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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. My Civic VTI (Ruby). Had this for around 7 years and loved this car to bits! Best car I've ever had! Mods are listed above. Was a low mileage, 2 owner car when I bought her and spent time getting her exactly how I wanted her. Still miss the old girl even now, although she's still going strong with the guy I sold her too years ago and still see her now and again! Will let the pics speak for themselves. Miss ya Ruby!!
  2. This is my Honda Civic TypeS. Bought this with only 12 thousand miles on the clock and 1 owner from new (Honda Swindon!). Only mods I did were I had the rear boot spoiler fitted by Honda before i took delivery and then it was fitting wind deflectors, Red H badge for front grill, TypeS quarter panel decals, modified rear TypeS badge, TypeR rear lights and a double din head unit conversion (Pioneer). Also fitted leather gear gator and TypeR gear knob. .
  3. This is my pride and joy, and a car I'll never ever sell! Meet DD (Dawns deck, Daves deck), my Honda Civic Aerodeck 1.6iES. Had this since 2005 and was originally my late wifes car up until she passed away in 2013. How DD looked when first bought She started modding it, with new 15inch TSW alloys, the rare mid spoiler on the tailgate and VTiS front lip. She also put the car into Honda when she first bought it and got them to supply and fit the oem front fog lights (£250 back then!). Also bought and fitted at the same time was a brand new/old stock oem sunroof wind deflector (mega rare part even then). Dawn also tracked down again mega rare oem headlight protectors, which look sweet on the car. Next up, she sent the car off to RJM Performance for a cat back custom PowerFlow Stainless steel exhaust.She wanted this built as close to oem spec as possible, although obviously with a wider bore. This makes a nice deep tone when putting your foot down, but is almost standard like when driving normally. She then opted for EBC front and rear brake discs. Next up, probably the best mod the car has ever had! Being an ES model, it came with full leather interior from the factory (in black). But Dawn had always wanted to give a car a full custom retrim. So she sent the car to Transcal UK for a full custom leather retrim in nappa black/ink blue. She created the design herself and asked them to do it, and also had the honda "H" logo embroidered into the front seats in electric blue. All the stitching on the leather is also in electric blue as a nice contrast. This was also the first Aerodeck that Transcal had ever done. The finished job is stunning! I'll let the pics do the talking! She also searched and found the rare stainless steel sill trims that were part of the original accessory catalogue when the cars were new! Then Dawn finally found the alloys she'd always wanted! 16inch Cades Eros alloys, silver spokes with a polished lip. Sadly, she never got to see her car with the wheels fitted as she passed away soon after due to cancer. So I deceded that as Dawn loved her civic so much, and had always said she'd never sell it, I'd keep it and carry on modding it for her and restoring it so it could become a show car. After the leather retrim, she'd always wanted to have the steering wheel retrimed to match, but at the time £350 was just too much money for what it was. I deceded that yup, DD should have this! But I thought why not change the wheel at the same time for something a bit nicer? So searched and found an Intergra TypeR DC2 steering wheel. I sent this to Transcal Uk and had it trimmed in the nappa black/ink blue leather (with perforations just like the original typeR had) and with electric blue stitching. This really set off the interior nicely, and also feels really nice to drive with. I then added some detailing to the interior (to go with the polished lip of the alloys and the stainless sill trims) so added a chrome detailing strip across the width of the dash to lift the blackness of it, and then bought chrome surrounds for the heater controls. Just little details. So, although Dawn didnt want to lower the car for practicality reasons (it was her daily driver) I thought that seeing as the car was now only used for show/meets, I should uprate the suspension. Bought brand new MeisterR Zeta S coilovers which were designed specifically for the civic MA/MB/MC. Lowered her around 20mm all round. I also machined all her brake calipers smooth (looked like chrome!) and sprayed them in a contrasting blue to tie in with the engine bay details. And for displaying her new look, what better place than Japfest2 car show at Donnington park race circuit. Had her in pride of place on the Civic5.com show stand. Dawn had always wanted to have her car on the stand, so this was my little way of paying respect to Dawn and showing that DD is leading a very pampered life now. Before the show, detailed the engine bay with some dress up items. PWJDM fender bolts/washers in anodized blue, along with radiator and aircon radiator brackets in anodized blue. Also stripped the cam cover back to bare metal, then resprayed it in the same Orleans Blue mica as the car has. I also metal polished the "Honda" lettering on it and replaced all nthe cam cover bolts and gasket with brand new ones from Honda. Also bought a Mugen oil filler cap in anodized blue and a full set of Heavy Set silicone hoses in blue (still to be fitted). Nest up will be a stainless steel manifold, more engine bay detailing/restoring, chassis underneath detailing including removing all suspension arms etc for powder coating. Also going to fit brand new front brake calipers (oem) as these tend to be sticking a bit with her being tucked away in the garage. Also bought (a while ago) a custom made car cover so she's kept nice and clean while sleeping in her crib! Love this car to bits, and try to keep the mileage down too (she's only just hit 70 thousand miles). Other than the sticky brakes, she drives like brand new, really smooth and just a nice car to cruise in. Being the estate/aerodeck, she also earns her keep from time to time moving things in that ever practical boot! Not many classic cars that can earn their keep like this! Hope you all like her! You can follow her progress in the Members Cars area of the forum.
  4. When you create the page for your car, or when creating a topic in the forums, you'll see "tags" option underneath the topic title. You need to add words here which will be relevant to what your posting (car related tags only). So, for example say you are posting something about a Honda Civic, you would click on the tags box then type the word honda (followed by a comma). You'll instantly see your word appear in a box, signalling it's now a tag. The type the word civic (again, every word you use followed by a comma) and so on. Two we would really like you to include in all content you post are "futureclassiccars" and "modernclassiccars", followed by upto 4 of your own. You could have our two tags then "honda" "civic" "typer" "ep3" The image below shows your tags now set. Once added, just continue as normal adding your content/photos etc to the topic then submit it. Adding these simple tags to your topic etc will really help the forum gain good ratings in search engines, and help us to promote the club. The more we appear in top searches, the more members will find us! Thank you for your help. Dave
  5. This is my pride and joy, and a car I'll never ever sell! Meet DD (Dawns deck, Daves deck), my Honda Civic Aerodeck 1.6iES. Had this since 2005 and was originally my late wifes car up until she passed away in 2013. How DD looked when first bought She started modding it, with new 15inch TSW alloys, the rare mid spoiler on the tailgate and VTiS front lip. She also put the car into Honda when she first bought it and got them to supply and fit the oem front fog lights (£250 back then!). Also bought and fitted at the same time was a brand new/old stock oem sunroof wind deflector (mega rare part even then). Dawn also tracked down again mega rare oem headlight protectors, which look sweet on the car. Next up, she sent the car off to RJM Performance for a cat back custom PowerFlow Stainless steel exhaust.She wanted this built as close to oem spec as possible, although obviously with a wider bore. This makes a nice deep tone when putting your foot down, but is almost standard like when driving normally. She then opted for EBC front and rear brake discs. Next up, probably the best mod the car has ever had! Being an ES model, it came with full leather interior from the factory (in black). But Dawn had always wanted to give a car a full custom retrim. So she sent the car to Transcal UK for a full custom leather retrim in nappa black/ink blue. She created the design herself and asked them to do it, and also had the honda "H" logo embroidered into the front seats in electric blue. All the stitching on the leather is also in electric blue as a nice contrast. This was also the first Aerodeck that Transcal had ever done. The finished job is stunning! I'll let the pics do the talking! She also searched and found the rare stainless steel sill trims that were part of the original accessory catalogue when the cars were new! Then Dawn finally found the alloys she'd always wanted! 16inch Cades Eros alloys, silver spokes with a polished lip. Sadly, she never got to see her car with the wheels fitted as she passed away soon after due to cancer. So I deceded that as Dawn loved her civic so much, and had always said she'd never sell it, I'd keep it and carry on modding it for her and restoring it so it could become a show car. After the leather retrim, she'd always wanted to have the steering wheel retrimed to match, but at the time £350 was just too much money for what it was. I deceded that yup, DD should have this! But I thought why not change the wheel at the same time for something a bit nicer? So searched and found an Intergra TypeR DC2 steering wheel. I sent this to Transcal Uk and had it trimmed in the nappa black/ink blue leather (with perforations just like the original typeR had) and with electric blue stitching. This really set off the interior nicely, and also feels really nice to drive with. I then added some detailing to the interior (to go with the polished lip of the alloys and the stainless sill trims) so added a chrome detailing strip across the width of the dash to lift the blackness of it, and then bought chrome surrounds for the heater controls. Just little details. So, although Dawn didnt want to lower the car for practicality reasons (it was her daily driver) I thought that seeing as the car was now only used for show/meets, I should uprate the suspension. Bought brand new MeisterR Zeta S coilovers which were designed specifically for the civic MA/MB/MC. Lowered her around 20mm all round. I also machined all her brake calipers smooth (looked like chrome!) and sprayed them in a contrasting blue to tie in with the engine bay details. And for displaying her new look, what better place than Japfest2 car show at Donnington park race circuit. Had her in pride of place on the Civic5.com show stand. Dawn had always wanted to have her car on the stand, so this was my little way of paying respect to Dawn and showing that DD is leading a very pampered life now. Before the show, detailed the engine bay with some dress up items. PWJDM fender bolts/washers in anodized blue, along with radiator and aircon radiator brackets in anodized blue. Also stripped the cam cover back to bare metal, then resprayed it in the same Orleans Blue mica as the car has. I also metal polished the "Honda" lettering on it and replaced all nthe cam cover bolts and gasket with brand new ones from Honda. Also bought a Mugen oil filler cap in anodized blue and a full set of Heavy Set silicone hoses in blue (still to be fitted). Nest up will be a stainless steel manifold, more engine bay detailing/restoring, chassis underneath detailing including removing all suspension arms etc for powder coating. Also going to fit brand new front brake calipers (oem) as these tend to be sticking a bit with her being tucked away in the garage. Also bought (a while ago) a custom made car cover so she's kept nice and clean while sleeping in her crib! Love this car to bits, and try to keep the mileage down too (she's only just hit 70 thousand miles). Other than the sticky brakes, she drives like brand new, really smooth and just a nice car to cruise in. Being the estate/aerodeck, she also earns her keep from time to time moving things in that ever practical boot! Not many classic cars that can earn their keep like this! Hope you all like her! You can follow her progress in the Members Cars area of the forum. View full record
  6. This is my Honda Civic TypeS. Bought this with only 12 thousand miles on the clock and 1 owner from new (Honda Swindon!). Only mods I did were I had the rear boot spoiler fitted by Honda before i took delivery and then it was fitting wind deflectors, Red H badge for front grill, TypeS quarter panel decals, modified rear TypeS badge, TypeR rear lights and a double din head unit conversion (Pioneer). Also fitted leather gear gator and TypeR gear knob. . View full record
  7. My Civic VTI (Ruby). Had this for around 7 years and loved this car to bits! Best car I've ever had! Mods are listed above. Was a low mileage, 2 owner car when I bought her and spent time getting her exactly how I wanted her. Still miss the old girl even now, although she's still going strong with the guy I sold her too years ago and still see her now and again! Will let the pics speak for themselves. Miss ya Ruby!! View full record
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