Post by Vindi (Russell) on Sept 7, 2019 16:01:37 GMT
I'm looking at getting an NC fairly soon ... a standard 1.8 with some rust. It's cheap, and ratty so I'm thinking I'll just have a mess about and see how I can modify / improve it.
It needs an exhaust at the very least, but what upgrades has anyone else got that they'd sell? Thinking about an LSD if I can find one fairly cheap ... suspension or lowering springs, maybe wheels, would consider anything really!
Knowing a very little bit about you I would say this. Don't do it!
The 2.0L is just so very much better than the 1.8L. I'm sure you could afford one. I've just bought a beautiful 2.0L Sport in true red. It's a one owner from new with full history and a long MOT. I've now driven it about 3000 miles without issue.
And it only cost me £2150.
I did drive a 1.8L and found it disappointing, compared to the fabulous 2.0L Sport.
Post by Vindi (Russell) on Sept 8, 2019 20:25:49 GMT
Hi Rich, I know what you mean but this one is coming to me for roughly a third of what you paid ... so it's a toe in the water with very little risk. The plan is purely to keep me on the road over the winter, and see what I think of the Mk3 mainly from a styling perspective. I can also have a go at making a few parts, safe in the knowledge that if I mess it up, it won't matter
I'd be buying parts 2nd hand, and they would be transferable to another car if needed.
The next stage could be ... sell it on or break it if I don't like it Replace the engine with a 2.3 if I blow it up Sell it and get a 2.0 Sport if I like it, but want a better base car
That late 2.0 engine is a cracker- had one in my father in law’s Morgan (I checked the engine bay & it still had the Mazda tags on) & it was meant to be 200hp. On the dyno it was 225hp & revd to 7800 rpm- not bad for an old looking crate.
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