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On wednesday I was tagged in a post on facebook on one of those buy and selling site in my home town by of all people my dads sister-in-law (who I'm grateful too): Mazda mx5 eunos 1991 import reg 1993mgood condition.

Sent a couple of messages to its owner and got no replies, i even replied on the advert the next day. Eventually the owners grandaughter sent me this:

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Whites my favourite mk1 colour and due to the ruined cosmetics on my NB RS this seemed like a plan. So I went for a peek at car this afternoon as I was passing by and...

bought it,

I spent ages on the floor checking the sills and usual rot spots, nothing at all few stone chips, the front end has had some paint work to the wings and both are fitted so so, the roof is brand new but standard vinyl.

This bit works fine:
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Looks lovely outside:

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Wheels need spit and polish but must be fairly rare as I've never seen a set before, shame they're black as they're not to my taste:

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Inside is in great condition:

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at first I was confused by the lack of centre console and the rubbsih sparco gear knob but then i noticed ZOOM engraved into it and all made sense

I only drove it across town to stash it in a garage for the time being as its got no mot/tax - ihave no doubt it'll go straight through as its rot free.

Can't believe how tight it felt even with 220000Km on it! felt slower than my mk2 and a little slower than my old eunos but that had definately been tweaked in japland.

So plans:

1.8NB lump, probably megasquirt, possibly throttle bodies, lightweight flywheel

RS diff if it'll work nicely ratio wise with the mk1 gearbox ( i love the 5 speed so much)

Roll bar or cage, elise seats, front lip and possdibly some skirts

Motorsport wheels - slipstreams / compomitves or similar

1.8 brakes

refresh the bushes - haven't check them but it drove tight

performance orientated exhaust system

maybe a mohair roof despite the new vinyl one

There you have it, what do you recon?
 

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Very tidy 5!! :clap:

Love that centre piece. :thumb-up2:
 

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Thanks! If the weather was good I'd probably daily it for a while!
 

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Threadsurrection... (Could a mod change the title to turbo conversion as opposed to nb rs, thanks)

Update: as IsoMX was entirely determined to buy my nb rs engine I sold him it. This combined with some lousy insurance quotes had me thinking of selling.

Then two things happened; firstly Neil @ Greenlight quoted me a good price (less than a years road tax) to insure this with unlimited mods up to 180BHP. Secondly a turbo kit appeared for sale for a mk1 1.6

Just got word that the car is, as suspected, rot free and mot'd just needs the brakes and headlights looking at.

So with the sale of the blue mk2 I'll be getting this on the road, turboing it, trip to see clive at autotronix for boost.

Also got a set of P5 frame rails, the NBrs brakes all round some interior goodies. A garage vary lip, interior goodies, a white hardtop and 3.9 torsen!

Pics to follow soon!
 

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Right now it is, according to the speedo 220000km. I've fitted some frankie bolts and given it a service tonight. plan to drive it up to blyton tomorrow to see some friends and watch the action.

Then its TD04 time once clive has come back to me
 

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Threw a bucket of water over it while I'm waiting for various parts to turn up.

Staggered 14s look ace
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The hardtop is supposed to be chaste white too but is a slightly different shade, no biggie though. I acquired a set of gaz gha coilovers today, they came with a car attached as a bonus!

quick interior shot:
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and engine bay boringness

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I've also since bought a greddy eManage ultimate and some other bits for the turbo conversion, still need to get a wideband so i can make a start on it.
 

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Whilst I'm still waiting for various parts I've fitted a mk2.5 mohair roof today for when the summer finally comes.

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I also discovered a lot of mounts for some kind of showcage /style bar with little price labels on the bits (highlight being¥600 for a bolt!)

I also fitted a full set of mk2 seals to the car as a kind member who wanted to buy them told me it was worthwhile fitting them over the less effective mk1 ones
 

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yes along the top of the screen and around the seatbelt towers, they are bigger / thicker
 

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Makes sense. My black mk1 roof I've now fitted has horribly flimsy window seals that let moisture in behind the top of the window, where as the mk2 roof I got rid of had pretty firm rubbers and certainly felt more substantial.

Nice looking project. Love white mk1s.
 

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just to clarify, I've fitted a mk2.5 roof complete on the frame. I then fitted the mk2 seals along the top of the screen and down tot he sills and at the rear top of the doors to seat belt towers / drains that drain the window seals into the drain tubes
 

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Progress has been slow thanks to the distraction of Christmas with the family and the purchase of another mx5 (self birthday present) which has taken a little longer than planned to do up and is still waiting for a couple of parts.

Today I fitted my new steering wheel, less dishy than my previous wheel in my mk2, but I'm hoping the shorter boss nonamer is making will allow me to run a thin quick release as well without moving the wheel too close to me.

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I also bought an alloy rad from Dan (mx5 dan / fast5.co.uk) here it is with the inter-cooler and other bits:

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aaaand a garage shot:

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I've also bought: Stage 3 clutch kit, some RX8 injectors, replacment alternator (stuck in a compound now till work reopens :( ) a cambelt kit and water pump along with further service items. Plan is to give the car a major service and uprate the brakes to the setup off my RS then drive it about a bit and look for faults.

The next stage will depend upon when the clutch arrives and will either be the basic turbo setup or ideally while still N/A i'll fit the 3.9 TorSen diff and the 1.8 flywheel and clutch. Then the basic turbo setup, then assuming nothing explodes I'll wire the emanage in and it'll go to see clive for tuning.
 

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Todays update:

I have managed to remove all 4 struts from the car, the first rear shock's lower captive nut span and 90mins later I had that shock off. I'm thinking I'm going to have to drill an access hole in the wishbone when I come to refit it.

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the only real casualty was this drop link (Mr grinder got him off though);

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