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Well I have nearly completed the restoration of my UK 91'.When purchased it had the usual rusty sills and other common faults but ran really sweetly with no HLA noise and very strong performance...
I am fortunate to have a step son who is a car painter by trade and also now works for a large local bodyshop so has access to tools and materials but the biggest plus is he has his own unit with spray booth so I was able to work on my car over the past few months in the warm and dry thus took my time to ensure all of the works undertaken were properly done.I have a few last bits to do to complete the bodywork like pick up some new badges from Mazda and need to sort out some new number plates.I intend to maintain a stock look hence the lack of fancy mods however the wheels are, according to flying miata, the ultra rare hollow spoke alloys. (They came in three flavours I believe - solid,semi and hollow spokes) anyway they are featherlight...I also have the genuine cabin brace to fit and some other jobs but all in good time.

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That looks lovely, a really clean example - Nice one

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Great looking example, I'd be tempted to leave it without badges myself. Looks really clean and smooth.
Looks lovely, that. Very jealous of your paint facilities and talent!
I'd second not putting the badges back on, or maybe fitting the Mazdaspeed badges available on eBay that are the same size as OEM ones for a bit of a different look.
 

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That looks lovely, a really clean example - Nice one

Barry
Thanks Barry,

We spent alot of time prepping the body prior to painting it and I am pleased with the results.I also, after undersealing it, applied gloss black chassis paint unerneath and in the wheelarches etc which looks great - durable and shiney...Giles.
 

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Great looking example, I'd be tempted to leave it without badges myself. Looks really clean and smooth.
Looks lovely, that. Very jealous of your paint facilities and talent!
I'd second not putting the badges back on, or maybe fitting the Mazdaspeed badges available on eBay that are the same size as OEM ones for a bit of a different look.

thanks I'll take a look but i like the original look so will probably buy the originals.However, a confession...i intended to leave the rear blank and apply so nice flat sticker badges to the boot but forgot to fill the 2 small badge holes prior to painting the car so will need to add a badge now!
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Your car looks like it just rolled out of the showroom. And I love the de-badging!
 

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Your car looks like it just rolled out of the showroom. And I love the de-badging!
thanks for the great comments folks...spent the evening up the unit flatting and polishing the car so will take some new pics and post them 'cause it looks much shinier now...

all the best giles
 

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That looks cracking

How much did it cost you to sort the sills out (if you don't mind me asking) and what was involved? I.e. did you do it or get a garage to sort it?
 

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That looks cracking

How much did it cost you to sort the sills out (if you don't mind me asking) and what was involved? I.e. did you do it or get a garage to sort it?
hi, thankyou and don't mind at all...both sides were pretty rough as they had been plated before so once i began exploring with bodyshop hammer and screwdriver the rot was evident and always looks gut wrenchingly bad at this stage of the repair process !

I cut all of the rot out with an angle grinder and an air tool that has a spinning wire attachment which cleans the surrounding metal (costs over ?400 mind!)and then got a local welder, a chap who only does welding and has done so for 30 yrs so knows what he is doing to do the work.He charged about ?200 plus he also did a few other little bits which is a price that I fear would be hard to beat.He gave me a 10 yr guarentee as well ! His work is faultless and took him about a long halfday to do.

i then put used diesel oil in the sills ( subject of much debate on here...) and then used our compressor to inject waxoyl (3 litres) to the sills and the chassis rails etc...and i undersealed the car and arches and then added chassis gloss to arches and chassis areas ! Rust won't be causing me a problem for a while!!!

My step son and I then prepped and painted the car in his spray booth.
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Great paint job

Car looks a classic
 
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