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I've had my 1.8 mk1 Gleneagles for over 10 years. Bought as a weekend and holidays car, it has had an increasingly easy life, with less use year on year. This was because we moved house, spent 2 years renovating, had our daughter Alice... and before you know it "Maddy" is in the garage SORN and not being used and we have had the wettest summer on record.

She has 69,000 miles and is is good shape, had regular servicing, but is bone stock apart from sill protectors and a mesh grill. Nearside sill repaired around 6 years ago and both are still solid.

So its time to put this sorry situation right and get her on the road, driven, enjoyed and improved. Some bits I'm going to do myself, some bits by the garage.

First step over Christmas was to see if she would fire up. Jump leads out and she started no problems. First purchase is to be a battery. Insurance has been sorted via Adrian Flux.

Step 1 - Garage) Get a full service done, cam belt changed 14 deg. timing advance, water pump changed, all fluids. At same time install braided brake lines, check/ rebuild brakes and replace suspension shocks/ springs, install cat back exhaust, MOT Tax. Wheels refurbished and new quality rubber. Seats professionally cleaned and drivers seat bolster restored/repaired. 4 wheel alignment.

Suspension: KYB AGX adjustable shocks & Eilbach Sports Springs which lower by 30mm.
Exhaust: MX5 Parts Stainless Steel Exhaust

Step 2 - Me) UnderSeal/Waxoyl when it gets a bit warmer. Install 2nd hand drilled air-box and K&N panel filter. Install front brace bar with integral brake master cylinder stopper. Install uprated headlamp bulbs, clear repeaters, clear side markers & de-tango the indicators.

After that its a review of funds and decisions on the next spends, but main thing is to driver her.

Link to Photobucket album showing her now:
http://s1326.beta.photobucket.com/user/Tootall103/library/Maddy%20Christmas%202012
 

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I've got her booked in with Mark at Freelance Mazda. e-mail and a call to set up the major service & dropping off this weekend with Mark. Read good things about Freelance Mazda on all the forums. Car was serviced previously by independantt garage in Larkfield - no problems, but they arent specialists and with the additional work in mind would like to discuss with Mark.

So booked in for:-
  • Major service incl Cambelt & Waterpump fluids etc….
  • 14 degree timing advance
  • Pressure test engine
  • Vehicle inspection for rust / potential advisories (Has a good crawl round underneath over Christmas - could see anything worrying)
  • MOT
Off to by a battery so I can get her there. Will check coolant level etc before I drive her as she has been stationary for many months, any other advice - its about 10 miles away.
 

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Just a quick one - Fitted battery this morning before work started on the button first time.
 

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Cheers mate, I used to live in Baldock - moved back to Kent about 11 years ago. Cant wait to get onto some of the planned mods - fitting a battery not v. interesting, but hopefully thread will improve.
 

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Dropped my car round before I saw this post - else would have asked when I dropped it off.

Google them there are e-mail links on the website and Mark does respond to e-mails - worth sending him an e-mail or giving a call.
 

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Just picked her back up in my lunchtime. Made a great distraction from what is a fairly crap day/week. Like a different car. Full service incl diff oil and gearbox oil. 14 degree advance on the timing. Pulls so much better and throttle is more responsive. All cylinders showing around 190 on the pressure test which is good news for further mods. Need to tax her next, but for now she is back in the garage and I can start planning the brakes, suspension and exhaust changes.
 

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I fitted a new set of HT leads, 120% brighter bulbs and a pipercross panel filter. Then ordered an airbox base and a snorkel from Autolink MX5. Has a play around chopping the snorkel and cutting an oval hole in the front cold side of the air box..... Double Snorkel was born.

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Better induction noise and the 2nd snorkel pulls air from behind the front headlight, took the trim off of the bonnet light cut-out to increase airflow - car pulls well right up to rev limit.

3/4 tank of super unleaded later - big smiles.

Also gave a good clean and polish.

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Short post to update on plans...

Photo's will follow.

I've got her booked in with rust master in Hatfield to get waxoyled internally and underside - will do a separate post with pics.

Also have a pile of bits to get fitted after the waxoyl.

New OEM discs all round, green-stuff pads and braided hoses
Gaz fixed height suspension & new boots, bolts etc...
Strut bar with brake-stopper
MX5 Parts stainless steel single exit cat-back exhaust
Wind blocker & alloy pedal covers to fit myself.

I'm going to pay a visit to Maidstone trimmers up the road from me this weekend to get price to do the seats - drivers seat is really worn and I'm not a fan of the ruched leather look. Will ask for quote for re-trim of the seats, same colour/ leather/ design but flat.

Will get 4 wheel alignment and wheel refurbishment done (at Lepsons?) after the suspension fitting - Although from what i've read it may be that WIM are better for the alignment/ geo-set-up? Need to decide.

The Air-box mod still impresses me though - seems to have improved the breathing & even on longer/harder drives there seems to be little heat soak.

I've also fitted some brighter headlamp bulbs which seem to offer a bit more light than previous.

The only thing after getting all the above done, is to see if I can get some of the little parking dents pulled out on the doors and give it a bit of a detail myself (need to read-up).
 

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Dropped off at Maidstone trimmers today to get the seats done. Bolster on drivers side needs replacing. The seats need cleaning and will have a bit of a refurb.

Before

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Zoom in to see cracked drivers bolster.

Will post after pics next week.
 

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Now booked into Freelance Mazda for the exhaust, suspension and brakes to be fitted. Drop off next week. Looking forward to getting her back noisier, lower, stopping and handling better.

Also fitted strut brace and alloy pedal covers & did a clay, cut polish and wax last week.

The little parking dents on the passenger door need sorting - since doing the detail work, they are really annoying me.
 

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Back from freelance Mazda...

Brakes done

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Exhaust

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And suspension, which needs the settings moving from 8 to nearer 10..... Rock hard, but sitting about 30mmm lower.

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Pretty happy so far.
 

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Back from lepsons today with new rubber and refurbished wheels all round.

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And I've been cleaning under the bonnet......

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Cheers mate. I'm really happy with the wheels, although the greenstuff pads mean I'm going to spend most of my time cleaning the dust off.
 

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Yesterday fitted an OEM lip in my lunchtime. Took 1 hour, up on ramps.

Front now looks like this

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Which I'm most pleased with.

Got a man looking at the small parking dents on the passenger door on Monday. So hoping that all will be looking good for the Surrey meet on 4th July and Medway meet on 20th July.
 
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