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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. Gel

    Mike Brewer Stateside

    Upon checking I see Ed has made the first Show for "Ed China's Garage Revival" and it looks like he'll also be involved with another Show called "Built by many" He's restoring an E-Type in episode1......it's not been released quite yet but you can view a trailer here : https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1116975_trailer-released-for-edd-chinas-2nd-new-car-show-built-by-many Every cloud has a silver lining
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    Mike Brewer Stateside

    Ed has already done a Pilot Show so we might be seeing him back on our screens ? Yeah, I too love Fuzz.....excepting when he goes off on one about buses....lol
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    Mike Brewer Stateside

    People that keep telling us what a good egg they are ain't for me.....IMO Mike is a self centered salesman that has made good off the back of others. Ant is a nice guy that's gifted at bodywork but weak mechanically whereas Ed was/is a gifted all rounder. fingers crossed we'll soon be seeing more of Ed on our TV screens 😊
  4. Gel

    Mike Brewer Stateside

    It appears Mike loves Mike more than ever before....lol
  5. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    He he I never thought you'd abuse your cars with a damp old shed.....great to have a decent Council service.
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    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    Planted with the Avon's.........lol.....I never get past 30/40 mph....I have 2 runs to Brighton in the very near future so at last I'll get to judge the car properly. 2x Avon's only cost me £90.....I too consider 'em premium budget tyres and like you I have a lot of faith in them.
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    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    If demolishing a shed and building another isn't hard work....I'll be a Dutchman. Definitely sounds like you're ready for "back to work".....if nothing else it'll keep you away from heavy manual labour 😝 So which car are you going to use to ferry the old shed sections ?....lol...lol...lol
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    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    By hook or by crook Carly is going to end up with your daughter....lol The Three Stoogies from Top Gear hate the looks of the Juke.....I on the other hand quite like the funky look. I replaced the ageing rear tyres with decent budget tyres (Avon) so I now have excellent matching tyres all round. Now that my trusty old Civic is at her best since I got her.........I think I should paint the corroded wiper arms and maybe have a go at addressing the saggy roof lining...........perfection isn't my aim.....decency and reliability suits me just fine.
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    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Cruising round London is an offence....lol.... so I'll not be cruising anytime soon. Fingers crossed the rain lets up for the weekend.
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    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    You were bang on when you said the new shocks would transform my car Dave...............it now drives way better.......I thought my old shocks were adequate but there's a marked difference....so much so....I thought I was in a different car. The new rear caliper means I'll be using less fuel and not wearing out the the new disc and pad . To treat me and the car....I fitted new black mats with red piping.......he he .... I have a thing about red and black combined.......I'm tempted to get a proper black leather steering wheel cover with red stitching.....that's the height of my mods 😖 Passing the MOT without advisories is a testament to how well you maintain your cars.......Gayle must be pleased her Carly sailed through.....taking DD out for regular trots is a good idea........imho.....a car is nothing if it isn't useable on demand. Fingers crossed Mindy also gets a clean bill of health.
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    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Cruising in Mindy is a consummation devoutly to be wished........can't think of better therapy for someone recovering from a serious health issue.
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    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    The shocks I got were incorrect for my car so I instructed the Garage to source the correct ones......I can't be pratting about when I actually need the car as a daily.....with a bit of luck .....should have the car back by end of play today ? Sending the shocks back to GSF is going to be a costly business......can you suggest a courier ? I love the thought of driving a rumbling V8 Mustang......lovely simple mechanics that could be repaired with your eyes shut. My best Mate's daughter drives a pink Mustang.....I've never seen it but I might well do this Summer. Placing Mindy in pole position was a brilliant idea....means she'll be easy about dancing with the Stars when she's fully ready for showing. I like the look of hotrods but it would have been the E-Type that would have got my full attention.
  13. Gel

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    How's Mindy after her show and go yesterday ?
  14. Gel

    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    Did you manage to take in the local Show ? Fingers crossed the MOT's go well without further expense 😊

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