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Thought I'd put in a compendium of all the raucous I've done to my car! My insta in yugenmx5 so it's all on there in detail if anyone is looking for more info.

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Bought it in August 2019 after a night shift, drove it 100 miles home with the gearbox synchros gone, tacho not working and the radiator showing signs of the deathly brown. Loved it!

The car had an mot til April so I didn't have to worry about sorting a new mot just yet (this turned out to not matter regardless since it's still off the road to this day)

First off was a full service, replaced the fishy coolant and the 17 year old fuel filter and sorted some idling issues it had
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As you can see the tacho fixed itself which was both bizarre and relieving (I eventually found out the cause roughly 19 months later but I'll get to that)

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Bought a hard top in the same mariner colour for the upcoming winter and enjoyed the car for a while.

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POR15 on all the underside and then covered in por15 rubberised underseal
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Here's what I used^

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Tarted up all the suspension and put new OEM bushes in

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Por15 under the wings

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Sound deadening in every crevice I could find, time will tell if it actually works and is worth the extra weight

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Treated it to some MeisterR Zeta CRDs

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Bought a 6 speed and a Torsen type 2 3.6 ratio diff, like a fool I got the gearbox without the turret so had to research how to fit a 5 speed short shifter into it as the 6 speed shifters aren't anywhere to be found (shoutout to user shadowraven for the knowledge and help!)

Because I'm a sucker for financial punishment I also bought a mk2.5 VVT engine
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Only 96k miles!

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Redline oils for the gearbox and diff

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Bought the mk2.5 big brake kit and cleaned them all up so they work a treat

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Cobalt adjustable drop links

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Looking tidy under here now!

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Bought a skidnation butterfly brace and painted it (still not on the car to this day cause I need to get a custom exhaust first after mot)

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Time to take the engine out!

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Sorted the engine bay while the engine was out

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Por15 on the front as the water was sitting there

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Finished with a nice lacquer!

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Stripped the diff and whacked some new bearings and seals in

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How's this for a burning sensation

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Sprayed up the diff and gearbox with vht paint and sprayed black on top. Time will tell if it lasts.

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All back together!

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Fed it all in and jobs a gooden!

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Bought an m62 supercharger with a 70mm pulley on fleabay, couldn't resist!

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Rewelded the radiator brackets so it cleared the block and the racing beat ARB. Used a 50mm Japspeed rad and mishimoto slimline fans (both for a mk1).

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Bought some 15" BBS

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The car is starting to take shape!

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Stoney racing hoses on and coolant in! (I used the mk2 hoses)

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Fleabay special 5 speed short shifter with a doctormx5 bush on the bottom and it works a treat!

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CDA carbon airbox mated to the OEM pipe, cold air and suction coming soon!

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Rerouted the screenwash with a suzuki cappuccino washer bottle, the mazda motor fits right in there!

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We finally got it started on the me442, we definitely did it the hard way by using the mk1 loom instead of swapping over the mk2.5 loom. Oh well!. The tacho was giving me some gip for a long time despite me soldering the odd_tach bridge at the back of the ecu. It turned out in the end to be the gauge cluster had a bad connection AND a split between the copper bridge in between the ignition and the tacho! If you have the tacho problem check the cluster first before fannying around with the ecu!

Future plans from here on out are getting the interior in (after installing a lot of gauges that I've ordered and a new immobiliser) and eventually pulling the engine back out to strip and forge it ready for the supercharger! We've got to sort some rust issues on the body in a few months but for now we're gonna get an mot on it and enjoy it for a while!

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Big gay winging it? ;) Its come out fantastic though! Plus i may steal your idea of making your own undertray
 

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Update for my records:

I think I've f***ed it

Got the engine running like a dream before trying to install an immobiliser (Clifford you have an awful instruction manual!)

Wired it up how, at the time, we thought it was supposed to be. Turn the key to the ignition and nothing happens apart from the fan turning on immediately, car wont crank and theres no power to the ecu. We've figured out that we've wired the central locking we put in backwards which kept blowing a fuse so we have to do it reverse polarity style. Got no further since then

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Best case:

Door wiring will be working fine along with the rest of the car

Worst case:

We've f***ed an £800 ecu and a £400 immobiliser

Can not for the life of me figure out why the fans turn on and nothing else does. Im hoping its simply because we've somehow deleted the map? Another option is we've blown the funtcasing Pinout board apart from the one that I am using for the fans which is constantly on for some reason. Got to keep a clear head and try not to panic.
 

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Update again:
I've unf***ed it
Ecu is running fine and the alarm is working! Still got an issue with the central locking blowing fuses so that's an anomaly that needs fixing

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Good progress, looking forward to seeing that M62 come along.
 

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Good progress, looking forward to seeing that M62 come along.
Cheers man! We're a bit far from that point at the moment. First up is finishing this wiring for the immobiliser and fixing the fan coming on with ignition, then it's time for the underglow (I'm a child and I love it) then it's time for the interior going back in including many gauges. Then ill enjoy the car for the summer while doing rust repairs and por15 all underneath the arches and sills. I think next summer we'll be ready for stripping the engine down and rebuilding it with forged rods and whacking the m62 on!

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So one issue with the immobiliser is:

The fans come on when i turn the ignition over and DONT wait to turn off the alarm using the fob, however they dont come on if I DO wait to turn off the alarm. It's a head scratcher for sure (especially since I havent touched the fans wiring during the immob install and I didnt have this issue pre-immob).

I'm also running the primary and secondary fans on the same wiring so they come on at the same time, however if I unplug the primary fan and leave the secondary fan in the fan WONT come on during the ignition/alarm process I just described but if I unplug the secondary fan and leave the primary fan plugged in they WILL come on. Bizarre.

Still got this issue with the central locking blowing the fuse, I've contacted a couple of clifford dealers so hopefully they'll get back to me and won't winge about the fact that a non-pro tried installing it :whistle:
 

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The theory worked and the immob and the alarm work a treat, the fans turn on when the immob is armed so its actually doing its job! Panic over. Now that that's done we can wire the superflous gauges and my totally unnecessary underglow, plus install a shunt and a sandwich plate for the aforementioned gauges. Awesome
 

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Cleaned up the immob wiring today, all sheathed lovely :D Getting impatient to get this interior in but we gotta keep pushing on
 

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Time for a start of the month photo dump and update since I'm too tight to pay for tapatalk :D

Bought a Kookin Glass fibreglass front bumper and I'm very impressed with the fitment; especially considering how fibreglass is notorious for not fitting anything properly
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Ordered a sandwich plate for an oil temp sensor and installed it, ran the car for a while and I couldn't spot any leaks. I've been told that hot and cold cycles will reveal any leaks so I'll only really find out if it leaks when it's back on the road.
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This was as tight as I could get it, I think it's tight enough?
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Looking good under the filter, had to remove the intake manifold brace to get it in and then put the brace back on which is annoying
Also spent the day messing around with the spoiler, it looks VERY rough at the moment but it is gonna look a lot better I promise :whistle:

Gonna be smoothing it all in and getting it sproncey
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More progress today
Carried on with the filling, this is gonna take a very long time
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Most importantly 2 of the 3 unnecessary gauges are wired in
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The control box that came with the underglow refused to connect to the Bluetooth so since I only want blue anyway I've cut the control box out and am going to run the red wire and the black to a switch (the red wire controls the blue and the red colour is controlled by a different coloured wire for some reason)

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Sprayed up my new bumper, I have to sand back the bits that get stuck on it before each coat which is ass, what I'd give for a proper booth right now
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One strip of the underglow is ran and clipped and I'm slowly getting there with the filler on the spoiler
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Trying to get to a meet up next saturday with some car guys I know so the mot is booked for next thursday. I need to:

Add fuel filter trim (if I can find it)

Extend wiring and mount gauges on A pillar

Add interior

Bleed brakes

Attempted to bleed brakes today but found that the N/S rear braided line had fouled on my wheel and split :wallbash:

Need to get a standard brake line tomorrow from Euro and install that and then bleed the entire system again. Ill get Freaky Parts to make me a new line after mot when the pressure is off, shoutout to those guys

Also need to chase this inconsistent leak I have in my backbox (it was leaking what I suspect was water vapour before but has miraculously stopped so Im wary of welding it again)

Pressure is on! Doesnt help that I absolutely binned my daily so have had to sort new wheels, spigot rings, wishbone and half shaft for that on top of the 5 stuff
 

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Here's the rough backbox in question, will be getting a 2.5" stainless system after the mot (and an alignment!)
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