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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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Krzys

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About Krzys

  • Birthday 04/15/1987

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    Krzys
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    VTEC farting Lawn Mower & Double Unicorn
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  1. Purchased some photos from the track day! ********************************************************************************************** Just going to leave this here... ******************************************************************************************** Naked panels! **************************************************************************************** Update time! New circuit sticker. I seem to have cooked my pads! Discs are okay though! I rubbed the pads back on all four corners, re-greased them up and bed them back in, seems to be good again! My tyres were looking a little worse for wear..... So this happened! Photos seem to make them look lighter than they are, also reactions have been very hit and miss, but I like them and that's the only opinion that matters More stuff has arrived and more has been ordered and more is in progress! **************************************************************************************** Sump baffle fitted today along with fresh Millers! ********************************************************************************************* Biiiiiiiiiiig update. Fully build SQ sound system! This included the doors, rear quarter panels, boot and floor being stripped out and having sound deadening added plus carpet underlay! All the cables are run hidden and even the doors have had speaker cables run into them using the OEM channels so there's very little evidence of whats gone into this! Equipment is as follows: Headunit - Pioneer DEH-80PRS Amplifier - Apline PDX-V9 5 channel amplifier Speakers - Hybrid Audio Imagine series i61-2 two way speakers (6.5") Sub - Hybrid Audio Imagine series i10sw subwoofer (10") Sealed box. It sounds fantastic! The car is also much more refined for the deadening, basically I can drive around and hear nothing outside of the car if I don't want to and the music is so clear you forget it's actually on loud! Here's a load of pictures! *************************************************************************************************** ***************************************************************************************************** Quote Edit Options Report reply Krzys 39 Posted March 2, 2018 Another hedge hunting update! Videos: http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R/FCCA2FA7-78A7-4659-AB71-84EE1846BBA9_zpshlflakuo.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R/84DE3049-84E0-48B4-A1E5-7FDEC0A60F46_zps0q2ynfit.mp4 ************************************************************************************ Tunnel run with the Tegiwa intake on ************************************************************************************** So, this happened at the weekend... Video of the first start up with it fitted! http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R/113555EE-5929-493F-BE0F-E25EF49736CC_zpsohkanqd0.mp4 ******************************************************************************************* Decided to blow off the dust that's been gathering on me wallet for the past several months, even though I shouldn't have and got some different wheels for Bob! OEM Enkei's from an Evo 8 with 215/45R17 Hankook tyres fitted. They'll do for now but my plan is to change them eventually for some Michelin Pilot Sport 4 in either 225/45 or 235/45 so they fit better without any stretch. Not sure if they'll stay the same colour but for now they will have to. Then observant among you may spot the new circuit sticker in the collection from Japfest **************************************************************************************************** Couple of photos just because. From the MOT. One of the bases in my new job! ************************************************************************** Quote Edit Options Report reply Krzys 39 Posted March 2, 2018 Bob finally getting a much needed set of tyres! When I bought the Evo wheels last year they had 215/45 R17 Hankook's on which I didn't rate and certainly didn't like the stretch they had! But they had plenty of tread and I couldn't afford to just bin them at the time so I've waited until they've worn down to change them. I have gone for the Michellin Pilot Sport 4 as recommended on TRO in a 225/45 R17, they look much better on the wheels. I have only driven home from the tyre place, about a mile or so, so I can't comment on them just yet haha! ********************************************************************* So at the weekend with the sun shining I spent an afternoon giving both Bob and Steve a good clean, here are Bob's photos. ********************************************************************************* I've been away for the weekend and my brother has kindly fitted me some new discs and pads for the front and new pads for the rear. Safe to say the front pads were 'low'. Project Mu HC800 front pads with RPB discs. Padgid rear pads. ********************************************************************************* Not much to report here, another oil change done and a check over. Almost at 80k miles! Yesterday I went to a 'Getaway driver' experience at the Curborough sprint circuit in Lichfield. It was a right laugh! In the morning we had some practice runs of the track but in the afternoon we got one go at the robbery. You have to set off and then stop once you've crossed the start line, get out and rob the bank. Bring the briefcase back to your car, stow it inside and then belt up before completing two laps of the track. It was hilarious my mates and I trying to run, we aren't built for it that's for sure! Anyway, I've found a couple of photos from the day and I had my GoPro with me so I'm going to cobble together the footage. Couple of photos of my mates' Subaru's too. *********************************************************************************** So Bob has now hit 80k miles, recently had some fresh oil to reward his service. Then I gave him a good pasting Few weekends ago I took part in a 'Getaway driver' experience at the Curborough Sprint Circuit near to Lichfield. You had to set off the timer, stop, get out and rob the 'bank', then get back in the car and complete two laps of the track. I was a lot of fun! Then the weekend after that I decided I'd have my first ever go at the 1/4 mile! Wasn't great, 15.2 seconds but I had fun! *************************************************************** Time for an update! Bob is showing his age in the face now so I spent an afternoon fingering it, this is how it went.
  2. Update from Cadwell last month!. Finally got the videos sorted from the track day in April, just been so busy and not had time to edit the videos but here they are along with the professional photos. Pretty good day all in all despite an issue mid morning, the slip-join on the decat manifold came open and the exhaust dropped to the floor, oops! Managed to get it welded up and back in time for the lunch break. Didn't have anymore problems in the day other than a talking to for noise (makes 105/6db on a static test!). Bung in the back box made it sound like a jet! Krzys: Stef: This one is when the manifold came apart!
  3. Been a while since anything has changed with Steve but here are two of the big upgrades I've been meaning to do for a while! Meister R suspension along with R33 GTR front and rear brakes! Rear discs aren't my choice, but have life in them so going to run with them for now and replace with blanks in the future. Ride is lovely and compliant! Brakes are much better than OEM.
  4. Update from Cadwell last month!. Finally got the videos sorted from the track day in April, just been so busy and not had time to edit the videos but here they are along with the professional photos. Pretty good day all in all despite an issue mid morning, the slip-join on the decat manifold came open and the exhaust dropped to the floor, oops! Managed to get it welded up and back in time for the lunch break. Didn't have anymore problems in the day other than a talking to for noise (makes 105/6db on a static test!). Bung in the back box made it sound like a jet! Krzys: Stef: This one is when the manifold came apart!
  5. Krzys

    Your very first car

    The equivalent for me was sitting in a brand new R34 GTR in a Nissan showroom in Nottingham! Been a JDM fanboy ever since! I do love my classics though! JDM classics as well as the more known ones
  6. Krzys

    Your very first car

    I'm part way through Car SOS restoring a 205 GTi
  7. Krzys

    Your very first car

    Cheers Dave, it was a '99 1.4 which certainly wasn't bad for a first car compared with what some of my mates had, like a '91 1.1 Fiesta or a '90 1l Metro etc! Lowering springs, the Wolfrace alloys, a custom cat-back exhaust and some audio upgrades kept me happy for about two and a half years.
  8. Krzys

    Your very first car

    First driving experience ever was in one of these! First car I had with an engine though was this.
  9. Krzys

    hello from HIGHLANDER

    Welcome! Can see this being amusing
  10. Krzys

    Good afternoon squires.

    Definitely!
  11. Krzys

    Random thoughts here

    It happens, had it since Jan 2014 so a decent innings! Fingers crossed for the MOT but I'm sure it'll be fine
  12. Krzys

    Random thoughts here

    I wish, my phone's taken a dose of water damage this morning, partly my own fault mind so that now needs dealing with
  13. Krzys

    Good afternoon squires.

  14. Krzys

    Random thoughts here

    I've been looking at wipers too, the ones on Bob are a few years old now so are ready for fresh rubber, might as well source some for Steve too. I've got the measurements somewhere so least it's just a matter of ordering when I leave myself the spare cash.
  15. Krzys

    Random thoughts here

    Bob is staying with Admiral and Steve will be insured through Greenlight. Thanks, already spent it elsewhere mind
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