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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby drumtochty » Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:46 pm

I will be posting picture on the Techday we had today at Drumtochty.

Hardly scientific but a good MK1 is a good MK1, more later.

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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby OldSpice » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:18 am

1600Eman wrote:Prices on the up?
The green V-Special sold within 2 days


For the "right stuff", and for truly exceptional examples, yes. Most noticeable is the closing of decent Mk2/Mk2.5 prices to the near concours Mk1.
I'd wager in 5 years or so solid Mk1's that have not been ruined, and with professional repairs & "club provenances" will be touching the £2.5K mark with ease rather than be scoffed at.
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Sat May 10, 2014 5:20 pm

Any thoughts on this folks...... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181405321663? ... EBIDX%3AIT

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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby IanH » Sat May 10, 2014 6:47 pm

Looks nice, seems like a contact crease on the NS wing as seller has note in the description.
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby OldSpice » Sat May 10, 2014 9:31 pm

Doubt it's paint is original, and I don't like rain photos as they hide a multitude of potential sins. If the paint is OEM, it's pretty nice for an old Mk1, and the engine bay look very clean & oil tight.
I'd risk a trip to Morpeth after a good fact find with the owner.
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby Rugger » Sat May 10, 2014 10:53 pm

Would be inclined to agree with Old Spice........it's been resprayed at some point as the bottom of the sills on original cars should be black........happy hunting

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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Sun May 11, 2014 9:19 am

Went to see the car yesterday (didnt have internet on mobile when I posted this), the guy was pretty honest in the fact that he knew very little about the car as he had taken it from a friend as a straight swap for a Jag, he thought it would be easier to shift.

Apart from the front NS wing, the body work was pretty exceptional, no rust at all on sills, arches or chassis. It had been undersealed.

The rear arches appeared perfect,but, the NS arch had no spot weld dimples from the swage line down to the sill and the paint was fairly fresh but no stone chip black on sills, suggesting replacement. The OS was perfect though and no dings/ripples down the flanks.

The damage to the front wing looks like it had been caused by a very light accident, but, as the wheels had been recently changed, then I'm guessing it's possible the wheel may have been damaged also, and if that is the case then possibly suspension/chess's.

The interior and hood were excellent (mk2 glass screen) the car is lying outside just now and there was no damp inside or in the boot.

The engine bay was very clean.

Gearchange into 1st & 2nd was very stiff, although the car was still not warmed up fully during test drive. It did drive and brake straight but hard acceleration through 1,2 & 3 it felt like it had flat spots.

It had 6 previous owners and imported in 2006, the passenger window cable was gone, there was a little rust on the hood frame and the AC was working.

The thing(s) that are putting me off is obviously the need for a new wing (and exactly what occurred to damage it) number of owners and the general lack of info and history etc.

Pity, as it may well be an honest enough car.
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby drumtochty » Sun May 11, 2014 9:32 am

New wing say £250 to £300 painted. If you can get a clean one secondhand and the same colour say £100.

I have the feeling you do not have a nice feeling about this car in your gut.

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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Sun May 11, 2014 10:40 am

Yeah, figured on these costs, may have been worth a punt if had a better idea of the cars background......the search continues!
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Sun May 18, 2014 9:21 am

Got my eye on these currently-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mazda-mx5-eun ... 3f365bb7a3

Not sure I want to be stripping gearboxes though!

And this-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141287559625? ... 1423.l2648

Been speaking with the owner, dash needs recovered and ding at filler cap done. Liking the colour scheme.
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby drumtochty » Sun May 18, 2014 11:15 am

A secondhand gearbox is less that £100 while you are there do the clutch and the slave cylinder. Go nowhere near the inside of the gearbox.

So £220 for parts, unless you have access to a lift say £250 to £300 for the labour or buy a transmission jack and come up here and use my two post. I will then give you 50% of the cost of the jack to save you storing after the job.

Both cars look very nice.

The June edition of Practical Motorist forecasts the best 10 deals on classics to buy and one is the Mk1 from 88 to 93. It claims at the moment they are worth £3k and they will be worth £10k in 10 years. Of course that would have to be a garage queen.

Even the short crankshaft problem is sortable with a newer engine if it blows.

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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Sun May 18, 2014 1:18 pm

Thanks Eddie,

I have access to a 4 post locally but hopefully wont need that as hoping to pick up one without box issues.

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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Mon May 19, 2014 8:48 pm

Just been to see this- http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/mazda-eunos-mx5-r-ltd-for-sale/1063201481#photo-content

Lots going for it but it turned out to be a good MK1 rather than a good R-Limited, wheels, Nardi bits and suspension all gone :cry:

Bodywork pretty straight, never welded, only a few dings and scratches, but the bottom of the rear sills could do with a repaint.

Engine was sweet but the ride was very harsh and bouncy suggesting the "non-bilsteins" may need replaced. Had a close look and they were light blue as opposed to yellow, so another thing of the R list.

All electrics worked inc AC and a very good blue mohair hood with glass was fitted, interior very good just needing a good clean. The owner had spent a small fortune on underseal/wax treatment.

All in all a good mk1 but a bit steep when considering how much to put right, in saying that I did like it but we couldn't agree on a price. maybe not meant to be.
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Thu May 22, 2014 7:08 pm

At last......picking up this rather nice Eunos tomorrow from England, will update once I've found out the full spec. Hope its as good as it looks.

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Looking forward to a few club activities! 8)
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby WSBen » Thu May 22, 2014 7:16 pm

That car looks very nice indeed :)
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby IanN » Thu May 22, 2014 8:13 pm

Looks great :)
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby drumtochty » Thu May 22, 2014 9:11 pm

Hope you enjoy your new car!

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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby OldSpice » Sat May 24, 2014 9:16 am

Looks like you may have "won a watch" with that little beauty.
Except....the alloys are absolutely horrid...they just don't do it any favours and you simply want rid asap. I'll give you a tenner for them. :wink:
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby DavieW » Sat May 24, 2014 10:29 pm

OldSpice wrote:Looks like you may have "won a watch" with that little beauty.
Except....the alloys are absolutely horrid...they just don't do it any favours and you simply want rid asap. I'll give you a tenner for them. :wink:


Agree with the alloys being horrid - but I'll be generous and offer £15 :lol:

Seriously though that looks a cracking car. Well done.
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Re: Hi all from Dundee.....struggling.....

Postby 1600Eman » Tue May 27, 2014 1:57 pm

£20 takes the alloys, but you need to replace them yourself guys.....preferably with a set of new unfitted JDM BBS 15" with centre caps of course :lol:

Joking aside, already had a wee scrape due to the width of them....and a bit of carelessness! So....was thinking about a std set of 14s/15s to keep these fresh. I've had rotas before with polished rim and the lacquer doesn't last long.

I think the ride is a bit harsh with these boots, it may well be that thats just the way they drive, every bump felt <30 mph.

Might invest in some front and rear braces, might help a little. ...and keep the dentist at bay!

Well happy with the car though, cheers.
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