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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. This is Dave, my brother and I use this as our joint track car project. We have had Dave for two and a half years. Here are the highlights so far... Right, so a couple of months ago I was getting moaned at for tracking Bob and people were worried about me wrecking or crashing the car. So my brother and I bought another EP3 to use purely as a track slut. Pictures from the sale advert: This was an M2 unsilenced cat-back, this fucker came straight off before we even fetched the car! Far too loud and wank! The day we picked it up. First comedy fault, not worth dealing with! Show plate for on the track! So we got the car back to my brothers house where it has sat for a couple of months doing fuck all. Until last weekend when we got all the servicing items together plus a sump baffle to drop in to get the car ready for it's first track day, which is in December! Fluids, filters, sump baffle, plugs etc etc Bob was supervising. Bob's old airbox and S2000 filter. Not bad for 137k, chain is tight, cams look decent! These looked original! So did the fuel filter, not good! Back together and all is well! What we did find was that we need new front brakes before the session rather than after, so I'm hopefully ordering a big brake kit today, we have fluid ready to change and braided lines on the way too! Radiator looks like it's ready for the scrap too so going to get one ordered ready! Track day is on Sunday December 13th at Donington Park should anyone fancy watching us kill or bin the car! ********************************************************************************* Another box arrived yesterday! I won't torment you this time but should be fitting it on Saturday! ***************************************************************************************** Stoptech kit is fitted! Along with a brand new set of Uniroyal tyres, which are proving to be really good this time of year! Bedded the brakes in using the method that Stoptech recommends and my god they are bloody good! Made me feel sick by the end of it There's a couple more jobs to do before the first track day but the big jobs are now done! ***************************************************************************** Small update, dry tyres are sorted and a set of wheels painted so they look a bit less shit lol! Also some stickers have gone on! First track day in this on Sunday at Donington Park, should be good fun! ************************************************************************************************** So yesterday, in the cold and wet myself and my older brother took Dave out on his first of hopefully many track days! On Saturday we did some final prep work which included mounting the tow straps, getting the dry tyres ready (you never know!) fitting the Spoon N1 and B-Pipe and adding stickers because my brother couldn't help himself haha! The track day was a sessioned day with six 20 minute sessions, three each basically! But due to the French, a Clio had expired on track closing it for an hour so all of the final sessions were cancelled, so five out of six wasn't bad! The car did 98 miles to almost a full tank of fuel which was really good! The Uniroyal tyres gripped brilliantly to say it was soaking wet out! The brakes were simply epic! We could out-brake pretty much everyone else in our group! Our hit list of cars includes MX5's, Clio's, M3’s, Caterham’s, Fiesta ST’s, an Astra VXR, Focus RS, Jaguar XFR, Jaguar XKR and the one I’m most proud of, a Porsche 911 GT3 which I lapped twice in each of the two sessions I actually did! Now for pictures and videos! More will come once I've sorted the professional pictures and our GoPro footage out! ****************************************************************************************** And videos! First set Stef was driving, second set I was driving! http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/CF950ACF-ECEB-4F22-B405-DC02A84D3C2B_zpsglbjr0ty.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/A02DEC56-3E5F-478C-ABAB-8EBC0A660F1A_zpspoavunct.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/19385218-2BE6-4220-8474-AE4EDB1FE25F_zpsruvhacc1.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/0AD3BA60-69A5-427F-A0B7-58E8369AC36B_zpsjro96lfp.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/483FD9E6-D156-4618-8A71-DC055EAAEB37_zpshdurt914.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/2609F43A-C6B6-4116-BE28-F2076522A632_zpshblnrkqy.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/75EA3206-83D0-42BE-A2CE-D959F92BDE5C_zpsig1i7zu2.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/C35F9DA5-0F88-4386-A40C-A54BB3BFE171_zpsltjfiav9.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/F05648E8-A7C8-4B34-93AE-ACA5385589C9_zpsxvjlt9ol.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/98EB1351-F520-485D-9FA1-0833A75F8EC2_zpswa7wqbyj.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/9F338C5F-3684-46E0-9166-8EB5004225DC_zpsjr9vyahh.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/274AAE38-7C7B-4C48-A668-27642BC4086A_zpswd7s4tjr.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/3821D16D-CE71-4D59-BD9C-03C8B6591096_zpsh4pak3aq.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/A8005216-6FC2-4B57-ACB2-95BE84C626B8_zpskop94kuh.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/88F585C9-6756-4C80-A7DB-31B78DB2B420_zpsl4oh3wno.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/A03B361C-2DA3-450A-806A-C19B9CDFAECF_zpshpjxuqhy.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/9F802DD7-C6C9-4FDA-BEE2-1BCCF15B43B2_zpsqj6a1aqt.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/8CC7358C-9CAA-49E5-A45F-C02C5B4A2264_zpsjwq2ui8z.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/2F16538E-984A-46C8-9729-F0FC1B5487B7_zps26mg26d7.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/4F25AFD8-8C29-4AD7-910B-005F43BA69BB_zps9gscw1rm.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/237B94AB-F347-405E-86E9-36913BC189F3_zpsbdcimn7h.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/8CB1613A-931D-4ABC-B22B-28ECC84E0E13_zpsvjlfdf3f.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/4DEDFBE9-EFC4-4CE4-8BE3-BDE7FDBD9BEC_zpsekcueb24.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/E58D0657-571C-4B42-9E77-194DBE6541B9_zpswfgboyfj.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/C9D91DA5-A2B7-4BC0-B14C-169FCEE15AFB_zpsyi9o75ww.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/2EE2ADA8-19F2-4E03-B4EE-5BEA8C403D13_zpsoydfgsjn.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/4DEE3E53-7284-4CEF-B1F5-A1EF46178B0D_zpsvzple00o.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/F95CEA14-BAC9-4C3F-A0F0-504B2AD0A6A0_zps0dycrfp1.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/E43B239D-C032-4301-870D-59711D7E31B0_zpsfzgkngm7.mp4 ******************************************************************************* Professional photos! ***************************************************************************** View full record
  2. This is Dave, my brother and I use this as our joint track car project. We have had Dave for two and a half years. Here are the highlights so far... Right, so a couple of months ago I was getting moaned at for tracking Bob and people were worried about me wrecking or crashing the car. So my brother and I bought another EP3 to use purely as a track slut. Pictures from the sale advert: This was an M2 unsilenced cat-back, this fucker came straight off before we even fetched the car! Far too loud and wank! The day we picked it up. First comedy fault, not worth dealing with! Show plate for on the track! So we got the car back to my brothers house where it has sat for a couple of months doing fuck all. Until last weekend when we got all the servicing items together plus a sump baffle to drop in to get the car ready for it's first track day, which is in December! Fluids, filters, sump baffle, plugs etc etc Bob was supervising. Bob's old airbox and S2000 filter. Not bad for 137k, chain is tight, cams look decent! These looked original! So did the fuel filter, not good! Back together and all is well! What we did find was that we need new front brakes before the session rather than after, so I'm hopefully ordering a big brake kit today, we have fluid ready to change and braided lines on the way too! Radiator looks like it's ready for the scrap too so going to get one ordered ready! Track day is on Sunday December 13th at Donington Park should anyone fancy watching us kill or bin the car! ********************************************************************************* Another box arrived yesterday! I won't torment you this time but should be fitting it on Saturday! ***************************************************************************************** Stoptech kit is fitted! Along with a brand new set of Uniroyal tyres, which are proving to be really good this time of year! Bedded the brakes in using the method that Stoptech recommends and my god they are bloody good! Made me feel sick by the end of it There's a couple more jobs to do before the first track day but the big jobs are now done! ***************************************************************************** Small update, dry tyres are sorted and a set of wheels painted so they look a bit less shit lol! Also some stickers have gone on! First track day in this on Sunday at Donington Park, should be good fun! ************************************************************************************************** So yesterday, in the cold and wet myself and my older brother took Dave out on his first of hopefully many track days! On Saturday we did some final prep work which included mounting the tow straps, getting the dry tyres ready (you never know!) fitting the Spoon N1 and B-Pipe and adding stickers because my brother couldn't help himself haha! The track day was a sessioned day with six 20 minute sessions, three each basically! But due to the French, a Clio had expired on track closing it for an hour so all of the final sessions were cancelled, so five out of six wasn't bad! The car did 98 miles to almost a full tank of fuel which was really good! The Uniroyal tyres gripped brilliantly to say it was soaking wet out! The brakes were simply epic! We could out-brake pretty much everyone else in our group! Our hit list of cars includes MX5's, Clio's, M3’s, Caterham’s, Fiesta ST’s, an Astra VXR, Focus RS, Jaguar XFR, Jaguar XKR and the one I’m most proud of, a Porsche 911 GT3 which I lapped twice in each of the two sessions I actually did! Now for pictures and videos! More will come once I've sorted the professional pictures and our GoPro footage out! ****************************************************************************************** And videos! First set Stef was driving, second set I was driving! http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/CF950ACF-ECEB-4F22-B405-DC02A84D3C2B_zpsglbjr0ty.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/A02DEC56-3E5F-478C-ABAB-8EBC0A660F1A_zpspoavunct.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/19385218-2BE6-4220-8474-AE4EDB1FE25F_zpsruvhacc1.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/0AD3BA60-69A5-427F-A0B7-58E8369AC36B_zpsjro96lfp.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/483FD9E6-D156-4618-8A71-DC055EAAEB37_zpshdurt914.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/2609F43A-C6B6-4116-BE28-F2076522A632_zpshblnrkqy.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/75EA3206-83D0-42BE-A2CE-D959F92BDE5C_zpsig1i7zu2.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/C35F9DA5-0F88-4386-A40C-A54BB3BFE171_zpsltjfiav9.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/F05648E8-A7C8-4B34-93AE-ACA5385589C9_zpsxvjlt9ol.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/98EB1351-F520-485D-9FA1-0833A75F8EC2_zpswa7wqbyj.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/9F338C5F-3684-46E0-9166-8EB5004225DC_zpsjr9vyahh.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/274AAE38-7C7B-4C48-A668-27642BC4086A_zpswd7s4tjr.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/3821D16D-CE71-4D59-BD9C-03C8B6591096_zpsh4pak3aq.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/A8005216-6FC2-4B57-ACB2-95BE84C626B8_zpskop94kuh.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/88F585C9-6756-4C80-A7DB-31B78DB2B420_zpsl4oh3wno.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/A03B361C-2DA3-450A-806A-C19B9CDFAECF_zpshpjxuqhy.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/9F802DD7-C6C9-4FDA-BEE2-1BCCF15B43B2_zpsqj6a1aqt.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/8CC7358C-9CAA-49E5-A45F-C02C5B4A2264_zpsjwq2ui8z.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/2F16538E-984A-46C8-9729-F0FC1B5487B7_zps26mg26d7.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/4F25AFD8-8C29-4AD7-910B-005F43BA69BB_zps9gscw1rm.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/237B94AB-F347-405E-86E9-36913BC189F3_zpsbdcimn7h.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/8CB1613A-931D-4ABC-B22B-28ECC84E0E13_zpsvjlfdf3f.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/4DEDFBE9-EFC4-4CE4-8BE3-BDE7FDBD9BEC_zpsekcueb24.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/E58D0657-571C-4B42-9E77-194DBE6541B9_zpswfgboyfj.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/C9D91DA5-A2B7-4BC0-B14C-169FCEE15AFB_zpsyi9o75ww.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/2EE2ADA8-19F2-4E03-B4EE-5BEA8C403D13_zpsoydfgsjn.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/4DEE3E53-7284-4CEF-B1F5-A1EF46178B0D_zpsvzple00o.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/F95CEA14-BAC9-4C3F-A0F0-504B2AD0A6A0_zps0dycrfp1.mp4 http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v354/Krzysio/Civic%20Type%20R%20-%20Dave/E43B239D-C032-4301-870D-59711D7E31B0_zpsfzgkngm7.mp4 ******************************************************************************* Professional photos! *****************************************************************************
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