A quick introduction, Atlex linked my build thread about 18 months ago from roadster.net, I planned for a while to get an updated build thread for the car here, well I am finally here....
The car is a MK1 RS Limited, i purchased in 2016, initially just for the seats to go in the track car, I bought it without actually seeing it... once I got it home it was a fair bit better than i first thought...
And well i used it on the road for about a week before dry storing it and then taking it completely apart, looking back now it was a slight strange way to tackle such a project, and did loose momentum for a number of reason over the last 4 years or so, the most recent one being that of a build of a BRSCC race car over the winter of 2017/18 starting with a standard road car MK1 1600 and this took a fair bit of time, and now competing in the MK1 Championship.
Then more recently when there was some spare time over winter I had a shed built in the back garden as a place to rebuilt this RS. Well November 2018 it all kicked off again, then after getting engaged in March, I now plan to use it as a wedding car this July, so as you can imagine things need to speed up fairly quickly...
Apologies if any of you guys have seen this on other forums or my facebook page, if so hit back now...lol
Time for an update some good progress made although spending some time looking for parts I stored away 4 year ago’s is a challenge, some in the house attic, various rooms in the house and in a garage 4 miles from my house. It seems that I have lost a couple of boxes, of some components such as interior switches, coil pack and engine harness, Big thanks to Vindi Russel who is fairly local and has an Aladdin’s cave of MX5 parts. So time for some pics Starting with the very sort after seats – this was the actual reason I bought the car as I wanted them for my MK2 track car as they were a straight fit, but when viewing the car is was in a lot better state than expected, and a deal was done…
These have been dropped off to be recovered, due back next week. Also purchased some new seat belt straps that had to come from the US…
Staying within the interior, next was to starting fitting some parts, already I have fitted dash and carpet from a jasper Conran Mk2 which is a lot more plush and thicker. Searched through many boxes and found a selection of OEM Panasonic tape decks/cubby that I have bought over the last 3 years…
Heater panel, was change to this white one, so that had to go, new genuine facia purchased
Both the stereo and facia in place, with a nardi steering wheel (took me a long time to find one in good condition) I think I ended up buying around 6 to get this one. Plus the sunglasses holder in place…
To the back of the car, in the boot, dug tough my electroplates parts, found the fuel pipe clips and installed plus the battery componets (the wrong way around)
Plus the fuel rubber flap jobby in the boot.
Finally to the engine bay, due to not having the hose clamps / coil pack, I am working my way though methodically. OEM hoses – full set plus a new coolant reservoir
Refresh horns ready to go it
Powersteering is all installed, repainted the reservoir and a new cooling pipe as the original was in poor condition
The upgrade ford washer jets purchased and installed, struggling to find replacement hose the correct size though…
To the underside of the car, Racing beat full exhaust sytem in place, very nice bit if kit, no CAT and no silencer in the mid pipe, will be interesting to see how lud it is.
Worth a mention, an order from Japan, some stickers that I trialled an order to see what would turn up. The original Bilstein badge that came in the glove box of Bilstein equipped for the new owner to sticker where they wanted.
And some random pics to finish after the car had been detailed, and Raybrig headlight fitted, that have a blue tint suprisngly
Not long to go now, off to Le Mans this weekend for my stag doo, To Be Continued……
Well Done, That's What I call a nut and bolt rebuild !!! You will have a brand new car when you have finished which will be better than anything you could buy nowadays.
I hope you have got the correct track rod ends for your car. I had two sets imported from the USA.
Its going to be far better than my RS rebuild. Which will have the interior out of my old R Ltd My shell was too good to take back to bare metal.
The car in my Avatar is my other RS which I found on a local garage forecourt and just had to buy it.
I wonder how many RS Ltd's are in the UK and how many have the correct wheels and seats. The seats second hand are more money than I paid for the running car.
Keep up the great work.
Thanks Dickie, Yes I have the tweeked rod ends that were on the bilstein equipped cars, got them off a forum that a guy and bought two pairs when bringing them over from the US. I know crazy I'm the same what I paid for the car the seats alone are worth more now
JamesMk3: Rear left wheel bearing replaced. What a saga. Can now hear noise coming from front right, and alignment is completely knackered. FML.
Jan 14, 2020 15:04:32 GMT
wannabe: I've had both front bearings replaced on the missus' car over the past few months and it's STILL making a droning noise... lol. Need to check if the mechanic actually replaced the correct one the second time I took it in!!
Jan 15, 2020 11:10:07 GMT
FFS Corders: Are the wheels straight? Buckles can cause a drone
Jan 15, 2020 11:41:07 GMT
wannabe: Hmmm... That's an interesting idea... no wheel wobble on the missus' car, which I would have thought was a strong indicator of being out-of-round, but I guess they could be bent side-to-side..??
Jan 15, 2020 14:34:13 GMT
wannabe: Ooooh, interesting - thanks, Howard. I'll have to get the tyres swapped round to see if it makes a difference! I will be most annoyed if it is tyres, seeing as they are only a few months old...
Jan 17, 2020 1:08:22 GMT
howardb66: If it is the tyres, don’t chuck them away, try getting them shaved.
Jan 17, 2020 12:04:28 GMT
wannabe: That sounds pervy haha.
Jan 18, 2020 18:27:11 GMT
fizbne: More build thread updating wow.
Jan 22, 2020 14:24:03 GMT
V6: I had an education in dampers today. I like expensive ones. Floaty, not bouncy for the win.
Feb 1, 2020 22:03:45 GMT
Zed.: that all depends on what you call 'expensive'
Feb 2, 2020 19:42:58 GMT