Old & New....

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Old & New....

Postby Matt C » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:47 am

We had a beautiful summer's evening yesterday, so my dad and I decided to take our 5's out for a stroll...

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We decided to stop and take a couple of snaps (at the 'Grant Park' in Forres)

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I've owned the Mk1 since 2003, and have had plenty of 'garage time' to keep her in fine-fettle.

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My dad 'keeps' her now, as it seems too good a car to put into daily-use, and I've bought a new 'daily hack' in April, the silver Mk3.

Although she looks good from a distance, the brakes and wheels need a LOT of work, and like all 'stock' MX-5's, the quality of underbody protection is pretty woeful! Although it only has 30k on the clock, she appears to have had a pretty neglected life and came with 'flakey wheels', blocked hood-drains and very grotty brakes!

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I have nearly three weeks off at the end of the month, and already have stockpiled new calipers, discs, pads, underseal, 'waxoyl', oil, service-kit, more oil, etc... and I've decided to take the hit and have the wheels powder-coated a nice shade of 'gun-metal grey'.

Looking forward to getting it into a more presentable state and joining you all on a club-run sometime. I may even be able to persuade my dad to join the club!
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Re: Old & New....

Postby Scotty Dugg » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:50 am

Very tidy looking mk1, same colour of mk3 as me.

Looks to be in about the same state as mine when I got it, I doubt either of our brakes have been changed from new!

Look forward to seeing the planned progress.

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Old & New....

Postby Matt C » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:23 am

Finished two weeks of work on the Mk3.

Wheel arch-liners removed, wheels off, brakes removed and the entire underside power-washed, rust scraped away, 'kurust', two coats of 'Hammerite', underseal and 'Dinitrol' for the box-sections.

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New seal-kit and rebuild of the rear calipers, brand-new calipers for the front, new rotors, pads and braided flexi's. All bushes and links checked, and the shields removed and painted...

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Sent the wheels away to 'TheWheelSpecialist' on Harbour Road, Inverness, and had the wheels stripped and powder-coated in gunmetal grey, and added some new wheel nuts...

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(They actually look a little lighter in colour in real life!)

I've also added some clear side-indicators and given the underside a 'misting' with 'Waxoyl' over the underseal. I've also tidied up any marks on the bodywork and built up a couple of coats of wax.

Fitted a chrome fuel-cap, hoop covers and chrome brake-light. Waiting on some chrome door-handle inserts. Blitzed the engine with a full service, new filters and oils for the engine, gearbox and diff. New brake-fluid, power-steering fluid and coolant.

And that's it!

Two weeks work and a budget of £1,000 has cleaned up what was a pretty tired and neglected MX-5.
Just in time too, as I had found the very start of corrosion on the inside of the rear arches and at the base of the front arches, both of which needed quite a diligent clean up!

Worth checking, if you have a Mk3.....
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Old & New....

Postby Matt C » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:30 am

Forgot to add, managed to get a pair of front fog-lights, control-stalk and 'intermittent-wipe' control-stalk, all off eBay with P&P, for £100...!

So they went on too, as well as an 'IL Motorsport' replacement tray and iPod-aux conversion for the head-unit.
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