Post by myothercarsa2cv on Nov 12, 2016 16:06:04 GMT
Managed to sneak a couple of hours outside in the cold to tackle a couple of bits.
First up, a previous owner had fitted reverse parking sensors. Very useful, but the volume of the beep made my ears bleed. Sugru to the rescue!
It's now a volume that is comfortable. One less thing for the missus to complain about!
Next up, the boot struts were weak. I'm waiting for a knowledgeable guy at SGS to return from holiday on Monday to order some new ones. In the meantime I thought I'd remove the old ones.
Easy peasy. Ish, anyway. New ones should arrive Tuesday or Wednesday.
Then I had a poke around the engine bay. I don't like the cone filter, but someone has installed a rad with the cap on the wrong side [edit: turns out it's a 350Z rad] which makes fitting the standard intake a ballache.
So out it came:
And in went the standard airbox:
The bit that causes the issue is the air intake that sits over the rad. I chopped a bit out of it to make space et voila:
That'll do me for today. The front panel is missing and many seem to bin it anyway for extra flow through the filter.
Thinking about the rad cap, it's not ideal where it is as if it fails I guess that's a lot of hot coolant hitting the air filter. Not sure how much would get through it... but food for thought.
At some point I might cover it up some how or do some plastic welding to make room for the cap... but that may restrict airflow... watch this space.
Post by myothercarsa2cv on Nov 17, 2016 23:07:43 GMT
Woo new gas struts finally arrived. I'll fit them tomorrow. The boot door will finally stay open on its own!
I've had an intermittent issue with the boost gauge since I bought it (used it as a bargaining chip when buying, not a massive issue because of the boost controller). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Nissan in their infinite wisdom decided that an electronic module to tell the gauge what to do would be so much better than a vacuum line. Ho hum. Fortunately it's a well documented issue and a little bit of soldering will have it back up and running in no time. Whoop.
I'm hoping to get a chassis brace either shipped or made up here, could mean a trip to the Daves apparently it removes a lot of the front end flex, we shall see.
Double wishbone front so a strut brace is less effective, but could look pretty at least? I've spent more time on RHD Japan than is healthy lately...
Post by myothercarsa2cv on Nov 18, 2016 12:03:24 GMT
Well the new struts are in. And the boot stays open! Excellent service from SGS, very impressive knowledge of cars and gas struts!
I also replaced the boot floor struts at the same time as they were also weedy:
As that only took a few minutes I had some time to check out my boost gauge issue. Found the sensor and whipped off the cover:
All good in here... hm. I was expecting dodgy solder joints causing the intermittent boost gauge reading, but no. So back to the drawing board. If it's not the sensor, let's work back to the engine. The hose shot under the engine cover, so I removed it and immediately found the problem:
It must have fallen off completely when removing the sensor but that would definitely cause issues! Fortunately I had a length of silicone vacuum hose left over from the 5s boost gauge install, so on it went:
Post by myothercarsa2cv on Dec 11, 2016 22:24:44 GMT
That first one Ricky has been for sale for a while at £7k (if I remember correctly) but I doubt it will get there. I quite like the 350GT purely because I've only ever seen one in the UK. Rarity factor is always a bonus
Shout, shout. Let it all out. MX5's is what we're all about.
wannabe: I've got some of those with the grooves cut into them, so they look like a giant black paracetamol tablet, lol - unfortunately I can't get the trolley jack underneath the car without them, nevermind with them...
Feb 7, 2021 23:03:10 GMT
Zed.: wooden planks as 'ramps' are your friend wannabe
Feb 8, 2021 14:43:52 GMT
howardb66: A friend of mine is looking for a MK2.5 if anyone knows of one for sale.
Feb 16, 2021 15:46:56 GMT