Steve has been a pleasure to deal with so far.

I would definitely give him a shout.

Good luck!
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby BoabG » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:01 am

Cheers guys I'm calling vosa today as the car was motd 2 weeks before I got it and no way should it have passed.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby OldSpice » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:52 am

BoabG wrote:I've had a member asking about the whole car, I'll let you know ASAP.

Thanks buddy


This would be the best outcome Bob. One man's muck can be another's brass in these circumstances.
Let me know about my offer on the bits in due course. No worries either way.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby iain cooper » Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:01 am

interesting that there are 622 MX5's scrapped on the scrappage website.

http://www.driving.co.uk/news/news-thou ... ge-scheme/

rust is indeed the MX5's downfall !!

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Re: My Rebuild

Postby OldSpice » Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:45 am

iain cooper wrote:interesting that there are 622 MX5's scrapped on the scrappage website.

http://www.driving.co.uk/news/news-thou ... ge-scheme/

rust is indeed the MX5's downfall !!

Iain


It was the con of the century Ian.
I witnessed a genuinely pristine solid Mk1 California with FSH & low miles as just one example being chopped for a new Mazda saloon.
I tried to buy it off the girl with a view to reselling for profit but the paperwork was done and it was cubed after the engine was chemically destroyed off the limiter.
It was not mostly because cars were rotting and getting chopped in. Many solid classics met their end out of stupidity & greed.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby OldSpice » Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:51 am

Anyway back on topic as they say.
I've put Steve at Goodwood in touch with Bob, who is aware it's happening.
Maybe some good can come out of this in the future if the right Mk1 at the right price can be found.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby drumtochty » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:12 am

To be honest guys I have had Bobs car on my two post lift and both Bob and myself went all over the underside.

The bottom of the front sections of the chassis rails were gone.

We then put the boroscope in the chassis rails and the sides and top of the front section looked good.

We had a good poke and hit of the rest of the floor and it provided no evidence of anything to worry about.

Bob is an experianced welder so knows one end of a sheet of metal from another.

Therefore to be honest, I'm reall surprised at what was found as in all honesty both Bob and myself thought this car was a good platform to start with.

Sorry to hear about this as Bob is straightforward honest bloke.

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Re: My Rebuild

Postby BoabG » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:23 am

Thank Eddie,

The body shop were removing the old underseal so they could clean and redo the underside, to find that the car was rotten filled with filler and undersealed over the top. Lesson learned, this has put me off this model of mk5's, but we live and learn. I can get a very small amount of what i have paid out in parting the car. Ach well time for something else but unless i can get it on a ramp and go over it with a fine tooth comb i will not be buying one..
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby sbloxxy » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:04 pm

Bob, PM sent.
Horrible story and one that's quite common. We sold a fresh import to a chap last week who had just gone through similar heartache with his previous '5. Looked good from the outside but in this case, the inner sill was non-existent and the seat belt mounting could be pulled away by hand.

I know that this may cause some offence (and I don't mean it to) but if you buy a car that has spent much of its life north of the Border, then there's a very high chance that it will be rusty, thanks to the huge amounts of salt dumped on the roads. In fact 691,000 tonnes of salt were used in Scotland during winter 2012-13 alone. Never good news for any car.

So please guys, if you're off looking at MX5s to buy, don't worry about high mileage engines, forget aged gearboxes and diffs, even a shabby interior can be replaced but look at where the car has spent the last few years and check so carefully for rust - even more so if its a Mk2/Mk2.5.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby OldSpice » Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:38 am

Nice one Steve.
Thanks for your support & advice.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby kevham » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:56 am

The underseal is a problem. Water gets in under it and creeps along causing hidden damage. Steve's advice is spot on. I am currently patching up holes in a cheap Mk2.5 in order to sprint it but I wouldn't touch a Mk2/2.5 as a keeper car. Even a fresh import will rust if you use it as an everyday car.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby BoabG » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:05 am

Thanks Steve, not sure what I'm going for after this.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby drumtochty » Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:04 pm

Agreed Bob,

I would do nothing for a month or so and take stock.
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby Sprockutt » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:31 am

Just noticed this thread and am sorry to read all about your nightmare experience with your 5. It was such a good looking car on the surface and had obviously found a good owner prepared to shell out to look after it.

I had a similar start to my 5 ownership experience (mechanical not rot in my case) so I really can feel your pain. But stick with it and I really hope your next car goes someway to make up for the first one.

I would also suggest Steve as he knows these cars inside out and I'm sure he'll have a decent example for around £2000. If I was to do it all over again I would have bought one of his freshly imported cars from Japan. Not cheap at around £5k but worth it for the lack of any corrosion whatsoever and the peace of mind. Plus if looked after and held onto for any length of time the chances are you wont see much in the way of depreciation.

All the best

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Re: My Rebuild

Postby farmerboy4 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:30 am

I'd be interested in the whole car as a breaker.
Give me a call to discuss
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Re: My Rebuild

Postby BoabG » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:06 am

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