Cheers, its actually not too bad. Previous owner gave me a replacement wing but its a bit rusty and the stitching has ripped on the rear window but managed to get a hard top for it today from a friendly forum member on here so will now be keeping the weather out
Just need to let the bank account relax a little before starting on making it more my own
Got my New hard top on to keep the weather out. future plans are to paint to whole car so it all matches but want to get everything looking and sitting right first. Job for the weekend is to raise the front about 10mm.
Also got a New gearknob as didn't like the small wooden one
The wheels are toyota MR2 roadster alloys, I know this because its my old car and I brought them!!, they are odd colours because before I could paint the other 2 I swaped it for Marc's Alfa, The fronts have 20mm spacers because the offset on the fronts is ET40 and they looked silly.
Found out why the stereo didnt sound too hot ( not that i really listen to it as exhaust sounds nice and fruity with the roof down! ). Looks like the door speakers were the originals and hadnt stood the test of time too well
Pretty sure they should be connected around the edge
. Anyway I picked up some cheapies which will do the job for now
Were pretty simple to fit but dont sound great to be honest. Will probably go for making my own door cards at some point and getting something a bit bigger and better in there. Other things to sort first though.
Well new wheels turned up last night. Will give them a good clean up and then get the tyres swapped asap. Also just won a rear brace so hopefully that will also turn up soon and can be fitted. Happy days
Got the tyres swapped over at the weekend. Had a small hiccup when we found the wheel nuts wouldnt fit the new wheels but a quick trip out for a new set and all sorted. Am going to look out for a new set of studs as would like them to be about 10mm longer really. Happy with the way the car looks and sits now though.
Well, got a bit more done today. Took the old soft top off and by the state of it that was a good plan. It actually fell apart as i was removing it. Going to run just the hard top for winter and im picking up a good roof next weekend but will store it unfolded inside over winter and fit in the spring so its not spending all winter folded up. Also went to change the rear studs on the car to longer ones to suit the new wheels and ran into an issue as my sockets only go up to 27 and the rear hub nut is a 29
. Will be taking a trip in to town later to see if i can get a suitable impact socket. When I originally read up on changing the rear studs it just mentioned about bending the disk shield and then being able to remove 1 stud at a time but guessing thats not for a mk1 1.6. Will teach me to double check before dismantling everything! I also have a rear interior brace bar to fit bit mine has the holes in the supports next to the seat belt but no captive nuts so will need to get some suitable nuts so I can bolt it in. Oh well, gave her a quick jet wash off too as a treat.
Well had fun this weekend. Managed to change the rear studs to extended ones. That was certainly harder than i originally thought but got there in the end. Also picked up a decent soft top for it yesterday so shall be storing that open over winter and then fitting it in the spring once the weather warms up a bit as I dont want it sitting in the car folded all winter.
Went to the Skuzzle Dyno day on saturday and had a great time. Saw a lot of friendly fellow nutz'ers and some great cars. Had mine on the dyno (which is quite scary when you hear your car going full bore and not moving!) and was pretty happy with the results considering the rollers had been called the heart breaker Here is the first run and the car is basically a standard 1.6 with quite a few miles on it ;-)
Nick then changed the crystal in the ecu and we had a second run. Its not a massive hp increase but the car drives SO much nicer now. Havent had the bottle to take it to the new 8k rev limit yet but it sounded the nuts on the rollers
Also good to see and hear some of the other cars on there, the V6 being rather cool and I think my ears are still ringing from that! All in all a great day and I shall be saving the pennies for a trip back to skuzzle for a few more toys for the car
Well, a little bit more done. Met up with Shane from here last night to pick up a ducktail spoiler for the back of the car. Just needs a little prep before spraying a matt black and fitting. Also got some matt black mirrors on the way hopefully and looking to get a mk1 golf duckbill front spoiler soon too. Car is also hopefully going into Monsterwraps soon to get the hardtop painted in, you guessed it, matt black! Going to tidy up the wing I have sitting in the garage and fit that then hopefully the car should look a bit more respectable!
Mirrors turned up so I went out today to fit them and must say im liking them
Just need to get the roof sorted now and figure out how best to fit the rear spoiler.
Also gave the soft top a good clean and its come up really well. Not sure im going to be using it though as im probably going to be using the hard top with a full tonneau as a summer bird bomb cover if I park up anywhere. I don't use the car much so don't need to worry too much about practicality.
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