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Posts Tagged ‘MX5

02
Mar
12

Project Roadster 2: Visit to the Ministry

First fresh ticket of the year down.  2 to go.

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19
Feb
12

Project Roadster 2: Clockwork.

The Roadster has been all over with me the last few months and not skipped a beat; I love this car, but it’ll have to go soon as the E28 is nearly ready to rock (not that I’ve done any updates on it…but it is, honest).  I’m in two minds whether to strip off all the swanky bits and build my “Ultimate Roadster” and sell it as standard, or if I should just move on as I’ve had over 4 years of Roadster driving now and maybe I’m missing something…Mmm descisions!

20
Dec
11

Project Roadster 2: Convertible sports cars in winter; The thinking man’s choice.

20
Dec
11

Project Roadster 2: How not to not build a Silver Escape Pod

Right.  It’s been over 4 months.  Let’s blow the dust of this thing.  

And what better way to start than with an update on the daily driver situation.  I say situation because I sold the 924 and had nothing to replace it with.  The Herald took up the slack for a week until, handily, Kay (long-term friend of car show origins and 3am Taboo enthusiast) got in touch about selling her Roadster.  I’ve know the car since she got it and it was a good one; rust free and with the right crank.  So, I threw some money at her in the dark and drove “Minky” back.  While she was awesome and really good mechanically, she’d suffered a little cosmetically and obviously was not noisy enough or close enough to the ground.  I was going to live with it for winter…

The following is made up largely of terrible, grainy mobile phone pics; mainly because my garage cam finally bought it  after a fall and I hadn’t planned on really going as far as I have with this car so I’ve cobbled together what I could find…

 

The usual Service work was carried out with all the oils and filters and being changed

 

I then ordered in some Gaz coilies.  Accidentally I upgraded to gold pros which, compared to the GHAs I had on the blue Roadster (which I thought were great), are a massive leap forward on all fronts.  These were duly wound down, with locking collars removed and bump-stops slashed.  I also replaced the track rod ends and a ripped steering boot while I was at it…you see how this is getting out of hand?  I also replaced a load of interior trim: Doorcards, gear knob, gaiter, ash tray and fitted a stereo and new aerial.

 

Sump Guard:

In a bid to reign it in a bit I took the freshly powder coated Fondmetal meshies out of my storage facility (the Folk’s garage)  that had come off my E30 and fitted some skinny rubber.  By fluke more than judgement the fitment it pretty tight; I’m running no spacers and still had to roll the arches.  15s make life easier on the undercarriage too…I’m not saying I’m sold out yet, but you know…

 

Wait, there’s more.  B6s are non-interference.  And I believe this, I just didn’t want to find out for myself so I fitted a new cam belt, tensioners and water pump.  This was just a further excuse to clean the engine bay (which turned out to be a massive job), paint some stuff and delete the AC/ Header tank/ Washer bottle/ Carbon Can.  Looks good and won’t explode, what more could you want?

 

Well, being a tart there was:  A good second hand front bumper and splitter went on (yeah, about that splitter…not quite the OEM splitter I was told it was when I paid, but for now it’s better than nothing).

 

The final flourish was a new exhaust and de-cat.  I loved the sound from the system I put on the blue Roadster, so just bought another one and made up another tail pipe.

 I’ll throw some pics up of the completed car soon…well I say completed, despite the fact it’s got a new hood on it I still want a hard top (I’ve already put the fitting kit on it) so not quite there yet..

27
Nov
10

Top Always Down

I miss Roadster life.

30
Aug
10

Rack n’ Ride

05
Aug
10

Project Roadster: Belt and Braces (well, water pump, not braces really)

Yeah, I’m sorry, this is one of those I’ve serviced my car posts.  The only posts worse than this are “I washed my car and took some pics” posts.  I’m sorry.  But here it is anyway…

After 3 years of ownership I thought it was worth giving the Mazbo a good going over: New cam belt, water pump, fuel filter, oil, oil filter, air filter, coolant and so on…

Despite having done a few, and even one previously on this very car, I still get scared doing cam belts on twincam engines; I’m a push-rod and rockers kinda guy.  Still the Mazda is pretty easy with lots of timing marks on it and not a lot of work required to get to the belt.

I did the pump while I was there too – dedicated I know!

Home-made crank pulley holder.

I did some tarting up too:  Re-painted the cam lid and cleaned the bay up.

Done! It even still works, which is a bonus!

Then all the rain in the world fell out of the sky…

I washed it too, oh wait…