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Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

This is the latest addition to our modern classic family! A Mk1 Mazda MX5 1.6 (UK car). I've wanted one of these since the day they were launched back in 1989. Was at the Car show in Glasgow seeing all the new cars, when they pulled the cover off to reveal this gorgeous little red sports car. Was love at first sight, and said there an then I have to have one of these one day! Only taken me nigh on 30 years to realize that dream, but I was a skint teenager back then (now I'm a skint oldie! lol).
As I've been down lately, Gayle my Mrs suggested I needed a new project to help pick me up. She also loves the mx5's, so initial plan was to get a total rust bucket without mot and do a full restoration. After looking at prospective cars, realized that the £1000 budget really did just buy cars that were totally gone. So we upped the budget and came up with plan B! This plan was to buy a decent enough car to start with that just needed TLC, so we spent ages viewing lots of cars that appeared decent but once we arrived to view found they too needed too much work rust wise. Finally found this one which was in Stirling.
So, she's a 1997 UK car (so one of the last mk1's) with 90K on the clock, came with almost a years mot and the chap selling really didn't want to sell her! As everyone knows, all MX5's rot in the rear inner/outer sills and the rear arches. Mindy still has her original arches, but has had the very lower outer sills replaced on both sides. Not the prettiest repair, but look to be a very solid one. Underneath she's solid, and the previous owner has spent a fair bit on her with the welding and also replacing both rear brake calipers. There wasn't a service book which was disappointing, but there are receipts and old MOT's so some history of what she's had done.
Faults we noticed that needed dealing with first were the hood. It was completely shot, and had temp gaffa tape repairs. There was also a really bad vibration when at 65-70mph. These repairs are detailed in later posts.
So here she is the day we arrived home!

We'd literally just arrived home 5 mins before, and I thought I'd get a couple of pics but as I did, Gayle and my step daughter promptly jumped in and off they went for a wee run!! lol
My plan is to restore her to as close to new as I can get, along with some subtle mods. So planning the following:
Replace all suspension including shocks/springs, all wishbones etc then laser 4 wheel alignment Stainless steel exhaust Replace hood fully strip underneath and apply new underseal plus having chassis wax injected. New brakes Rear sills to be replaced by BorderMX5 so done professionally and will be undetactable once done Full respray (in either the original classic red or possibly the new Mazda "Soul red" metallic red.) Custom leather Interior retrim including replacing the seats with tombstone ones New wheels and tyres (Cades Enos with a bit of dish) Fully detailed engine bay Follow her progress in "Members Cars" in the forum.
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  1. 4 hours ago, Gel said:

    I seem to remember the wagon was aerodynamically superior to the saloon B|

    A friend used to haul fireplaces from Scotland to London in  a Volvo Estate.....last I heard it had circa 320,000 on the clock.

    mine is nearly 200,000 on clock,  never misses a beat from that 5 pot, up rated auto box handles the power perfect in every gear,  kick down is like a rocket booster,  decat with 1 small tail box, looks tame till ya hear it on full boost, real sleeper and corners with the best of them to at high speeds. still have another 40 BHP to extract frome the engine if i choose to,  but 280 will do for now,

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  2. On 02/03/2018 at 10:23 AM, Krzys said:

    Nothing too exciting here, just gave Steve a good clean at the weekend, here's a few photos.

     

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    Been and done my first mod on Steve, a nice shiny decat pipe! :D

     

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    Already burbles, pops and bangs more, sounds so good!

     

    Small update, too busy hooning to be honest! :lol:

     

    Bit of a facelift for Steve, painted the grill, the Unicorn badge and polished up the headlights :)

     

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    Nice update for Steve now, much less of an eyesore!

     

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    thats a very good looking beast,  never saw 1 till now, imports are allways very interesting, pity we never get the good cars over here. some real sleepers .

     

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