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Joined up following suggestion by a certain Red Mk1 Mx5 owner.?

Have owned 2 Mx5's for 15 years. Strictly speaking, mine is a '93 Eunos Roadster, while SWMBO's is a recently, and extensively, de-rotted &  refurbished Mk2.5 Sport.

Mine is going in sometime in Spring of 2019 for a full de-rot & re-metalling as well to include a few chassis & brake refurbishment. 

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The Mk1 will be "retired", as I have just done, for dry -weather runs only. It's been well used as a work daily, driven hard on track, been around the UK fund raising,   and deserves a dignified life

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Great to see you here Robin! Have to say guys, having met Robin and seen the mk 2.5 up close, that car is mint and his OCD is higher than mine! Lol 

Enjoy the site mate!

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Hi and welcome aboard Robin,  I recently spotted an MX-5 (same model and a similar colour to yours) merging into traffic.....shifting through 3 lanes seemed effortless to the experienced driver and agile car.

The colour of your car really gets one's attention.....first glance had me thinking it was a TVR or some other exotic motor.

Looking forward to hearing more about your cars and fund raising.

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Thank you all gentlemen for the welcome.

Perhaps in 2019 we can meet up at at a greasy spoon of the majority choice, and proceed to chat utter, pointless, and generally inane petrol head *ollocks.

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18 minutes ago, Gel said:

Hi and welcome aboard Robin,  I recently spotted an MX-5 (same model and a similar colour to yours) merging into traffic.....shifting through 3 lanes seemed effortless to the experienced driver and agile car.

The colour of your car really gets one's attention.....first glance had me thinking it was a TVR or some other exotic motor.

Looking forward to hearing more about your cars and fund raising.

Funnily enough, Jen's Mk2.5 does get confused for other marques in car parks etc.

I had it's nose de-badged as part of the restoration as I never liked the corporate van badge Mazda slapped on. It just cleans it up. 

It's done 56k miles in our hands over 15 years, mostly a short 7 mile-round trip commute to school and back which is the worst possible way to treat a revvy twin cam is it spent 50% of that on ECU enrichment as you may imagine, with the water temp barely up, and certainly the oil never...which in any car takes around 8/10 miles. Therefor it got 4k oil changes, and I would take it out every other week for an "Italian Service" for about a gallon-worth to clean the CAT out, and keep the much vaunted Sport "Big Brake" system shiny. Oddly in these Sports, the rear rotors are a larger diameter than the fronts, with the result seizing calipers is/was common. 

Yes, they are sufficiently "nippy". 0-60 is pretty much the same as both my Capri 2.8is given almost identical BHP/weight ratios and in the right hands if whacked off the limiter will surprise those " not in the know".  7.5 secs to 60 is what I've stop-watch recorded dumping the clutch at 4k rpm and letting the excellent Fujji LSD click in...but how often would you do that? In gear performance sucks unless you hold the VVT above 4k though, and most decent family turbo-oilers will murder it on a motorway...unless you boil it up. It's been incredibly reliable in general though, thanks to intense servicing & TLC. 

Now, rot. There is another matter. I will post up some resto photos which are not for the faint hearted soon enough.

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Great idea Robin,  albeit I'm unsure if my old jamjar is up to an 800 mile round trip.......I'm based in London.

Sounds like your car has been well pampered over the years....it's decades since I heard the term "Italian service"....I like your style :).

Isn't it strange how the back discs are meatier than the front ones.....I live and learn everyday.

We don't abuse our cars trying to match the effortless torque curve of modern diesels but it's nice to know ones car can match most cars once you drop a couple of cogs.

I was a Ford man as a young guy so I'm also dying to hear all about your 2.8 Capri.....it was definitely the car I always promised myself but could never afford all those years ago.

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54 minutes ago, Gel said:

Great idea Robin,  albeit I'm unsure if my old jamjar is up to an 800 mile round trip.......I'm based in London.

Sounds like your car has been well pampered over the years....it's decades since I heard the term "Italian service"....I like your style :).

Isn't it strange how the back discs are meatier than the front ones.....I live and learn everyday.

We don't abuse our cars trying to match the effortless torque curve of modern diesels but it's nice to know ones car can match most cars once you drop a couple of cogs.

I was a Ford man as a young guy so I'm also dying to hear all about your 2.8 Capri.....it was definitely the car I always promised myself but could never afford all those years ago.

Mine was a "stealth" job. I was not the clever one. I bought it as was from a CC international guru who had modified it very sensibly with Burton heads, and a Vulcan balanced & blued all steel bottom end. I never found out for sure, but it was reputed to have been bored out to 3.1...which I thought was only for the Essex mills.

To keep it all from visiting hedges, it had the famous Scorpion A brackets to stop the single leaf rear springs moving around, plus drilled Tarox front rotors, and some sort of rear mods to the drums. Upgraded injectors, Mike the Pipe extractors, and numerous other "In Club" tweaks I'd never heard of. Never felt under-braked. Performance? Staggering for the day. 190BHP at the tires as I recall from a Club rolling road day. Probable 210-odd at the flywheel. Wet weather kamikazi though. The best thing? Standard looking in every way till you prodded the beast and unleashed hell. Pure torque tsunami form the blaring V6. Ate two trannys though...so fitted a Sierra 5 speeder which was common. 

Nobody but I had a clue about it's capabilities. If I'm honest, the car was a better driver than me...it was very forgiving in the dry.

All in all, a wolf in sheep's clothing and ruddy mental if needed.

Preferably in a straight line. 

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Stuff like low-buck 924s and the like had no chance. Seriously.

Even a 944 tried to take it one day coming back from Edinburgh airport. I could not exactly get away, but neither could he keep up sufficiently to dispense us. Had to sell it when my son was born, and SWMBO told me to get something bigger and more sensible. I did. A Courteney Turbo's Opel Monza with 300 BHP under it. Well, it was bigger, and I sold it to her as " an estate car" given the size of it.   

 

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Incidentally, I mis-quoted myself in saying "Both 2.8'i" One was a " normal160 bhp"

It was truly awful on a number of rot & reliability levels so it got flipped. 

The other as described (concourse show car)  would have wiped the Mx5 off the map!

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However,

I am much more sensible these days. Hopefully have destroyed my last engine.

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Nice "new" one. 

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Didn't know your had a Capri 2.8i previously Robin! One car I absolutely love and always wanted! I had a huge poster on my bedroom wall in my teens all the way up to my early 20's when I left home. Was that gorgeous metallic burgundy colour! Yours brings back memories of that very poster, always wanted one in that colour! 

Came close about 4years ago to buying a black 2.8i special. Needed tlc but knew guy who was selling it (ran a garage I used) and he showed me it up on the ramps etc. Looked really solid. Paintwork was really tired, interior was shot but it had almost a years MOT. Kept thinking about it, and my Mrs Gayle was like you going to buy it???? Decided against it as it would mean having 3 cars again so said no. He was only asking £2500 for it which was mega cheap even then! He sold it quick and I saw it a year later up for sale.......£6500!!!!! Missed opportunity! Gayle still ribs me about it to this day saying I should have bought it.

And the irony? I've got 3 bloody cars again!!!! Lol ok

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Nice. My dad had a silver over gun metal 2.8i when I was a kid. I loved it... Think that's where the petrol in the blood started. Well, that and the white rs2000 he had before it (until it got nicked for the 4th or 5th time and he never saw it again). 

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8 minutes ago, Dr_broon said:

Nice. My dad had a silver over gun metal 2.8i when I was a kid. I loved it... Think that's where the petrol in the blood started. Well, that and the white rs2000 he had before it (until it got nicked for the 4th or 5th time and he never saw it again). 

I can remember in the 80's when we were kids we used to pass this 2year old MK2 escort RS2000 on the way home from high school. Signal orange with a black vinyl roof, me and my best mate Jim always used to stop and just drool! That car was the coolest thing ever! 

 

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21 hours ago, Dave said:

I can remember in the 80's when we were kids we used to pass this 2year old MK2 escort RS2000 on the way home from high school. Signal orange with a black vinyl roof, me and my best mate Jim always used to stop and just drool! That car was the coolest thing ever! 

 

My dad's was white.. I always loved it on the back roads ?

He worked up near Edinburgh and that's where it kept getting nicked and found by the police. When he got a job near Glasgow it got nicked and that was that. 

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8 hours ago, Dr_broon said:

My dad's was white.. I always loved it on the back roads ?

He worked up near Edinburgh and that's where it kept getting nicked and found by the police. When he got a job near Glasgow it got nicked and that was that. 

LOL Glasgow and it was gone............doesn't surprise me! Can think of a few areas of Edinburgh where it would have been nicked back then too mate. Superb cars though. I did have a 1980 (V reg) mk2 escort although only a 1.3GL. Only had it about 3 months, but was (for the day) a nippy car!

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Hi Oldspice,  the standard 2.8 was a lively mover by anyone's standards so it must have been like a missile once Burton waved their wand over the engine.....I still yearn for the injection model but I shan't be getting one for practical reasons (one of the dowside's of getting older).

Your Dad didn't have much luck with his desirable motors Simon.....I had similar issues with Cortina 1600E's in Dublin.

I always fancied the RS2000 over the quicker Escort's....don't know why but I did.......maybe it was because my Dolly Sprint could match the pinto powered Ford ...lol

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19 hours ago, Gel said:

Hi Oldspice,  the standard 2.8 was a lively mover by anyone's standards so it must have been like a missile once Burton waved their wand over the engine.....

Yes & No Gel.

Throttle was very smooth& linear and a longer travel from "standard". This was deliberate so, say in wet or greasy conditions, it was simple to dial in 40 horses or 200 plus...whatever it was.

 It was a second car, having a company car for daily use, so it hardly saw a wet day. If I recall, the tires I ended up with  were Avon Turbo-Speeds, which were quite sticky bit oh-so-soft so getting more than 8k out the rears was nigh impossible...with the torque ripping out the center treads no matter what you did with the pressures. It was a difficult balance with rear pressures to avoid axle-tramp under full bore due to side wall flex, or too hard to induce mid-bump oversteer. I tended to keep them softer for ultimate mechanical grip, but rapid wear was the pay-off but better than trying to re-model a tree. Trees usually win. Oddly, this car was marginally more economical than standard if driven Ms Daisy. However, in anger around 14/18 MPG was about right . Who cared?

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Hi Robin,  anti tramp bars worked pretty well on the less powerful models but I'm not surprised to learn the 2.8 was horrendous when all the horses were released.

Capri's were babe magnets.....I remember the reclining seats with fondness....lol

 

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:Dlol they were indeed! We'd be sitting in 2 litre cortinas, and a mate would rock up in his 1.3 Capri and the girls would be straight over there! Mind you, it didn't look like a lowly 1.3, it was yellow with a black vinyl roof, rear window Louvre (remember them things!?) wide wheels etc. It looked amazing, but was slow as hell! Didn't stop the girls flocking to it though, think the Capri just had this air of mystery about it, quite a seductive car in its day! 

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Oh, I also almost bought a MK2 Capri back in 1988! It was red, black vinyl roof, 3 litre Ghia interior, rear window louvre (yes they were deffo popular back then!) and white 8 spoke Weller steel wheels. It was a ton of P38 on wheels but  loved the look of it! Only £250 but I was about an hour too late turning up with the money! Lol For me though the mk3 was the ultimate Capri. Just the twin headlights and those cool rear lights, they were awesome!

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Mmmm.

Dunno about babe magnet for me. Perhaps the baby-seat in the rear was a turn off.  Burds are a bit orange tanned & Argos fake gold &  skanky around here. Anyhow, being married to a quiet but stunning Highlander girl, the thought of a sharp claymore around my nuts when asleep would not have appealed. 

The only magnetic effect, it seemed at the time, were Halfrauds Deal over-tyred shyte boxes ( Novas, Chevettes if they had not dissolved, FWD Escorts etc) of all descriptions piloted by kamikazi dog-breathed zit-squeezers trying to "take me on". I usually let them go in the fervent hope that Darwinism did it's work and they impaled into a fence further up the road to stop them breeding. 

I guess the Mike the Pipe zorsts probably attracted the wrong kind of attention as well.

Mind you, Stealth Capri cost me 6 points & £350.00 in the one single speeding fine I've ever had in 1.4 million miles ( estimated) over 45 years.

Got "done" allegedly...I say allegedly....low-flying up the A74 one night doing, it was ALLEGEDLY stated....138mph.

Utter nonsense. I'm certain it was more.

All on my own, perfect empty "track"...sorry...public road.

I'd be banned today of course. 

Allegedly, it took the Jam Sandwich 4 miles to catch up from their standing start at the last Little Chef northbound.

 

 

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Once the Highland lass fitted the baby seat she turned your magnet into a powerful electro-magnet that would repel all other females.....lol lol lol.

Having a fast car is a bit like a gunslinger in that every idiot wants to have a go.....tis "Dar win ism" with a sprinkling of Freud :D

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