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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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Enjay

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    Nigel
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    Toyota MR2 Mk3
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  1. Take it easy and don't do anything strenuous before you are ready to.
  2. Enjay

    Hello new member with Mk1 GTI

    Mk1 GTi Cabrio. Very nice. Very nice indeed. The first convertible I ever drove was a special edition Mk1 in white - like lots of white: white paint, white roof, white wheels, white upholstery... It wasn't mine. It belonged to a friend's mum, but I drove it a few times. Way, way out of my price range. Dunno what it cost (it wouldn't have been cheap, and I was a student at the time). It was nice to get a taste of driving such a cool car though.
  3. Enjay

    Hello All

    Ha ha! Amazing. It seems that we have similar tastes. I also has a Fiesta 1.1 except that it was a Mk1 van - stripped it down, XR2 interior and body kit (mostly Mk2 bits), yellow paint and a red "paint splat" decal on the side panels. The wooden floor that replaces the seats in the van version made excellent resonant mountings for some nice beefy speakers. For some reason, despite owning it for about 4 years, I don't seem to have any pictures of it.
  4. Enjay

    Hello All

    Thanks. Yellow cars have been a bit of a thing for me ever since one of my first cars was a Mk1 Capri in Daytona Yellow. I had a Mk1 MR2 for a while (in red) and I had a blue Mk3 a couple of years back too. Personally, I think they look best in yellow though. Here are both MR2s side-by-side: The headlamps on the one on the right have "Simon Tan-style" eyebrows added. I tried to get a set for the other one too, but the fit wasn't as good so I left them off. I've done quite a few bits and pieces with it too though since the above pics were taken so I'll post some more when I get a chance. For what it's worth, here's the Capri:
  5. Enjay

    Hello All

    I just popped across here from the MX5 Scotland Forum. Current future classics... I actually had 2 yellow MR2s (well one was the import version MR-S) until about a month ago. I didn't have the space to keep both plus my daily runners and other cars owned by the rest of the family. :(
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