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I had intended to keep this quiet but Indykid correctly guessed what the project was about at post 12, so I may as well go into detail with it...



So, the plan is to strip a Mk1 MX-5 into bits, sell the shit I don't need and cut what's left in half to make a trailer. Something like this...





"BUT WAI?!" I hear you scream.

Simple.

Space. Or the lack thereof. Last time I went to a show (JAE 2011) I had the car chock full of stuff I needed, half of it being piled up on the passenger seat. This is not a good thing given that I want to take Mrs Fish there this year and go on a camping holiday with her sometime this year too.

Crazy? Possibly. A waste of an MX-5? I don't think so, really. It's a little rusty and was going to be stripped anyway. I'm just making use of the chassis/bodywork that would probably have been cubed.

I have a blog set up that will be following progress: Project Taildragger


Parts for sale from the donor car
 

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Nice to meet you and the other half today mate good luck with the project I will be watching carefully....
 

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What a waste of time.
 

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Just saw the:

"What?s this all about? Can?t say right now, sorry. All I?ll tell you is that it involves a Mk1 MX-5 and this will be updated as and when something exciting happens."

And thought, what the hell was the point in linking to a blog with fck all on it. Now I just the the link on the right hand side and take it all back.


First I was like

Then I was like

And then I was like
 

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I suspect Lee. has made the exact same mistake. I'm still getting to find my way around the latest version of Wordpress and get the blog tidied up and looking how I want it to.
 

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Tail dragger would suggest an mx5 trailer to me, but why you'd want a trailer on an mx5 is beyond me....

I've looked at the blog and opened all the links, but at this stage, I agree with mk1_salami
 

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And the prize for guessing the project goes to...

Indykid. 12 posts in
. You win *rummages in pockets* half a Werther's Original and a penny I picked up from a field.

Yes, I'm going to build a trailer. Much like this...



Why? Simple reason. Space. Oh, and for shits 'n' giggles. When I went to JAE last year, the boot was chock full of camping gear and the passenger seat full of cameras, coolbox and clothes. This year, I plan to bring Mrs Fish along to the show (and also hope to go on a camping holiday somewhere) and a trailer to carry some shit to free up the passenger seat simply makes sense. Sure, I could buy a basic aluminium trailer and put a tarp over the top of it, but where's the fun in that?

So, the plan at the moment is to strip the car down and sell what I don't need. Once I'm in a position to start chopping stuff up I'll plan out where and what I'm going to cut off/weld on/hit with hammers/swear at. I intend to strip the diff' and halfshafts off but retain the stock subframe and suspension setup figuring it would be far more stable than a leaf spring setup. I had the idea of using the PPF as the tongue for the trailer but I'm not sure how well that will work out.

Oh, and don't worry, the tow bar fitted to Yuki will be one that is easily removable so she won't be permanently adorned with a towbar. The electric hookup will also be hidden for the same reason.

Also, a waste of time? Yeah, because everyone starts a project thread with the work mostly completed.
 

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Just be mindful of the legalities of this - for an MX5, the allowable weight of the fully loaded trailer is going to be around 450kgs - unless you convert to drum brakes and install an over-run braking system.
 

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Just be mindful of the legalities of this - for an MX5, the allowable weight of the fully loaded trailer is going to be around 450kgs - unless you convert to drum brakes and install an over-run braking system.
Could you use the handbrake system for an overrun brake?

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If you look at that blue one, the lights and wheels seem to be the only original mx5 parts. The bootlid's waaaaaay too long to be standard. The rest looks like glass fibre.

I'd want a box trailer on indespension units. If you retain the subframe, you'll only gain another boot space and a fair bit of weight....which isn't really much use.
 

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Just be mindful of the legalities of this - for an MX5, the allowable weight of the fully loaded trailer is going to be around 450kgs - unless you convert to drum brakes and install an over-run braking system.
Could you use the handbrake system for an overrun brake?

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I could be wrong, but I think they have to be auto reversing. Don't think you're allowed mechanical lockouts anymore.
 

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Forget the trailer an sell me the roller.....I'll give what you paid an ill collect it! Just please don't cut it up :-(
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