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Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:08 pm

Hi guys.
New to Mx5's but got myself a nice wee MK1 last year after selling my Skyline.
going to be doing a few bits and bobs to it so thought i's start a build thread.

it's a 1994 MK1. UK 1.8.
it has 15" OZ Alloys and a style bar
but thats it at the moment.

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Firstly i added in power steering as i found the manual rack a bit much around town.


then i turned to the scabby rocker cover

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Acid etched and primered
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And final coat
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And fitted
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Got a few bits ond bobs thanks to some of you guys on here
Arch extensions and front bumper, thanks to "workinprogress"
and sideskirts, jdm rear panel. and coilover adapters and ht leads

now i have the off side all test fitted and ready to start off with the near side.
here is how the progress went:

First marked out where the extension will be and cut out an inch and a half of the arch

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Then rivited the inner and outer arch together (Will be seamed properly later)

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Arch test fitted in place

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Arch blended into the side skirt

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Bumper removed

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Old and new bumper

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Bumper fitted

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Front arch cut out and extension fitted and blended into skirt and bumper

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Will keep this up to date each time i get to work on it.
Should have near side done in next update
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby JimF » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:13 am

Keep the photographs coming, always good to see how these projects progress.
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby joeytalent » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:52 am

Nice project!

You might want to resize your images - they're a bit big! I think photobucket will do it for you, something like 800x600 is plenty big enough normally :)
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:15 pm

Thanks Guys.
Image are re-sized :wink:
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:48 pm

Well A wee update.
I got a bit sidetracked as i got another project land on my lap. A 1959 series 2 landrover. which was my dads and i found it in a barn after we gave it to a mate of mine 6 years ago. so getting that back on the road to sell on lol.
but i made some progress with the mazda at the weekend.

Rusty caliper
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And after Shot blasting
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And painted
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JDM Rear Panel test fitted
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Rusty shock and spring
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Cleaned up. rust proofed shock and adjustable adapter for coilover
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Rusty suspension top mount
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Shot blasted
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And painted
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And Shock Fitted
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I also fitted the rest of the arches and skirts and blended the arches into the skirts
And rota V Grids in bronze are on order.
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:17 am

Update.
had a couple of things arrive.
New brake pads
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And these from funky rims
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Rota v-grids 15" et0
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Couldn't resist lol
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On the car
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I stated painting today so more pics to follow
Sideskirts, front bumper and JDM panel in red and arch extensions in plastidip black
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby drumtochty » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:14 pm

Keeping yourself busy then.

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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby drumtochty » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:04 pm

What size is the garage and do you heat it or work in the cold in it.

If you heat it what with.

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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:09 pm

Dunno how big it is never measured it.
Before the work benches and tools went in we managed to fit 6 cars in it tho. You coulfnt really get out the doors but I was just seeing how many we could fit lol.

I heat it with a gas space heater and always put it on about 20 mins before I start working in it.
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby drumtochty » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:38 pm

Do you get much condensation on tools and other metal bits with the gas heater.

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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:03 pm

Not really. The garage is well ventilated.
I always spray my tools with some wd after using them tho. Mostly to clean them but also protects them too
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby skatty » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:52 pm

Looking good, will look out for it when i'm out and about the town..

Keep up the good work, and keep pic's coming..............
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:25 pm

Ahhhh have seen you about.
What's your mx look like? Is there a pic on here?
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:23 pm

Update:

Well i got the parts painted last weekend but gott a little bit of blooming.
however once it dried it was easy to just buff it off

here is the skirt, in the foreground is the buffed skirt and behind is the one still to be buffed
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Steam cleaned the front ready for fitting the bumper
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Fitted front bumper
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Fitted right and left sideskirts all bonded on
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Modified UK light brackets to light up the JDM rear panel
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JDM panel fitted and lighting well, also note car is hovering lol
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then i plasti diped the arch extensions.
i actually used a small roller to apply the Plasti Dip to gice it a rough texture.
then fitted them and dropped it down
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It's still not as low as i'd like but cant drop it further with standard shocks.
need to get shortened shocks to fit.
was looking at the ebay ones to tide me over just now as there only £215
but not sure if they are any good? maybe someone on here might have tried them.
at the moment it's pretty much sitting on the bumpstops so not actually that nice to drive.
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby skatty » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:13 am

zool wrote:Ahhhh have seen you about.
What's your mx look like? Is there a pic on here?


A black MK1 with white enki alloys, it will be on the road in about an hour,s time once i go out and get road tax, nope no pic's on here...........


PS: I think i will recognise you'r one :wink:
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:42 pm

Look forward to seeing ya about buddy.
If you see someone waving in a black 62 plate focus it'll just be me lol.
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby zool » Sat May 18, 2013 10:45 pm

Update:

made a lazy eye conversion. which i like and will do until i get the low pros (eventually)

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Got a Windbreaker which i must say works a treat and if you have never tried one i would strongly suggest getting one

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Then best of all my last big spend for this year arrived

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a rear fitted

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And finally, the way it sat before

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And how it sits now

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Will get some nice scenic pics up when the weather clears up
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Re: Zool's Build thread

Postby al9000 » Mon May 20, 2013 1:20 pm

Just incredible..! Great work man, really impressive.
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