Nutz, meet Maisey.
I have owned Maisey for nearly a year now and with a couple of mods under my belt things are getting serious. With this in mind, I thought it best to document my feeble attempts, poor taste and lack of knowledge for you to generally mock and make fun off. Hopefully you'll see the method in the madness.
The first couple of posts will be a general summary of the past year to bring things up to date, so...
After a few weeks of searching, looking at every type of sports car available and days of peer pressure from the chaps at work, on the 24/04/15 I became the unfortunate owner of Maisey, an Evolution Orange NB 1.8iS.
Now what I actually wanted was an S2000, like all guys do, but after lots of reading and looking at the ridiculous costs of wrote-off examples, I settled on an NB. Having bought a couple of cars from Car Transplants online auction, lightly restoring them and selling them on, I thought it would be a good place to look for a cheap motor. 1 - This was stupid, 2 - I was taken with the look of Maisey and the guys kept telling me to buy it, it would be fun they said.
Yes, that says £550 with 45 minutes left to go (which I thought was cheap at the time), it also says 31,483 miles! I paid more than that with my poor auction skills and the way that site operates.
It's gold, it's covered in chrome, looking closely at the bonnet it has a Merc style Mazda bonnet ornament and it has done seriously low miles, I instantly assumed a granny has owned this, been to the shops in it once a week, kept it in a garage and paid over the odds at the Dealers to keep her in tip top condition - Again, this was stupid!
What it actually is, is a tacky, rusty, leaky, odd tired, massively pulling too the left under acceleration bag of crap, which tried to kill me, my better half and my mate on the 100 mile trip back home, after picking it up from a Car scrapper in Yorkshire. Whom, might I add assured me was a brilliant little car with no issues, he definitely didn't mention the mould, or the random child seat in the boot... Don't ask.
Pic's from the drive home:-
Quick stop at a chippy
It is quite literally everywhere - the vents, the door handles, THE BONNET, the side lights, the headlights, the tail lights, the 1/4 windows, even the bloody door cards. 90% of this was gone that day, however that bonnet badge unfortunately had to stay for a while, you see, some bright spark decided to drill the bonnet (slightly off centre) to fit this monstrosity.
The bonnet sat like this until last week when I finally started with an angle grinder (more of that later)
Pulling too the left - flat tyres and mismatched across the axle. Rear Left had a Cheap Winter Tyre which didn't do too well after a quick lesson in donuts on the works car park.
So a new set of Khumo HS51 Ecsta was ordered and I set about refurbing the alloys in Ford Graphite Grey (I should have just paid someone to do this)
Make shift spray booth.
Not the best finish but I was relatively happy.
I also had a wheel bearing to sort as I felt I was lucky it didn't lock up on the motorway back home given it sounded like there was a Spitfire under the bonnet.
Noticed a nice bit of rust and damage whilst it was in the air
It's safe to say this car was not well looked after, or garaged by the granny I thought...
Radiator on order and coolant topped up I whacked on the fresh boots, took a photo, and an amazingly short amount of time later I was in Wales for a weekend of camping.
New tires + wet Welsh roads + first RWD car = many "Oh Shit" moments... I loved it!!!
Couple of weekends passed, new radiator (Ebay Special) all the junk out of the boot binned and a new carpet made up, I did unfortunately throw away the load space support which means I have a saggy carpet (I am planning to make an MDF replacement).
Out with the old
I also read about the gear shift boot and set about replacing it, along with an ebay knob and gaitor.
Wait, where does that wire go?
Did I forget to mention there was red LED's everywhere!? It looks like Stevie Wonder did the wiring on this thing, I'm surprised it didn't set on fire!
I also bought this
But more on that in the next post, including Euro trip, Nurburgring, Curborough, much rot and the introduction of Terry the Turbo.