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#1 zoona

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 04:23 PM

This is possibly the slowest "build" in history. 
I have been doing bits and piece as I go, and biting off more than I can chew in most cases.


So far:

Bought a Japanese import S Ltd in May 2012. 
20 years ago, it would have looked like this:
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When I bought it, it looked more like this:
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It came with the std gold bbs alloys, which I love the look of, but were very skinny and in need of some attention. So I swapped them out for some team dynamics which are pretty light as well.

The day I picked it up, I also got some of the RS Ltd recaros (Before anybody lays into me, I sat in some and loved them, I know they are expensive - get over it).
Spent a very long time with only the driver's seat in as I had to keep the std seat to be able to have my daughter in it:
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Seat covers are worn in all the usual places, but some tank tape has kept them together since I bought them.

Next job was some new dials... I have wanted to do as much as I can myself, and so decided not to buy them from Adam (revlimiter), but used his DIY instructions. They are still OK at a glance, but I think it is probably time to get some slightly more professional ones. Just need to save my pennies.
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At the same time, I bought some rocker stickers from mk2tmr2 when he was selling them. Gold. I decided to stick with the Black with red and gold bits. These haven;t made it into the car yet, as I was planning a respray - but ran out of money.

Got a new gearnob. Brass. Nearly a kg and has a great feel to it:
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Then we moved house, so time and money dried up completely...


But it meant that I had a garage, so I could leave the car in various stages of undress every now and again and actually had some space to do things:
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I powder coated the wheels.
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I hated the barn door lights, so we from the above to:
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These are Jass performance, and are really nice bits of kit for sensible money.
(http://shop.jassperf... ... uct_id=108)

I then bought these:
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and refurbed, them, but in the mean time bought these, and have fallen in love:
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These are stupidly expensive but I love them. A lot of people don't.

I swapped the enormous legal number plate for a more aesthetically pleasing one (although, dubious leaglity):
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I got a red hood cover for a supidly low price:
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I bought some generic gas struts and got them to work:
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One of the door cards had got wet, because some genius decided to remove the wetherproof sheet from the inside. So I made some more (not yet covered).
At the same time my daughter decided to stickerbomb my interior:
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I have gone through 4 sets of wing mirrors, and have settled on the the vittaloni california cheapo copies you see above. Can see absolutely fuck all, but I like the way they look. That is ridiculous, isn't it. (Note to self - I can no longer abuse anybody for form over function errors in judgement)

I fitted some Meister Zeta-S suspension I bought 12 months previosuly. Currently set up pretty soft due to pot holed roads over here, but completely transform the handling from the (possibly) 20 year old billies. No pics of ride hight, but just a little lower than stock.

My cat disintegrated, so fitted a new(old) cat and 2nd hand cat back cheapo ebay system:
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It is a little chavvy for me, but it is not mentally loud.

I then moved onto projects that would just take my time, rather than lots of money. Really wanted to get rid of centre console and tidy up the tombstone panel, and so started work on that:
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then painted with stone finish plastikote paint to try to get the OEM look finish.
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Then sand downthe bumps a bit, and spray in black:
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Did the dash cowl, tombstone and steering column surround. Has come out pretty well actually:
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Ripped out stereo and made a new switch panel too:
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Added a small lip to the toombstone at the same time, to mixed reviews. I have a ducktail spoiler to go on the boot lid too (sat in a box in my garage for a number of months)
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Haven't covered the main console plank yet, but will do eventually when I do door cards as well.

Ducktail is Vindi - like this one:
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(http://www.projectem.co.uk/)

Fitted some aluminium indicator stalks, don't have great pics, but you can see them in the above interior pics. (http://www.mx5nutz.c...showtopic=92717)

Replaced and relocated washer bottle to skuttle in front of windscreen. No pics, but one of these
http://fast5.co.uk/a...-water-bottles/
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Did a spare cam cover in crackle black, yet to fit:
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And my current project (I know the rest is not finished yet, but they all require money...) is a smoothed front bumper.

Various places as inspiration, Stoly from clubroadster and then also smac who made his own (pretty much copied his method).

Filled holes with expanding foam, fibre glassed over them, and then used filler. This is my first body work venture, and pretty sure I have used WAY too much filler... but we will see:

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Just need to smooth reflector holes, and finish off the light recesses and I am nearly done.

Have a prototipo as well:
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But like the feel of the dished nardi more, so gone back to that for now.

So, currently looks like this:
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Other stuff:

  • I have a de-powered steering rack to put in, but undecided at the moment. Want to see if in I can drive somebody's first.
  • Ducktail to go on
  • New boot carpet
  • Most important is to get sills sorted, rusting badly.

Future plans (this is all fantasy by the way):

  • Turbo/Supercharge
  • Re-cover recaros (Red alcantara)
  • Re-cover rest of interior (Red leather or alcantara)
  • New carpet
  • Shorty Rear bumper (http://www.carbonmia... ... duct_id=81) Think I have managed to get this as christmas present from my wife
  • Full respray
  • (If I don't sell it) Do something with hard top

Have realised after doing this that I have actually done quite a lot... but there is so much further to go.


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Posted 22 October 2013 - 05:07 PM

Looks good. Guessing they are my old wing mirrors. If you don't like them I buy them back! Good work on the bumper similar to my clubman GT or s2 bumper.
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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:10 PM

good project . a lot of work gone into this so far.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:38 PM

Looks good. Guessing they are my old wing mirrors. If you don't like them I buy them back! Good work on the bumper similar to my clubman GT or s2 bumper.


Thnaks. Yep - that's them. I like the look... If I change them, I will keep you in mind.

good project . a lot of work gone into this so far.


Thanks - yeah, more that I had realised. Unfortunately it is lots of work into lots of half finished things...
I am close with the front bumper now. Have fibre glassed the side reflectors and smoothed out the light recesses. Just finding time to finish off is difficult.
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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:54 PM

Looks good! Like the bumper. Not sure on the headlights but each to their own
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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:01 PM

That's awesome :D

Like the way it is heading gonna be a stunner.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:24 PM

Looks good! Like the bumper. Not sure on the headlights but each to their own

 

Yeah, I know they are a personal taste thing. And they are fucking useless at lighting up the road. You may as well have no lights.


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:05 PM

Ordered a CarbonMiata shorty rear bumper today as a christmas present from my wife. Pretty impressed with my negotiation skills there (aka whining like a small child until she got bored).

 

Want to do some sort of cool exhaust exit thing from the centre of the bumper. Have seen it on an amazing old 911, but can't find the video now. Might look a bit shit on a poxy mx5, but will see.

 

Something a bit like this... but it looked much better as an up and over on the 911. Or is it that everything looks better on a  911?

 

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:53 PM

Ordered a CarbonMiata shorty rear bumper today as a christmas present from my wife. Pretty impressed with my negotiation skills there (aka whining like a small child until she got bored).

 

Want to do some sort of cool exhaust exit thing from the centre of the bumper. Have seen it on an amazing old 911, but can't find the video now. Might look a bit shit on a poxy mx5, but will see.

 

Something a bit like this... but it looked much better as an up and over on the 911. Or is it that everything looks better on a  911?

 

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mines still at the bodyshop ! not got it in paint yet  but very happy with what turned up . have you kept or deleted the reflectors?


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:32 PM

Deleted - same as you? Am deleting on my Frankenstein front bumper well.

It was on your recommendation that I have ordered, so I will be holding you personally responsible if I don't like it.
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:54 PM

This is brilliant...some serious work and skill gone into this. Well done... absolutely love DIY stuff...

 

Keep up the good work... will be watching this with interest :)


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:14 PM

zoona, if you want a drive in a depowered NB I can provide that service :) I'll be at the Kent/Surrey meet this Sunday if that's of any use.


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:38 PM

This is brilliant...some serious work and skill gone into this. Well done... absolutely love DIY stuff...
 
Keep up the good work... will be watching this with interest :)

  
Thanks - Don't hold your breath though

zoona, if you want a drive in a depowered NB I can provide that service :) I'll be at the Kent/Surrey meet this Sunday if that's of any use.

Car is in garage this weekend, and I would get shot for spending any more time away at the weekend at the moment. But may well take you up on the offer another time, thanks very much for that.
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Posted 27 November 2013 - 11:20 AM

Deleted - same as you? Am deleting on my Frankenstein front bumper well.

It was on your recommendation that I have ordered, so I will be holding you personally responsible if I don't like it.

i think its safe to say your like it!


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 12:54 PM

Have been to see Nick and Skuzzle to sort out the rust in the usual place.

 

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Was expecting this to be a lot worse, so actually quite happy.

 

He fitted a TRLane bar for me and did a full underseal as well... 

 

He also very politely pointed out that my brakes were shit. So that will be my christmas project.

Really can't afford to go all out, and don't think I need to. Have been planning a 1.8 upgrade for a long time, so now is the time to do it I think.


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:27 PM

that inner sill looks pretty good . you might want to put some dintrol rust converter on it http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4acb2134dc

& one you get the car back pop[ some cavity  wax in the sillshttp://www.ebay.co.u...=item3386e8138c


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 03:37 PM

Nick did all that messy stuff for me...


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 04:09 PM

Nick did all that messy stuff for me...

nice, saves you getting caked in it!


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Posted 17 December 2013 - 05:47 PM

Coming along nicely. want to see that bumper finished! :)


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Posted 17 December 2013 - 05:49 PM

Not as much as I do... too much christmas prep at the moment. Baa humbug!

To be honest, I am a bit scared to finish it in case it looks shit.
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