I quite like it, I think some decent wheels, maybe some race-car livery on there, get rid of the rubbish spoiler, fit a turbo....job jobbed. Just cleaning it up and removing the dodgy vinyl has made a big difference.
Exactly, it doesn't take much to see what it can be. It's an amazing base car with one of the best kits out there in my opinion, I just need to remove a few ugly bits and think about some more power as you say.
If it’s really clean underneath & low mileage might be worth returning to std?
I don't know if they're really worth much yet, and I like the car as it is. I could probably make some money breaking the nice bits off it but I'd have to get the holes from the body kit and rear wing welded up which would pretty much mean a full respray, then I'd need to find the right seats and wheels as well as various other bits
Post by Vindi (Russell) on Mar 2, 2022 21:01:45 GMT
Managed to find some decent wheels ... a pair of 17 x 10 rears in Japan and a pair of 17 x 9 fronts in the UK. I need to sell some stuff & save up a bit for tyres, but hopefully that should sort out the looks ... then I'll have a set of wide 17" wheels fitted and standard Mk2 brakes ... might need to look at brake options to stop them looking so weedy. But then I'll have a tough looking car with a standard 1.8 engine ... this was meant to be a cheap car🤣
Post by Vindi (Russell) on Apr 8, 2022 13:07:44 GMT
I've been concentrating on the Mk3 for a few weeks, it's the most useable car and the closest to road legal. Both of the front springs had snapped, so I sourced a set of lowering springs ... RSR Ti ones no less. While I was waiting for them to arrive, I was offered a good deal on a set of Meister CRD so I decided to grab them as it's destined to be a fast road / track day car anyway.
They were easy enough to fit ... it's a refreshing change to the rusty Mk1s and 2s I usually work on. Having the car at a good height did seem to highlight the fit of the standard wheels ... at which point some Rota Torque came up for sale. Not my dream wheel by any stretch, but nice looking and fairly cheap due to needing tyres. I happened to have a set of brand new Michelin PS4s in the right size due to some experiments with tyre sizes on the Nopro, so on they went!
I also bought a new exhaust as the Cobra Sport Race one that came with the car was crazy loud. When I removed it, I found cracks on every weld ... so that explains all the noise! I could have repaired it, but having looked at the 'quality' of this £525 British made masterpiece I decided to just bin it🤣 The replacement from Toyosports was super cheap (£140 posted) but unfortunately it didn't fit ... the tail pipes were offset about 6 inches to the right. They were very good about taking it straight back, and while moaning about the delay on Facebook, I got offered a Racing Beat exhaust. It fitted perfectly, and instantly is a lot quieter.
That done, the car was ready for an MOT, which it duly passed with some praise from the MIT tester about how solid it was compared to the Mk3s he's seen before!
So I'm ready for Japfest on Sunday ... which will also be my first decent drive in it, fingers crossed it's uneventful!
Post by Vindi (Russell) on Apr 9, 2022 23:18:53 GMT
Just finished fitting the front lip to the MX5 ... no pictures because it's dark and my phone battery was so low it wouldn't let me use the flash! Fingers crossed it's on securely and I haven't missed anything important like tightening the wheel nuts🤣
So my first proper drive will be at 5am tomorrow, down to Silverstone. Hoping to get there early so I can put a few stickers on!
Post by Vindi (Russell) on Apr 21, 2022 21:22:30 GMT
I know the car, it didn't sell for that ... it got traded against a very high spec turbo Mk1 dripping goodies ... not sure on the value of either car or what the deal was, but it's a nice step up from mine anyway!
I still have the Pitcrew at the moment, MOT is next week but due to me joining the ranks of the unemployed a few cars will have to go over the next month or two. Most likely I'll compare the Pitcrew and Mk3 once it's on the road and sell the loser... then put the Mk2 on the road, compare it and then sell the loser... then put the track car on the road, compare it to whatever is left and sell the loser
Post by Vindi (Russell) on May 14, 2022 21:49:54 GMT
Update time ... finished the Mk3, made it to Japfest at Silverstone which was a really good show.
The car is stunning, very fast and capable but somehow not as involving as the Mk1s are to drive so as the Pitcrew is almost finished I had to make a decision and chose to sell the Mk3. If I needed a more road biased car, or just wanted the fastest MX5 I'd definitely stick with the Mk3 as it's undoubtedly faster than a Mk1 or Mk2
Anyway, after one last drive last night and a stunning sunset on the way home, it went today ... off to Barcelona to begin a new life as a track day car
Few bits done on the Pitcrew ... mainly some new wheels, some really nicely specced Watanabe wheels
Also got a load done on the BRG car ... temporary suspension removed and I've fitted the Xidas ... they look the part, hopefully they're worth it!
Next step for that car is to clear out the interior of all the random junk that's been dumped there amd start laying out the wiring loom
Shout, shout. Let it all out. MX5's is what we're all about.
atlex: We're expecting our 3rd in a month so we need the space lol. It's here already. I'll give a 'modern cars are.. different' review sometime.
Jan 21, 2023 16:03:47 GMT
howardb66: Halfords online purchasing system is a complete waste of time and money. I paid extra for a delivery Monday & still not here. Just spoke to DHL customer services, it might be delivered by tomorrow. Useless twats.
Jan 25, 2023 9:34:55 GMT
howardb66: I ended going to the DHL depot to collect out of frustration as they said the next delivery was scheduled for Saturday 28th🤬
Jan 26, 2023 10:16:57 GMT
atlex: Well, I've tried the 'VW Annual Service Experience'... slow AND expensive. Oh well, learning.. experience......
Jan 27, 2023 11:36:55 GMT
atlex: and today I've reassembled the cot XD
Feb 3, 2023 22:02:12 GMT
freddyboy: Fredyboy from Gloucestershire on my 3rd MX5, this one is a 2006 Mk3.
Feb 5, 2023 13:41:09 GMT
freddyboy: How do you remove the radio from a RHD 2006 Mk3 please ? - removed the glovebox + 2 screws, but can't see the 10mm bolt, pulled on the unit, no success- all the videos are on LHD cars - is there a 10mm bolt to remove on the LHS of the radio
Feb 5, 2023 13:48:19 GMT
wannabe: Hey freddy, I don't know myself but someone on here might!
Feb 7, 2023 2:09:34 GMT
Zed.: Bloody hans things......
Feb 18, 2023 19:08:44 GMT