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
wannabe: What's the punishment for a lapsed MOT nowadays? Diary commitments and the need to still put it back together suggest missing my MOT date but needing it before I can get one sorted...
Jul 2, 2019 21:41:31 GMT
Zed.: used to be a ~£30 fine BUT I believe its income related....... (or it was 9 years ago when I got done )
Jul 2, 2019 23:46:11 GMT
Crumpets: "Standard cost" is £54.85 - (That's the highest VOSA will allow a garage to charge for a standard car test) most garages usually do it for £30-£50 to be competitive.
Jul 3, 2019 7:05:46 GMT
JamesMk3: Issue with no MOT these days is as soon as the test elapses, insurance won't cover you. If the old bill catch you, it's 6 points and £300 FPN, or court, which can be anything up to a ban and unlimited fine.
Jul 3, 2019 15:58:45 GMT
wannabe: Is that actually true?? What happens if you're driving to an MOT without a current MOT, which the law permits you to do?
Jul 3, 2019 21:28:13 GMT
Crumpets: You’re only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired if you’ve booked an MOT and are driving to the test centre. If you’re stopped by the police on the way, you’ll have to be able to prove that you have an appointment.
Jul 4, 2019 7:51:01 GMT
Crumpets: If your car fails its MOT, you can only drive it if the previous year’s MOT is still valid (i.e. the test took place on a date earlier than last year’s). If your vehicle is deemed ‘un-roadworthy’ the above doesn’t apply and you can’t drive it on the
Jul 4, 2019 7:51:58 GMT
Crumpets: By 'Un-roadyworthy' - I mean if it has failed its MOT on a "Dangerous" defect as per the changes applied on the 20th May 2018. Sorry to spam the chat, just a little difficult to explain in 256 letters haha.
Jul 4, 2019 7:55:23 GMT
wannabe: Info is always welcome I thought that a Fail is a Fail is a Fail now - so you lose the ability to drive on the previous MOT in all circumstances?? It also is not clear if your insurance is invalid without an MOT?? I thought it was valid!
Jul 4, 2019 10:17:58 GMT
FFS Corders: Ask your insurer about that, they will be able to give a definite answer over if they'd pay out or not. The fact you need insurance to take it to an MOT and not tax should be a good indicator
Jul 4, 2019 12:39:38 GMT
Crumpets: Alarm keeps going off in the night - Getting annoying now & I wasn't popular at 4.30AM. Gurrrrr
Jul 6, 2019 7:52:12 GMT
wannabe: This is why I think alarms are a bit of a waste of time nowadays - everyone ignores them, gets annoyed by them, and thieves will take the car if they want it anyway... lol May I suggest a steering wheel lock?
Jul 6, 2019 11:49:04 GMT
Zed.: ~20 + years ago, I used to remove the battery, gearstick & steering wheel from my 2L ford engined Chevette (was living in a dodgy area of Swansea)
Jul 6, 2019 15:27:16 GMT
FFS Corders: Gearstick is a new one for me lol
Jul 6, 2019 16:10:20 GMT
Crumpets: Battery is good, I've jkust installed a battery isolator to stop it, only does it once ever so often - Might remove it down the line and keep it for the central locking aspect.
Jul 7, 2019 13:27:22 GMT
FFS Corders: Yaay MOT passed. Now got a few niggles to fix soonish
Jul 9, 2019 16:11:17 GMT
Zed.: niggles? is that a word for friendly advisories? always a feel-good moment when you have that pass paper in your hand, 12 months to worry about fixin the next problems
Jul 9, 2019 20:44:03 GMT
FFS Corders: Only one of those was tempermental hazards. The others are genuine niggles such as a couple of tired hoses and calipers that are on the way out. Getting a proper MOT means I find out what to prioritise
Jul 9, 2019 20:52:53 GMT