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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. Traded in my TypeR Civic for a MINI Cooper 08 plate (now known as Carly Cooper!) a while back as the running costs were just too much (as was the over stiff suspension!). Been running this around 2 years now and have to admit it's a great wee car! Mega fun on twisty back roads as it handles like a go kart, enough power to have fun with and cheap as chips to run. So this is what she was like when bought, just totally standard apart from being optioned with the chrome line kit for the exterior and interior wise she has the optional mood lighting. First thing to be done was to replace the timing chain, guides and tensioner as these are a known weak spot of the 1.6 engine in these. Next up, we go her racing stripes from BMW and Gayle and me fitted them ourselves. We were quite proud, managed to get them bob on straight both sides! Next up, decided to beef up her rump! Was originally looking for a MINI Cooper S rear spoiler, but found a rare "Aero spoiler" which are hard to come by so bought that and fitted it. Luckily, it was already in the same colour as her roof, so bolted straight on. Nice bit of kit, and went well with the black/sparkling silver theme. One thing I really didn't like were the 15 inch alloys that came standard on her. Really wanted a set of Cade alloys same as i have on the civic Aerodeck, so after a bit of searching eventually find a nice set of 17's which had the spokes in black (which is what I was going to paint them) and polished rims. Not Cades but ZCW alloys, which look almost identical. Got them 2nd hand for the bargain price of £100! Had to get special wheel nuts for them as the standards were too short, so got tuner spec ones which fitted a treat. Think the wheels really changed the look of her and go so well with the black/chrome that's on her. A quick shot of the interior Next up, decided I didn't want to get stranded with a puncture (previous escapade on a club run in my typeR prompted this!) so searched again and found the full space saver wheel fitment kit (including the wheel). Bit of a faff to fit but got it done and don't have to worry now If we get a puncture (although where we put the wheels that comes off is a different story!) Future plan is to fit the Pure DAB kit to her (identical to the Alpine kit) so I can have USB/DAB/Aux inputs etc. Looking at possibly an induction kit and if the exhaust ever goes, that'll be replaced with a stainless steel one. No plans to lower this as it's my daily. Follow Carly's progress in the Members Cars area of the forum.
  2. 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.
  3. Hi Folks! It's competition time on Future Classic Cars. The competition is totally free to enter! The prize on offer is the Sornu Qalcomm 3.0 Bluetooth FM transmitter MP3 player. This device allows you to use your current car stereo to play MP3 files. It has 2 USB ports for charging, and a slot for memory cards so you can store all your music on a memory card and play it through your car stereo. Much better than having CD's/tapes rattling around in your car! Depending on the size of memory card, you could have your entire music collection in your car and available at the touch of a button. It also features Bluetooth for handsfree use of your phone, and a clear 1.44 inch LED display. Just the thing if you prefer to keep your modern classic cars OEM radio or if the one you have fitted doesn't play mp3's/usb and doesn't have Bluetooth. The competition runs like this. The first 30 members that join and post in the Future Classic Cars forum will be automatically entered into the competition. The winner will be drawn from those first 30 members to join! Simples, no questions to answer etc, just join and then get posting about your car! Browsed our forum but not signed up yet? Create your free forum account (only takes a few mins) then let us see your car. Already registered your account? Cool, all you need to do is get posing in the forum! The winner will be drawn at random when we hit or pass 30 members. Keep visiting the forum for updates on when the draw will take place. We will also be posting this on our Facebook page. If you know friends or family that have a modern classic car, tell them to head over to the FCC forum and sign up! We want to see lots of Modern classics, the more the merrier! Good luck, and enjoy the site and club! Dave
  4. How do folks! Looks like we'll be adding to our list of current cars! So far we have a 2008 MINI Cooper, 2008 Ford Focus and a 1999 Honda Civic Aerodeck. Lately my heads been in a bit of a dark place through pressures from work etc and I've been a bit down to say the least. Gayle (my mrs) suggested that I need a project to work on to help lift my spirits a bit, and suggested I get the one car I've always wanted since they were launched.......a mark 1 Mazda MX5! I was at the car show in Glasgow secc when they did an unveiling of them back in 89/90 and the second the cover came off I fell in love with this cool looking little red sports car! For something so new it looked so retro (well, the design was inspired by the 1960's Lotus Elan)! So been trying to decide what way to go, whether a full on restoration of a basket case or go for one with a solid base to start with. Looking at the price of non mot'd rusty ones, we quickly decided to try and get one that was mot'd and as rust free as possible. This would also make it easier to get it home! So, went to look at one yesterday in Berwick - upon Tweed, but it had been badly bodged so would have spent more time redoing bad repairs. It had also apparently passed it's mot 3 days earlier, with plates welded on one sill that were coming off! Oh, and the battery was just loose in the boot, no bracket....but worst of all zero brakes! Only found that out on the test drive! So we walked away from it, as it was what I would call "gubbed"! Have spotted another for sale in a garage, so hoping we'll go and see this one soon. A nice limited edition one this time, but looks really nice condition. (mind you, the last one looked good in the photos so I'll reserve judgement! One things for sure, we are deffo getting one, just a matter of finding the right one at the right price. Plan is to slowly replace suspension, brakes, and any other bits as we go along and bring it up to show standard. I still have the aerodeck to work on at some point but it's taking a back seat for a while. Will let you all know how we get on and will get a project page going as soon as we get it! Dave
  5. What makes a car a classic? Lots of things can enter a car into classic status, some more than others. Things like how rare it is, how popular or even unpopular it was, style, power etc. Thing is, some of the things that should or would make a car a classic don't necessarily mean it is! What do you think makes a car a modern classic? From the new cars that are being produced now, do you think we may have seen the last modern classic cars already?
  6. We were on holiday on the island of Jersey this week, and as usual I was car spotting (much to Gayle's annoyance, although she too joined in!). So, what did we spot? Here's the list! 6 Mk1 Mazda MX5's 2 Mk2 Mazda MX5's 1 Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico 1 Ferrari Modena 1 Lamborghini Hurcan 1 Ford Escort mk2 6 Ford Fiesta mk4's 1 Ford Fiesta ST mk5 1 Nissan Skyline R34 3 Peugeot 205's 1 Mercedes 350 SL 1 VW Beetle (1970's) 3 VW new Beetles (1990's) 2 newish Ford Mustangs 2 Honda Civic MC Aerodecks (one was a vti with full VTIS kit) There were more but can't remember them all off hand just now. Only got photos of the 1st MX5 I spotted and the Civic Aerodeck. Was quite impressed as most of the cars appeared to be in really nice condition. We were away out on a winding coast road in the middle of nowhere when the Ferrari passed us, to be followed 5 mins later by the Mk1 Escort. This had been fully restored and looked like it had just rolled out the showroom, totally stunning and my fav car of the trip.Always wanted one!!
  7. 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
  8. Traded in my TypeR Civic for a MINI Cooper 08 plate (now known as Carly Cooper!) a while back as the running costs were just too much (as was the over stiff suspension!). Been running this around 2 years now and have to admit it's a great wee car! Mega fun on twisty back roads as it handles like a go kart, enough power to have fun with and cheap as chips to run. So this is what she was like when bought, just totally standard apart from being optioned with the chrome line kit for the exterior and interior wise she has the optional mood lighting. First thing to be done was to replace the timing chain, guides and tensioner as these are a known weak spot of the 1.6 engine in these. Next up, we go her racing stripes from BMW and Gayle and me fitted them ourselves. We were quite proud, managed to get them bob on straight both sides! Next up, decided to beef up her rump! Was originally looking for a MINI Cooper S rear spoiler, but found a rare "Aero spoiler" which are hard to come by so bought that and fitted it. Luckily, it was already in the same colour as her roof, so bolted straight on. Nice bit of kit, and went well with the black/sparkling silver theme. One thing I really didn't like were the 15 inch alloys that came standard on her. Really wanted a set of Cade alloys same as i have on the civic Aerodeck, so after a bit of searching eventually find a nice set of 17's which had the spokes in black (which is what I was going to paint them) and polished rims. Not Cades but ZCW alloys, which look almost identical. Got them 2nd hand for the bargain price of £100! Had to get special wheel nuts for them as the standards were too short, so got tuner spec ones which fitted a treat. Think the wheels really changed the look of her and go so well with the black/chrome that's on her. A quick shot of the interior Next up, decided I didn't want to get stranded with a puncture (previous escapade on a club run in my typeR prompted this!) so searched again and found the full space saver wheel fitment kit (including the wheel). Bit of a faff to fit but got it done and don't have to worry now If we get a puncture (although where we put the wheels that comes off is a different story!) Future plan is to fit the Pure DAB kit to her (identical to the Alpine kit) so I can have USB/DAB/Aux inputs etc. Looking at possibly an induction kit and if the exhaust ever goes, that'll be replaced with a stainless steel one. No plans to lower this as it's my daily. Follow Carly's progress in the Members Cars area of the forum. View full record
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