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Mazda heater/blower unit if you recall is behind the home made steel box to keep to as much standard parts.


Forgot to mention.

Basic, first fit and it seems the side panels and vents will speak to each other in the final fit.




Fingers crossed they do when the dash goes in as well and final screw together happens.


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Been thinking inside the box again.


The plan all along was to fit an inline tap or control valve in the heater hose from the engine.


BUT…….


Then I started wondering, would it really make any difference if the coolant just circulated through the heater matrix permanently

And if one used the blower to push air through it onto your feet only when you wanted hot air to circulate there.

That way, you never interfere with the circulating volume or thermostat where it passes by.

Do keep in mind, this is a g
 

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I started wondering, would it really make any difference if the coolant just circulated through the heater matrix permanently
thats how Mazda designed the Mx5...

That way, you never interfere with the circulating volume or thermostat where it passes by.
^^This.

you can buy recirculating heater valves (I bought one) that give the option of bypassing the heater but allowchoice of hot or cold blown air


as example (y)

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thats how Mazda designed the Mx5...



^^This.

you can buy recirculating heater valves (I bought one) that give the option of bypassing the heater but allowchoice of hot or cold blown air

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as example (y)

Rich.
thats how Mazda designed the Mx5...



^^This.

you can buy recirculating heater valves (I bought one) that give the option of bypassing the heater but allowchoice of hot or cold blown air


as example (y)

Rich.

Spot on observations Rich.

agreed.
 

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Discussion Starter · #246 ·
Loads if day job stuff done, customers, emails, calls etc.

Managed to pull some mangled shrubs out and cut the front hedge for the first time this year.



Late afternoon I went down to the garage after some water feature cleaning and repairs.

Started and completed the small side panels.



One done.

Happy.



And a pair of them done.



Sneaky photography.

Enough.

Weekend ahead.
 

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Discussion Starter · #247 ·
ROAD TRIP ANYONE



I have seen this for sale in Colorado


And been thinking, buying it and getting it to Missouri to Dennis’s place.


Insuring and ownership on his name, and I then pay him for the insurance and become the named driver.


Should extend my road trip potential.


A Big Block chevy C30 dually under there, 41k miles done. And $1000.00 Colorado Dollars plus shipping to Missouri.


Opinions?


Agent Orange anyone.







Specifications.





Can you smell the dust and brown interior.
















Is there any mileage in this hare brained idea?
 

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In other news…….

Bootfair was a touch sparse.

But.

Chicken for Craigs wife £2.00
Tiling hammer for Craig £1.50

4 pound weight £1.00
JD glass 50p
Bowls £1.00
Ceramic knobs £1.00
Body hammer £1.00
Pair of headlights £2.00 (for sale)





Not much, home by 7.45 for breakfast.

Garage in a bit once yesterday on the Rezin Rockit is written up.
 

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Discussion Starter · #249 ·
Lots of yard work this time of year.

But tried out the side panels.

Looks like they will be good once bolted down.



Plan with the heater pipes was to just do a straight and return system.



Until the last screw on the matrix, along with its hollow clamp started to fight me.

After more than an hour of fighting it, destroying the Philips head screw, finding and cutting down a new one and still failing, I walked away.

One little screw.

Hopefully today when Nick is here, and I have a spare set of hands, to align the pipe, hold it in place and screw the screw in once the mini clamp is in place, I will be able to tick the heater off the master list.

Seriously.




Between us, Nick and I were never 100% happy with the original position of the radiator and the cooling fan was a problem to fit.

So yesterday he dismantled the fan, its frame etc, and with some spacers, grinding and magic, got to move it all 25mm closer to the radiator, yet retaining the frame.



Creating new brackets, welded onto the ARB mounting plates gave us enough space, and a new, horizontally mounted radiator that also benefits from maximum exposure.



The original top mount brackets I made, have been modified and hold it in place, without any tension or torsion.

I will do some final weld up and tidying where the edit has happened.





Looking a whole lot better from the front now.



The radiator hoses all need replacing as the reroute and new position is different to the low, flat MX5 design.



Coffee, then headed out.

Later.
 

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Sunday was a “slow” day.

Morning spent in the garden with some jobs that needed doing.

A lot of stuff still to do as plants do not stop growing just because I am having fun or not, in the garage.

Filling in the pie cuts in the top brackets, painting them, Hammerite painting a few grinds and welds on the chassis all takes time.



Once bolted in (again) the wiring to the headlights, side lights laid out.

Radiator hoses in the new position are all being replaced with new, easy bents and straight runs.



Another overdue job was to make up the final solid legs for the passenger seat, which is mounted slightly higher than my drivers side (long torso, short 29” legs)

Recessed, captive nuts and a foot to spread the load both ends.

The rear one in fact more of a reverse “C” to use the body mount, thus leaving space for the new roll bar mounting footplate to sit with sufficient space to work with once I get back to that and weld new mounting plates to the chassis.

Yup, still not done welding.




So getting it in position and tacking the top and bottom plates in place meant an interesting technique to say the least.

But all good and done.

Nick was not happy with my welds and whisked it away when I went to make some coffee and added more weld to it 😁

I guess we both do this, checking and editing each others work at times to maximise things like strength and aesthetics on the build.






Happy family.

Pic taken for a nosey lady friend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



Nick carried on with more small jobs, and there are a ton of them, fitting the correct tensile bolts to the steering shaft, checking brake lines, spacing the front grille, which will be getting another edit next weekend to allow easy fitting of the hood/bonnet.
Amazing how much stuff you end up doing 2,3,4,5 times.
Only a car builder will understand.

How many times has it been up and down, how many times have the wheels been on and off…….

Too many questions.



Late day job as we ran out of jobs to do.

The CAD filler panel for the grille and radiator, both to deflect air over the radiator and to fill that ugly hole looking into the engine



Light spray of black paint to blend it in a bit.

That works.



And front view.



Despite what seems an age, and it has taken some time, these jobs are all part of the bigger picture.

I need to get over to Car Builder Solutions this week to buy all the needed hoses, bends and connectors for the cooling system

Just need to find some time to get to it all.

Thanks for checking in and keeping a vigilant eye on us.

Thanks for all the comments and advice as well.
 

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Discussion Starter · #254 ·
MESSAGE SENT TO SELLER.

Hi Steve,

That orange G30 ‘76 Chevy camper you have.
Do you know much about it?
I need to drive it to St Louis, Missouri, or have it trailered if not at all safe to hit the road.
There are various ways of doing it.
BUT as you have warned me away before when I was interested, I would also be very happy to take your advice.
I usually come to the USA for three weeks every year and have access to all sorts of cars and trucks at Dennis Jones’ place in St Louis, but the idea of buying and driving something stupid like this, leaving it in the USA and then using it again the next year, does appeal.

We know these things are nearly 50 years old, so stuff can be very worn, old and unreliable, but some 50 year old cars are well kept and would be happy to just keep going.

So I guess asking your opinion or knowledge on this is what I need.

Thanks

Rian in London, England (well, Rochester, Kent really)
 

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Progress…?

How do you define it when you are so close that things blur in your line of vision.

I guess the latest order off eBay is a bit of a refocus.

Still a ton of cosmetic and setting up things to do, and for anyone who has not done this sort of thing themselves, or judge progress by the money they pay others to do the work only to then show off “their build” it is never going to be easy to understand why the car was not started over Easter or last weekend, or last night.

Still, it will happen.

@nickwheeler are probably as tired of fitting and removing the wheels, axle stands, wiring loom etc as the onlookers.

Sally is a saint, putting up with it all, allowing me to go play most times I want.
Remember the Moonwalk some of you sponsored her so generously for?
That is on this weekend, and all I am contributing is to pick her up at the station on Sunday. Poor show from me.
A very good friend (whom I have never met in person) gave me a real wake up call yesterday, pointing out where my priorities should lie.
And he is right.

But in the mean time, progress I guess can be defined by ordering 3 meters of carpeting for the car.

Ohhhh, and buying £51.18 worth of Unleaded, that is 31 litres or thereabouts.

Optimism is good.




Hope to get to Car Builders Solutions to get the radiator hoses and bends after work today.

Almost the weekend.
 

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Discussion Starter · #257 ·
FRIDAY 13th


BOOOOO…. !!





Not that that is a problem in itself, but time is counting…..

Or something like that.

Hoses bought for the radiator and cooling system, £60.00

Fitting, priming, antifreeze etc, Weekend job.





Mate @Craigrk is flying to India for work in two weeks time.

I asked him to look into alternative LED headlights for the Rezin Rockit for me while out there.

I can get these for around £80.00 each here in the UK.

BUT - Aliexpress who do not shop to the UK it seems (I am often wrong) will supply them for around £30.00 each in India.

Watch this space.




Summer seems to finally be here.

Hedges need to be cut, lawn mowed etc, so a load of non car build jobs to be done.

Have a good day, it is Friday after all.
 

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Hi, I’ve been reading your thread with interest and hats off to you and Mr Wheeler. I wouldn’t know where to start! When do you expect it to be completed?
Morning mate,

Thank you.

I will be honest, I knew what I wanted and my original vision is pretty much where I am now.

Nick is a godsend in that he is an oldskool rodder and built and fixed many cars over the years. So my hiring him has given me a significant advantage in time spent.

I would have built it alone on my own if needed but then another 6 months would be added.

The FULL BUILD THREAD is here Grizz’s Purgatory, Rezin Rockit 🚀 FRIDAY 13th YEAHH 13/05/22 | Retro Rides

This whole build has fought me day in and day out since the start, so no idea when it will be done, so much stuff has to be created, tested and then redone etc.

This quote below, sums it up well.

The progress on the Rocket is outstanding.

I check in every couple of days and there are usually two pages added to the thread, shows how popular it is!

was thinking that you're building a kit car, but instead of starting from scratch with a big Airfix kit and a base car, you're using one that someone else started decades ago, left to rust for years, then restarted by yourself (& Nick) using a different base car and no instructions, very difficult indeed, hats off to you both for the speed with which the car is moving forward.

Right I'm disappearing back into lurker mode, keep up the good work chaps
:)


Cheers,

Andy



And to answer your question, I would love it done sooner than later.
 

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Right.

So where were we in this build?

A never ending list of smaller jobs, all taking up time.

The floors on the body have a weird diagonal join in the front footwells and revised resin and matting which brought a 15mm height irregularity into play.

I had got a load of fiberglass matting and resin from a member on UKGSER last year with all intent to use it to create a level and stronger floor, but fiberglass is ambarsteward to work with and ultimately I decided to go for a plan B solution to the floor and position of the pedals.
So the fiberglass matting and resin is again up for grabs if someone can use it and wants to collect it. PM me please.

So yesterday morning I spoke to Mickey over the fence about some thick ply offcuts he may have, Failed, he had none, but knew where two 4x6 foot “used” sheets of 15mm ply was dumped at his sons home.

So we jumper in the S10 and headed off to go scavenge and collect them.

One was unused, rectangular and missing a 400mm strip the other must have done duty as a floor in a van, one side grubby, and a load of dried out paint on it, plus random cuts to it.

Some more loose bits came home too.

Love my Chevy, don’t use it enough but it is always ready to work.

Treasures, and free money again as they were headed to a skip. The better sheet was already stashed in the garage for future reference.



So the usual CAD work commenced, keeping in mind the two sides are completely different.



Then transferred to the ply that I had cleaned up of the paint with a grinder and flap disc.

Thanks @nickwheeler for photography duties.



What the initial wood repaired and levelled, along with some brutal grinding down.





Pedal view.

There is another complete sheet of cut to size ply covering all of this mess, with the carpeting attached, going in and that will be like a bung, holding the transmission tunnel carpet etc in place.

Bought a yoga mat this morning to use as padding/insulation as there was nothing waterproof that I have direct access to to fit to the ply and to absorb the wear of heels under the pedals.

All of this has added a good 20mm or so to the floor, making the pedals easy to reach and use.




Foot rest to the left was cast in Oklahoma in 2019 on the road trip and has been waiting to be used on something interesting.




More in a bit about the rest of yesterday’s expectations and actions for those awake enough to have read this far.

Later.
 
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