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Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

I bought my X Reg Honda Civic quite cheaply over 3 yrs. ago.  it needed lots of TLC initially e.g. ball joints, drop links, rear exhaust box, lambda sensor and 2 tyres.
3 years down the line it managed to pass the MOT but had advisories for........  rear brake disc's/pads and handbrake pads........worst of all my MOT stated that there was slight corrosion on the rear structure.....when the surface rust was ground down....... the appearance of solid steel meant there was no need for welding
Once I knew the car was structurally sound....I decided to have all the brake disc's/pads renewed and had the underside cleaned and undersealed.......also had the a/c recharged.
The engine and auto box behave perfectly so I may have this reliable budget car for another few years.
Did I mention .....that I've fallen in love with my wee MB2

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  1. Dave

    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    Shes been an ultra reliable wee car Gerry eh! 5 year stop gap car lmao 😀
  2. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Been working away in the garage again! We had bought really rough tombstone seats a while back. They were filthy, had rips in the vinyl and looked awful, but we were going to get them retrimmed so didn't matter. Problem is, the seat bases need swapped over as the UK spec mx5 has the seat belts bolted to the seat base (so to9mbstone seats have nowhere for the seat belt to bolt on to). We decided to strip the seats down and also take the covers off to see if they would maybe clean up a bit in the washing machine. If we could get the bases swapped over, we could use the seats until we were ready for them going to the trimmers to be covered in leather. So, started removing seats.. Then stripped the covers off the seats. Hats off to Gayle, who removed all the little metal clips holding covers on (bloody hundreds of the pesky buggers!) while I held the seat firm/held cover out of the way. Cover off The seat base covers were horrible, all stained (including oil stains) and smelt of cat pee! They has been stored in a barn so anyones guess what the actual smell was! Back rest hanging up in conservatory to dry after a long time in the washing machine!! Came out really nice! Now the refitting of the covers could begin. Rather than use the clips (which were mostly corroded and busted anyways) we chose to use cable ties. Cable ties all put in place first before offering up cover. And then fitting the cover. Horrible job, and fingers are still sore! Before fitting the tombstone base cusion to the uk spec metal seat base, I rust treated them then primered followed by spraying them in satin black. Know you won't see this once fitted, but I like wee details like this done properly. Seat finally built. Note the split that I also repaired by using vinyl repair section cut from the old seats. Fitted to car........splits now repaired on both seats. This spending money has to stop! Another box arrived addressed to Mindy.......what has the wee minx been buying now?? Something very nice, that's what!! I've always loved the Nardi wooden steering wheels, but being 360mm they were too big if you were tall like me. Problem being that in order to drive the mx5, my left leg had to be at a very uncomfortable angle to work the clutch, as it couldn't fit under the steering wheel. So the wheel I bought is only 330mm. Took me ages to hunt down a wheel that has the same styling as the Nardi (spokes etc all look similar) but smaller. This one came all the way from Germany and wasn't cheap! Still, love the way it looks. Also got a Nardi horn push badge coming which will finish it off nicely. Had her out for a wee test drive, and felt weird at first with the wheel being smaller (and wood) but also because my leg wasnt trapped against the wheel anymore. There is another mod to remove a wee spacer from the column to gain another wee bit room so will be doing that too. New seats feel so much better! More supportive due to the side bolsters, but seem to have more padding too. Plus as Gayle pointed out, no more cold draft on your neck due to the space between the old seat and the headrest! Next job will be to get new speakers for the seats as the originals have disintegrated, then get it all wired up. Well happy, and again, find it theraputic to be working on Mindy again, albeit at a much slower pace. Oh, old seats and bases etc, which will be on their way to the tip tomorrow! Manky!
  3. Dave

    Blast from the past

    After much searching on my laptop, found the offending photos! I'm actually in the photo of the black mk3 cortina....don't laugh, it was the 80's after all!!!! lol Loved both these Cortinas! lol Red one was originally a 2.0 litre auto which we converted to manual. Was in stunning condition under all the spotlights and stuff!
  4. Dave

    Blast from the past

    not sure how computer savvy he is, will ask him next time i call him mate. Oh yes, remember them "compliance" bushes all to well, otherwise known as "Void bushes"! They were a nightmare and guaranteed to be gubbed at every mot! Think those were the achiles heel of the Cortinas! I'll need to find the pic of my other mates (although not seen him since the early 00's) mk3 cortinas. He had a black 1.3 base model, customized it with white 8 spoke Weller steel wheels, 4 spot lights, rear window louvre, boot spoiler, front spoiler and a massive bonnet bulge i the shape of a bullet (which he painted red! Oh, also had mirrored windows, bucket seats, wee tiny steering wheel and the frilly tassles from his grannys sofa all the way around the top of the windows/headlining! lol I thought that car was the bees knees back in the day! He progressed onto the red mk3 2000E, a car I fell in love with! Really need to dig out photos of them!!
  5. Dave

    Blast from the past

    Lol yeah 50 grand would deffo need to be a dream! 😁 Ive seen 2 door base models, XL's & GT's too (almost bought a fern green metallic XL 2 door back in the late 80's from a scrappy!). I loved the old Pinto engines, sooooo easy to work on and upgrade. Was funny seeing the engine bay of my mates mk3, all that space to work in!!!! Mechanics dream! I'll see if Tam wants to join up, although he doesnt have a modern classic car (daily drive is a Peugeot 406 hdi) but would be sweet to see his classics in here!
  6. Dave

    Blast from the past

    Had a surprise visit from one of my old mates yesterday whom i havent seen for a few years. We keep in touch on the phone, but havent met up for ages. Tam arrived in his 1972 Mk3 Ford Cortina 2.0XL! Not seen one of these for years!!! It was through these cortinas we actually met all those years ago. He was the man to go to for all things mk3. Was nice to catch up, and seeing his Cortina (in stunning Seat metallic turquoise/blue with a white roof) in my drive had me hankering for a mk3 again lol. Been a very long time since i saw a mk3 parked there!! He also showed me pics of his 1958 Ford Consul which has only done a genuine 17.000 miles from new. Looking forward to seeing that one in the metal. Only got one pic of his cortina as he was leaving to go home, but was dark by then so not the best pc. Will post it up later. Also git some more work on Mindy done with stripping the tombstone seats we bought for her. We removed all the seat covers etc ready to refurb the seats. More on this later (and dont worry, Gayle did most of the work stripping the seats, i just helped! Lol Good day yesterday!
  7. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Just back from cardio clinic and my cardio nurse gave me a wee ticking off regarding working on the car! To do no more than a half hour stint a day working on car, and to avoid using arms as much as i can. Guess ill need to learn how to use a spanner with my feet! Lol To be fair, when she explained things I totally get it, so will be taking it easy where Mindy is concerned. Still, least im getting to drive her a lot just now with the sunny mornings we're having just now has deffo lifted my spirits.
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  9. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Oh, meant to add, was really surprised how easy everything came apart, no siezed bolts or discs that won't come off, even the caliper pistons pushed in nice and easy. Really enjoyed working on her, and if I get told off by cardio nurse I'll just say "but hey, its therapeutic!" Gayle was fine as she knew where i was and what i was doing, was under orders to take it easy. Think she got that i needed to do this, needed to feel like.......well, like me again! Said on the day i had the heart attack that i would not let it redefine who i am or what i can do. So this really did make me feel good again, even if it did take way longer than it should and drained me of energy. Was worth it! Ps: you guys will back me up if i get Tokyo from the cardio nurse, eh chaps!? Lol
  10. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    So..........I have been busy! I know I'm not supposed to be working on cars or doing anything strenuous at the moment due to the heart attack, but I've been bored rigid and finally thought to hell with it, I'm doing this! So I've replaced Mindys brake discs and pads! Took a lot lot longer than it normally would (usually about an hour, took me 6 hours all in as had to keep stopping to get my breath back/have a wee break. The old discs weren't actually too bad, but better to replace them anyways. Pads weren't worn as much as expected, but the material felt weird, like it had maybe been cooked by heavy breaking or they had been contaminated, deffo felt odd. Plus they were el' cheapo pads! Old brakes below. Oh, and don't worry, that surface rust has now been checked, buffed and treated with rust treatment, and painted over for now to protect it until i redo all the underseal/dinitrol it. On with the new! Can also see the new springs, dampers and bump stops. Pass side completed below. so fronts now done, just got the rears to do now, although felt really tired today for some reason so will see how I feel tomorrow. Hopefully will be able to do them! Took her for a nice run on Monday seeing as Gayle was on a day off, brakes nicely bedded in now. Gave her a bit more stick, and by god does she handle a lot better than when we bought her. Even as a passenger, Gayle said Mindy felt really solid now, and planted through the twisties. I had her out for another blast today, and went even quicker than I have ever went with her before and can report she actually encourages you to go even quicker through the bends. Took her into town, and so much comfier than she ever was before, more relaxed to drive. Still a bit to be gained by loosening/redoing those bolts and of course the geo set up. But at least now she feels like an MX5 should, and how I remembered those mk1's feeling that i drove years ago. All is good in Mindy's world!
  11. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Another box arrived for Mindy today, again from MX5Parts! New brakes Looking at her current discs, the fronts look to be quite new, so will still change them but keep the old ones as spare. The rears are also in pretty decent shape, no lips on the discs, so once I get em off will decide if these too can maybe be kept as spares. Could probably have got away with just ordering the pads front and rear, but thought I was always going to replace all thius for new stuff during the resto so might aswell just get them and fit them now. Least I know then it's been done, and also will feel better knowing that if Gayle's out in Mindy on her own, the brakes are all safe. Expecting the pads to be utterly gubbed going by the noise they were making! Once these are all fitted, going to put her in to get the brake fluid flushed and renewed, plus a service including all fluids changed.
  12. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Well. She's got her full new set of Goodyear's fitted..........along with the suspension omg! So much more planted through the corners!! Still to get the geometry done but already transformed! Now I'm not sure if this is because of the geometry still needing done, but she is still a bit crashy on roads that aren't Uber smooth. Feel the vibrations got through the car, which I think on a long trip, would be very tiring. Did they have a crashy (and I mean really crashy) ride from new? This feels like every single thing on the car is trying to rattle free, such are the vibrations/crashes. The vibration from the steering isn't that noticeable now (although again, going over rough/ holes roads it sends shocks through the wrists) so assuming the wheels now being balanced have sorted that. Just the vibrations/shocks through the chassis that but me. I don't remember the mk1's I drove all this years ago being like this? Anyhoo, seems Mindy is on a mission to have my account constantly overdrawn! Went to pick Gayle up from work yesterday, and on way home, bloody brake pads went! So ordered up a new brake disc/brake pad package from MX5Parts today. My bank manager must be having me right now, but hey ho, it's only money! Lol
  13. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Well, everyone knows how I love miniatures so after seeing the 1:18 scale models from Gates posted by another member, I decided to go looking for one! Had been told that these were expensive, and cheapest ones I could find were over the £100 mark. Then this one popped up, but had no box (not an issue for me as all my models come out of the box and go on display shelves) but in mint condition. Looked at the price, it had just been listed minutes before.........at £40! Jumped on it there and then! So it arrived today, and have to say description was bang on, not a single mark or scratch on it. Had to make up some of Mindy's plates in 1:18 scale (would be rude not to! lol) Hope you like! Oh, and the only pic I have of the new suspension so far! lol. Unfortunately, it also shows how untidy she is underneath, but everything is solid, only surface rust. Will be tackling this as soon as I'm well enough!
  14. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    So, got her back, new suspension fitted and they didn't have any probs with the fitting. Just had her out for a proper wee blast as didn't have time yesterday............and bloody hell, what a difference! The massive vibration through the car when going over even the slightest bump is gone. There is still a little vibration, also noticed this at high speed on the motorway, so assuming the wheels deffo need balanced plus a 4 wheel alignment still need done. But cornering, my god she's so much better! Could feel myself trusting her more and more with every corner. She's just so much more controlled. Now she doesn't bounce on the osr, which used to throw her out in corners. So much more fun to drive, but also so much nicer to drive normally. Ordered up 4 new Goodyear efficient grip tyres for her (got a bargain on blackcircles, 4 fully fitted for £214 as they had a discount sale on) so these getting fitted on Thursday. Will then get her booked in for the geometry set up. Got a pic of underneath with new shock/spring fitted but it's on my phone so will upload it later. Not much to see really, just a nice shiney shock bump stop and spring. Lol

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