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Hay guys just a but of advice. I have a 1990 v-spec import and the rot has got to it sadlyi new it when I bought it but just no as bad as I thought
though tbh it was only 500 lol but seems I fallen for it like a soppy teenager lol.
Heres the problem the drivers sill and inner sill at he back has just crumbled away and it has also got into the inner arch though the outer seems ok. Also the drivers front wheel arch has started to flake away too.
There's also a part under the engine bay where is eaten through the arch on the passenger side.
Now the car mechanically is sound no fuss the roof still fending off the rain lol and its in good order but I know it will fall on is mot due to rust.
I was wondering if it worth getting done and what the cost would be roughly are the sills and stuff easily done for a professanal or is it due for the scrap pile :'(
 

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probably not, you could get a rot free tidy car for the cost of properly doing a set of sills and arches, but if you're attached to it then why not? Just be aware that the visible rust is always the tip of the iceberg.
 

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Hmm so its looking like 1k-1200k for the work then see that's the price I had in my head. The floor and underside not that bad its solid there and nothing I carnt handle really its just the parts iv mentioned that I feel I could not tackle myself and as rightly stated once u start cutting rust away it just keeps growing lol. Iv explored how bad it is myself that why iv noticed it was so bad.
I did fancy the restoration project that why I got the car just as I sed the rot seem worse that it look as it normally is lol
 

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Depending on where you are you could get a quote or advice form one of our resident experts like Gareth "The MX5 Restorer" down south or Painter Dave up north.

Another option is buying a rust free non runner & making a good car out of the two.

Or if you have the skillz & time why not DIY?

http://www.mazdamenders.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=838
 

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See I was going to diy its just the sills and stuff that's I won't be able do myself is all And I'm weary of buying another to avoid rust.

Just to say thanks for helping too as most of the car forums as full of stuck up ppl who just moen and wipe
 

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It's tough as said there are rot free cars out there... I paid £600 for my s-spec and spent just over that again on getting sill / arch on one side properly repaired recently and still need to do the arch on the other side at some point!

I know the rest of the car is pretty solid though and it's got the spec I want so I decided I'll prob keep hold of this one for a few years.... in the past I've just bought a new one but I'm attached to this one for some reason... dents, rust and all haha.
 

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I no the feeling that things older than me just lol and it takes the sh*t I give it. Iv been thinking and I feeling restoring it give me something to do. Though it the sills that worry me. Do u guys no any good bodyshop that are farmiler with mx5s ?
 

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I no the feeling that things older than me just lol and it takes the sh*t I give it. Iv been thinking and I feeling restoring it give me something to do. Though it the sills that worry me. Do u guys no any good bodyshop that are farmiler with mx5s ?
Where bouts you located? There's a few well known and trusted people most of which have excellent reports on here and the OC.

Carl up at CBS Autos does all my work for me and I highly recommend him http://www.mx5specialists.com/

Then there's Painter Dave north way also http://deepcarautobodies.co.uk/

There's Gareth proper down south http://www.themx5restorer.co.uk/

Sure there's plenty more... I'd probably trust the guys Blink use also http://www.winsfordbodyshop.co.uk/

Sure others will have their own recommendations.


I'd love to have the skills to do the work myself, I do a lot of my own mechanical work but I don't have the time/space/skills to tackle bodywork/welding/painting.
 
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